• CityGirlTravels

    Feeling Posh in Edinburgh

    I love Edinburgh. If you know me personally, you have heard this a million times. (Sorry, not sorry.) Why do I love it so much? That’s an entire other post, but the short version is that the first time I went there, I felt so at home. The city spoke to my soul and it’s the same every time I visit. Given the opportunity — and if nothing was in my way financially or immigration wise — I would happily live half the year there and half the year in Vancouver. I love it that much. I also have some really lovely friends in Edinburgh, and staying with them each…

  • CityGirlTravels

    Exploring Culloden

    One of my favourite TV programs recently started back up again. This little show called Outlander. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Joking aside, the series of eight books that the show is based on is partly what made me want to visit Scotland the first time (2010). I’ve read the adventures of Jamie and Claire in books 1-7 at least twice each over the last twelve years and the eighth came out just in time for me to gobble it up before the first season aired in 2014. They are addictive books. Thank goodness for e-readers because the physical books are hefty! The show is a big deal and has given…

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    Pause and Explore – Dancer Pose in Glencoe

    Three years ago this month, I was on an epic road trip through Scotland and Northern England with my lovely Edinburgh friends, Lesley and Stephen. They literally took me everywhere and were the best tour guides. One of my favourite spots that we drove through at least twice, was Glencoe. More recently, I stopped at Glencoe on my Highland Explorer tour, and again with the girls en route back to Glasgow to catch our flight to London. We were ending our Highlands road trip – taken in a Lexus Hybrid SUV, no less (thank you car rental company for the upgrade!) – and wanted to get a few uninterrupted photos of…

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    The Seven Best Places to Hop Off the Bus in Glasgow

    In continuing with the cheap, cheerful, and efficient theme of my recent May/June trip with the girls, how does one best explore a city with just a couple days to spare? And without breaking the bank? Like I mentioned in my post about finding Nessie, sometimes you need to hop on a bus. In this case, hopping on and off in the beautiful city of Glasgow. Small tangent: Scotland was recently announced by RoughGuides.com as the most beautiful country in the world. Glasgow is definitely an urban reason for this accolade with its intricate architecture, green spaces, and dedication to culture. I’ve been rabbiting on about Scotland for years, so…

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    City Girl Whisky Diary: Getting Thrifty with ‘Friends of the Classic Malts’

    Travelling in Scotland is one of my favourite things to do. It’s one of my happy places. But the exchange rate isn’t really ever in my favour, so I’m always on the hunt for ways to #GetThrifty – without sacrificing fun – when I’m away. During the research phase of my recent trip with the girls, I was very excited when the marketing coordinator from one of the distilleries emailed me back with an amazing tip for our Highlands road trip path. It’s called the ‘Friends of the Classic Malts’ and it was almost like getting a golden ticket because it equals… free whisky! And who doesn’t want that? We…

  • CityGirlDrinks,  CityGirlTravels,  Review

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Whisky stereotypes and touring the softer side with Tomatin Distillery 

    Okay, ladies. This question’s mostly for you. Regardless of whether you enjoy a dram or not, when you think about whisky, what comes to mind? Don Draper from Mad Men? Stuffy old men with cigars? It tastes like rocket fuel? The second and latter of those were my thoughts on whisky for the longest time. And then I travelled to Scotland the first time. Turns out I had been trying the wrong kinds of Scotch. And then one day, I found one that didn’t taste (for me) like rocket fuel; and another. But that’s a story for another day. My point is that while the vast selection of whisky available can…

  • #GetThrifty,  CityGirlDrinks,  CityGirlTravels

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Scotch Whisky Experience

    Whisky. The Scots call this lovely amber liquid  “The Water of Life”. With this, you know that they take their Scotch very seriously. (For example, it’s whisky, not whiskey with an ‘e’. This is a thing.) And there are endless kinds. So if you’re new to whisky, it can all be a bit daunting when you’re trying to figure out where to start. My whisky palate has been cultivating for a few years now (I’m an Islay whisky girl), but if you’re like me, a million questions might run through the circuit board of your brain: How do they make it? What kind should I try? Which distillery do I…

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    CityGirlTravels

    My Bus Tour of Loch Ness + Bus Tour Etiquette

    I’m back on the West Coast, and while I’m very happy to be home, I have Scotland on the brain… It’s one of my happy places. Amazing scenery, culture, and history; my beautiful friends, and a sense of home — something I still can’t fully explain. And after many visits in the last seven years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the majority of the country by train, car, and now, as a proper tourist, on a coach bus and a boat. But there’s still a long list of things to see and experience. Because while you can fit 127 Scotlands in Canada (true story), it’s like Hermione’s purse. There…