Category: Scotland

There is no shortage of hotels in Edinburgh - but which are good value for money? Here are my favourite picks for where to stay in Edinburgh on any budget.

Finding a place to stay in Edinburgh isn’t hard – but finding a place to stay where you get good value for your money, that is located in a cool part of town and easy to navigate from is a completely different story. Accommodation in Edinburgh ranges from anything like bare-bones hostels with absolutely no frills whatsoever to indulging, luxurious boutique hotels where a concierge will anticipate your every wish.

To your benefit I have tried them all – well, not all hotels in Edinburgh, but a great variety of accommodation that cater to different budgets and desires. Here are a few recommendations for places to stay in Edinburgh that passed the test.
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Are you keen to see the best of Scotland in a day and tick off castles, lochs and whisky from your bucket list? Check out this day trip to Stirling Castle!

It’s been over a year since I joined a group of travel bloggers from around the world for the frenzy that is Hogmanay in Edinburgh, and I can’t believe I still haven’t told you about the adventure that came afterwards. One of the perks of this ‘Blogmanay’ trip was the opportunity to test my first ever Rabbie’s tour – a Scottish travel company I have since come to love and test on a frequent basis. On an early January morning in the beginning of last year, I got aboard a Rabbie’s bus to join a day trip to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond. If you only have a couple of days to explore Scotland beyond Edinburgh, spending a day in Glasgow and one out and about is a great way to see the many different faces of this place. Here is what to exptect from a day trip around the Lower Highlands with Rabbie’s and what I thought about my trip to Stirling.
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What to do when it's raining in Edinburgh and you've seen all the touristy biggies? Follow me to Inverleith and explore the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh!

When I first moved to Glasgow and had to get accustomed to the rainy and dark winter days, I found my happy place on my way from University home to my student accommodation – the glasshouses at the Botanical Gardens in Glasgow’s West End. When I recently spent a weekend in Edinburgh with Safestay, it was raining on my final morning and I was tired from the masses of tourists pushing me through the busy lanes of Old Town. I was therefore quick to decide where to spend my time: the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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If you study in Glasgow, you might feel a bit too comfortable the Glasgow West End Bubble. To learn more about the city, here are 10 things to do!

When I tell friends from uni that I live in the East End, the first response is usually: ‘I’ve never been there’. In Glasgow we have a word for this: the Glasgow West End Bubble. If you are a student at the University of Glasgow like myself, and unless you pay a visit to the shops or clubs on Sauchiehall, Buchanan or Argyle Street, or visit the theatre or cinema in the city centre, there really is no need to leave the neighbourhood. The West End has everything you need, which is why many students don’t branch out very much, and end up leaving Glasgow with a degree, but no deeper knowledge of the city. I did not want to meet the same fate.

In the 3-and-a-bit years I’ve lived in Glasgow I’ve stayed in the swanky West End neighbourhood of Kelvindale, housed in a tiny ground floor flat in the trendy Finnieston area, moved to the other end of town to live it up in Dennistoun and got a good idea of the Southside by staying with my partner in Govanhill. You could say I’ve lived around. An while that is not something special in and of itself, it gave me the opportunity to escape the Glasgow West End Bubble and find out what Glasgow has to offer beyond the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Here are ten of my favourite secrets.
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Up Helly Aa in Lerwick had been on my bucket list for years, and at the end of January you have a chance to see it too. Here is everything you need to know!

It is almost that time of the year, when hundreds of Scottish men dress up as Vikings, carry torches through the black of the night and burn a purpose-build wooden Viking ship in honour of the past, when Shetland was not Scottish yet, but still Scandinavian. Up Helly Aa in Lerwick takes place on the last Tuesday of January and rings in a series of such processions across the Shetland Isles. Last year I fulfilled a life-long dream of mine and went to Shetland to be part of the spectacle, and thought I could tell you everything you need to know about attending Up Helly Aa in Lerwick.
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