Scotland

5 Great Rail Journeys to celebrate the best of Scotland

Rail Journey in Scotland

Visit Scotland's 2019 theme, year of coast and waters by rail 

With all eyes on the nation of tartan, haggis and whisky this coming St Andrew's Day (30th November), Great Rail Journeys share 5 of its best rail adventures ideal for inclusion in a planned Scotland round-up. In 'rail-line' with Visit Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters theme for 2019, these tours include train journeys hugging Scotland's dramatic coastlines and following the loch edges; awarding some of the most rewarding rail experiences in the world. 

 

1)      St Andrews and Royal Deeside

The National Wallace Monument in Stirling to commemorate historic battle

National Wallace Monument

An exclusive evening event will take place at The National Wallace Monument in Stirling to commemorate the Battle of Stirling Bridge anniversary on 11th September this year. The ‘Knock on History’s Door’ event will give visitors the chance to see the Monument in a new light as they explore the building.

Visitors can choose between two time slots – 5.30pm and 7pm – with only 35 tickets available for each tour. Guests will be invited to explore the Monument’s galleries and exhibitions and take in the beautiful views from the crown.

As they climb the 246 stairs to the Monument’s summit, they will learn about William Wallace, his role in the Battle of Stirling over 700 years ago, and the legacy that the Monument commemorates.

Boost for Discovery Point as Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust make donation

Paul Jennings, executive director of Dundee Heritage Trust (left) with Alastair Scott of the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust (right)

Discovery Point, home of the historic RRS Discovery ship, has received a £5,000 boost to its extensive refurbishment programme. The five-star visitor attraction, located at Dundee's waterfront, received a cheque from the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust towards the recent upgrades to its visitor galleries and conference facilities. The updates include a touch-screen Antarctica map, an explorer themed gallery and a dress-up area for kids.

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Why not give 2017 a send off to remember by going on a staycation to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

 

There are plenty of options up and down the country to suit all budgets and tastes, from celebrations steeped in tradition, to family-friendly activities and parties that pull out all the stops. Take a look at The Money Shop’s top tips for the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway, this December.

 

Edinburgh

 

Few places in the world celebrate the New Year quite like Edinburgh.

 

Small Island by Little Train

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Scattered across the country, narrow gauge trains are alive and well across the United Kingdom.

 

From stalwart little locomotives of topographic necessity, to the maverick engines of one man’s whimsy, Britain’s narrow-gauge steam trains run on tracks a world apart from its regimented mainlines. In Small Island by Little Train, eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot sets out to discover their stories.

 

The ‘Grow Your Own’ trend takes hold across Scottish gardens and households

Edible gardening projects have been springing up in gardens all over Scotland this summer. The rise of community cooperatives, small scale vegetable exchanges and public allotment schemes is continuing to fuel the ‘grow your own’ movement in Scotland. From window boxes and crop containers to allotments and , plant enthusiasts are increasingly challenging themselves to produce their own food, according to experts at Discover Scottish Gardens.


Hunt for Easter fun is on with National Trust for Scotland and Cadbury

Culzean Castle and Country Park in Ayrshire

Dozens and dozens of Easter hunts take place at the National Trust for Scotland’s historic houses, glorious gardens and cracking countryside over the Easter weekend.

For the ninth consecutive year, the conservation charity has teamed up with Cadbury to host Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts all over the country from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March, from Dumfries and Galloway to Wester Ross.