Category: Scotland

Livingston

Livingston in West Lothian, Scotland, was once a small mining village, housing the workers for the booming shale oil mining industry in the 1800s. According to historians, the name Livingston derives from a Flemish gentleman called De Leving, who came to the region and built a large tower. The tower is no longer in evidence,…

Hawick

You know that as a border town Hawick is going to be pretty, but it has to be exceptionally pretty to be the holder of as many floral awards as it has. This is the largest of all of the Border towns and more than anything is known for the high quality of its knitwear.…

Troon

The pretty coastal town of Troon is located in Ayrshire, around eight miles to the north of the city of Ayr. The town lies on the Firth of Clyde and from the seashore you can clearly see the beautiful Isle of Arran in the distance. There are regular ferry links from Troon across to Northern…

Dornoch

Dornoch is something of a hidden gem, considered by many to be too far off the well trodden tourist trail to visit. However, the pretty Royal Burgh if Dornoch is only an hour away from the airport at Inverness and offers you a true taste of Scottish life which is unspoiled by the heavy hand…

Stornoway

Stornoway is the largest and main town on the beautiful island of Lewis which is part of the Outer Hebrides. This was once an important settlement for the Vikings as it placed them within easy reach of the mainland yet gave them a strong defensive position. Stornoway is now the major transport centre for access…

Aviemore

Aviemore is located right at the edge of the Cairngorms National Park and is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Scotland. No matter what time of year you visit, the beauty of the mountains and the landscape will astound you. During the winter months the resort is filled with winter sports enthusiasts whilst…

Wick

The town of Wick that we know today is actually built on the site of an ancient Viking settlement; this was at one time the main town for the northern Highland region. The town of Wick sits either side of the river of the same name and stretches out along both sides of Wick Bay.…

Brechin

Brechin is located along the banks of the River South Esk in Angus. Although small, this was once classed as a city and the cathedral still looms large in the centre of town today. It is home to an impressive round tower dating from the 11th century, one of only two of its kind in…

Culross

Culross is a beautiful, historic town located in the Kingdom of Fife. It is widely regarded as being one of the most picturesque as it sits and looks out over that Firth of Forth. Local lore has it that the town was founded by St Serf, and as you wander around the place you can…

Kelso

Kelso is situated at the point where the rivers Teviot and Tweed merge. It is a beautiful setting which has allowed for the creation of a truly picturesque town. It is a town with a long history, partly religious and partly bloody with the scars of war. It was in 1128 that Kind David granted…