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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!

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