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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

A Ramble in Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands

You get some spectacular views when driving through Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands. The majestic peaks of Glen Coe The cloud at the top of this mountain made it look like a smoking volcano We wanted to stop for a walk and a coffee from our flask. Show More Summary

Walking Along Santander Prom

It was a such a beautiful afternoon when I arrived at Santander bus station from the airport. I only had hand luggage, one wheelie case, so I decided to walk to our hotel, the Silken Rio Santander at Sardinero Beach. I knew that I could...Show More Summary

Swan Family on Eyemouth Beach: Today’s Walk 5 October 2013

This morning was the first time that I’d seen swans waddling on a beach. We observed the Eyemouth swan family, two parents and seven cygnets, paddling close to the shoreline. They landed and made their way up the beach. I wasn’t sure...Show More Summary

Shadow of Royal Border Bridge: View from my Office 6 October 2013

All too briefly the low evening sun created an amazingly long shadow of the Royal Border Bridge along the northern bank of the River Tweed in Berwick upon Tweed. The bridge was such a golden colour, the photo below is unedited. Shadow...Show More Summary

Bridge of Oich in the Scottish Highlands

Bridge of Oich, designed by James Dredge, opened in 1854. There’s a small car park signposted off the A82 four miles south of Fort Augustus. It’s a short walk down the pavement by the main road to reach the suspension bridge.  Bridge...Show More Summary

Autumn Colours in the Lammermuir Hills in Southern Scotland

Yesterday I decided to take the long road to Edinburgh through the Lammermuir Hills in the hope of seeing some Autumn colours. Most of the trees were still pretty green but the bracken had turned to a beautiful shade of golden brown....Show More Summary

Walking to Faro de Cabo Mayor in Santander, Spain

One of the best walks around Santander is from the western end of Santander prom to the Faro de Cabo Mayer and Playa de Matalenas. Information board at the start of the walk The start of the path isn’t that obvious. At the roundabout...Show More Summary

Cullochy Lock on the Caledonian Canal

Cullochy Lock, near Loch Oich, lies on the Caledonian Canal which stretches for sixty miles from Corpath, near Fort William, to Inveress in the Scottish Highlands. The canal, which opened in 1822, was designed by Thomas Telford. We were...Show More Summary

Unusual Things to Do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with many faces, only a few of which are seen by typical tourists. But if you’ve visited Barcelona before and done Park Güell and Las Ramblas, or if you’re just more interested in going off the beaten path, below are some tips. Show More Summary

A Stroll Down Rambla Nova in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

Rambla Nova runs for around one kilometre from Placa Imperial Tarragona (close to the bus station) to Balco del Medtierrani. I walked up and down Rambla Nova a few times as my hotel, the Ciutat de Tarragona, was just across from Placa Imperial. Show More Summary

Five Places in Europe I’d Love to Visit

As a travel writer and online publisher, I’ve visited a good number of European destinations, but there are still plenty left on my wish list. Here are five of places in Europe I’d love to visit. Aarhus, Denmark I’ve been to Copenhagen, the Danish capital, and was struck by the warm, friendly and helpful locals. Show More Summary

Lynachlaggan Trail near Insh in the Scottish Highlands

Lynachlaggan Trail is one of the walks in the Insh Marshes Reserve near Aviemore maintained by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. There’s a layby with parking for three cars opposite the entrance to the trail. Map of Lynachlaggan Trail The trail is a 1.5 miles long with some rough ground and slopes. Show More Summary

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