Category: Day Trips

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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Scotland in a day – that’s what Rabbie’s likes to call its day trip to Loch Ness. And indeed, the additional stops at Loch Lomond, in Glencoe and Pitlochry, and of course various places along the shores of Loch Ness, this tour is a tour de force leading from the Lowlands to the Highlands and back again. Starting in Glasgow as early as 8am this promised to be a day packed with gorgeous views and fun activities, so one fine autumn day I grabbed my backpack and headed out to adventure. Together with my friend Frida I set out to hunt down the monster of Loch Ness, indulge in some Scottish single malt whiskies and soak up as many autumn views in the Highlands as possible.

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In Glasgow there is no need to go far to get outside - the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is a perfect day trip location and conveniently accessible by train!

What does a city need for you to consider moving there? What are the non-negotiable characteristics you could not live without? Maybe you need a thriving arts culture, great arthouse cinemas, versatile theatres, well-curated museums as well as contemporary gallery spaces; or are you looking for an energetic entrepreneurial atmosphere, loads of co-working spaces, start-up initiatives and project hatcheries? People are important too – who would want to live in a city with grumpy locals where it is hard to meet new people, or a place where everybody works so much to afford life there that there is hardly any time to enjoy said life to its fullest.

All these things are important to me, but when it comes to the most basic requirement a city must fulfil in order for me to feel at home, is its landscape. I recently went to Toronto and realised something about the city which was probably the same cause why I never fully adapted to life in Berlin – it is more or less entirely flat. I asked myself, where have all the mountains gone?
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Making a bucket list for Scotland is super easy because there are so many dreamy places that you just have to see. Let's start with Dunnottar Castle!

Dunnottar Castle is one of those places that I’ve wanted to go ever since I moved to Scotland. It is one of Scotland’s most famous and iconic places, and I’m sure you have seen its image all over the internet as the castle that lies out on a rock in the sea. And indeed Dunnottar Castle is surrounded by the ocean from three sides and the cliffs drop dramatically beneath the castle walls. I was so happy when my mum visited me for a week last June and we had 7 days of sunshine accompanying us on our road trip along the north-eastern coast of Scotland. We visited Dunnottar Castle on our way back south towards Saint Andrews and here are 5 reasons why I think you should add it to your list as well!
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