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July 27, 2021 | Shauna Cook

Iceland COVID-19 Regulations – info accurate as of July 27th, 2021 As of July 27th Iceland have re-introduced domestic COVID-19 restrictions including masking and 1 metre social distancing requirements. For details check here.   Who can visit Iceland? Passengers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection. …

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July 6, 2021 | Lois Farley

It might seem a bit odd for us to be talking to you about sun, sand and surf holidays when most of North America is suffering through extreme heatwaves. But, turn your mind back to those days in January and February, when the wind was howling, the air brisk and …

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June 25, 2021 | Lois Farley

We were just so excited about the Summer Solstice and Full Moon this week that we forgot to send out our newsletter on Wednesday, which is the usual day. (And by we, I mean me! My bad! 😉) All the celestial happenings this week got me to thinking about the …

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Museums of Glasgow

July 17, 2018 | Pearl McCallum

When considering a sophisticated, urbane destination, Glasgow does not immediately spring to mind.  The city’s rough-and-ready reputation has followed it through time, due partly to an industrial history of railways and shipbuilding.  Glasgow has sometimes been unfavourably compared to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, with its castle and cobbled wynds.  However, the Dear Green Place is surprisingly rich in culture.  Besides its magnificent 12th century cathedral and world-class School of Art, Glasgow boasts a myriad of museums. Read More >

Where and What to Eat in Glasgow

June 26, 2018 | Margot Kalinowsky

When in Glasgow last month I had an evening to myself to enjoy the city. Being a solo traveller, I was not thrilled about sitting in a restaurant on my own, so I decided to find something unique to do. I had done walking food tours in others cities, so I was thrilled when I booked a tour with Walk Eat Glasgow.   Read More >

Gin Distilleries in Scotland

June 08, 2018 | Margot Kalinowsky

One thinks of the smooth, peaty, rich taste of Scotch when thinking of the alcohol of choice for Scots and the symbolic drink of Scotland. However the new trend is the distilling of gin. For hundreds of years Scotch has been distilled in oak casks in the Highlands of Scotland. It takes at least 3 years for a genuine scotch to be distilled and bottled, with the majority being distilled for far longer. Today, there are over 120 Scotch distillers in Scotland.  Read More >

One of the Top Beaches in the World in… Scotland

May 14, 2018 | Margot Kalinowsky

Who would have thought that in 2012, Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris in The Outer Hebrides was voted by The Sun Newspaper one of the “Top Beaches of the World”? One thinks of the Caribbean, Floridian, Thai, Fijian sand beaches as being the most beautiful and softest sand in the world.  However, in the Outer Hebrides there are hundreds of stunning deserted beaches to walk along. I have been lucky enough to have walked on many beaches around the world but beach walking in the Outer Hebrides was a totally different experience.  Read More >

It’s Good To Be A Queen

May 04, 2018 | Amelia Bearhart

For this adventure I became Lady Amelia Bearheart.

While in Scotland I visited the magnificent Stirling Castle, about an hour outside of Glasgow.

Stirling castle is arguably the most impressive and historically important castle in Scotland. Seen for miles around, its imposing position has played a hugely strategic role throughout the centuries. Once home to Scottish Royals including Mary Queen of Scots, the building has been subject to many bloody sieges and much political intrigue. Read More >

British Seaside

July 27, 2017 | Shauna Cook

To my husband who was born in England, nothing is better on a hot summer day than visiting the seaside. On a recent trip back to visit his family we spent the day in two small seaside towns, Herne Bay and Whitstable – which in my opinion has the best fish and chips in the world!

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Unexpected Scotland – A Double Double Take

July 20, 2017 | Karen Pearson

The unexpected sights began the first day when, for a moment, I wondered if WestJet had played a trick on the entire plane and returned to Halifax. Right in the centre of Glasgow is a brand-new Tim Horton’s. So if you’re considering a trip to Scotland but worried about how you’ll manage without your Timmie’s fix, have no fear. As of June 2nd, you can now get a double-double when you’re away.

I recently travelled to Scotland and was quite surprised by many of the things I discovered. I expected the rich history, countless castles, rolling hills, and plenty of sheep. But what I didn’t expect was a landscape nearly as varied as Canada; delicious, high-quality food; impeccable service everywhere; and the wonderfully friendly, helpful, and polite people I met everywhere.

Another great and unexpected thing about Glasgow, and many other parts of Scotland, is that almost all historical sites, art galleries, and museums offer free admission. That was certainly a pleasant surprise for me, coming from Winnipeg, where we all love a bargain!

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