Scotland

Scotland

Discover more than the Loch Ness monster in Scotland

 

Lochs…castles…culture and traditions…bagpipes and kilts and soccer…these are what make Scotland the rich, inspiring country that it is. The coast of Scotland is peppered with countless isles that brave the rage of the Atlantic…and they’re waiting to be explored. Walk through the rolling Highlands and moors. See if you can spot the elusive monster at Loch Ness…sample some of Scotland’s famous malts…play a round of golf or go on a culture trail around Edinburgh…there’s so much out there.

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Fast Facts About Scotland

Scotland
  • Population: 5.2 million
  • Capital City: Edinburgh
  • Climate: Temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current
  • Time Zone: GMT+0
  • Language: English (Official)
  • Country Code: 44

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Festivals Around the World: Costumed Elephants and Bog Snorkeling

The largest arts festival in the world takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from August 1 to 25. If you haven’t experienced the Fringe Festival before, it turns almost every corner of the city into a performance space for comedians, musicians, actors, and theater groups.

Myths about Emerging Markets

Myths about Emerging Markets

Many emerging markets are actually in much better physical shape than the United States. So for instance, while people think of countries like Indonesia as being highly risky from a fiscal standpoint, Indonesia is actually on much sounder financial footing than the U.S.

How I Hop Around the Globe with a Steady Income Stream

How I Hop Around the Globe with a Steady Income Stream

From 1993 to 1999, I traveled and lived all over the world. And during that time, I got to experience wonderful places like the white-sand beaches of the British Virgin Islands…the cafes of Aix-en-Provence, France…the wild summer parties of Corfu, Greece…the exotic culture of Bali, Indonesia…and more.

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The Charms of Europe’s Second Cities: Buy Property from $82,000

In the popular imagination, it’s the great capitals of Europe that get the most attention. Tourists flock to Paris, Rome, Madrid, and London for the big-city flair, museums, and monuments. It’s the thing to do. And granted, you should seize any opportunity to stroll the Champs-Élysées on a beautiful spring evening or explore London’s international cuisine and regal parks.

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English-Speakers Wanted…from Spain to Mexico

My profession has taken me all across the world, experiencing unique journeys…attending world famous events…and meeting fascinating people. And I got paid to do it. I have rung in the New Year at Hogmanay in Edinburgh, danced up a storm at Seville’s April Fair, and was awed by the beauty of Buddha’s birthday celebrations in South Korea. I have ridden camels through the Sahara desert, liberated baby sea turtles in Mexico and swam with sharks in Belize.

I Took My Business To Europe…You Can Too

I Took my Business to Europe…You Can Too

It’s been just over a year since I let my lease expire, packed my bags, and took off around the world with my growing business and my small dog.

Outdoor Adventure Pads

Outdoor Adventure Pads

Your perfect oceanfront retreat is just a five-minute boat ride from one of the world’s premier diving destinations, the Belize Barrier Reef. It’s on Ambergris Caye, with the Caribbean spread out before you. Diving spots nearby include the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, known for its formations of elkhorn, brain, and staghorn corals. The coral is 20 to 40 feet tall, providing the perfect habitat for reef sharks, yellowtail snapper, lobster, grouper, sea turtles, and many other species.

Pickled Sharks, Asparagus, And Art As Life

Pickled Sharks, Asparagus, and Art as Life

Throughout this month, the Shanghai International Flower Festival puts exotic flowers and herbs on display. You can see a kaleidoscope of color—rare orchids, chrysanthemums, lotus flowers, plum blossoms—you name it, it’ll be there in full bloom.

News And Notes From Around The World Mar2012

News and Notes from Around the World

Contadora Island is a 20-minute flight from Panama City. It is a watery wonderland straight out of the pages of The Beach. Forget about cars and taxis; everywhere worth visiting is a 10-minute walk away…

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News and Notes from Around the World

Contadora Island is a 20-minute flight from Panama City. It is a watery wonderland straight out of the pages of The Beach. Forget about cars and taxis; everywhere worth visiting is a 10-minute walk away…

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What a Way to Earn a Living—Whisky, Castles and Scottish Islands

For one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Scottish Highlands, take the A87 highway from Fort William to the Isle of Skye and descend into Glen Shiel to Loch Duich. A few miles farther along the lakeshore, you’ll suddenly come across the iconic sight of Eilean Donan Castle sitting on an island at the point where three of the great Scottish sea lochs meet.

Sea Lochs, Castles, Whiskey, And Food

Sea Lochs, Castles, Whiskey, and Food

For one of the most breath-taking experiences in the Scottish Highlands, take the A87 highway from Fort William to the Isle of Skye and descend into Glen Shiel to Loch Duich. A few miles farther along the lakeshore, you’ll suddenly come across the iconic sight of Eilean Donan Castle sitting on an island at the point where three of the great Scottish sea lochs meet.

Ice Sculptures And Camel Wrestling

Ice Sculptures and Camel Wrestling

A round-up of the weird and wonderful events taking place around the world over the coming months.

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On the Scottish Whisky Trail

It sounds like an unpronounceable curse or even a blessing, but in fact uisce beatha is neither; it’s Scots Gaelic for the “water of life.” That’s whisky to you and me.

Eight Ways to Vacation Overseas—Free

Eight Ways to Vacation Overseas—Free

Everyone dreams of vacations. But accommodation, food, and transportation all add up. In the current economic climate, low cost is good. And “no cost” is even better. Here are some suggestions to save on your next vacation

Spooked in Scotland–supernatural shenanigans in black-hearted Edinburgh

A moonless night at the Mercat Cross on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile-and it’s Ghost Busters gone mad. Thirty people are following a black-cloaked witch down Advocate’s Close. From the screeches, something nasty is happening in the City Chambers porticoes…maybe it’s to do with the body-snatcher now racing down High Street. And here comes a vampire, chivvying his charges behind St. Giles High Kirk. There’ll soon be more screams if the trailing brown-cowled monk is a “jumper-oot.”

A castle to Call Home: Live like Royalty Without Paying a King’s Ransom

A castle to Call Home: Live like Royalty Without Paying a King’s Ransom

Have you ever imagined living in castle? Dreamed of hearing your footsteps echo through acres of passageways and years of history? Then take note—with the current financial crisis still growing, it’s getting much easier for you to make the dream of owning a castle a reality.

The Travel Press Talks…

The Travel Press Talks…

Tales spanning from Scotland to Egypt in this month’s Travel Press Talks…

High Jinks and Highland Flings

Real highland gatherings are a little more raucous than skirling bagpipes, kilt-wearing clansmen, and nimble dancers performing politely in from of a benevolent chieftain. The Cowal Games is all about atmosphere, more gutsy than polite, definitely more plebeian than royal, and unashamedly competitive. Established in 1894, this event is the biggest on the Scottish circuit. […]

The Edinburgh book crawl

Scotland loves writers, and nowhere in Scotland are they more celebrated than in Edinburgh. The world’s largest international book festival is held here each August, and in 2004 UNESCO declared it the first “City of Literature.” You can easily spend a few days visiting literary historic sites and haunts, especially those of Scotland’s immortal three: […]

Seil’s royal links

Princess Diana loved the tiny Scottish island of Seil; and the young princes William and Harry visited the island often to see their maternal grandmother, Frances Shand Kydd. Mrs. Kydd moved here in the 1970s when she fell in love with the scenery and settled here, farming on their 1,000 acres and creating an oyster […]

Prince Charlie, the Crown Jewels, and Macbeth—the best of bonnie Scotland

Prince Charlie, the Crown Jewels, and Macbeth—the best of bonnie Scotland

Scotland is a land with a rich, turbulent history and tradition; of sheep in lush green glens, misty crags, and lochs (lakes); of bagpipes, kilts, castles, and kings; and a land of honest, practical, welcoming people. A circular trip through the highlands, beginning and ending in Edinburgh, brings visitors to what I consider to be the best of “bonnie” Scotland.

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Earn money while others sleep

Rocco Forte, Conrad Hilton, and Cesar Ritz all earned a lot of money from sleep, or, to be precise, from others sleeping. Their eponymous hotel ventures grew into international dynasties offering travelers some of the most opulent places in the world in which to lay their weary heads. Owning hotels is not something many of us can aspire to, but buying a stake in a hotel is now possible and is a growing investment trend worldwide.

Worldwide Festivals in August, 2005

Worldwide Festivals in August, 2005

Festivals around the world in August 2005 include a colorful food fight and an outlandish tribal expression.

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