Leith area of Edinburgh in Scotland
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Everything You Need to Know About Touring Scotland

There are so many different ways to experience the magic of Scotland, but whatever option you go with, one thing’s for sure – a Scotland tour really is the trip of a lifetime. This beautiful country offers soaring peaks and green glens, metropolitan cities awash with culture, fascinating history and fresh local produce. All of … Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Touring Scotland”

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Understanding Your Scottish Surname

Names tell a story about each of us and about our ancestors. Nowadays, Scottish surnames have made their way all over the world. You’ll find people with Scottish surnames in almost every corner of the planet, with an even higher concentration in countries that had a significant level of Scottish immigration in the past, such … Continue reading “Understanding Your Scottish Surname”

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Stirling Bridge on a sunny day in Scotland
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5 Reasons to Visit Scotland in the Spring

Spring is well on its way to being sprung in Scotland, and with the changing of the seasons comes a change in the way visitors will experience Scotland. The scenic snows of the Highlands are on their way out (although on the highest peaks, some will hang around for months yet, making for beautiful photos). … Continue reading “5 Reasons to Visit Scotland in the Spring”

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Scotland’s Natural Beauty: 5 Hidden Gems

  Stumbling across natural beauty in Scotland isn’t exactly difficult. With a population of just over five million, much of the country’s area is given over to expansive stretches of rugged countryside punctuated by soaring peaks, vast lochs and evergreen forests. Even in the cities, you’re never far away from nature here. For example, in … Continue reading “Scotland’s Natural Beauty: 5 Hidden Gems”

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Gaelic and Scots: A Visitor’s Guide to Scotland’s Other Languages

The Scottish Highlands Part of what makes Scotland such an accessible destination for visitors from the US, Canada, and other countries where English is the majority language is that you don’t need to get a phrasebook or a language app to find your way around here. As in the other countries of the UK, Scotland’s … Continue reading “Gaelic and Scots: A Visitor’s Guide to Scotland’s Other Languages”

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Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands of Scotland
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Looking Forward to Scotland in 2019

Hogmanay has been and gone, and we’re all looking forward to the year ahead. For everyone here at Inspiring Travel Scotland, this involves anticipating the various unique events and celebrations that occur throughout the year. 2019 is going to be a fantastic year for Scotland and there’s never been a better time to consider arranging … Continue reading “Looking Forward to Scotland in 2019”

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Hogmanay: Why is New Year’s in Scotland So Special?

There’s a reason Scotland’s New Year celebrations are famed all over the globe. While all countries have their own ways of saying goodbye to the old year and ushering in a new beginning, none have quite the same level of enthusiasm powering these rituals as Scotland. Here, the celebrations on December 31st are known as … Continue reading “Hogmanay: Why is New Year’s in Scotland So Special?”

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Scotland

St Andrew’s Day — Scotland’s Official National Day

The US has Independence Day, France has Bastille Day, and Scotland has St Andrew’s Day. And because we celebrate all-things-Scotland here at Inspiring Travel Scotland, we thought we’d write a blog explaining a little more about Scotland’s official national day. We’ll look at who St Andrew was, how he is connected to Scotland, when St … Continue reading “St Andrew’s Day — Scotland’s Official National Day”

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A brand-new Scottish tour inspired by The Outlaw King

The Outlaw King is a fantastic new film about one of Scotland’s national heroes: Robert the Bruce. While the film was first shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, it has just come out for an international audience on Netflix and critics are already praising it. The film was written, produced, and directed … Continue reading “A brand-new Scottish tour inspired by The Outlaw King”

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A Guide to Christmas in Scotland

There are endless reasons why a Christmas trip to Scotland is well worth considering. For a start, there’s the weather. Yes, you’ll need to bring plenty of layers and be prepared for rain, but there’s also a much higher chance of a white Christmas here than in many other parts of the UK – and … Continue reading “A Guide to Christmas in Scotland”

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