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The Best Things to do in the Isle of Skye

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Scotland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Its vast landscape seems to roll on forever. Its hills, cliffs, seashores and many islands which dot the coast creates scenery so serene than not than many other places compare. The Isle of Skye is one of the pleasant islands which line the coast. Situated on the West Coast of Northern Scotland, it is the second largest Scottish island, with a population of around 9,232.

This island, whilst relatively small, has so much going on, with so much to see and discover which is why Isle of Skye tours are great for anyone wanting to discover the best of this picturesque place.

The largest town on the Isle of Skye is Portree. This is a great area for visitors to stay in as it enables them to easily explore the island whilst having amenities close by. The town has the islands only secondary school, the Aros centre of Gaelic heritage, and has been used in some films including Harry Potter and Made of Honor.

Points of interest on the island include Neist Point, a viewpoint where visitors can look out to sea and see dolphins, whales, porpoises and basking sharks. There is also a lighthouse here which was built in 1909. The Dunvegan Castle is also a great place to visit. This castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, and was opened to visitors in 1933. The castle towers over Loch Dunvegan which is home to many seal colonies. The island also has the Talisker Distillery, which produces the islands Single Malt Scotch whisky. The Cuillin Hills are a main tourist attraction also. These rocky hills are famous to hikers and mountaineers due to the rough rock which makes it easy to climb.

Be sure to explore all the wonders on this stunning island with Isle of Skye tours.

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Things to do in Edinburgh

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The Homecoming 2009 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

This is the year to travel to Scotland!  This year Scotland is hosting its first Homecoming.  The Homecoming is taking place to honor the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.  Don’t know you Robert Burns is?  That’s okay because before my trip to Edinburgh I was not aware of who he was either.  Robert Burns is claimed to be the national poet of Scotland.  Still don’t know what he is famous for?  He is most well known for writing ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ the song that is sung to celebrate the end of the year on New Years Eve.  During the Homecoming there are over 200 events taking place to celebrate: Robert Burns, whisky, golf, great Scottish innovations/minds, as well as Scottish ancestry.

Bagpipes being played (Flickr by Tyla'75)

Bagpipes being played (Flickr by Tyla'75)

Edinburgh is also known as a festival hub.  Throughout the year Edinburgh is home to 12 fantastic festivals.  This coming month from August 7- August 31 the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be taking place.  The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world!  It will have 2,000 different shows ranging from dance, theater, children’s exhibits, musicals, comedy, and various other genres.  These performances will range from professional acts  all the way down to street performances. continue reading

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