Edinburgh Fringe display from last year
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Short Guide to the Edinburgh Festival 2019

Last year, we wrote a blog titled ‘A Brief Introduction to the Edinburgh Festival’. A year later, this blog is still well worth reading as it covers the history of the Edinburgh Festival, as well as giving some background on The Fringe, and the Free Fringe. There is also plenty of advice in last year’s … Continue reading “Short Guide to the Edinburgh Festival 2019”

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A view from the Quiraing, Skye, in the Scottish Highlands
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Why Visit The Scottish Highlands?

Why would you want to visit the Scottish Highlands? It’s actually not that simple a question to answer, because the list of reasons is just so long! If you’ve been dreaming of visiting Scotland, there’s a good chance the landscapes that feature in that dream are all lifted straight from the Highlands. Looming mountains covered … Continue reading “Why Visit The Scottish Highlands?”

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Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye
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Why Brexit Won’t Affect Your Tour of Scotland

Wherever you live in the world, you’re probably aware of the fact that the UK is going through some political confusion at the moment as a result of its 2016 vote to leave the EU – the process best known as Brexit. Almost three years on, it’s still unclear just what Brexit will mean for … Continue reading “Why Brexit Won’t Affect Your Tour of Scotland”

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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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A piper wearing a kilt in a Mackenzie tartan
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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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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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Fireworks at Edinburgh Castle on Hogmanay - New Year
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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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Edinburgh Castle seen from the West Princes Street Gardens
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Frequently Asked Questions About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and, recently, it has grown in popularity, becoming one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. For the team here at Inspiring Travel, it’s heartening to see our capital city receive the praise and attention it deserves, and many of our tailormade and set Scottish tours involve visiting … Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions About Edinburgh”

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