Scotland Off The Beaten Path

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Scotland Off The Beaten Path

  • Surroundings

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    A self guided audio tour in 15 languages is offered on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Adult price is £9.00 children £5.00 Over 60's £7.00. Opening times are April - October 9.30 - 4.30 November - March 10.00 - 3.30 Pre booking is recommended in August Tel. 0131 555 5566 We didn't take the tour - but if you have an interest in the Royals & want to see...

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  • Loch Lomond

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    If you plan to travel from Glasgow to Loch Lomond then consider taking the A81 via Killearn. On the road you can visit the small an beautiful distillery GLENGOYNE. They arrange tours, there is a shop and you can taste some of the products. Be sure to choose at designated driver first!

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  • Many Miles From Edinburgh...

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    There were several bonny sections of gorse, as pictured, near where we started, at Flotterstone. This is about 7 miles/11km south from the centre of Edinburgh. There is a small visitor centre here, with basic maps, and a pub, the Flotterstone Inn. This is an old rural inn, though I am sure the farmers of 100 years ago would have choked on their...

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  • Ayrshire

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    On the West Coast of Scotland about five miles south of Ayr and beautifully perched on a craggy cliff top knoll stands the ruins of Dunure Castle. It was originally built for the Kennedy family. The site is actually only the shell of a late 13th century oblong keep on the main knoll with the very fragmented remains of two additional wings. These...

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  • Old Town - General

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Edinburgh is a beautiful city with an enticing, yet often very dark history. Just as most old European cities, every street corner tells a story of murder, intrigue, execution, plague & poverty, etc... (and I love that kind of stuff!) A small enclosed section in the Grassmarket marks site where the gallows used to stand. Those of higher rank...

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  • Stirling...

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    Stirling- one of Scotlands former capitals, is one of its most historic cities as well, with a lot of tales of battles and struggles for Scottish independence centred around the region. Its was also home to the famous William `braveheart' Wallace and `Robert the Bruce'. The Stirling castle is one of the most evocative castles i`ve seen to...

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  • Royal Mile

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Just outside St. Giles Cathedral, near the building's west door, on the Royal Mile is a heart-shaped mosaic sent into the cobbles. It marks the site of the old Tollbooth (15th century prison) where criminals were occasionally executed, hence it was a place Edinburgh's criminals would regularly spit upon. Although now sometimes said to be for good...

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  • The Zoo

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    One thing , since it was a weekday and we were there alone.. There is a gentlemen at Glasgow zoo who comes there with his own Bird off prey. He normally gives a show. Not my kind of thing. But he is really really involved with the animals and you get a really good explanetion about these animals.. A highlight in this zoo. THE ZOO IS NO LONGER...

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  • Arthur's Seat

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    This is Arthur's Seat, the highest protrusion rising above Edinburgh in Holyrood Park, as seen from my son's kitchen window on South Oxford Street. For some more views, please see my Views of Edinburgh travelogue.

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  • Blackness Castle

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    This was built in the 14h century and then strengthened as an artillery fortress in the 16th century. In the 1870s it became an ammunition depot before being restored in the 1920s. It was used as the setting for the film Ivanhoe. I love the views over the Firth of Forth - and it has family memories also as my aunt made the cake that was cut at the...

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  • Dean / Stockbridge

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    The walk normally follows the river from |Belarno to Leith. We began our walk at Stockbridge and followed it to the Gallery of Modern Art. The walk takes you under the Dene, under Dean Bridge and Belford Bridge. On the way you pass St Bernard's well with the statue of Hygeaia, the restored Dean village houses, Miller's Row and the three grinding...

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  • Linlithgow

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    This is a really beautiful ruin of a royal palace which is set in its own park on the shore of Linlithgow loch and it is one of the countries most visited ruins. Most of the ruins are buildings commissioned by James V although some sections date from the 14th century. The fountain in the courtyard is being restored and it was a wedding present from...

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  • South Queensferry

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    A boat plies the waters between South Queensferry and Inchcolm - a large, occasionally inhabited island in the estuary. The boat takes you under both the Forth bridges, with great views of them and South Queensferry. The trip to Inchcolm is about 45 minutes, but the landscape is awe inspiring, as are the occasionally glimpses of seals and puffins....

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  • Cairnpapple Hill

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    Visit Cairnpapple Hill On a clear day you have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The holes you can see in the photo would have had thick wooden poles in them making up part of the roofing. It was used as a burial ground and a ceremonial site from about 3000 to 1400 BC. It is a bit clausophobic inside - but worth going down into the...

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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Duddingston Village is situated only a mile from Edinburgh's City Centre. Bordered on one side by Duddingston Loch and on the other by Arthur's Seat, it has preserved its rural character and remains one of the most charming locations in the area. The central building of the village is the 12th century Duddingston Kirk, which was unfortunately...

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  • Aberdour

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    This is a fortified residence from the 13th century, which was extended in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. It has splendid living areas and a terraced garden with bowling green. There is also a circular dovecot. The garden is really beautiful, and do take time to visit the church which is reached by walking through the garden. There is some...

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  • Greyfriars

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    In order to locate the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, locate the Greyfriars Bobby Pub, turn your back to it and you should see the statue. It was much smaller than I thought it would be, I walked right past it on the first shot, not sure why I thought a statue of a Skye Terrier would be big. There are at least two versions of the Greyfriars Bobby...

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  • Gretna Green

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    Gretna Green was our first stop on the way up to Kilmarnock to get to our house and we stopped there for lunch. Although the Blacksmiths shop is very much a tourist trap I think (you pay 80 pence to see the anvil where so many people have been married) it does have some charm. This is especially so when you arrive (as we did) just as a couple has...

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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Be sure to visit the new Parliament Building at Holyrood. Its not obvious that the public are allowed in, and once inside it is easy to miss the debating chamber which is a model of what modern parliament is all about.

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  • Argyle/Further north

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    Try going further north and into Argyle and Bute. The countryside is beautiful and there is lots to see. The most famous area is probably Loch Lommond. The village of Luss is on the banks of the Loch and is well worth a visit. Lochgoilhead slightly north of Loch Lommond is a village in the hills and is well worth a visit. Lochgoilhead is really...

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  • General Views

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Walking in Lauriston pl, at night, in search of a place with live music, (I found it!), we passed by a well illuminated building that we couldn't identify. Only back home I discovered that it is Heriots school, using a palace that a century ago was a hospital. Very nice... indeed!

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  • Calton Hill

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    No disrespect intended to the citizens of the Ukraine. The plaque in the photograph commemorates a 1000 years of Christianity in the Ukraine. 988 - 1988 Saint Wolodymyr the Great - Ruler of Ukraine. 1000 years of Christianity in Ukraine. The plaque was erected by the Ukrainians who now live in Scotland.

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  • Princes Street

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano within the grounds of Holyrood Park, and makes up one of the 7 hills of Edinburgh. From certain viewing angles, Arthur's Seat also resembles a crouching lion. This is of even greater significance when one considers that the lion is the traditional symbol both of power and of Scottish identity. During our visit...

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Instead of taking a walk up the street (which is rather steep anyway), take one of the paths up the hill in front of the Castle. It provides a beautiful panorama of Edinburgh, and is suprisingly peaceful. The paths are accessible from the park below the Castle.

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  • Tours etc.

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    We took friends who were visiting from the States on the Hairy Coo tour as part of their holiday in Scotland. Not having visited the Highlands yet ourselves, it was also a great chance for us to see some of the countryside. My husband found The Hairy Coo online and it was a terrific find. We had a great day seeing castles, lochs and hairy coos. We...

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  • New Town - General

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    This footpath runs from Balerno for 12 miles down to The Shore at Leith. I haven't walked it's entire length (just Roseburn to Botanic Gardens) but it's a great place to get away from the bustle of the city streets.

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  • Scott Monument

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    thought I'd go ahead and add a couple views from the castle. This is looking north. Sir Scott's monument is the interesting sculpture with the spires. The train station is the place to the right with the flat roof.

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  • The Hunterian Art Gallery and the...

    Hunterian Art Gallery is a small collection of art that is located on the campus of the University of Glasgow. The major draw of the collection is the 60 works by James McNeill Whistler who bestowed his collection to the University of Glasgow upon his death. These canvas are quite large and many our outstanding. If you are familiar with his...

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  • Chanonry Point: sneak a peek at the...

    Last year (Oct. 2011) we stayed in a small cottage near Rosemarkie beach. This meant that many hours were spent wandering up and down along the beach, collecting sea shells, feeding the seagulls, snapping photographs and generally trying to digest all the amazing food we ate at Crofters.In a separate "Things to Do" tip I have written about...

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  • Stop, Stretch your Legs & Snap some...

    When visiting the Highlands we are usually based in Inverness or on the Black Isle. When driving across to the West Coast (or further to the Isle of Skye) we discovered Loch Cluanie, a lovely place to stop and really take-in the stunning scenery around you!Loch Cluanie (pronounced like George "Clooney") is a man-made loch in the North-West...

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  • neolithic ascotland

    If you want to see historic remains you should visit the orkney isles which are a short hop from the northern scottish mainland.There you will find standing stone circles that pre-date stonehenge; neolithic villages dating from 3200 years BC; castles and cathedrals dating from Viking times.There are miles of beautiful sheltered white, sandy beaches...

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  • Castle Moil (Kyleakin, Isle of Skye)

    The ruins of this castle sit in Kyleakin Harbour, charmingly overlooking the village and the Kyle of Lochalsh (a "kyle" is a narrow straight of water between the mainland and an island), just a few minutes' drive from the famous Eilean Donan Castle. There was a fortress here since the 10th century, serving as a lookout post and fortress. This...

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  • Kyleakin Village & Harbour (Isle of...

    The Isle of Skye, or in Scots Gaelic 'Eilean A Cheo' meaning Misty Isle, is located on the north western coast of Scotland.The village of Kyleakin is located across from Kyle of Lochalsh (a "kyle" is a narrow straight of water between the mainland and an island), just a few minutes' drive from the famous Eilean Donan Castle. It's basically the...

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  • The beautiful ruins of Fortrose...

    Fortrose / Rosemarkie are two small but historically interesting villages on the Black Isle, just across the bridge from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.The cathedral was built in the first half of the 13th century, though it was extended and altered in the 14th and 15th centuries. At the Reformation of the 1560s, the cathedral was used as the...

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  • Walk to magnificent Sandwood Bay

    Sandwood Bay is a magnificent golden beach; many say it’s the best one in Britain. The beach is two kilometers long and enclosed by cliffs to the north and south. Years of erosion have caused a seastack, Am Buachaille, to form at the southern end of the bay. It is a testament to the unyielding elements that pound the Atlantic coast in the far...

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  • Just off the motorway

    So there you are. Having hired your car, or packed up kids and dog you head for the hills... up the long M6 until at least you hit some lovely scenery in the North West of England. On you go, the kids have asked for the 80th time if we're nearly there yet, and expressed their thirst, hunger and boredom for the umpteenth time. So what do you do?...

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  • Come and Explore the Real Scotland !

    There is a very real difference between the Scotland packaged for tourists and represented by the Tourist Board (VisitScotland.com), and REALITY.As most visitors (whether budget backpacker on a tour or wealthy golfer staying in castles) seem to remain within a "bubble", seeing only what is presented and what meets preconceived notions of...

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  • KILMARTIN GLEN

    This area in Argyle, south of Oban and north of Lochgilphead, has one of the highest concentrations of ancient sites in Scotland. There are numerous cairns, stone circles and standing stones in the area although one of the first places you come across driving south from Oban is 16th century Carnasserie Castle. This is one of the cairns which were...

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  • Inverewe Gardens

    On the northwest coat of Scotland, near Ullapool, seemingly in the middle of nowhere is an exotic garden. It overlooks Loch Ewe and contains acres of wooded land and gardens full of flowers and exotic plants and trees, even palm trees! Yes, northern Scotland has palm trees on a latitude farther north than Moscow! Blame the Gulf Stream. There's a...

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  • The Central Necropolis in Glasgow

    Ok this might seem to be an odd place to start a tour of Glasgow, let alone Scotland but I had just arrived in Glasgow at 7:00am and everything else was closed. It was an unusually hot day for this part of Scotland in May. I was just thankful it did not rain. Since there was a service in the Cathedral, I decided I could not visit it, so I decided...

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  • Campbells' Tombs

    At the far end of Cretshengen beach, northern Kintyre,on a headland there is a roofless chapel within which are the tombs of the Campbell family. An absolutely splendid final resting place. There are views back along the beach and out to Jura.

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  • White Sand Beach

    From Port Ban Campsite in northrn Kintyre, there is a lovely sandy beach only accessible on foot, a mere 5 min. walk. It was beautiful fine sand with rock pools and rocky outcrops and rolling waves (it was quite breezy.)From here you could walk along the beach and onto the headland and probably way beyond.

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  • Morton Castle and Loch

    A spectacularly located ruin in the heart of Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway.Having spotted Morton Castle and loch on the OS map, and realising we were camped pretty close, it followed that we should visit.We decided to travel by motorbike instead of the motorhome as the roads were very narrow.What a location!Perfect peace in tranquil...

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  • Drumlanrig Castle gardens and Estate

    The estate at Drumlanrig Castle includes a series of way-marked footpaths, ranging from a 1.5km. loch walk,a 2km wildlife walk, a 4km. woodland walkand a 6km. walk offering views of the castle. We opted for the woodland walk which took in Beech Loch, once used for the ice used at the castle, Coldstream Loch and Druid Loch. We noticed a lot of fish...

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  • Drumlanrig Castle

    Drumlanrig castle is the Douglas stronghold and the Dumfrieshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. It is also sowewhere we have wanted to visit for quite some time and easter proved to be that time.The 17th c. renaissance castle is spectacular, built from local pink sandstone (which when quarried, was only just enough to...

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