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Become Lords and Ladies of the Manor at Mar Hall

on 03/23/2016 in Glasgow
Just ten minutes from Glasgow airport, Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort is the ideal spot to start and/or end your Scottish romp. The baronial mansion overlooking the River Clyde, originally completed in 1845, has received a £15 million restoration to bring it back to its former Gothic grandeur. Mar Hall boasts the Decléor Spa offering a huge list of...

A Wee Dram in Aberdeen: Consider a Visit to these Distilleries

on 03/23/2016 in Aberdeen
Strathisla Distillery Seafield Avenue, Keith, Banffshire With its distinctive pagodas, cobbled courtyard and picturesque buildings, Strathisla Distillery is arguably the most beautiful distillery in Scotland. Founded in 1786, it is also the oldest operating distillery in the Scottish Highlands. The Glenfiddich Distillery Dufftown, Moray World famous working distillery. On Christmas Day in 1887, William Grant watched proudly as the first...

Where to Eat in Aberdeen

on 03/23/2016 in Aberdeen
By Anita Draycott Silver Darling The Silver Darling Seafood Restaurant is renowned for its fine food, fine wines and a fine view of Aberdeen harbour and bay, offering fabulous local seafood exquisitely prepared by our French Chef. Highly recommended in the Good Food Guide, the dishes are excellent value and cover a wide range of prices. The rooftop conservatory restaurant...

Visit Kirriemuir - birthplace of JM Barrie, creator of Peter Pan

on 03/23/2016 in Scotland
Kirriemuir, known as the “Gateway to the Glens” makes a captivating base for exploring the beautiful braes of Angus. The town’s most famous son was the author JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. His birthplace, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, contains an imaginative exhibition featuring life-size figures, theatre posters and stage costumes. There is also a...

Marrakech: Feast for the senses

on 03/31/2016 in Marrakesh
By Anita Draycott I felt like I had just stepped into a movie. Snake charmers, teeth yankers, fortune tellers, acrobats, water carriers—good guys, bad guys all putting on their nightly performance in Jemaa el Fna square, in the marvelous mayhem that is Marrakech. Each evening as the sun starts to set the cast assembles, setting up stalls of street-food delicacies...

Rum Running in Old San Juan

on 03/31/2016 in San Juan
By Anita Draycott Enjoy the small museum and free samples at Casa Don Q, locally produced rum from the Serralles family who take pride in their eco-friendly distillery. A bottle of Don Q Cristal makes a spirited souvenir. Don Q is across the street from the Pier 1 cruise ship dock and next door to the PR Tourism Centre.

Visit Aberdeen Area’s Best Castles

on 03/31/2016 in Aberdeen
Delgatie Castle Turriff, Aberdeenshire The home of the late Captain Hay of Delgatie, the castle has displays of fine paintings, armoury and Victorian clothes combined with the atmosphere of a lived in home. The castle has largely been in the Hay family for the last 650 years. It was taken from the Earl of Buchan after the Battle of Bannockburn...

Prestwick: Home of The Open

on 05/17/2016 in Prestwick Airport
By Anita Draycott Prestwick’s twelve-hole design by Old Tom Morris in 1851 was birthplace to the Open. It’s now an eighteen-hole track but happily little has changed on the course or inside the clubhouse. I watched as a gray-haired chap nattily attired in necktie and V-neck sweater struck his ball from the first tee. His black Labrador dutifully waited until...

Explore Ayrshire’s Famous Castles and Cottages

on 03/27/2016 in Lisburn
By Anita Draycott Ayrshire, the poetic heart of Scotland offers a range of unique visitor attractions, including Culzean Castle and Country Park, the jewel in the National Trust for Scotland's crown. Here are a few visitor attractions to explore: Dean Castle Country Park Dean Road, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all...

Minmore, House of Spirits in Cairngorms National Park

on 04/25/2016 in United Kingdom
By Anita Draycott For true Scottish hospitality and an unforgettable setting, I recommend a stay at Minmore House on the Glenlivet estate in Cairngorms National Park. This is the mythic heart of the Highlands with its majestic landscape of foreboding mountains carved by deep glacial valleys. It’s moody country: one minute the sun is flickering on hues of heather and...