Edinburgh is an amazing city to visit. With world-class museums, unique shops and cozy pubs, this vibrant city offers endless opportunities for culture, food and fun. So many choices can prove challenging, but for a unique experience that seamlessly blends adventure with nature and history, look no further than the Firth of Forth. This picturesque estuary serves as the entrance to Edinburgh’s port and is inextricably linked to the region’s fascinating history. The waterway is dotted with a number of small islands that played an important role in the defense of the region, protecting the coast from Vikings, pirates and invading armies. The small islands are also home to various birds, small animals and sea life.
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.
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!
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.