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Visiting Scotland in the Spring!

Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses, glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes).Scotland’s  major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, and Glasgow.

 

Here are a few recommendations  of things to see while visiting Scotland.

 

Loch Ness  – We have all heard the myth of the Loch Ness monster. So we have to go check out the lake, right?  You can enjoy your monster hunting by taking a cruise on Loch Ness. What a fun activity for the entire family.

 

Located in the Scottish Highlands this is a trip for the entire family. You can visit the castles, go bowling, botanical gardens, and shopping with charming boutiques and vintage shops.

Edinburgh Castle 

Edinburgh Castle is an impressive fortress and military stronghold atop Castle Rock. This castle’s history is so intriguing. Make sure to see the Crown Jewel Exhibition and get a good view of the firing of the cannon.  You will get some great pictures and the view from the rooftop is gorgeous.

 

Due to the popularity of this attraction I would advise purchasing the Fastpass and avoid the long ticket lines.  To really enjoy the castle and see everything allow about 3-4 hours to make your way through. Be sure to stop by the  Tea Room and enjoy some warm tea and a snack.  

Stirling Castle

If you are a castle enthusiast then you need to visit Stirling Castle. You will enter a world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens. The colors and craftmanship are stunning.

There are many things to see and do at Stirling Castle. If you take the free guided tour the staff are very knowledgeable and full of personality. This is a great place to take the kids. They have staff dressed in costumes that re enact how things were back then. Plus you can take pictures with them. There are many exhibitions throughout and the view from the castle is breathtaking.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will do alot of walking.  And before you leave stop by some of the charming cafes and restaurants in Stirling.

 

The Scottish Whiskey Experience

This is a fun and informative trip for all ages and very affordable.

Take a guided tour through a replica whiskey distillery and learn about Scotland’s national drink. You will learn about the production process, be introduced to a variety of aromas and taste the whiskey you prefer and you get to keep the crystal whiskey tumbler.  Children under the age of 18 can sample a famous Scottish soda.

The most fascinating part is seeing the world’s largest whiskey collection. Even if you are not a drinker this is still a fun time.  And you might just discover a whiskey to your liking.

 

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The Spectacular, Stunning Dominica Island

Dominica, West Indies is situated in the Caribbean on the eastern chain of Windward Isles. Dominica is one of the several places in the world where the coral is in incredible and excellent condition. This is a beautiful island with a high mountain range, underwater hot springs, waterfalls, and abundant vegetation, tropical rainforest. Life here is simple. There are hardly any resorts, and the tourists who visit the country are after hiking or diving opportunities rather than beach-combing. The geography of the island is entirely different from the other places in the area. The terrain is pretty rugged and wild making the transportation to run slower than usual – even for Caribbean standards. Prices, in general, are quite affordable. There are plenty of markets, and camping opportunities are widely available.

Scuba Diving:

Dominica is one of the top three scuba diving localities in the Caribbean, and the top five in the world. Enjoy scuba diving sites that include the exploration of underwater wrecks and sudden underwater drop-offs.  Hot springs release constant streams of bubbles, and it is locally known as champagne. All who tour the island experiences the hot springs, but the experience is enhanced by scuba diving. Another way to explore the rich and beautiful waters of the island is by snorkeling.

Tropical Escape:

Plan a getaway to this island and get the experience of a lifetime.  This small island offers mountain peaks as high as 4,000 feet with rain forests where 175 birds, tree lizards, butterflies, iguanas, extraordinary and wildlife live.  Plant life and tree ferns, flowers and vegetation cover the ground creating a colorful carpet. Ravines and gorges offer spectacular sites. Waterfalls form and cascade as streams and 365 rivers intertwine and travel across the island. The waterfalls areas are spectacular, sights that you will never forgot.

Emerald Pool:

The Emerald Pool is a lovely grotto in Morne Trois Pitons National Park that can be accessed by a series of trails that circle through the rainforest from the Visitor’s Center where the car park is located. As a result, you see foliage, streams, and occasional glimpses of Dominica’s mountains; a waterfall tumbles into the small pond, which is surrounded by rocky cliffs. The water in the pond is not very deep and is generally tranquil.

Things to Enjoy:

Dominica offers whale and dolphin watching yearly. Hike through Dominica’s forested mountain highlands and the world’s second largest Boiling Lake. Hike to the Panorama Viewpoint, Titou George, and the Valley of Desolation.  A certified hike guide will accompany the hikers. Many of the Islands most beautiful waterfalls and sites are hidden deep in the dense forests. Hiking is necessary to see these unbelievable natural sites. Tour the Champagne and Forest Hot Springs.  Enjoy local foods such as tuna, green bananas, pawpaw, red snapper, and so much more.

Dominica, West Indies is a magnificent escape from the rush and hurry of the modern world.  Hideaway and escape in this magical tropical island. Experience the natural beauty of Dominica, West Indies.

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