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6 Unique Things to Do on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Written on May 17, 2022

The Royal Mile is a microcosm of Edinburgh; its buzzing atmosphere, music, and history show some of the best things Edinburgh has to offer in just a 1.81km stretch. It's hard not to get swept away by the enchanting atmosphere of The Royal Mile, each nook and cranny is rich in stories of tales long gone by.

Step into Advocate's Close

Step back to the 15th century and wander down Advocate's Close. The entrance is opposite St Giles’ Cathedral on The Royal Mile and is a must-visit on your Edinburgh trip.

See the Street Performers

There's a certain magic to The Royal Mile; in a way, it almost feels timeless.

Caricature Artists

Treat yourself to a flattering (or not so flattering) portrait of yourself and your loved ones with caricature.

Experience The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Located at the top of The Royal Mile, The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a great day out for all the family.

There you have it! We hope you've enjoyed our tour through the best spots on the Royal Mile, some of which you may never have heard of!

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New Tour Launch in Edinburgh- The Languages of Scotland

Written on May 14, 2022

We are so excited to announce that our very own Angus is launching a brand new tour in Edinburgh- The Languages of Scotland! And Angus has decided to use his tour to do good in the city. Profits from ticket sales will be used to support Ukrainian refugees newly arrived in the city.

The tour has been developed in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council. Over the last two years we have been lucky to work with Ann Paterson, the Capital Gaelic Development Officer and learn the language as well as its origin.

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8 Things to Do in York on a Rainy Day

Written on April 14, 2022

It’s not difficult to see how the ancient walled city of York brings in 8.4 million visitors each year. York boasts world-class museums, a shopper’s paradise and a history dating back to the Romans and Vikings. There’s something for everyone in this incredible city.

1. Visit the site of the first Lesbian wedding

Anne Lister, considered to be the “first modern lesbian” and recently dramatized in the BBC series “Gentleman Jack” was also the first to get married in York. Anne was a member of one of the most prominent families in Halifax, a town in West Yorkshire. Anne challenged Victorian societal norms by receiving an education and becoming a businesswoman and an adventurous traveller.

6. Read at Lucius Books

Consider yourself a bookworm? Lucius Books in York is your one-stop shop for rare signed first editions and manuscripts. Their library contains impeccable quality books on every topic under the sun, from travel to philosophy to nonfiction.

It's fair to say York is a city that has so much to offer, even on a rainy day. With its history, culture and shopping scene, it's a must-visit!

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7 Cool Things to Do in Glasgow

Written on March 30, 2022

Glasgow is a city rich in history and culture. In fact, Glasgow is actually a UNESCO Creative City of Music! Glasgow has also won “The World’s Friendliest City” not once but twice, which supports the city’s slogan of “People Make Glasgow”.

Shuggie Bain Mural - The Barrowlands

Inspired by the Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart, this mural is definitely a cool spot in Glasgow.

The Lighthouse - Mackintosh Centre

Another cool thing to do in Glasgow is to climb to the top of The Lighthouse in the Mackintosh Centre to get two high-up views of Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Established in 1901, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a must-see when in Glasgow. A favourite with locals and tourists alike, the museum is free to enter and also boasts a wonderful garden, but more on than later.

Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow Necropolis is an important part of Glasgow’s history. Some 50,000 individuals are buried there in what was a burial ground for all classes.

Glasgow Southside

Want to experience Glasgow like a local?

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What Are Some Fun Things to Do in Manchester?

Written on March 16, 2022

With around one million visitors each year, Manchester knows how to entertain its guests. As one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, Manchester offers activities for all-comers, whether you’re travelling as part of a group or flying solo, no matter your age or interests.

Cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal

An amazing feat of 19th-century industrial engineering, the Manchester Ship Canal gave ocean-going vessels direct access to the city of Manchester, despite the city being inland.

Discover Manchester’s Sporting Greatness

Perhaps the most famous aspect of Manchester culture today is the city’s dominance in the world of football.

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10 Essential Edinburgh Sights for Visitors

Written on December 07, 2021

There’s no disputing that Edinburgh is an iconic capital city worthy of your travel bucket list. With two separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city centre, mind-boggling topography, and jaw-dropping architectural beauty, Edinburgh regularly attracts visitors from all over the world.

1. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is, of course, one of the most essential sights for visitors to the capital. In truth, it doesn’t matter if you’ve lived here all your life or you’re visiting for the first time: Edinburgh Castle draws your eyes up in admiration.

2. The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, with countless shops, restaurants, cafes, museums, and accommodations along the way. As part of the Old Town, this stretch of street has seen quite a variety of characters and events over the centuries!

3. Palace of Holyroodhouse

At the other end of the Royal Mile, you’ll find the Palace of Holyroodhouse (or Holyrood Palace). This historic royal residence is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh and well worth a visit.

4. Arthur’s Seat

Within Holyrood Park is the iconic Arthur’s Seat. An ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat offers a short hike to reach beautiful views across all of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth beyond. It’s well worth the effort if you’re able and have a few hours to enjoy the full adventure. We consider it to be one of the most scenic places in Edinburgh.

5. Royal Yacht Britannia

Speaking of the Firth of Forth, you must visit Leith when you’re in Edinburgh! This part of the city was the former docklands and gained some notoriety through the likes of Trainspotting. If you want to learn more about that book, film, and the reality of life in Leith, be sure to check out our Trainspotting Generation tour with Paul.

6. Scott Monument

Situated in the city centre, the Scott Monument has become an integral part of the Edinburgh skyline. You could simply appreciate the monument from below or afar, admiring its gothic design and dramatic beauty.

7. Princes Street Gardens

The Princes Street Gardens are a hub of activity and a gathering place for visitors and locals alike in Edinburgh. This beautiful green space separates the Old Town from the New Town and it actually used to be the Nor’ Loch. You wouldn’t have wanted to visit Edinburgh in those days...that was where the residents threw their waste!

8. Calton Hill

Up the street from Princes Street Gardens, you’ll find Calton Hill. The views from here across Edinburgh are delightful, and this is also one of the best spots in Edinburgh for sunset. Learn a bit of history around the National Monument and enjoy a cuppa from the cafe atop the hill whilst you’re there.

9. National Museum of Scotland

Back in the Old Town, an essential Edinburgh sight is the National Museum of Scotland. From its variety of exhibitions relaying stories from Scotland’s past and present, to its beautiful view from the rooftop patio, this is definitely a spot to seek out as you’re exploring the city.

10. Greyfriars Kirkyard

Just across the street from the National Museum of Scotland, you’ll first come across the statue of Greyfriars Bobby.

Perhaps Edinburgh’s most famous canine, Bobby’s story is so popular that it even became a Disney film! Find out more about his story as you enter Greyfriars Kirk just behind Bobby, across the next street.

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