Scotland

The search for Monty Python’s Holy Grail locations

Ok, I am first to admit I have an addiction – to Monty Python. It’s not as strong as it was in my teens, nor is it the type that elicits constant quotations, references to lumberjacks, dead parrots or the Spanish Inquisition. No this is a deep seated habit that involves collecting rarities, meeting members and traveling across the seas to see their legendary...

Exploring the Isle of Mull, Scotland

Barren, mysterious, primal, the Isle of Mull is the Hebridean wilderness at its best. Ruined castles, colorful fishing villages and fresh seafood are all alluring propositions when considering a visit to the Isle of Mull. What astounded us was the peacefulness and natural beauty that abounds there. Getting to the Isle of Mull Accessible by vehicular ferry from Oban...

Holyrood Palace and Abbey

Holyrood Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse (depending on who you are or what guidebook you’ve been reading) is the British Royal Family’s official Scottish Residence. The 16th Century palace sits at the end of the Royal Mile, at the bottom of the hill looking back up towards Edinburgh Castle. Built between 1671 and 1678 around a central quadrangle, it houses a...

A Harry Potter Road Trip

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, over ten years since the Deathly Hallows was released, you’re probably in need of a rekindling of your love for the boy with the lightening bolt scar and broken glasses. And there’s no better place to do that than within the UK, the home of the franchise and the wizard himself. We recently went on a road trip of sorts in the UK. A...

Review: Motel One Edinburgh-Princes

For travelers arriving in Edinburgh on train, you’d be hard pressed to find a budget-friendly, modern hotel as perfectly located as Motel One Princes. Tucked right on the corner opposite the central station, Edinburgh Waverly’s Princes Street exit and next to the Apple Store you will find Motel One Princes. It’s a 5 minute walk over the bridge to the Royal Mile where...

Oban, Scotland’s gateway to the isles

Oban, the gateway to the Isles is the kind of town where your visit is made or ruined by the weather. On our first time through, en route to Mull, it was blemished by bleak rain squalls and intense winds. The storms made strolling around unappealing and aside from laughing at the shops using Oban as a pun (Oban Sesame) – hey, who doesn’t like a good pun – we...

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Glencoe is a place of extremes. Extreme sports, extreme weather and extremely mesmerizing landscapes and views. Glencoe’s name will forever be tied to a brutal massacre that happened early in the morning of 13 February 1692 when 38 members of the Clan McDonald were killed in cold blood. Taking place just after the Jacobite revolution, the country had been in a...