Mysteries of Scotland


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Scotland; the land of lochs and cakes is also a land of mysteries. It is just a short plane ride from any British airport, Bristol is a great a choice to fly from, especially if you’re looking to get away from the crowded Heathrow or Gatwick. There are also great Bristol Airport hotels to catch a rest before your flight out.

Scotland is filled with many unique and unusual places to visit and things to do; whether you visit the Highland Games, or climb Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park, or scuba dive off the shore for sunken treasures. For those seeking something quieter, you might visit Easdale which with no cars or roads or street lamps, just rows of little white cottages. It is a unique experience for modern day travellers usually met with noise and chaos on vacation.

Though there are many cities that one could start their journey, Edinburgh is a great place to begin the curiosity fest. Edinburgh’s Underground Vault is a wonderful first choice or perhaps you can take part in one of the many Ghost walks available around the city. Then it’s off to spend a night at one of the nearby Edinburgh Airport hotels. After a nights rest and before heading out to Glasgow, make sure to visit Gilmerton Village to the south where a series of man-made caves can be explored. The Cove is a vast series of caves and no one quite knows why or when they were dug out – there are no available records to explain the mystery.

Once you arrive in Glasgow, drop your luggage at one of the Glasgow Airport hotels – great places to stay when you are visiting locally – and grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby pubs before searching out for the local legends. There is the local urban myth that vampires lived in the Southern Necropolis graveyard – something to scope out if you’re feeling daring. The Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is another unique attraction to visit, filled with strange, otherworldly sculptures that are made of scrap brought to life with lighting and music.

There are also a few places within driving distance of Glasgow that you should check out. There’s the Pineapple house that was built in 1761 that resembles a pineapple, having be fully restored is now available for rent as a summer home. And one last place to check out would be Gretna Green, infamous for the many, many young couples who raced across the country to marry without parental permission or interference. You can still enter into the blacksmith and see the anvil where so many couples wed.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.

One Comment

  1. Neil December 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photo Laurel and great to hear positive things about my homeland. Endless great castles in Scotland too, I’ve been charging round the country lately to see as many as I can. Hope you make it back for some top blogging on them soon!

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