Category Archives: Scotland

What to do in Scotland; attractions in Scotland and the best places to visit in Scotland.

Review of Point Hotel Edinburgh

I stayed at the three star Point Hotel Edinburgh for two nights in late February 2012. I booked my stay on the site, after finding they offered the cheapest price at the Point Hotel Edinbugh on the Hotelscombined price comparison site. I was able to get an additional 10% off by using a discount voucher. Although I was staying for two nights at the Point Hotel Edinburgh, I’d made two separate one night bookings. The first night I booked a deluxe double room with castle view including breakfast for £31 and the second night (booked two days later) a standard double/twin room for £27. Fortunately, the hotel allocated me a deluxe room for both nights. As I’d booked the room for two guests but ended up staying alone, the hotel very kindly allowed me to have breakfast on both mornings.

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Entrance to Point Hotel Edinburgh

The Point Hotel is located just off Lothian Road, close to the Usher Hall and Lyceum Theatre. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from Edinburgh Waverly Rail Station. My room was on the fourth floor and I was impressed with the art on display in the corridor.

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Scottish Moutain scene in corridor at Point Hotel Edinburgh

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Best of Edinburgh Tips

Here are our best of Edinburgh tips, together with our recommendations for what to do in Edinburgh to help you plan your visit to the Scottish capital.

Cross Over to Cramond Island

There is a tidal causeway for pedestrians over to Cramond Island in the Forth Estuary, but do check the tide timetables before attempting this. If it’s high tide you can still walk along the prom toward Silverknowes, or take the path up the River Almond.

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Walkway over to Cramond Island

Walk Along Portobello Beach

On a sunny day head to the golden sands of Portobello Beach, three miles east of the city centre. It’s unlikely it’ll be warm enough to go for a swim, but you can stroll along the prom or the beach.

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Portobello Beach

Climb the Scott Monument

Built in memory of the Scottish author and poet Sir Walter Scott, the imposing 200 foot high Scott Monument can be scaled for a fee of £3. The Monument is just off Princes Street.

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The Scott Monument, Edinburgh

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Review of Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

I stayed for one night a the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh in December 2011 on a complimentary basis.  The hotel is located just off the Royal Mile, a five minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. I was looking forward to my stay. I’d been in the hotel twice previously, once for lunch and in April 2011 the hotel hosted an Edinburgh Travel Tweetup. So had anticipated that the rooms at the Missoni would be pretty funky.

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Bar at Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

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Travelodge Edinburgh Learmonth Offers Free Wifi in Bar Cafe

I stayed for one night at the Travelodge Edinburgh Learmonth in early December 2011 on a complimentary basis. I’ve stayed at this hotel in the past and reviewed the hotel in June 2009. The Travelodge UK budget hotel chain have improved their service to guests by offering free WiFi in their Bar Cafes.  This is great news if, like me, you need to stay connected when you’re on the move.

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The Bar Cafe at Travelodge Edinburgh Learmonth

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If Only All Towns Offered Such Good, Free Amenities as Jedburgh

We had a stop at the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders on a day out in November 2011. I was happy to see signs saying that there was free WiFi in the town centre and that the car park was also free. I connected to the free WiFi, I didn’t need to give any details, only click that I agreed to the terms and conditions. The connection was pretty good and I was able to upload a photo in a few seconds.  The next good thing was that the very clean public toilets were also free.


Free WiFi – music to a blogger’s ear

We had a walk along the tarmaced Borders Abbeys Way path and had a coffee from our flask at the picnic bench on the banks of Jed Water.


View from our coffee spot toward Jed Water

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The Boat Shed at the Ardanaiseig Hotel, Scotland

We stayed for two nights at the Ardanaiseig Hotel near Oban in the north west of Scotland in mid September 2011, on a complimentary basis. The hotel is reached by a ten mile drive down a single track road from the village of Taynault. I was excited about staying at the Ardanaiseig Hotel after seeing photos of our accommodation in the Boat Shed.


Exterior of main building at the Ardanaiseig Hotel

The Boat Shed is a few hundred metres from the main hotel with a parking area outside. This accommodation really does have the wow factor. As soon as you walk in you are transfixed by the views over Loch Awe.


The living/dining area at the Boat Shed

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25 Fun Things to Do in the UK

The United Kingdom (UK) comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  If you’re looking for ideas for what to do in the UK, here are some great travel tips from the Europe a la Carte team.


Cool Off at the Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

You may dangle your feet in the refreshing stream at the Diana Memorial Fountain in London’s Hyde Park after a hard days sightseeing but you’re not allowed to walk through the structure.

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Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

Walk Along the Meridian Line in Greenwich, London

You can walk on Longtitude Zero line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. This is the home of time dividing the globe into the eastern and western hemispheres.

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Greenwich Meridian Line by markhealey

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Budget UK Summer Break: Helensburgh, Scotland for £80 per person for 3 nights

We’re stayed in Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland on a three night budget Summer UK staycation at the end of July 2011. I managed to book a Travelodge room for £19 a night in early March 2011 by following one of my money saving travel tips of signing up to receive travel companies’ email alerts about promotions.  This allowed me to quickly bag the bargain Travelodge rate.  In this case, you could also follow another one of my tips and use a UK cashback site. If you book Travelodge UK rooms through TopCashBack you can receive a 1% cashback.

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Helensburgh poster at Riverside Museum, Glasgow

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