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Camera Obscura in Edinburgh Brings Out the Kid in You

Camera Obscura Interior Mirror

I always passed off Camera Obscura as just another unnecessary tourist attraction at the top of the Royal Mile. Maybe that’s just because I didn’t understand what a camera obscura was. Boy was I wrong. I had no idea it would be so much fun! Camera obscura is Latin for dark room. It’s the final show, but what’s on the other …

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A Cruise is the Best Way to Explore Loch Ness

Loch Ness Reflection

There are almost too many things to do in Scotland. From islands to castles, sometimes it just comes down to personal taste. However, if you do manage to make your way all the way up to the fabled Loch Ness, there is one activity you absolutely must do. Since 1968, Cruise Loch Ness has been delivering boat tours of the …

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My Amazing Week on the Hebridean Hopper with Haggis Adventures

Haggis Adventures Herbidean Hopper

I’ve just completed what was unquestionably the most exhilarating week of my life. On Wednesday morning I left at 8:30 am with Haggis Adventures on the 5-day Hebridean Hopper Tour. We went to Lewis and Harris Island in the Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides and all over Scotland, led by the amazing tour guide Jamie. …

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How Cheap Traveling from Edinburgh Can Be

Cheap traveling from Edinburgh

Yesterday I ran into a friend who’s £4000 journey to Thailand had fallen through. I couldn’t have been happier, since she would have paid exactly 571% more than she needed to. In ten minutes, I showed her just how cheap traveling from Edinburgh can be. Her original plan was to join a tour group going out to Thailand for a month …

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Visiting the Majestic Kelpies in Scotland’s Helix Park

The Kelpies at the Helix Park

You may not realize it, but you’ve heard of the Kelpies, probably without realizing it. Or at least one of them. The Loch Ness monster is the world’s most famous Kelpie. But there are two others which are rapidly gaining recognition. More than once I drove west from Edinburgh to Stirling and saw the massive statues off the highway. These 30-meter …

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