Scotland Travel Guides for Backpackers

Lesmahagow – Town of Scottish history, Religion and Dog Walkers

Lesmahagow, Scotland (Lios MoChuda / Lios MoFhègu Sc. Gaelic) – A 12th-century ecclesiastical centre and sanctuary that’s full to the brim of Scottish history and a great place for dog walking in the countryside. My hometown of Lesmahagow, Scotland is a quiet 12th-century picturesque dog walking village to be found in the Nethan Valley near Lanark. Abbeygreen lends its name to the main street which quite tellingly informs the visitor of Lesmahagow’s ecclesiastical past that dates back to the 6th century. Lesmahagow is steeped in history, wildlife, nature walks and is ideal for dog walking. The town is a former […]
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Discover Harry Potter History in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland is a city full of life with magic around every corner. It was here that J.K. Rowling wrote portions of the incredible Harry Potter series. This enchanting city was the perfect place for her to find inspiration around every corner. Edinburgh’s medieval style buildings and stunning scenery were what created the characters and places in the Harry Potter series. Stop by Edinburgh and make a day of finding all of these hidden Harry Potter locations with your friends! The Elephant House Cafe With the flick of the wrist, Harry Potter was born at the quaint Elephant Cafe in downtown Edinburgh. […]
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Sleep in one of the bothies of the Highlands

When we think of Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind is the wonderful landscapes that we usually see in the films: the sea with fog, clouds of incredible shapes, lots of green and open fields. But what not everyone can imagine is the warmth and solidarity of the culture of the people who live in the Highlands. This is why visitors from all over the world are welcome in Scotland, what you can easily verify at every step of your way. In the east of the Highlands, you can find the beautiful city of Inverness. From where it […]
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What to see and do in Inverness

I have tried to stay as close to Inverness as possible with these suggestions, but my first recommendation would be to hire a car. As a small city many experiences can be enjoyed in close succession, but many attractions of the highlands are outwith the city. Inverness holds many delights but does not show the beauty of the highlands as can be experienced further afield. I am passionate about the area, as travelling far and wide, I know I can return to the place I grew up and still have my breath taken away by the beauty of the highlands. […]
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A weekend in the Isle of Skye: from Portree to Uig

Last May I traveled to Scotland and spent a weekend in the breathtaking Isle of Skye. Immortalized by the modern Scottish song The Skye Boat Song, the Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides archipelago. A journey Inspired by History and Fiction: Enthused by the Outlander novels written by Diana Gabaldon and popularized by the television series, I decided to follow the Jacobite’s rebellion path from Edinburgh to Culloden Moor where the rising came to a dramatic end in 1746. After visiting the battlefield located near Inverness, I couldn’t help but trailing the last chapter of the […]
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Hiking Scotland's Isle of Skye: Dramatic, Spellbinding Scenery

I’d spent a fairly long time carousing about in Spain, soaking up the sun, when I decided what I really needed was a sobering dose of Scottish downpours to bring me back to reality —a more literal kind of soaking, if you will. I kid, I kid. In spite of its reputation for rain, I’ve always been fascinated by Scotland — the land of bonnie accents, kilts, haggis, Scotch, the Edinburgh Fringe and of course, scenery rivalling that of New Zealand, my home country. I’ll reluctantly admit I knew next to nothing about the rugged, scenic Isle of Skye until […]
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Top 5 hills within an hour of Glasgow

Living inside of the tourist district of Glasgow means in my day to day life I am constantly bumping into tourists and chatting to them. A common question came up of how best to see the Scotland’s famous countryside? Now for tourist I realize that you may not all be keen or able  to drive miles into the heartland of Scotland to find a Munro that you need ropes and an ice axe to conquer. So, I compiled a top 5 list of my personal favorite hills in and around Glasgow to give you a taster of what we have to offer. […]
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Places to see and to visit on your first day in Glasgow

The perfect first day in Glasgow   Why go to Glasgow?   Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, though it is not its capital. It is also a modern place with two universities, museums and countless bars and pubs. Even if the capital, Edinburgh, is said by many to be the prettier and historically more interesting city, you should not think that Glasgow has less to offer. I went to Scotland for half a year to stay abroad and worked and lived only a 20 minutes train ride away from the centre of Glasgow. Now, the city feels a […]
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A Brief History and Walking Guide to Edinburgh

Ancient History: Her story begins at the dawn of time. A time when a slow-moving alien landscape, morphed and mutated, dislocating the human understanding of time and progress. The outcome of millions of years of glacial erosion, Scotland’s City of Edinburgh sits encased in the shadows of three extinct volcanoes – Arthur’s Seat, Castle Rock and Calton Hill – which ascend out of the earth, giving the city an aura of almost ethereal other-worldliness. Fast-forward some four-hundred million years, and today’s Edinburgh is the product of the seismic shifts in human progress. Layers upon layers of history are mapped within […]
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COORG – The Scotland of India!

India is a land of adventure and mystery. This subcontinent envelops so many culture-rich, amazingly beautiful and mysterious places that one can spend a lifetime traveling around – but will still be hungry to get more out of this country. One such place is the small beautiful town of Coorg which lies in the Madikeri district in the state of Karnataka, India.  I, with few of my friends, visited this place few weeks ago and was charmed with the picturesque landscapes and the pure natural greenery of this place. I stay in Bangalore, Karnataka, and Coorg lies just about 250 […]
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Discover Edinburgh and its famous legends

I had the chance to be in Scotland once, on a really quick trip to Edinburgh where I could see some of the main tourist sites and enjoyed a stroll. I have to say that I was there over a sunny summer so it was a fantastic experience! As a Mexican, I love warm days and prefer them over cold ones, so I had a little bit of both (because in this country you never know if the sun will last). Walking around the Royal Mile When you walk around in a place like this, sometimes you are lucky, find […]
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New Year in Edinburgh

When looking for a travel destination for your next Winter Holidays, you definitely need to consider Edinburgh as one of the options. Edinburgh’s Christmas Market, New Year festival, outdoor parties, bagpipers, street performers and many other attractions and events will make your holiday remarkable. Edinburgh – the capital city of Scotland – is not just like any other capital city. You will not see tall modern buildings in here. At least not near the city centre. Edinburgh has done great in preserving its historical presence. Most of the people who want to see Edinburgh usually plan to travel either in […]
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Adventures on Skye – West Coast Scotland

I don't want much out of life, I only ask for paradise. So I travelled. I headed north with a backpack and a tent and I told my family I'd be back in 4 days. Boat Yard, Ardvasar, Skye But once you arrive on this island and you see its incredible beauty, time doesn’t seem to mean anything. It slips away, the universe opens up to you and possibilities are endless. I ended up staying for 3 months, arriving in later summer and leaving as winters first frost arose. There’s no denying the magic of Skye. Driving along […]
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Orkney Isles Soctland : Worth the effort

Being born in a place of unquestionable beauty I come from a tiny island off the northern coast of Scotland. The Orkney Isles, or Orkney as i prefer to call it. My parents moved there in the mid seventies, following my grandparents who moved there from Sheffield in England to retire. These were remarkably different times from now, but even then my parents understood the value of living in such a beautiful, quiet and safe place. My grandparents, or rather my grandfathers big reason for wanting to live there was that he was a fantastical fisherman and Orkney, still today, […]
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The Scotland of India : Coorg

The Scotland of India : Coorg Like every kid longing for a summer break, my friends and I decided to roadtrip to what's known as the Scotland of India – Coorg. Located on the eastern slopes of the scenic Western Ghats, this is a perfect weekend getaway for those residing in or around Karnataka. We started our 6 hours journey by road to Coorg from Bangalore at midnight and woke up to the most beautiful sunrise. The beaming golden rays from the sun made the morning dew on leaves shine like little pearls. Though we were up all night, we got re-energised […]
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Road trip around Scotland: the perfect escape for nature lovers

I was in student exchange in Scotland during four months.  It got me really excited because I had a lot of free time so it was a great chance to discover this amazing country! It’s only 2 hours from South France where I live by plane, so we could think it’s not really different but we would be totally wrong : the diversity of landscapes we can find there is amazing. In two hours, we can cross mountains, sheep pastures, scrublands and finally reach sandy beaches with huge coastal cliffs. As a nature and travel lover, it was unthinkable for […]
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Edinburgh: The Royal Mile. Main Attractions.

Being one of the major cities in United Kingdom, a capital of Scotland Edinburgh fascinates tourists and locals with its medieval Old Town, underground city, historic monuments and ancient architecture. The place where you can truly discover Edinburgh is the famous Royal Mile. As the name suggests, The Royal Mile is approximately one Scots Mile long street running from the top of the Castle Hill to the Holyrood Palace. It is the oldest and one of the most central streets in the town offering not only stunning views and time travel to Middle Ages, but also have very unique places […]
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Looking for a brief pause from monotony? Here’s where you need to be: Coorg “The Scotland of India”

Prelude to Coorg For the first time in a lifetime, I could hear the solitary sound of my heart beat racing to extreme levels. I could see a river flowing beneath surrounded by cliffs draped in greenery, by the looks of it, the water did not seem deep enough but was tidal and I so wanted to combat the waves. The voice inside my head questioned, “Then who is stopping you?” I looked at it again standing from an approx. 300-metre high cliff and concurred to the voice “No one”. All I had to do was just “jump”, forget the […]
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Largo: The Villages of Robinson Crusoe and Tommie Norrie

For my first blog post I've decided to write about my hometown of Largo, Scotland. I feel that it is a very little known but special part of the world and that it is only right to start my blog from there. Largo consists of both Upper Largo and Lower Largo, and is part of North East Fife. The two villages are in close proximity, surrounded by beaches, hills, and situated near major roads to Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Lower Largo Lower Largo is an old fishing village situated in the East Neuk of Fife. It's located at Largo Bay, and overlooks the Firth of Forth towards Scotland's capital […]
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Destination of the Year 2016: Glasgow

National Geographic recently named Glasgow as one of the best destinations in the world for 2016. Now this Glaswegian can't pass up telling you why. Glasgow Clydeside We really have pulled our socks up, and it makes me proud to know we can shake off all the bad imagery we had. Not so long ago Glasgow was known as the most dangerous city in the UK. Our street gangs – or young teams – terrorised neighbourhoods and made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In a documentary series that visited Columbia, Miami and South Africa, […]
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The Real World of Harry Potter – Edinburgh Edition

In honor of the opening day of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood’s Universal Studios, I thought I’d share The Real World of Harry Potter in Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom). I’d also like to point out that while I enjoy Harry Potter, I'm not a Harry Potter enthusiast. I just happen to see these “Harry Potter” inspired spots quite a bit as an expat in Scotland. Spoon Cafe (formerly Nicolson’s Cafe) 6A Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH It is said that Rowling wrote the books in many cafes because she couldn’t afford heat in her flat, but Rowling denied […]
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Land of Scones, Tea, The LochNess Monster and the Queen

A visit to my place of birth : United Kingdom I am in love with the United Kingdom… Every country that is within it had amazing places to visit and holds special treasures. I grew up here as a child and learned to appreciate history here. I thought a good place to start would be to name my all time favourites and what I love about them. Each place is different and these may not be the top tourist spots in the UK but they are places I love and have enjoyed re-visiting over the years. So here goes my […]
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Blustery Scotland

The travel bug hit me at a very early age. I was raised on t.v. shows and movies set in far off places. It tempted my young mind to dream of visiting the world and exploring the amazing cultures I found. Unfortunately, the reality of travel, and the expenses associated with it, became a hurdle that I was unable to overcome until after I turned 21. The age of responsibility caused me to re-evaluate my life goals and travel was now firmly at the top. The question was, however, where should I go first? I was very fortunate to have […]
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