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.
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.
Celebrating Robbie Burns in Scotland on January 25th is a cornerstone of Scottish life. On the birthday of the great Scottish poet friends and community gather to honour the esteemed bard. People in Scotland, and around the globe, mark this event with a celebratory evening of food, music, and most importantly, poetry. Burns Night Suppers are a great feast! Join us in exploring the festivities and traditions around Scotland.
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!
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.
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.