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Smailholm Tower in the Scottish Borders

After finally visiting Greenholm Tower in the Scottish Borders, we decided to do a slight detour on our drive to Galashiels to stop at Smailholm Tower. It was badly signposted, with signs at junctions rather than a bit in advance to give you time to signal and turn. Show More Summary

Sculpture of Nike in Royal Arsenal: Today’s Walk 4 November 2013

After this morning’s rain cleared, I set out to explore Woolwich, in south-east London. I enjoyed walking around Royal Arsenal. The former site of the armaments manufacture has been developed in a trendy residential area with a couple of museums. Show More Summary

Thames Barrier and the O2 Arena from Woolwich: Today’s Walk 3 November 2013

After disembarking from the Woolwich Ferry, I took a stroll along the Thames Walkway, heading west towards the Thames Barrier. Behind the illuminated Barrier I could see the roof of the O2 Arena (which I always think of as the Millennium Dome) and the Barclays HQ and Citi Tower in Canary Wharf. Show More Summary

The Scott Wilson Memorial Sculpture in Glen Prosen   The Scott Wilson Memorial Sculpture in Glen Prosen Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog. Show More Summary

Tips on Saving Money for Travel

If you’re keen to travel more, then you need to find ways to save up the cash to pay for your trip(s). You’ll either need to spend less or earn more. if you can manage both, all the better.  Below are my tips to help you save money for travel. Show More Summary

Don’t Book on Without Clicking on the Room Description

I booked a single room at the Bruce Inn in Falkland for £45 for one night on the site. When I checked in last week I was taken aback to discover a shared bathroom. I didn’t launch into rant mode, I thought I’d better check...Show More Summary

Photo Tour of the Museum of Fire in Edinburgh

We visited the Museum of Fire in Edinburgh during the Doors Open Days in September 2013. I’ve walked past the building in Lauriston Place on many occasions, assuming that it was still an operational fire station. Me at the Museum ofShow More Summary

Abseiling Down the Forth Rail Bridge

On Sunday I stopped in South Queensferry to watch abseiling down the Forth Rail Bridge. It was a charity event with a real fun atmosphere. Friends and relatives of the abseilers were cheering them on and waiting with champagne to celebrate their feat. Show More Summary

Is Ferry the Smarter Way to Travel?

With air travel sometimes being more of a hassle than a pleasure, the ‘Smarter Way to Travel’ game highlights the benefits of travelling by DFDS Seaways. The game emphasises that although ferry may not be the fastest way to travel, it’s out ahead on entertainment and relaxation per mile. Show More Summary

Wellmeadow in Blairgowrie: Today’s Walk 27 October 2013

As I woke up pretty early this morning and the clocks had gone back for one hour, I decided to go for a walk around Blairgowrie before breakfast at the Royal Hotel. Wellmeadow, the garden square in the town centre, was looking magnificent...Show More Summary

Review of Summers Restaurant in Perth, Scotland

We had High Tea at Summers Restaurant in Perth in mid July 2013. It cost £10.95 per person for a main course, a selection of toast, scones and cakes plus unlimited tea or coffee. Exterior of Summer’s Restaurant in Perth We decided to...Show More Summary

St Andrews on a Wild Autumn Day

We’ve visited St Andrews in Fife on many occasions. Our most recent visit in October 2013 was a cold washout. What was planned to be a pleasant wander around St Andrews turned into a mad dash back to the car, as heavy showers were swept in by the chilly north easterly wind. Show More Summary

Falkland Palace: View from my Office 24 October 2013

The view from my office this afternoon was of Falkland Palace, opposite my room at the Bruce Inn. Falkland Palace: View from my Office 24 October 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog. Show More Summary

Old Gala House in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders

Old Gala House is a museum and gallery in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. It was first constructed in the late 15th century as a tower house, becoming a museum in 1988. Old Gala House’s beautiful garden It’s free to get in plus there’s...Show More Summary

Do False Shop Fronts Make High Streets More Attractive?

I noticed a couple of false shop fronts when we were in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. These ‘shop jackets’ seem to be popping up all over the UK. The claim is that they make High Streets look more attractive than empty/boarded-up shops,...Show More Summary

Doors Open Days in Edinburgh

We visited some of the Doors Open Days venues in Edinburgh during the last weekend of September 2013. It was really hard to draw up an intinerary as there were so many interesting venues, predominantly open between 10am – 4pm. The Royal...Show More Summary

Sunset at Queen’s View at Loch Tummel, Perthshire

We caught the sunset over Loch Tummel from Queen’s View in Perthshire on our drive to the Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel in Kinloch Rannoch. This was a favourite spot of both Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce, and Queen Victoria. Show More Summary

The Tango Festival in Majorca

From Friday 17th to Sunday 20th October 2013, the Tango Festival returns for its sixth year of spectacular Balearic music and dancing in the heart of the city. With participants from over 40 countries, the festival takes place at the...Show More Summary

Mist over Loch Rannoch: View from my Office 12 October 2013

What a view from my office this morning in the lobby of the Loch Rannoch Hotel in Perthshire. Mist over Loch Rannoch: View from my Office 12 October 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog. Show More Summary

Heather Burning in the Lammermuir Hills in Southern Scotland

As I was driving to Edinburgh through the Lammermuir Hills, I could see a large plume of smoke ahead. The heather burning had started in earnest on the 1st of October, the first day of the burning season. I decided to park the car and take some photos. Show More Summary

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