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Aug
25

Scoping In Scotland

scottish highlands

Do you know how to use a spotting scope?

It’s typically used for birdwatching, but it can also be used for sightseeing and other activities that require one to view something up close from a distance.

If you do, then roaming around Scotland would be more fun.

Here’s why:

You get to see the country in a different perspective.

We can’t deny that Scotland is an epitome of rich history and vibrant culture. But you know what? There’s more to the country than just historical buildings and cultural structures. It’s also home to polar lands, icy waters, and bounteous forests. It’s even home to charming parks, blooming gardens, and towering castles. Using a spotting scope while visiting any of these will not just make you see the country in a different perspective, but also see how wonderful Mother Nature truly is.

You get to see how wonderful Mother Nature truly is.

How can the Scottish Highlands be so scenic? How can the Loch Ness be so tranquil? How can the Ben Nevis be so lush? It’s all because of Mother Nature and its unique wonders. How about the Trossachs National Park’s charms? How about the Royal Botanic Garden’s blooms? How about the Edinburgh Castle’s towers? It’s still all because of Mother Nature and its exceptional wonders; hence, the more reason to go scoping in Scotland.

You get to see yourself loving Scotland even more.

Mind you, you’d even wish to live there forever. And mind you, you’d even wish to fall in love there endlessly. Scotland is not just an epitome of rich history and vibrant culture. It also represents its people as one big family – a family who preserves their history well and who values their culture well. All of those places to go, they represent Scotland as a wonderful nation. All of those things to do, they represent Scotland as an exceptional country.

Indeed.

Scotland is a wonderful nation, with all those places to go. Scotland is also an exceptional country, with all those things to do. If you’re planning to visit there soon, don’t ever forget to use a spotting scope to make the most out of your visit. And if you’re considering to live there soon, don’t ever forget to use a spotting scope to explore more Mother Nature itself – in the best Scottish way possible.

What do you think about Scotland? Share your thoughts with us below!

Aug
9

The Best Gyms You’ll Ever Find in Scotland

Sports equipment

Sports equipmentTaking a vacation in Scotland? Then you better visit these gyms that bring you the best value for your money, just like when you buy from TheFitnessPlanet! You don’t have to stop exercising just because you’re on holiday, my friend. Staying fit should be a lifestyle. So go ahead, hit these gyms asap.

CrossFit Scotland, North Ayrshire

Found in the industrial town Irvine, this gym doesn’t just allow you to do weight lifting, cardio exercises, and core training; it even accommodates gymnastics equipment. It’s ideal for those who are taking their physical fitness seriously. If you want to train with others in a group and work out like never before, check out this gym.

Silverknowes Outdoor Gym, Edinburgh
Outdoor gym, Edinburgh

© Stephen Craven

This is one of the most unique gyms you’ll ever visit thanks to its location. The view of the beach across this gym will entice and hypnotize you, which is a great thing because you’ll continue doing whatever you’re doing (say, running on a treadmill) while being mesmerized by the beach. Exercising here will make you forget about the troubles you had with air conditioning and gyms before. It will simply allow you to enjoy the fresh Scottish air. And you know what’s better? It’s free! So if you’re low on budget, but you still want to stay fit, this is the gym to visit in Edinburgh.

One Spa, Edinburgh

Having fun in the capital city of Scotland? Work out in this high-end gym located in the five star Sheraton Hotel. You will love the gym, the rooftop hydro pool, and the fantastic spa. It’s not just a place for exercise; it’s a site for relaxation too.

Pure Gym

Located in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasglow, Edinburgh, and Paisley, this gym apparently has extended its hands to help Scottish and non-Scottish people to stay fit. It’s even available 24 hours a day! Considering its membership fee of £25 and monthly fee of £19.99, it’s a budget gym that doesn’t seem like one because of the wide range of equipment it offers. Not to mention the equipment is well-tended.

The Waterfront Leisure Complex, Greenock

This complex offers a gym, a whole range of sports facilities, a swimming pool, and an ice rink. You’ll never run out of things to do in this place. Perfect for families and group of friends on a vacay!

Waterfront Leisure Complex, GreenockAzzurra Fitness Studio, Glasglow

In this gym, you’ll learn how to properly exercise with a professional. Although it’s a private gym, it still welcomes those who wish to train alone. If you want to achieve your fitness goals, you better step your feet on the floors of this studio.

 

 

Aug
7

4 Must-Try Foods in Scotland

Haggis with tatties and neeps
  1. Stovies

StoviesWhether you get them from a bakery or a man’s pub, stovies, best served with beetroot and oatcakes, will make you wanting more with every bite. It’s the delicious combination of onions, potatoes, stock, beef, and butter (or fat). Trust me; a single bite will make you realize why most people consider it their favorite Scottish food.

  1. Scottish Breakfast

Start your day with a Scottish breakfast! Nothing beats this full breakfast that will keep you energized for the rest of the day. It consists of egg, bacon, beans, sausage, black pudding, tomato, tattie scone, and mushroom and toast. This breakfast is usually served with coffee, tea, or juice, though I suggest you make your own juice instead because that’s healthier. If you want to know about juice and juicers, Eric is the right person to ask.

  1. Cullen Skink

Cullen SkinkLet’s move on to the soup. If you’re looking for a dish with fish, you better try the specialty of Cullen town in the North-East. Don’t worry if you can’t visit the city, the popularity of Cullen Skink has already reached many menus in Scotland. The soup comprises of smoked haddock, onions, potatoes, and cream, butter, or milk. Every sip will make you long for more. Plus, it’s coupled with freshly toasted bread, complementing the soup and satisfying your stomach simultaneously.

  1. Haggis

Haggis with tatties and neepsA lot of people, after hearing what this is made up of, say it’s disgusting. Guess what? It’s not! The food is surprisingly delectable, considering its ingredients. It’s usually served with neeps (turnip) and tatties (mashed potatoes) and is the national dish of Scotland. All right, I’m sure you’re curious about the contents. I’ll be honest. It consists of sheep’s heart, lung, and liver, with suet or fat, spices, onion, and oats and for cooking, it’s enclosed in sausage casing which is actually sheep stomach. But hey, who says it’s bad for the health? As long as it’s delicious and healthy, it’s good for the tongue and the other parts of the body!

Jul
9

Remember These When Sightseeing

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Let’s face it.

There’s so much the world can offer to you, even if you’re just a wanderer by sight. There’s also so much the world has in store for you, especially if you’re really a wanderer by heart. From scenic views to pacific waters to fertile lands to bountiful forests, there’s no shortage of places to go here on Earth. From taking pictures to scuba diving to food tripping to hiking trails, there’s also no shortage of things to do here on Earth.

That being said, remember these when sightseeing:

You will not just see.

Sightseeing is not just a great way to finally see for yourself what you only saw in pictures online. It’s also a great way to finally experience for yourself what other people have only experienced before. You will not just see scenic views, but also experience what it’s like to be standing next to those scenic views via taking pictures. You will not just see pacific waters, fertile lands, and bountiful forests. You will also experience what it’s like to be under these waters, on these lands, and in these forests via scuba diving, food tripping, and hiking trails.

Bring what you only need.

The reasons for this are quite simple. Bringing what you only need when sightseeing allows you to move freely, as well as enables you to not get tired easily. This way, you will fully see what the world can offer to you and you will fully experience what the world has in store for you. This includes bringing essentials such as a light backpack, a blanket, a water bottle, and a snack (which, by the way, you can also make at home using a bread machine like a Zojirushi BB-CEC20. This also includes bringing other essentials such as warm clothes and emergency kits.

Just simply catch the moment.

And by this, it means taking in a dose of fresh air and letting yourself discover the world at its finest. You see, just simply catching the moment is more than just taking pictures of scenic views. It’s also catching the moment with yourself seeing the wonderful chance given to you. You also see, just simply catching the moment is more than just scuba diving under pacific waters, food tripping on fertile lands, and hiking trails in bountiful forests. It’s also catching the moment with yourself experiencing the wonderful chance given to you.

Any other tips and ideas when sightseeing? Share them with us below!

May
31

Travelling In Scotland With Your Kids

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Whoever said you can’t travel in Scotland with your kids seriously doesn’t know how to take fun to a whole new level.

Because let’s face it: we’re not getting any younger. What better way to prevent yourself from wondering all day on what to do with your life as you get older each year than to surround yourself with your kids?

That being said, here are other reasons why you should travel in Scotland with your kids:

It will make you feel more creative.

Mind you, parenthood is a form of art. You don’t just give your kid a place to sleep. You give your kid a kid-friendly place to sleep. You don’t just make your kid eat food. You make your kid eat food prepared especially for him. Travelling in Scotland with your kid is also the same. You don’t just go somewhere to make your kid have fun. You go somewhere to make your kid not just to have fun, but also to remember the trip for as long as he could.

It will make you feel more patient.

One of the ultimate challenges when traveling with your kid is being patient – not just with them, but also with yourself. Travelling in Scotland with your kid, however, will make you feel more patient as there are truly lots of things to do for those who have kids with them. You can either accompany your kid in Harry Potter film locations or even see the Northern Lights under the right weather conditions in Shetland.

It will make you feel more like a parent.

Nothing beats going somewhere awesome like Scotland with your kids. Why? Well, you will not just get to spend time with them. You will also get the chance to learn more about them – even if you’re just taking beautiful pictures of the Loch Ness in Gary Randall photography-style.

Dec
30

4 Movies about Scotland to Add to Your Must-Watch List

Scotland is a fascinating country brimming with heritage, history, compelling stories, and spectacular sights among others. One visit is barely enough to scratch the surface to understand and see more of its tangible and intangible treasures. If you are thinking of traveling to Scotland at some point and wish to know a bit more about it, books and films about the country can prove handy. In this article, we feature four of the top movies about Scotland to add to your must-watch list.

Culloden (1964)

Culloden is a docudrama by Peter Watkins. This critically-acclaimed film is about the 1746 Battle of Culloden that brought an end to the Jacobite rebellion. This film is not easy to watch for those who may be squeamish about the brutality and harrowing images of war. But it depicts war for what it is – brutal and disturbing. It puts people from both sides of opposing forces in stark relief by providing a glimpse into their reasons or motivations in joining the war.

Local Hero (1983)

Local Hero is a film that may not what you would expect it to be. The story and the related issues it presents are all too familiar. It is essentially a story of an American man sent by an oil magnate to a Scottish fishing village with hopes of acquiring it for the latter’s Knox Oil and Gas company. But the oil executive’s plans did not pan out as expected. This film is a poignant journey into a breathtaking place that would make you want to root for anyone who would wish to protect it.

Macbeth (1971)

The Tragedy of Macbeth is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays. It stands out for its grim portrayal of a story steeped with darkness fueled by ambition, murder, revenge and the resulting madness. It is a gripping and haunting film that takes you into the convoluted and messy outcomes of ambition, revenge, and guilt.

Sunshine on Leith (2013)

Sunshine on Leith is an uplifting story about two soldiers and longtime best friends Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) who finished their tour in Afghanistan and has returned to their hometown of Edinburgh. Based on a Scottish band musical, this film may be teeming with clichés for some are not into what seems like formulaic approach to the conflicts and resolutions. But it is a feel good movie that features engaging tunes and stunning views of Edinburgh.

Dec
11

10 of the Best Places to Visit in Scotland

To say that Scotland is stunning seems like an understatement. Its rich history and heritage, diverse terrains, and dramatic sceneries defy the imagination. It is a place of captivating sights and compelling tales – best experienced than heard or read. There are many reasons to fall in love with the country. And here are just some of them.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Top attractions: Calton Hill and the National Monument, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Church, Holyrood Abbey, Holyrood Park, Museum of Childhood, National Library of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, Our Dynamic Earth, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Princes Street, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, St Giles Cathedral, the Royal Botanic Garden, The Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Glasgow
Glasgow
Top attractions: The Bagpipe Museum, Bellahouston Park, Charles Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, Hunterian Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kibble Palace, Mackintosh’s Art Academy, the National Piping Centre, the People’s Palace, Pollok House, Riverside Museum, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Tall Ship, the University of Glasgow

Inverness
Inverness
Top attractions: Beauly Gallery, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield and Visitors Centre, Glen Ord Distillery, Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, St Andrew’s Cathedral, The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, the Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum, Urquhart Castle

Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Top attractions: Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Brig o’Balgownie, Castlegate, Cruickshank Botanic Gardens, the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting, Marischal College, Provost Skene’s House, St Machar’s Cathedral, the Satrosphere Science Centre, the University and King’s College of Aberdeen

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
Top attractions: The Clan Donald Centre, Coral Beach, climbing in Cuillin, Dunvegan Castle, the Fairy Glen, the Fairy Pools, Loch Coruisk, the Old Man of Storr, Neist Point Lighthouse, the Quiraing, Rubha Hunish, the Sea Eagles, Skyeskyns showroom, the Talisker Whisky, the Village of Boreraig,

Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Top attractions: The Caledonian Canal, Drumnadrochit village, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Loch Oich, Nessie – The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Spean Bridge, Urquhart Castle

Fort William
Jacobite Steam Train
Top attractions: Ben Nevis, Jacobite Steam Train, Lochaber Geopark, Nevis Range, Road to the Isles, West Highland Museum

Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park
Top attractions: Atholl Country Life Museum, Balmoral Castle, Blair Castle and Gardens, Blair Castle Trekking Centre, Braemar Castle, Cairngorm Brewery, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Clan Macpherson Museum, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Drumin Castle, Funicular Railway, Highland Folk Museum, Inshriach Nursery, Loch an Eilein, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Speyside Distillery, Strathspey Steam Railway Aviemore, Tomatin Distillery, Wild Mountain Garden

Shetland Islands
Shetland Islands
Top attractions: Broch of Culswick, Broch of Mousa, Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Ness of Burgi Fort, Old Scatness, Out Skerries, Ronas Hill, Scalloway Castle, Scalloway Museum, Shetland Museum, Shetland Textile Museum, Tangwick Haa Museum, Unst Boat Haven, the Up Helly Aa Festival

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Top attractions: Ben Lomond, the Highland Boundary Fault, the Island of Inchmurrin, Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond Shores, the lochs, the Maid of the Loch, the National Park Centre, the National Route 7, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, the Rob Roy Visitor Centre, Rosneath Castle, the West Highland Way