Beautiful Scotland

Posted on June 22nd, 2015

Scotland is a fantastic holiday destination and is full of picturesque landscapes and fascinating manmade wonders. To give you a taste of bonny Scotland here are but a few of the lovely sights you could enjoy if you take a Scottish break.

 

Cairngorm National Park

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Scale the Cairngorms with the help of Scotland’s only funicular railway and enjoy fabulous panoramic views from the viewing terrace at the Top Station. Whilst you’re at the Top Station you could use the highest post box in Britain to send your friends and family a postcard. The Cairngorm National is full of wonderful sights all year round and is a beautiful place to visit.

 

Culloden Moor

Culloden Battlefield path
In 1746 Hanoverian and Jacobite armies engaged in the last battle to be fought on British soil. Today Culloden Moor features a visitor and exhibition centre where you can step into history and experience the past. The dramatic landscape is much the same as it was when the battle took place and provides a fascinating day out for visitors.

 

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
Having dominated the skyline of Scotland’s capital city for hundreds of year, Edinburgh Castle also dominates the list of popular Scottish tourist attractions. Providing unrivalled views of the city and a fascinating insight into history, the castle is a must for anyone staying in or near Edinburgh.

 

Fairy Pools

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Located near Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye, the gorgeous Fairy Pools offer the chance to do some ‘Wild Swimming’, but only if you’re brave enough to take a dip in the cold water! The enticing pools really are lovely to look at so you don’t need to get in the water to enjoy them, unless you want to.

 

Forth Bridge

The Bridge
A magnificent symbol of Scottish engineering and a vital rail link. The Forth Bridge spans the Firth of Forth and is one of Scotland’s most recognisable landmarks. The expression “Painting the Forth Bridge” is often used when describing a never ending task, however this expression was coined from the incorrect belief that once in the history of the Forth Bridge, repainting was required and commenced immediately upon completion of the previous repaint, this didn’t happen. Just ask Wikipedia!

 

The Kelpies

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Standing 30 metres high these beautiful horse head sculptures are positioned next to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Since April 2014 the Kelpies are the largest equine sculptures in the world and rated as one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.

 

Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Famed for its mysterious monster, affectional known as Nessie, Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland and also boasts a ruined castle (Urquhart Castle). Perhaps Nessie didn’t get on with the neighbours and decided to break their castle! Loch Ness is situated in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, approximately 15 miles from Inverness.

 

With all of this and much, much more waiting to be explored and discovered, you’ll have a great time taking in the sights and attractions that Scotland has to offer. Search for a self catering Scotland holiday cottage today.

Remarkable UK Festivals 2015

Posted on June 19th, 2015

Festival season is upon us! As Summer has arrived the official UK festival season can begin, and with it thousands of music lovers will travel miles and miles to enjoy their favourite artists. If you’re unsure which festival to attend this year, we’ve come up with a brief summary of some of the fantastic festival choices from across the UK.

…in date order (no favouritism here!)

Port Eliot Festival

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Dates: 30 July – 2 August 2015
Location: St Germans, Cornwall
Description: Set in the grounds of a Grade 1 listed country home, from which the festival takes its name, the Port Eliot Festival boasts a fabulous line up for 2015, including Shappi Khorsandi (Comedian), Rick Stein (Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Presenter), and many more great speakers, musical talents and artists. For the full line up please visit the official Port Eliot Festival website.

Wilderness Festival

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Dates: 6-9 August 2015
Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Description: Not just any old festival, the Wilderness Festival combines music, food, drink, talks, debates, workshops, yoga and even a lakeside spa! With all of this taking place at one festival, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to what to do first.

Green Man Festival

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Dates: 20-23 August 2015
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
Description: Green Man is a music and arts festival held each year in the beautiful Brecon Beacons of Wales. The Green Man Festival is renowned for featuring artists that you may already know, or will be really please they introduced you to. Don’t forget to explore the many magic areas the festival has to offer, such as the Walled Garden and Mountain’s Foot.

Bingley Music Live

Bingley Music Live
Dates: 4-6 September 2015
Location: Myrtle Park, Bingley, West Yorkshire
Description: Not only is it showcasing the DJ talents of Radio One stars Huw Stephens, Scott Mills and Chris Stark, Bingley Music Live 2015 has a brilliant line up this year featuring; Labrinth, James, Funeral For A Friend and many more established and emerging musical talents.

 

Search today for a Summer break in the UK.

The great thing about a cottage holiday is that your chosen holiday home is your base for the week, from which you can explore the stunning British countryside, and (if you have tickets) enjoy a lively festival.

Start your search today!