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Your Weekly Travel Zen: Scotland

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel

This week's Moment of Travel Zen comes to us from Danielle Petrie. With miles and miles of breathtaking scenery, from rolling hills to islands...

Orkney's Surprising Neolithic Wonders

Historvius | Posted 04.08.2014 | Travel

When we think of historical places which date back thousands of years it's natural to think of the Pyramids, Stonehenge or the ruins of ancient Mesopo...

Discover Scotland On Your Own Two Feet

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 03.14.2014 | Travel

TARBERT, Scotland (AP) — I don't have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It's true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an...

Experience Legends And Epic Views At Dunnottar Castle

Posted 02.28.2014 | Travel

The ruins of Dunnottar Castle sit on a dramatic cliff on the northeast coast of Scotland. The castle is incredibly rich in history and also offers som...

Scotland Really Is A Place To Love, Here Are Some Reasons Why

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel

It's hard not to love Scotland, especially this week, when the country became the 17th in the world to legalize gay marriage. Scotland is a small ...

6 of U.K.'s Most Remote Tourist Destinations

Holiday Lettings | Posted 04.08.2014 | Travel
Holiday Lettings

Rugged and windswept, the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland are among the most isolated and mysterious places in the U.K.

Of Towers and Turrets: Castles in Scotland

Alison Chino | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel
Alison Chino

We have four children, three of them boys, so there is nothing I love more than to release them in a castle ruin where they can run free and engage in imaginary battles.

Guides' Variety Hour: Scotland, Haggis, and Happy Birthday Robbie Burns

Rick Steves | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

On January 25th, it was the birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. Robbie Burns was one of the Romantic Age poets who stoked Scottish natio...

If You're Scared of Ghosts, This Isn't For You

Erin Ruberry | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

When a historic attraction has been featured on a show called Most Haunted and gets its own WikiHow entry for "How to Survive a Trip to Mary King's Close," you're guaranteed a pretty spooky experience.

10 Must-See Destinations Near Edinburgh, Scotland

Holiday Lettings | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Holiday Lettings

Here are ten must-see places that are easily accessible by car or public transport and range from the birthplace of the Scottish saltire and the scene of notorious 16th century witch trials to the home of Rugby Sevens.

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Castle in the World

Erin Ruberry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

2013-11-04-Screenshot20131104at9.06.18AM.jpgAfter spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I think I've found the most beautiful castle in the world.

10 Hidden Islands You've Never Heard of

SmarterTravel | Posted 08.28.2013 | Travel

Go ahead and become a castaway for a day or two. Here are 10 secret places -- from the mysterious North Atlantic to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean -- where you can completely surrender to island time.

One Final Duty-Free Gauntlet Before Leaving Scotland

Rick Steves | Posted 10.05.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

This video clip may show what seems like any old airport, but after two weeks in unpolished Scotland, it came as a jolt to me. At Glasgow's airport, t...

Scotland Tour: All Tours Must Pass

Rick Steves | Posted 10.01.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

It is always a bit emotional at the end of a tour, when we say goodbye to our bus driver and guide. We have a tour culture where bus drivers eat meals...

Scotland Tour: Some Drum Fun with a Bodhrán

Rick Steves | Posted 10.01.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Celtic music (both Irish and Scottish) stirs me. It's a great part of travel here. I see the tumult of the past and the love of heritage in the eyes o...

Scotland Tour: Enjoying a Natural High, High in the Highlands

Rick Steves | Posted 09.29.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Driving through the remote and evocative Highlands valley called Glencoe, our guide, Liz, and I conspired to find a place where we could simply stop t...

Scotland Tour: British Commandos Memorial in the Scottish Highlands

Rick Steves | Posted 09.29.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

In World War II, Winston Churchill decided that Britain needed an elite military corps. He created the British Commandos, famous for wearing green ber...

Scotland Tour: The Recipe for a Tasty Tour

Rick Steves | Posted 07.29.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

I love the challenge of orchestrating a smooth, efficient, and safe European bus tour for 25 happy travelers. There are countless keys to success.

Scotland Tour: Hey, Pharaoh, We're Up Scotland

Rick Steves | Posted 09.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

We all know about Stonehenge and England's famous stone circles. But I didn't realize Scotland had its fancy-pants knuckle-draggers, too. (That's your...

Scotland Tour: The Battle of Culloden -- The Last Battle on British Soil

Rick Steves | Posted 09.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my favorite sights in Scotland is the evocative memorial battlefield of Culloden, where, in 1746, the troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie gave it t...

Scotland Tour: Sheepdogs Put on a Great Show

Rick Steves | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

No one at home would think of me as a softy for dogs. But when our group got to cuddle the dozen tiny border collie puppies, only a few days old and just starting to open their eyes, I fell in love.

Scotland Tour: Thatched Wooden Huts on the Loch -- from 2,500 Years Ago

Rick Steves | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Across Scotland, archaeologists know that little round islands on the lakes are evidence of crannogs -- circular houses built by big shots 500 years before Christ. One is now the Crannog Centre, a museum staffed by people dedicated to learning about and teaching about these people.

Scotland Tour: Into the Hotel after a Great Day of Touring Scotland

Rick Steves | Posted 09.17.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Actually signing up for and taking one of my own tours gives me a very important insight into the day-to-day lives of our tour members. Is every day's...

Scotland Tour: Highland Games in the Village of Kenmore

Rick Steves | Posted 09.15.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

One day a year, the Scottish village of Kenmore hosts its Highland Games festival -- and our tour group was lucky enough to be there, mixing it up wit...

A quick tour of tiny Kenmore

Rick Steves | Posted 07.11.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

The tiny village of Kenmore--little more than the fancy domain of its castle, a church set in a bouquet of tombstones, and a line of humble houses--pr...