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Craig Smith Out About Scotland

Hi there! I’m Craig, I’m a travel writer living in Edinburgh, and I’m here to show you Scotland’s best tourist attractions.

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Sightseeing Advice

  • The Best Midge Repellent To Use in Scotland
    Midges are small biting insects found in the Scottish Highlands and the west coast of Scotland. They are only 1-3 mm in size but they gather in large swarms near water and damp ground in the early morning and evening. Midge bites are initially quite painful and they quickly develop into itchy red skin blotches that can easily break and become infected if scratched hard. The most effective protection against midges is to use a body lotion that blocks their antennae receptors.
  • The Best Outdoor Winter Activities in Scotland
    Winter is an amazing time to be in Scotland, especially if you love exploring the great outdoors. There’s something magical about the country when winter visits and there are more things to do in this season than you might expect. In this article I’ll show you the top activities to enjoy in Scotland between November and March whether you want to see wildlife, go on an invigorating walk or take part in exciting sports, along with a couple of other winter activities that just might surprise you.
  • Tips to Save Money on a Trip to Scotland
    Scotland can be an expensive place to visit and unfortunately the price of everything from admission tickets to petrol seems to be reaching new wallet-destroying levels with each passing year. In this article you’ll discover tips and tricks to save money on a trip to Scotland whether you’re travelling by car or train, staying in a top-notch hotel or a budget hostel, and eating in a posh restaurant or snacking on a takeaway burger.
  • 10 Fun Date Ideas for Couples in Scotland
    With a country as beautiful as Scotland you might find yourself struggling to choose the perfect destination for your next date. In this article you’ll discover a collection of fun, exciting and slightly unusual date suggestions that are guaranteed to be a memorable experience for both of you, whether it’s winter or summer in the cities or the Highlands.
  • Tips for a Cheap Weekend Break in Scotland
    In this article you’ll find a collection of recommended places to visit on a weekend break in Scotland that are perfect for families, couples and solo explorers alike. They all have free admission and are guaranteed not to break the bank. You’ll also find tips on how to save money on accommodation as well as suggestions for saving money on transport.
  • How To Tour Scotland in Winter: Travel Tips & Advice
    There are many things that can disrupt a winter tour of Scotland, with sub-zero temperatures, short daylight hours and treacherous icy roads causing mayhem for the unwary traveller. In this article you’ll find a collection of useful travel tips and advice that will help you tour Scotland in winter whether you’re going on a Highland road trip or a weekend city break.
  • Tips & Advice For Visiting Islay
    The Isle of Islay on Scotland’s west coast is one of the country’s premier tourist attractions. The island offers visitors a wonderful experience whether it’s wildlife watching, relaxing on a beach, hiking through the countryside or sampling whisky.
  • Summer in Scotland – The Best Places To Visit
    Summer in Scotland is one of the best times of the year to visit, whether it’s for a hike up the mountains, scenic walks around the coastline or island-hopping on the west coast. This article offers suggestions for places to visit in summer in the main cities, the Highlands and the islands.

Attraction Reviews

  • The Balmoral Hotel – Edinburgh: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Balmoral Hotel is a historic building situated in the heart of Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. The luxury hotel is located next to Waverley train station and was built in 1902 by the North British Railway Company. Today, it is a popular landmark that attracts visitors to its superb restaurants and bars.
  • Real Mary King’s Close – Edinburgh: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Real Mary King’s Close is a tourist attraction located in the middle of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. The attraction allows visitors to step beneath the streets of Edinburgh into an underground labyrinth where the stories of the city’s past residents unfold through a series of exhibits and displays.
  • Brodick – Isle of Arran: Complete Visitor Guide
    Brodick is the main village on the Isle of Arran, located on the west coast of Scotland. Brodick lies halfway along the eastern side of the island where it overlooks Brodick Bay and Goatfell mountain. It is the arrival point for most visitors due to the ferry port but is popular in its own right thanks to its beaches, surrounding forests, castle and quality restaurants.
  • Arran Forest Walks: Complete Visitor Guide
    The forests of Arran offer some of the best mountain biking routes of any of the west-coast islands and any cycle ride is almost guaranteed to include sightings of Arran’s famed red squirrels. The most popular wooded areas are; Brodick Castle, Dyemill, Glenrickard, King’s Cave, North Sannox and South End.
  • The Arran Coastal Way: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Arran Coastal Way is a circular cycling and walking route around the perimeter of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This easy-going trail rewards visitors with stunning views at every section of its 65-mile length and there are plenty of opportunities to deviate onto nearby attractions along the way.
  • The Holy Isle – Arran: Complete Visitor Guide
    Holy Isle is located close to the eastern shore of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This small (one square mile) island has a rich religious history dating back hundreds of years and the tradition of quiet seclusion continues to this day thanks to the Centre for World Peace and Health located on the western edge of the isle.
  • Brodick Castle – Arran: Complete Visitor Guide
    Brodick Castle, former seat of power of the Dukes of Hamilton, is a grand 19th-century castle located a few miles north of the town of Brodick on the Isle of Arran. The castle is surrounded by an exceptionally large and well-maintained garden and country park and is currently managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
  • Loch Leven – Kinross: Complete Visitor Guide
    Loch Leven is a large expanse of water situated in the rural Scottish county of Perth and Kinross. The National Nature Reserve is renowned for the number of wildfowl that live there and in fact, it’s home to more breeding ducks than anywhere else in Europe.
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