Set against the ancient backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh is a delightful blend of old and new. This vibrant city has endless opportunities for culture, food and fun and truly there is something for everyone. With so many things to see and do, there are endless attractions to explore and many lie beyond the main tourist trail. Join us as we take you on a journey through ancient streets and Off the Beaten Cobbles to explore unique Edinburgh attractions.
Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish cultural and religious celebration. Originally a feast day in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, March 17th has evolved to become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture. With Saint Patrick’s Day approaching, we thought it would be interesting to examine the man behind today’s high-spirited festivities. For without Saint Patrick, March 17th would be like any other day!
When most people think of Ireland, they think of rolling green vistas, cozy Irish pubs and of course castles! Castles dot the Irish landscape, offering a window into Ireland’s past. Since the turn of the last century, many of these beautiful buildings have been converted into hotels. Irish Castle stays are wonderful way to immerse oneself in Ireland’s history. With a variety of options, who wouldn’t want to spend a night in a castle?
Ireland is home to Celtic music, castles, a rugged coastline and of course fairies. It is hard to disagree that this coastal country is one of the most picturesque countries in the world. There are many reasons that will draw you to the Emerald Isle. You may be exploring family connections, lovers of music, history buffs or outdoor enthusiasts. Needless to say there is something for everyone in Ireland.
Robbie Burns is a Scottish cultural icon, who garnered fame as a poet and lyricist. If your only encounter with Robert Burns is singing Auld Lang Syne at New Years, then this journey to the Scottish countryside will uncover the colourful life of the national Bard. A heritage travel experience to charming village of Alloway and the historic region of Dumfries and Galloway will connect you with his life and most known works.
What Dublin it lacks in size it makes up for in reputation. Dublin is an eclectic mix of history, culture, and debauchery. With its’ rich history, Dublin is home to many historical artifacts, as well home to many of Ireland’s best restaurants, shopping and more pubs than you could visit in one week! If you are going to the Irish capital, these are our 8 top things to do and see in Dublin – there is something for everyone!
For a unique day trip 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 defence of the region. 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 history, is the most famous castle in Scotland and why it was 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!