Another must visit place in Dumfries and Galloway is Drumlanrig Castle which was used as the filming location for the Duke of Sandrigham's Estate in Outlander.
During a guided tour you can view the castle's renowned art, furniture and silver collections and discover more about some of the colourful characters that have visited over the years. You will even see the bed that Bonnie Prince Charlie and Neil Armstrong slept in, not at the same time obviously! 😂
Dumfries and Galloway is packed with historical sites like this one at Torhouse Stone Circle near Wigtown. Circles like this are more commonly found in NE Scotland so it is an unusual stone circle for this part of the country. Built in the Bronze Age, it is made up of 19 dumpy granite boulders which are graded in height. There is a line of three boulders in the centre which was recorded in 1684 as ‘King Gauldus’s Tomb’.
Torhouse is free to visit and like all stone circles I've visited it has a special atmosphere, enjoy a little look around with me :-)
Today I'm back to sharing your requested Scottish destinations and I've been asked to feature the much overlooked Dumfries and Galloway region. Why would you not want to visit a place in Scotland that has beaches like this?? In case you're wondering where you could find such a paradise - this is Port Logan in the Rhins of Galloway. #LoveDandG
Thought I'd share one last photo from my trip to Edinburgh this week. This is the colourful and very photogenic Victoria Street. It is said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books and fans also need to visit here if they are in the city to pop into the Museum Context shop that specialises in all things Harry Potter. They sell everything from wands to pages from the Daily Prophet - I could have spent a fortune!
If you're on Instagram you can follow my Adventures Around Scotland there too - I'd love you to pop over and say 'Hello' 😀
If you visit Edinburgh, be sure to take a look down the historic closes on the Royal Mile. There are plenty of fascinating discoveries to be made like Bakehouse Close, one of the best preserved closes in the Old Town. The archway dates back to 1570 and Outlander fans might also be interested to know this was used as the filming location for Jamie's print shop 😀
Don't just walk by New College in Edinburgh, head into the courtyard and you'll be rewarded with this amazing view 😍
To celebrate Valentine's Day I've contributed a Scottish suggestion to this article featuring some of the world's most romantic places
This week I'm in Edinburgh embracing the traditional tourist experience which means spending a lot of time walking up and down the Royal Mile 🚶♀️ but with architecture like this to admire, I'm not complaining ☺
12 historic sites to visit in Moray, Scotland
I'll be spending most of next week in Edinburgh doing some research for future blog posts so keep an eye out for those. Meanwhile here is a blog post I wrote after a stay in Edinburgh New Town (which isn't that new!), an interesting part of the city often overlooked by tourists in favour of the Old Town
If you're looking for something to do in Glasgow this weekend then what about a trip to the The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show?
I popped along today with FunkyEllas Travel and we had great fun peeking in all the camper vans and motor-homes, I would love to have my own one day but in the meantime I can dream...
The show is huuuuge and I have so many new ideas for future Scottish holidays which is probably the last thing I need 😂
A highlight was meeting Cameron McNeish, one of the people that inspires me to explore more of Scotland. I picked up a copy of his new book and can't wait to start reading it, he was also telling us about his upcoming show featuring the lovely Sam Heughan. If you're a Sam fan you won't want to miss that on Easter Sunday 👍😍
Visiting Scotland's National Book Town and my pick of the best book shops in Wigtown
My guide to the top things to do on the Isle of Skye's Sleat Peninsula
Sleat, perfectly Skye #IsleofSkye #Skye
Today's featured blog post is all about tea and cake (one of my favourite subjects!) and specifically some of my recommended places for a refreshment in and around Ullapool. If you're planning on doing the North Coast 500 then these suggestions might come in very handy.
I'm looking for a new tent for some upcoming Scottish wild camping adventures so I can't wait to check this out at the weekend 👍 Don't forget you can use my discount code ADVSCOT18 for a saving on adult online tickets - see you there!
This week I'm going to be sharing some of my most popular Scottish travel posts to give you some inspiration for new adventures in the year ahead.
First up, join me on a road-trip around the beautiful Kintyre Peninsula
I do love a Scottish road-trip and this blog post from Watch Me See has lots of fab ideas as suggested by some of Scotland's best travel bloggers. Look out for my own off the beaten track suggestion 🏎️
This week I've been featuring images from the Isle of Bute and decided to finish with a photo I took just this morning looking along the Kyles of Bute. I hope you've enjoyed learning about a few of the highlights on the island although there is much more to discover. Bute is a really easy Scottish island to visit so if you haven't been already be sure to add it to your list!
Watch out for my next featured Scottish destination as requested by one of you lovely people 😀
I hope you've been enjoying my images from the Isle of Bute this week and you've been inspired to explore this lovely island for yourself.
Today I wanted to share some of the island's beaches. Ettrick Bay is the most popular but personally I love Scalpsie and its resident seals, however there are lots of lesser known bays to discover if you know where to look.
One of my favourite viewpoints on the Isle of Bute is from the WW2 bunker on the north end of the island looking down to the Kyles of Bute, Loch Riddon and The Burnt Islands.
This is the location of a decoy site built to fool German bombers into attacking a place with no civilians. Today it makes a great place for a peaceful picnic although I recommend avoiding sitting around too long in midge season, speaking from personal experience!! 😂
One of my favourite places on Bute to sit on a sunny day is Ardencraig Gardens. It's a lovely little walled haven just outside Rothesay which is full of colour during the spring & summer.
Dogs are allowed on leads and it is free to visit, so be sure to check it out when you're on the island.
New on the blog - Read my review of Murrayshall Hotel & Golf Courses in Perthshire which has recently undergone a stunning refurbishment. They also have some pretty good deals on at the moment if you check out their website 💷👍
If you're planning on going to the show, don't forget there is a discount code for online adult tickets in my blog post 👇👇👇💷💷💷
This week I'm sharing some of my favourite places on the Isle of Bute. Another place I love to explore is Dunagoil Iron Age Fort on the south west of the isalnd. The fort originally had timber and stone walls which at some point burned so intensely the rocks melted and fused together, a process known as vitrification. There are about 60 vitrified forts in Scotland.
There have been many interesting artifacts excavated from the site which can be viewed at Bute Museum.
It is an easy climb to the top and the views are fantastic, there are also a couple of caves to explore. A great way to spend an hour or two 👍
What a gorgeous photo from the famous Scott's View in the Borders
This week I'm continuing to share images from places that have been requested by some of my lovely followers and this time I'm turning the spotlight on to my home island, the Isle of Bute.
Today I'm featuring the 12th century St Blane's Chapel which is surrounded by the earlier monastic site of St Blane’s.
The monastery was originally founded in the 6th century and is thought to be the forerunner to the better known monastery of St Columba on Iona. It is a very atmospheric place and a must visit on the island.
Find out what I got up to during my stay at a luxury lodge in Loch Lomond
This is a fab show if you are looking for some inspiration for Scottish adventures. You can also use my discount code 💷 ADVSCOT18 💷 for a saving on adult tickets which you can purchase here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-scottish-caravan-motorhome-holiday-home-show-8-11-february-2018-tickets-39609406802?aff=eac2
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone that took the time to leave kind and supportive words after my post yesterday. Although I was feeling a bit disheartened after recent messages, all the amazing feedback really cheered me up and I'm feeling all motivated and inspired to get back on the keyboard to write my next Scotland blog post so big hugs to you all! 🤗🤗🤗
New Blog Post - My adventures around Scotland by caravan & camper van - as you can see I started at a young age! My blog post also includes a discount code for advance tickets to the The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show :-)
Today I really feel I have to get something off my chest. Recently I have been contacted by quite a few people that have felt disappointed or annoyed that I have not included their own particular town, village or area in my blog posts.
I appreciate that people are passionate about their local area and I am always trying to highlight overlooked parts of Scotland. However, no-one pays me to run my blog and I have spent countless unpaid hours writing and maintaining it over the years.
It is a personal blog and I run it because I am passionate about sharing my travels around Scotland in an attempt to help or inspire others to explore more of the country.
I run this blog alongside my day job and write articles at the expense of spending precious free time with friends and family. I'm not complaining about this because I enjoy it and it is how I choose to spend my time. However, it is very disheartening when I get messages 'requesting' I add more destinations to my articles or comments complaining that I didn't promote a particular place. Please be appreciative that by asking this you are effectively asking me to give up more of my personal time than I already am.
My website is not an official tourism guide, it is a record of my own travels and unfortunately it's just not possible for me to write about, or travel to, every place in the country that is worth visiting, although I try to cover as many as I can.
I hope by writing this post, people will have a better understanding of what I do, why I can't take on such requests and why I may not have included their particular destination in a blog post.
In celebration of Robert Burns, I thought it was fitting to share my blog post about my visit to Mauchline to find out more about Scotland's National Bard
Thanks to Highland Safaris and their pretty cool Pinzgauer (can you spot it!), the deep snow didn't stop us getting up the hills for some pretty fantastic views, like this one of Schiehallion. We even visited their cute little bothy for a wee dram to keep us warm! What a fun few hours 🤣
Did you manage to get out and enjoy the snow in Scotland over the weekend? I headed to Perthshire which was a spectacular winter wonderland with blue skies and perfect white mountains😍🦌🏴
Some great inspiration for a little road-trip in Fife from Lovely Scotland - Fotografía y Viajes por Escocia
At the weekend I was invited to check out the recently refurbished Murrayshall Hotel & Golf Courses in Scone near Perth. I loved the contemporary Scottish style and my amazing four poster bed! 😍 I will be writing a full review of my stay very soon but in the meantime I thought I would share a little look around inside.
I do love picking up some local, fresh produce at farm shops while I'm travelling around Scotland so this guide to the best farm shops in Fife by FunkyEllas Travel will come in very handy. My mouth is watering just reading it!
This is a great whisky distillery to visit
I hoped you've enjoyed my images from Arran this week. I thought I'd finish off with some photos of the scenery that makes the island so memorable.
Watch out for my next featured Scottish destination which was requested by one of you lovely folk 👍
This has to be my favourite road-trip in Scotland. Not many people know that I lived with my parents in Bridge of Orchy for a while and loved it so much I even got married there! This whole road-trip is filled with some of my most special places in Scotland and of course wild and stunning scenery :-)
Love reading blog posts about places in Scotland I've never heard of before, so this one about Gordon Castle Gardens is right up my street.
Have you ever heard of the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail? My latest blog post tells you everything you need to know to plan a memorable road-trip in this often overlooked part of Scotland :-)
Today I'm continuing with more images from Arran and this time the mysterious Machrie Moor. There are many stone circles in Scotland and in my opinion this is one of the best places to experience them.
There are six stone circles of various shapes and sizes scattered across the moorland. There are also standing stones, burial cairns, cists and hut circles all dating to between 3500 and 1500 BC. This is not only one of my favourite places on the island but also in the country! I wild camped nearby which meant I could get up early and have the place all to myself, a very special experience 😍
A few photos of the Arran locals! In Lochranza there are red deer everywhere and it is hard to avoid them as you walk around, although sometimes they are a little trickier to spot than others 🦌🦌🦌
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