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Isle of Skye, Duntulm, Portree IV51 9UF, UK
At the very northern tip of the Isle of Skye, which is an island off of the upper north western shore of Scotland, are the ruins of Duntulm Castle. To get there, you have to drive for several hours on narrow dirt roads, but the sense of remoteness...
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Fort William, UK
What was expected to be the low point of a two day getaway at the foot of Ben Nevis turned out to be one of the more beautiful experiences of my life so far. The four hour train ride between Glasgow and Fort William takes you between snow-capped...
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Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
We spent the day driving a rough circle along A82 and adjoining roads as we made our way through Glen Coe in the Western Highlands down to Oban. Fans of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" might recall the final scene taking place at this castle....
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150 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
Bisecting Glasgow before meandering down to its spectacular estuary, the River Clyde is one of the city's key elements. There are few better (or exciting) ways of experiencing the waterway than motoring along on one of the expertly piloted...
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Countryside Ranger Service, 69 Hermitage of Braid, Edinburgh EH10 6JF, UK
by Gaynor Salisbury, As Told To Nick Draney A great escape from the city. The nature reserve is a 10-minute walk from Loopy’s. It’s a great to way to work off too much cake. South of Hermitage Dr. fohb.org This story appeared in the...
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50 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE, UK
Hostels - the word alone is strong enough to awaken the worst feelings in the world. Dirt. Noise. Horny frat boys. Communal bathrooms. EW. But over the last few years, a new trend emerged in Europe, and more recently over the world. Luxury...
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A847, Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay PA49 7UN, UK
I went to Scotland to investigate the whisky-obsessed country's newfound appreciation for gin. But it turns out that the spate of new Scottish gins is actually related to whisky. I sat down with Bruichladdich's Master Distiller, Jim McEwan to talk...
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Isle of Islay, UK
The southernmost island of Scotland's Inner Hebrides, Islay is known for its whisky, specifically smoky, peaty whisky. It also has lovely beaches (worth checking out if the weather cooperates) and a mostly flat landscape ideal for cycling.
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Culloden Moor, Inverness IV2 5EU, UK
This battlefield is worth a visit. The visitors center has a chronological history of events leading up to and the aftermath of the battle. It gives perspective from both sides; the government view as well as the Jacobites. It has guided tours...
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Northern Europe
My favorite lodging in the Highlands: the stately Regency mansion boasts five tastefully decorated guests rooms, displaying paintings and sculptures by contemporary Scottish artists and the gourmet dinners were extraordinary!
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Culloden was the site, in 1746, of the last armed conflict on the British mainland, after several centuries of recurring conflicts between Scotland and England. Scots fought on both sides of the final battle, but it did not turn out well for the...
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Look for seals, seagulls and salmon while you wander along the River Ness. A tributary of famous Loch Ness, the river meanders and widens as it passes through the city of Inverness on its way to the estuary of the Moray Firth and the North Sea....
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Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EB, UK
This compact museum has a very good overview of Highland history. One focus is the Gaelic language, the ancient civilizing Celtic tongue brought here from Ireland by 5th-century pilgrims and monks. The Celts assimilated the Picts, who left behind...
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Fancy trying to get a gander at the Loch Ness Monster? There's only one way and that is on a boat trip out onto the deep and foreboding waters of Loch Ness. "Nessie" has certainly defied many a scientific attempt at location. The earliest mention...
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High St, Rosemarkie, Fortrose IV10 8UF, UK
Located in Rosemarkie, this museum is dedicated primarily to the most prominent group of prehistoric people in Scotland, the Picts. They first appeared in historical records around 297 C.E. when described by a Roman adventurer, but their origins...
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B9090, Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RD, UK
This castle is often associated with Shakespeare's Macbeth because the title character was the Thane of Cawdor. The connection, however, is pure artistic license—Cawdor's enormous tower was built in about 1450, several centuries after the real...
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The region's first church was established near this site in the 6th century and the grander Fortrose Cathedral was built some 600 years later. After the Reformation, it was rather sadly exploited as a source for stones to erect a citadel in...
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Union St, Fortrose IV10 8TD, UK
Located in the handsome village of Fortrose, the Anderson prides itself for a diverse menu, with a fine selection of craft beers and single-malt whisky. Local ingredients get an international twist, such as red coconut curry mussels or Greek-style...
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A fantastic pub in the center of town with Scottish real ales from the excellent Black Isle Brewery (definitely try the organic blonde ale on tap). A friendly, low-key venue, the Hootananny is also the place to see live traditional and alt-folk...
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16 Fraser St, Inverness IV1 1DW, UK
The cooking is modern and fresh at this airy Inverness restaurant, with dining tables set over two spacious open-plan levels, most with a view across the River Ness. The fixed-price lunch for about $15 is an excellent value with dishes such as...
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1 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NE, UK
The original Rocpool (not to be confused with the Rocpool Reserve boutique hotel) just across the River Ness from central Inverness remains among the more modern restaurants in the Highlands. The ambitious menu features pricey but worth-it dishes...
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Who needs Bruges? Elegant, handmade and preservative-free Belgian chocolates are the specialty of this local business sharing a shop with the Inverness Coffee Roasting Company—which for some is a match made in heaven. Those who crave dark...
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49-53 Queen's Rd, Aberdeen AB15 4YP, UK
I stayed at the Malmaison in Aberdeen, Scotland this past week - The accomodations are absolutely first class, great rooms, badrooms and beds. But the best of all was its food. Please try the Mussel Soup and the Salmon Salad. I have never tasted...
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Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
On a cold, rainy morning in Sept, 2010 I hiked the 3km from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle. Public transport is available, but you are cheating yourself by not walking. The path to Dunnottar cuts through fields and is well-maintained. As you get...