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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Favorites

    I think that edinburgh's castle is just amazing:his position is great and you can have a great view of all the city.You can walk inside it and return back of centuries thinking at the Bravehearth movie and at medieval period.It's a classical touristic thing but i think you can't asbolutely miss it The panoramic view is amazing..and just that is...

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  • walk/explore

    Glasgow Favorites

    The best way to get to know the city is to just wander around and discover places for yourself. Well in the centre of the city at least, don't want to end up anywhere dodgy by accident! I took most of these photos while on my way to Glasgow Green on my most recent trip to the city

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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Favorites

    > Edinburgh was founded in the 7th century, but it was not until c. AD 950 that the city, referred to at this time in the Pictish Chronicle as "oppidum Eden", fell to the Scots and finally remained under their jurisdiction. During this period of Germanic influence the city's got its Germanic suffix 'burgh'. > The city sprawls over a...

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  • Charles Rennie MacIntosh

    Glasgow Favorites

    One of Glasgow's best known personalities was Charles Rennie MacIntosh, an architect from the turn of the 20th century who was one of the spear headers of the Art Deco era. There Isn't a lot of his original architecture left though his angular designs are reflected in modern lookalike's, both buildings, furniture and decor. The Glasgow School of...

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  • Old Town - General

    Edinburgh Favorites

    In the 19th century, Edinburgh university specialized in anatomical research, but obtaining bodies to dissect was difficult. This shortage resulted in "Resurrection men" (body snatchers) raiding graveyards to unearth semi-fresh bodies and selling them to the medical professors. William Burke and William Hare were both Irish immigrants, but they...

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  • Friendly Locals

    Glasgow Favorites

    A couple of hours after booking in to the Globetrottrs i had been introduced by name ,country and even length of stay and forward destination to over 15 other independent travellers in the hostel. We ate bbq. food and drank theGlobetrotters iced tea,except it was not iced and tasted far better. Individual travellers get put into smaller dorms with...

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  • Royal Mile

    Edinburgh Favorites

    There are numerous small streets that lead away (north and south) from the Royal Mile. Antique maps of the Old Town actually show the city resembling the skeleton of a fish with the castle as the head and the narrow streets on either side as the ribs. These are called "closes" and "wynds" (rhymes with kind). But what's the difference, I hear you...

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  • Architecture

    Glasgow Favorites

    Oh, look at this! This is Glasgow. The picture is of the Old Exchange, now a Bookshop (with a cafe - thankfully) ... oh so civilised. You might think I exagerate, but there are so few places like this in Scotland (UK?) and so many beautiful old buildings are left to rot, my heart warms every time I see this. Explore this area, between Central...

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  • Princes Street

    Edinburgh Favorites

    Princes Street is the major shopping stroll in Edinburgh. I vividly remember wandering around, having lunch at the Burger King, going into Menzies to buy some Smarties in those paper tubes (which we didn't have at the time in Canada - our Smarties came in rectangular boxes). I loved going down a side street and up a staircase into some neat record...

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  • Further Afield

    Glasgow Favorites

    We booked a tour with Timberbush Tours for a 3 day tour of the highlands, lochs and the Isle of Skye. The first photo is amap showing the route of our tour. It was really good, covered a lot of area and the driver was very knowledgeable about the area and the history which made it more enjoyable. This company does tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow...

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  • Festival/Tattoo/Hogmanay Etc.

    Edinburgh Favorites

    http://community.webshots.com/user/ianharrywebb This link will take you to more photos of Edinburgh. Festival Parade. Edinburgh at Christmas. Yes they are all mine! Good cheap bus service. Christmas: New Year; Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival. & the Famous TATTOO. Including Film and Jazz festivals. History and photogenic City.

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  • Museums/Art

    Glasgow Favorites

    this 100 year old artist (I have to express an interest, she's my auntie) has an exhibition - the last in a 5 year international tour - at Glasgow University Chapel. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University in the 1920s and 30s. Otherworldly eerie cloaked figures and bronze female figures: "Eighty years on from her...

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  • Shopping

    Edinburgh Favorites

    go shopping on Princes Street. This is the main shopping area in Edinburgh city centre and has every shop you could want! The street itself is a mile long but feels longer. There are a few shopping centres on it too such as the St James Centre which has lots of great shops in it. On the street, you can find shops such as Debenhams, Barratts,...

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  • George Square

    Glasgow Favorites

    The tourist information office is located at the George Square, jsut behind where the tour buses stop. I'd really recommend you going there. They've got lots of brochures, maps and ideas about what to do and see. (even though the chick I was talking to pointed me in the direction of the Rangers home ground when I wanted to go to Celtic's dito :P )

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  • Tours Etc.

    Edinburgh Favorites

    http://www.grayline.com/index.cfm I am usually dead set against organized tours, but since we only had a limited amount of time in Scotland I wanted to see as much as I possibly could. After sifting through the overwhelming number of brochures in the tourist information office, I decided with Grayline Tours day tour to the Highlands. The tour took...

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  • Shopping

    Glasgow Favorites

    See/do as much as possible! If you want to go shopping, then the city centre is obviously a great place to go, but also go to Byres Road (get the underground to Hillhead, or lots of buses go there - the 44 definitely does, I'm not sure about the numbers ot the other routes) for more unusual shops - DeCourcey's Arcade (in DeCourcey's Lane) has some...

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  • Men In Kilts

    Edinburgh Favorites

    We enjoyed the haunted tour of the underground. It was interesting history. I love my cashmere socks, sweater (jumper) and scarf I purchased in Edinburgh. The day spent with David and Shirley are my best memories.

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  • Culture

    Glasgow Favorites

    Buy a copy of "the list". It's a magazine that tells you every show that's on that week in Glasgow. All the clubs and thaters are listed there. You can buy a copy at almost every newspaper stand. And also at the Virgin Megastore, where you can buy concert tickets as well.

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  • General Views

    Edinburgh Favorites

    My friends thought I was crazy when I told them that I planned to visit Scotland in spring. They said all I would see would be rain, rain, rain... Well, the next pictures will prove the opposite. I went to Scotland via ferry from Rotterdam and was rewarded with the first breathtaking sunset over the Channel. And later after I had arrived, I started...

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  • Rangers/Celtic

    Glasgow Favorites

    Take the tour of Celtic Park. If you are any kind of a soccer fan you will love it. You see the history of Celtic football and also go onto field level. CELTICS!! We went to a Celtic-Aberdeen match at Celtic park. It was the best experince ever..60,000 people cheering and singing at a soccer match. The Celts won 3-2, so it made my day and trip.

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  • Arthur's Seat

    Edinburgh Favorites

    It is an easy walking and takes around two hours. At the top you will have an excellent view of the town. You can start from the Queen's Drive. It is located at the back of The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Favorites

    I enjoy reading and hjnthoroughly enjoy the Inspector Rebus Mysteries set in south Edinburgh. I believe it is possible to go on Rebus tours though have not investigated them yet. I have however had the Police Station where Rebus 'works', and the terrace houses like those where he 'lives', as well as the general neighbourhood described in the...

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  • Many Miles From Edinburgh...

    Edinburgh Favorites

    Must take the high lands tour and also take a tour of the distilleries The lovely lochness which is in the highlands..Not very fortunate to have see the monster ..nesse.The snow in the place called Fort william made things more gorgeous

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  • Calton Hill

    Edinburgh Favorites

    The city centre of Edinburgh has two hills which offer scenic views of the city. Castle Hill is located at the western end of the Royal Mile in the Old Town, whereas Calton Hill can be found at the eastern end of the Princes Street in the New Town. Among amazing views, both hills offer historic buildings and monuments.

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  • John Knox House

    Edinburgh Favorites

    The exterior of this house is representative of houses built in the 1600's. John Knox house is now maintained by the Church of Scotland and contains a museum dedicated to John Knox. . 43- 45 High Street. Edinburgh EH1 1SR July: Mon-Sat 10.00am- 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm) Sun 12.00- 4.00pm August: Mon-Sat 10.00am- 7.00pm (last admission...

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  • Eating / Drinking

    Edinburgh Favorites

    The List is a comprehensive annual guide to eating in Central Scotland. Hardcopies are available in most newsagents and I have always found the reviews to be accurate depictions of the various venues & food.

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  • Hollyrood

    Edinburgh Favorites

    In 1544 an invading English army burned down most of the Palace and the Abbey. It was repaired, accidentally burnt down in 1650, rebuilt by Oliver Cromwel, and finally built as it now appears by Charles II in 1671. It is near the end of the High Street and takes 10mins walk from the train station.

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  • Surroundings

    Edinburgh Favorites

    I can't tell you much about his place (maybe someone will recognize it and let me know) but I absolutely love it. The place I stayed in was located in Bonnyrigg about 12km south of Edinburgh (see Hotels & Accommodations Tip). The drive took about 25 minutes on the country roads which was the most interesting way to go. This little church and yard...

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  • New Town - General

    Edinburgh Favorites

    The decision of the city leaders to invest money to build the new town turned around the fortunes of Edinburgh. The link below explains it in better detail. BBC History - The Rise of Edinburgh

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  • St Giles' Cathedral

    Edinburgh Favorites

    St Giles' Cathedral A Norman-style cathedral, which I think is the most impressive cathedral in Edinburgh. There's no adminssion fare charge, but one pound donation is required.

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  • Greyfriars

    Edinburgh Favorites

    I love animals (that's why I don't eat or wear them) and the story of Greyfriars Bobby and the grave moves me every time I visit Edinburgh. Greyfriars Kirk, located on Greyfriars Place near Grassmarket is a lovely, wee church but it's the because of the graveyard that you'll find the tourists here. Go to the corner of George IV Bridge & Candlemaker...

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  • Hiking in the Scottish Highlands

    Hiking in the Scottish Highlands is something that I have always had a romantic notion about doing. This does not mean I was going to ignore that problems with the weather that Scotland is notorious for but I was not going to let it stop me. When I did get to the Highlands it did rain some but only during one morning would I say I found that...

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  • Scotland on celluloid: Movie...

    Few countries can match Scotland when it comes to dramatic scenery: the beauty of the Highlands just begs for romance and mystery... and the historic streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow just lend themselves perfectly to crime and thriller stories...Are you in need of a "Scotland fix"? Then I recommend watching some of these movies:> Whisky Galore!...

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  • Famous Scots & Inventions - in History...

    When I first met my Scotsman I was soon invited to his parents' house for dinner. One of the things I immediately noticed was a large dish-towel about Scotland, proudly displayed on their fridge. During a coffee-break I started reading it & became totally fascinated by the list of inventions that we all use every-day, have made modern-day life more...

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  • The purple glow of the Highlands:...

    Whenever I used to see pictures of the Scottish Highlands I always wondered what gave them this unique colour of slightly maroon-brown-purple. Now that I've been to Scotland myself I finally know: it's heather. There is nothing quite like this purple glow of heather-clad hillsides in summer time. It is one of the country's most beautiful and...

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  • "Heilan Coos" = the fluffy Highland Cows

    There is no doubt that Highland Cows are simply a cute & adorably different sight to behold: with their stocky appearance, sweeping horns and eyes that peep out through long shaggy fringes, they win your heart faster than you can say "moo."Nobody is certain of the exact age or origins of this unique breed, but they are known to be the oldest...

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  • Rabbies Tours

    Rabbies Tours does 1- to 5-day minibus tours, and 7- to 16-day vacations out of Edinburgh and Glasgow. They are excellent! The minibus is really not a bus and can go on all the narrow roads in the country-side. Our driver-guide, Richard, was excellent too. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, as well as a fun person to travel with. Our...

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  • Radio Stations around Scotland

    When driving through the Scottish Highlands you'll often loose radio reception due to the high peaks and low glens (valleys), so unless you are travelling with a great conversation partner or are passionate about your road-trip songs and games ("A hundred bottles of beer on the wall, a hundred...") it's nice to have some CDs or taped music with you...

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  • The History of Scotland - recommended...

    My husband and I love documentaries... especially BBC documentaries. So when we heard of their DVD Box Set "A History of Scotland" we had to have it straight away!Archeologist Neil Oliver presents this visually stunning and beautifully re-enacted program. I love the way the series not only describes the historical happenings in a matter-of-fact or...

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  • Famous Scots whom you know from the TV...

    Many of the past & present's great actors and musicians were known as "Brits", but did you know how many of them are actually true Scots?Here's a list of the most famous Scottish actors and singers / bands that you may know:Actors & other Celebrities:> Sean Connery (1930 - ...) Actor. Perhaps best known as James Bond.> Ewan McGregor (1971 -...

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  • Scotland's flags, Royal Coat of Arms and...

    Due to the fact that many Scots are extremely patriotic, I think most of us have seen one or the other Scottish flag being waved in front of our faces :-) But did you know that there is more than 1 flag? And that a mystical creature is used to symbolize Scotland?> St. Andrew's Cross - The Saltire:The Scottish flag is the cross of St. Andrew,...

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  • Sutherland's Coast

    This was from our 2008 holiday to Scotland, in July.We had decided to travel in our motorhome right up to the north coast and work our way southwards and westwards. What a brilliant holiday this turned out to be!Sutherland's northern coast is stunninly beautiful,mainly wild and rugged with very few harbours. Interspersed in this ruggedness are some...

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  • Weather

    Because of its position in the world, Scotland has certain features that I can't forget. I hated getting up in the dark and cycling the mile and a half from our house to the top of the Meikle Ferry peninsula , where we would leave our bicycles and take the school bus into Tain. Sometimes we would have to get off the road and push our bikes along...

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  • Undiscovered Scotland

    Preparing our trip to Scotland we have had a lot of help from the website 'Undiscovered Scotland'.Of course not al the destinations are undiscovered, but a lot of them were absolutely new for us. We found a lot of information about 'every corner' in the country, with always some very good pictures.There are links for every destination to...

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  • The Scottish Highlands - an overview

    The Lowlands of Scotland are picturesque, don't get me wrong, but it's the Highlands where the real "drama" starts. Awesome peaks of sandstone and granite reaching up to 4,406 feet (1,343 metres) are dotted all across the Highlands, which take up half of Scotland's land mass!There are 790 islands in the Scottish Highlands, 130 of which are...

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