Hidden bars down winding lanes, the sarcastic humour of the little old lady at the bus stop and that famous Glasgow patter.
You’ve never properly laughed until you get chatting to a retired Glaswegian in a pub with a sticky floor.
The striking architecture and elaborate buildings speak of Glasgow’s wealthy, industrial past when people arrived from all over the world.
It’s one reason the city has a diverse culture, where you can sample food from every corner of the world and see art from as far flung as South America and Russia.
So step off the beaten track with my guide to Glasgow at its quirkiest.
SITUATED on the fringe of the Scottish Highlands, nestled on the banks of the River Ness, Inverness is a popular base for those exploring the surrounding countryside.
Famous now as the start of the UK’s favourite road, the North Coast 500 , and also made popular with Outlander fans all over the world, as the setting for the Starz TV series, there is more to Inverness than meets the eye.
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I’ve had some pretty delicious afternoon teas while travelling around Scotland. Lately I’ve been checking out some of the best in Fife. So what are the perfect ingredients for an afternoon tea? A warm and elegant setting? Lovely surroundings? A nice view? Delicious tea and the option to enjoy it without being rushed? Handmade cakes? It isn’t always so easy to find somewhere that ticks all the boxes, but I think I’ve managed.
After much experimenting here is my list of Fife’s top Afternoon teas.
This stunning country house hotel is situated just outside St Andrews in 10 acres of beautifully designed and award winning gardens. With turrets and ivy clad walls this house wouldn’t look out of place in a Jane Austen novel, with four Visit Scotland gold stars it has more than good looks though.
A traditionally Scottish interior with plush couches and roaring fires means you can relax and enjoy the view, which is exactly what I did when I visited recently.
Accompanied by my daughter we were warmly welcomed and seated in the homely and rather elegant Drawing room. The fire was a treat after our chilly walk as was the steaming pot of tea, from Tea Lovers Company. Created by Luke Nothy-Baker in St Andrews five years ago, TCL uses biodegradable whole leaf pyramid tea bags and he also donates all his profits to educational charities. So not only is the tea superb but your donating to charity at the same time!
Our dainty rectangular sandwiches had fillings such as chicken and rosemary mayonnaise and smoked salmon with cream cheese. A handmade warm sausage roll was a nice touch and large fluffy scones with ample jam and cream were also delicious.
What I loved the most though is the option to have a Kids afternoon tea. So while I indulged in my cucumber and dill sandwich my daughter tucked into a Nutella, then a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
A divine selection of handmade cakes finished our meal perfectly and included banoffee pie and a light and creamy chocolate mousse.
Rufflets also have a great looking menu for lunch and dinner focusing of using produce from Scotland as much as possible.
There was only one thing for it after all that. A lovely stroll through to the picture perfect little bridge over the river at the bottom of the garden.
Scotland plays an important role in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, the new TV series showing on Amazon Prime and taking the world by storm. Filmed in some of the most awe-inspiring locations in the country Outlander shows Scotland off beautifully. Living in Fife myself I’ve been loving how lovely places like Falkland and Culross are coming across on screen.
One of the most anticipated episodes, for anyone who had previously read the books, was The Wedding, where the two main characters are dramatically wed in the depths of the Scottish Highlands. With Fife welcoming the Outlander cast many times and the filming locations in this corner of the east coast particularly photogenic I was inspired to find out how you too could have your very own Outlander inspired fairytale wedding in the Kingdom.
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COASTAL villages with fishing boats, small villages cushioned at the foot of mountains, towns surrounded by rolling lush green fields, Scotland has them all and in abundance.
Everyone will have their favourites, for varying reasons, and it’s a great feeling when your meandering your way around the country and you come across a beautiful little chocolate box place.
While I’ve been gallivanting my way across Scotland for the past year I’ve discovered some beauties. Here are my top 10 prettiest towns and villages.
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have a cool place of my very own, a gem I probably should keep quiet about so I can have it all to myself. But that would be greedy.
In the southeast end of Kirkcaldy in Fife, Scotland, is my favourite beach. It’s easy to get to from where I live, and so quiet and peaceful that I often escape there to write or walk. It also has beautiful views over the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh.
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