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A travel journal to Scotland by MagdaDH_AlexH

Stirling Castle Photo, Stirling, Scotland More Photos
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Blair Drummond Safari and Leisure Park

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Attraction | "Face to Face with Giraffes, Eagle Owls & Sea Lions"

Blair Drummond Safari and Leisure Park Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Blairdrummond, the only "real" safari park in Scotland, is located off A9 near Stirling and is so far the best animal park/zoo/aquarium I have visited in Scotland (although we have not been to Edinburgh zoo).It combines the safari park, where you drive through enclosures with animals and you are not separated from them by a fence; monkey island that can be observed from a boat; more traditional zoo enclosures; a birds of prey show; small fairground; very decent playpark and a bit of a circus show (with sea lions).The park is located in a nice stretch of countryside and there is a feeling of space. The more popular parts do get crowded, but it's usually possible to find a quiete...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2009

Blair Drummond Safari and Leisure Park
Blair Drummond
Stirling, Scotland FK9 4UR
+44 1786 841456

Munro tasting

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Photo of Scotland, United Kingdom
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A lot of Scotland is covered in hilly and mountainous terrain, and although these mountains are old (in fact, walkers in the Scottish Highlands tread on some of the oldest rocks on Earth) and thus lack the sharp, snow-covered drama of Alps or the Rockies, they have their own challenges and offer excellent walking and some (especially in the winter) mountaineering opportunities. Munros – mountains over 3,000 feet (which translates to 914.4m) are all over Scotland, and Munro-bagging is a national pastime for Scottish (and British) hill-walkers. There are 284 Munros in Scotland, and although the highest is only 1,344m above the sea level, take into account the fact that you will be often st...Read More

Scottish Outdoors

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Loch Tay Photo, Perthshire, Scotland
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Scotland is a country blessed with beautiful and varied landscape, and although the weather could definitely be better, all who visit Scotland should make an effort to sample the best of the wonderful Scottish outdoors. From dramatic coast to romantic lochs, from gentle hills to wild mountains, Scotland has plenty of nature spots that are worth visiting.Most of Scottish areas of natural beauty are located in the Highlands, the part of country north of roughly the Stirling-Dundee line, and some of it requires quite a bit of travel, but it's definitely worth it. Walking, mountaineering, fishing and hunting, sailing and skiing are all possible in Scotland.Anybody who visits Scotla...Read More
Market Cross Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Scotland boasts a richness of natural beauty and historical interest that would easily fill many months of exploration. Most travellers combine Scottish cities with the countryside, and every visitor should try to include some of the following towns and cities in their itinerary.(1) Edinburgh. The capital city and undoubtedly the one not to miss, Edinburgh's architecture is perhaps the most European of the British cities, and it is full of historical significance and modern interest. Explore the grandeur of the magnificent, Georgian New Town and see the contrast between its wide streets and wealthy crescents and the medieval maze of the Old Town. Visit Scotland's best museums and art galle...Read More
The Great Hall and the Palace details Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Scotland's past stretches back to prehistoric times and the country is as famous for its castles and other historical remains as for its striking natural beauty. The best historical sites in Scotland include some true must-sees, so unique and valuable that they have been inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many more are worth visiting for their historical significance, educational value or beauty and atmosphere. (1) Edinburgh Old and New Town (UNESCO list) covers a large area of central Edinburgh, with the medieval Royal Mile running from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood, and the Georgian 18th century New Town, a great example of neo-classical urban ...Read More

Stirling Castle

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Attraction | "Lynchpin of Scotland"

Stirling Castle Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Stirling's historic importance is due to its position on a very desirable river crossing on the Forth and effectively guarding the only access to the Highlands from the south. It wasn't possible to go round as the surrounding terrain (Ochil Hills in the east and the Trossachs in the west) was pretty inhospitable. Effectively, the crossing at Stirling was a gateway between the North and the South, between the Lowlands and the Highlands, and ultimately and at least for a period in history, between England and Scotland. The town of Stirling has grown around the castle and is connected with some of the most important events of Scottish history, notably the battle of the Wars of Independence (S...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2009

Stirling Castle
Castle Hill
Stirling FK8 1EH
+44 (1786) 475165

Falkirk Wheel

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Attraction | "Engineering Marvel"

Falkirk Wheel Photo, Falkirk, Scotland
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Falkirk Wheel is a boat lift: a construction that, in 2001, re-joined the Forth & Clyde Canal and Union Canal. These canals were previously joined a series of 11 locks which took over 8 hours to pass. The locks were dismantled in 1933 and thus for almost 70 years the link between the canals had been broken. Falkirk wheel claims to be the world's only rotating boat lift and is a truly spectacular construction. Most boat lifts work on the elevator principle - and even then it's a pretty impressive sight, a huge container full of water and craft, moving vertically up. But the Falkirk Wheel consists of two sets of opposing arms, extending 15 metres beyond the central axle and shaped like ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2009

Falkirk Wheel
Lime Road - Tamfourhill
Falkirk, Scotland FK1 4RS
44 8700 500 208

Glaswegian Spice

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Ashoka West End Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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The competition for the title of Curry Capital of Britain is sponsored by Kingfisher Indian lager. Each participating city or town nominates four restaurants (this is done by public vote) and then visited – in secret - by a group of judges. Glasgow has won the title three times in recent years and it's not surprising as Glasgow has a large Indian population and a curry house tradition going back fifty years or so, with a unique Southern Indian slant. Glasgow council also always supports the city bid very strongly and undoubtedly this official support and help with media, PR and presentations as well as galvanising the people to vote, is one of the reasons Glasgow does so well in the comp...Read More