Doune Castle
Stirlingshire’s Doune Castle is the best-preserved medieval stronghold you are likely to find in the whole of Scotland; from its formidable 12-metre high curtain wall, to its imposing main tower. So well preserved, in fact, that it has been predominantly used as a filming location in many major films and TV shows, from comedy classics like Monty Python and...
Epcot Canada
EPCOT has kicked off a massive, historic, multi-year transformation. With strong rumours pointing to at least one new pavilion coming to the World Showcase section of the park, we thought it would be fun to share some top contenders for countries we would love to see Disney bring to the park. By Phil Taylor Disney World is back open for business...
It is an issue that divides travellers. Do passengers have a right to bring their own food onto a plane, especially on a long-distance flight, or is it rude and inconsiderate to fellow passengers and cabin crew to stink the aircraft out with fast food?   By James McKean Airline food, across the board, doesn’t exactly have the best reputation;...
Shell-lovers from all over the world make pilgrimages to Sanibel Island, which is considered one of the best shelling spots in the world. Sanibel’s beaches, protected by a broad underwater shelf perfect for gently receiving deliveries from shell-laden currents, are carpeted with tiny, perfect pastel coquinas and false angel wings. Collecting them has become a favourite pastime for many...
Scotland has such a wonderful variety of beaches from the magical white sands of the Hebrides to the family friendly beaches in Fife. Here is our pick of 10 favourite beaches around the country. By James McKean As the ongoing pandemic remains volatile and the threat of lockdowns and quarantines continues to cause panic for holidaymakers the world over, staycations remain...
Castillo de San Marcos - The Devourer of Cannon Fire Undefeated and unbreakable, Castillo de San Marcos has withstood assaults, changed ownership six times, and been controlled by four governments but, due to a fascinating phenomenon, it has never once has it fallen to outside forces.  By Andrew Cook Florida in the 18th century was an area rife with war. Between...
Mt Everest sign
Over the course of fifty years, climbing Mount Everest has turned from a never-before-seen global achievement to a bucket-list item attracting mass tourism. Indeed, an now infamous photo taken on May 22 2019, showed 220 climbers waiting in a queue at the peak. But the mountain remains deadly, and the death count of climbers grows by the year. For...
Drone on Beach
Drones are increasingly popular at home, and can be fantastic to use on holiday to take fun photos and videos. But what are the rules around taking drones abroad on planes? By James McKean When travelling the world, owning a drone is a sure-fire way of getting the most out of your experience- whether you’re a travel blogger or not. Why...
It looms over the Scottish countryside. What is the story behind this huge pyramid standing majestically in the middle of the Aberdeenshire countryside? By Angus Wright Scotland is the last place you think of when someone mentions pyramids. These impressive structures normally conjure pictures of monoliths in the Egyptian desert or the Mexican jungle. But tucked away in the woods of...
They were called the 'heather priests' - a small clandestine 18th Century community set up in the secluded Braes of Glenlivet at a time when Catholicism was still illegal in Scotland. Visiting the remains of Scalan Seminary brings home how remote some communities in Scotland can be, and reveals secrets to Scotland's past. By James McKean In the Braes of Glenlivet,...