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Hiking & Shoes

I usually take what I call “hiking shoes” – they’re like hiking boots but stop at the ankle like tennis shoes. For the Immersion and Redoux tours, there are castles and parks that include a fair amount of walking outside.  It is usually paved (but sometimes could be gravel paths, grass or dirt/mud) and usually […]

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Passports

To apply for a passport, see this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/apply-in-person.html To Renew your passport, see this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/renew-by-mail.html Different countries have different rules about the expiration date of your passport and whether they’ll let you into their country or not.  So it is always good to check the specific country’s rules.  Search on “passport expiration date rules […]

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Dublin Day Trips

Newgrange Newgrange passage tomb is Ireland’s best known prehistoric monument.  Built around 3200 BC by Stone Age farmers, Newgrange is 1,000 older than Stonehenge and centuries older than the great pyramids of Egypt.  The mound itself is 85 meters (93 yards) in diameter and 13.5 meters (15 yards) high, and on an area of about 1 […]

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Gwyllyn the Bard

As part of the Outlander Immersion Tour, we have a special performance by Gwyllyn the Bard who played and sang in Castle Leoch in the Outlander TV show.  Gwyllyn, a charming man altogether, entertains with beautiful songs, fascinating stories about Scottish history, as well as discussing his work on the Outlander set. Above is a picture […]

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Tips for Booking Flights

Layovers One of the things that can really get your trip off to a bad start is missing a flight or having your luggage miss a flight.  I recommend a minimum of 2 hours for a layover and if you are connecting to a smaller airline or going through a large airport (like London Heathrow […]

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Stirling -restaurants with map

Here are some restaurants that you might wish to make reservations at before you get to Stirling. The Smithy Cafe, British, Scottish (0.1 mile from Stirling Castle) +44 1786 449142 facebook.com/thesmithystirling The Gallery Restaurant European, British, Scottish (long walk or taxi) +44 1786 406027 Gallery Restaurant Nawab Indian, Asian, Balti +44 1786 470999Napizza Italian, Pizza, […]

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Getting to Inverness

To get to Inverness, you can fly, or take a train or a bus.  Or you can take the Ferry from Scotland, then the bus then the train. Flying There are direct flights to Inverness Airport from London (Heathrow, Gatwick & Luton), Amsterdam (Schiphol), Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Belfast, Zurich … https://www.invernessairport.co.uk/fly-direct/ The airport in […]

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Glasgow Restaurants with Map

There are too many places to list in Glasgow.  See the maps below. I’ve eaten at the Butterfly and the Pig (upper left) although it moved so I’m not sure it’s the same, and Browns (lower right).I recently went to Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery which I highly recommend.  They say they are “Old-school, dark […]

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Motion Sickness

If you are prone to motion sickness, please take your favorite medicine with you.  The roads in the highlands are curvy and hilly and it is not fair to ask to sit in the front seat the whole time. Some days are worse than others (I think the day to Glen Affric is the worst) […]

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Things to do in Inverness

Inverness is often called the Capital of the Highlands.  It is a good central point for branching out and seeing other sites in the highlands.  But that’s a different blog – this one is about things to do *in* Inverness, Scotland.1) The tourist information center Visit Scotland is up the hill from the River Ness […]

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