Why You Should Ride ScotRail With Kids

Why You Should Ride ScotRail With Kids

I love train travel. There is something so relaxing about sitting back and watching the world go by (and knowing that I am safely on the ground). I always opt for train travel when provided the opportunity, especially while visiting a place with gorgeous a countryside. While visiting Scotland, it was a given that we would take the train somewhere, anywhere; hence, our adventure on ScotRail. Servicing Scotland’s seven cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling as well as many scenic rail journeys, ScotRail can literally take…

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous castles, is positioned strategically to rise above Scotland’s capital city. For decades this castle was home to royalty and has been at the center of wars, sieges and controversy. Actually, it seems like the Scottish and English have always been fighting over this castle. However, it is now the world that is fighting to get in! Today, Edinburgh Castle is a major tourist attraction.  Although this castle and city attract a ton of people, we had a relatively smooth day. I did my…

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Stirling Castle doesn’t get as much attention as Edinburgh Castle, but after visiting both, I have to say that I really enjoyed my visit to Stirling Castle more. First off all, it is one of the largest castles in Scotland with a very colorful history, but without the touristy crowds of Edinburgh Castle. In fact, Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at Stirling Castle in 1542. It is also the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace took back Stirling Castle from King Edward in a…

Ultimate Guide to Glasgow with Kids

Ultimate Guide to Glasgow with Kids

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and one of the friendliest, hasn’t always had such a positive reputation. Once a major shipping port and industrial center, Glasgow, like many big cities, had issues with overcrowding, sanitation and violence. Since then, Glasgow has gone through major changes and re-branding. Fabulous shopping and restaurants, Glasgow University and the School of Art have become major attractions to the city. In fact, in 2008 Glasgow was named UNESCO City of Music. So, when my husband had the opportunity to work at the Glasgow University,…

Favorite Scottish Eats and Drinks

Favorite Scottish Eats and Drinks

While I was working the bar the other night, I had the pleasure of running into my favorite couple from Glasgow. It had felt serendipitous when I first met them, as I had just found out about my opportunity to travel to Scotland. At the time I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off financially so close to my other planned travels, but after talking to them I knew I was going do whatever I had to in order to get my family to Glasgow. I worked my booty…

Best Scottish Cocktails

Best Scottish Cocktails

If we are going to talk about Scotland, then we have to start with Scotch Whisky. I’ve always been a whiskey lover, but never really a Scotch fan. I’m not huge on smoky flavors and Scotch was just too peaty for my taste. Then I went to Scotland, tasted a bunch of scotch, and I fell. I fell hard. I realized that I love the single malt scotches and that not all of them are very smoky. Some are rather sweet. Anyway, I found two favorites during my stay, Oban…

The Kirklee Hotel

The Kirklee Hotel

Built in 1902, the Kirklee Hotel is now a converted Edwardian townhouse set in a residential neighborhood on the beautiful west end of Glasgow. It also happens to be where we lived for 2 ½ weeks this past June. Before this trip, I had never stayed at a B&B, but I’m glad we had this chance. Instead of going for a standard hotel, we opted for a more quaint and traditional Scottish experience. The Kirklee Hotel gave us just want we needed. Rates: Room January-April May Onwards Single £65.00 £68.00…

First Week in Glasgow

First Week in Glasgow

06.15.15 Okay, super trippy. I just woke up, put on my makeup and now I’m having tea, gazing out the window of the Kirklee Hotel in Glasgow Scotland. Good Morning??? That’s the trippy part. It isn’t morning here at all. It is 7:15pm and we are just starting our day. You see, we arrived at 7:30am from LAX, which meant we had been up for an exhausting 17 hours. We woke up at 2:50am (LA time) in order to catch our 7:00am flight to Newark, NJ. We got there 5…

Thread Up Scotland

Thread Up Scotland

We have just unpacked from St. Pete Beach and now we are packing again. This time we are off to a very different climate and for very different length of time. We are setting flight and heading to the land of rich history, haunting castles…and rain. Any guesses? We are going to Scotland!!! Let me tell you, packing for this trip was a bit difficult. Not only will we be gone for almost three weeks, we have to pack thicker clothes for a cooler and wetter climate. I didn’t want…