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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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Packing Light

Above – the back of the van used for Outlander Immersion tours. If you don’t already pack light, I highly encourage it.  Here is a picture of my suitcase (right->) for a 4 week trip to Ireland and Scotland.  One 22″ suitcase (purple), a day pack and a small purse. Seriously!  That’s all! (See below […]

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Be Prepared

Be prepared for it to rain all day every day – not that it will – but if you’re prepared for that, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t. 1) Water proof your shoes. If you’re going to wear tennis shoes, you could buy a can of water proofing and spray them. You’ll want […]

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Money & Credit Cards

Euros and Pounds Europe and the Republic of Ireland use the Euro. Northern Ireland uses GBP (Great British Pound) and also some banks there print their own bank notes. They are supposed to be valid in England (or Scotland or Wales) but they can be refused so if you can get pounds in England, then they should […]

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Go Small

In the picture above – my husband brought a full size tube of tooth paste.  As you can see, it takes up almost the entire side of the sink. It’s a good idea to buy or use small bottles for all of your supplies like toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, foundation. Guys, same goes for […]

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That darn VAT

In Europe, including Scotland and Ireland they have a Value Added Tax which is called VAT.  It is a tax that is added to most goods in Europe. And even though non-Europeans have to pay it when they purchase goods, they are entitled to a refund. It is worth the time and effort to get the […]

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