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Edinburgh on a budget

Visiting Edinburgh on a budget

It might be best known for its summer festivals and Hogmanay parties, but Edinburgh’s got a lot to offer at any time of the year. There’s the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town with its cobbled streets and Gothic buildings.…

The Motel One Edinburgh Royal reviewed

A budget city stay at the Motel One Edinburgh Royal

Normally when I’m on a city break I don’t spend much time in my hotel, and all I really need is somewhere clean, comfortable and central to sleep. I’ve tried the big brands – Premier Inn, Ibis, Tune Hotels,…

A weekend in Glasgow: A 48-hour itinerary

A weekend in Glasgow: A 48-hour itinerary

Where famous neighbour Edinburgh is tourist central, Scotland’s second city Glasgow has a grittier, more creative edge. This former industrial powerhouse has transformed itself into a city of culture. UNESCO City of Music, European City of Culture – the…

Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow
Travel tales

A tour of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow

One of the city’s most famous sons, you can’t go far in Glasgow without coming across the Art Nouveau style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Born in Glasgow in 1868, Mackintosh trained as an architect while studying art and design…

Budget train travel in the UK

How to save money on train travel in the UK

Taking the train is one of the most relaxing ways to travel, and the UK has some spectacular train routes – travelling over historic viaducts in the Scottish Highlands, weaving through the cliffs on the Cornish coast, crossing the…

The Caledonian sleeper train
Travel tales

The Caledonian Sleeper: A night on the rails

There’s something romantic about a sleeper train. Being rocked to sleep then woken by your butler knocking on the door with a steaming cup of tea. Ok, well maybe there was in the 1930s, but is there still any…