Empire Biscuits are a sweet tea popular in the United Kingdom, particularly Scotland. With the foundation of a traditional Scottish shortbread recipe, these delicate cookies are sandwiched together with raspberry jam, topped with icing and a cherry. Perfect match for afternoon tea! We share a family recipe for Empire Biscuits and our picks for the best bakeries in Scotland to eat Empire Biscuits!
The Cabot Trail is considered one of the world’s most scenic drives. It is where the mountains meet the sea and visitors are treated with a spectacular coastal drive across the Cape Breton Highlands. This posts explores Cape Breton’s Scottish roots and shares our favourite stops while driving the Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands.
Towering over the city centre of Edinburgh is the historic fortress and former royal resident, Edinburgh Castle. Walking up the hill, along the Royal Mile, it is easy to appreciate why this castle, with a complicated building history, is the most famous in Scotland and why it was recently awarded the best heritage attraction in the UK. This post explores the connections between the castle and Nova Scotia, as well highlights our travel tips to explore the castle grounds.
To celebrate National Book Lovers Day, the Wandering Gaels are sharing their favourite travel and heritage books. We hope our picks will inspire you, motivate you and take you on a new journey!
Like us, more and more travellers are focusing their holidays on exploring family history and embarking on what’s called ‘heritage travel’. It is all about combining the challenges, excitement and fun of a vacation with a history lesson. As you may be expecting planning your own heritage vacation takes a little bit of research to get the most out of your travels. Here are our tips to get started!
The Ireland Project is the journey of two friends and their experiences of visiting the towns and villages across Ireland from where their families hail. We plan to take you along on our journey to off-the-beaten-track places to eat, drink, visit — the places locals might frequent — revealing a different side to Ireland.
When it comes to Explore section on this site, you can expect to read about the on going planning for our trip to Ireland, from the very practical (what to pack, how to rent a car) to the very technical (how to access church registries, using online genealogy resources). We will be sharing travels to places that inspire us and this journey.
When it comes to Food & Fun on this site, you can expect to read and connect with recipes that were part of our family celebrations and traditions, food we love when traveling and connects us with our cultural heritage. We will be sharing music that inspires us. And books that help us along our journey.