In 5 words: Vibrancy and eye-catching landscape. For your first visit you need no less than 2 full days to be able to fully appreciate the city and all of its major sights while keeping pleasantly unhurried pace. Distances are walkable, public transportation is unlikely to be needed. Love its dramatic topography. Worthy attractions: Edinburgh Castle; Royal Mile. Left for another visit: St Giles Cathedral (did not go inside); Scottish National Gallery; People’s Story at the Canongate Tolbooth; Holyrood Park; Palace of Holyroodhouse: Real Mary King’s Close; Sir Walter Scott Monument; the New Town; Greyfriars Church; Museum of Childhood. Last visit: March 2015.      Destination appeal   Our verdict... Read More


In 8 words: Breathtaking landscapes, lakes, beautiful castles, and yes, whisky. For your visit anything less than 4 full days will leave plenty of unexplored; to take in all of the variety on offer, a week may be the bare minimum. Worthy attractions: Edinburgh; Eilean Donan castle; Urquhart castle; Highlands and Speyside distilleries. Left for another visit: Skye; Islay; Glasgow; Dundee; Aberdeen; many other distilleries and castles. Last visit: March 2015.      Destination appeal   Our verdict   The whisky trails and Edinburgh deserve their dedicated entries on this blog. This article highlights other places in Scotland that we visited all too briefly.... Read More

Scottish whisky distilleries

Over the course of two different trips separated by six years, I have visited 14 different Highlands and Speyside whisky distilleries in Scotland. The visits ranged from very detailed to extremely brief, from formal tours to quick tastings. There are over 80 working distilleries in those two regions combined, but the ones I targeted are among the most frequently sought out by the visitors. Below are the notes on each place.... Read More