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The Amazing Beaches Of Scotland

Scotland’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Scottish BeachWhen you think of Scotland, you immediately imagine castles, mountains, countryside and glens. Very few people actually know that Scotland boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Though not the most swimmable or bikini-friendly, Scotland’s beaches are mostly unspoiled, with massive areas of sand that are isolated and peaceful, giving its visitors private and peaceful getaways.

Here are some of Scotland’s most amazing beaches:

Scotland is not really synonymous with surfing. There aren’t many surf dude and dudette hangouts in Britain, but one beach in Scotland has been a favourite for surf enthusiasts for a while now. Strathy Beach, on the north coast, twenty miles off Thurso, is highly popular with the surf crowd. This beach has seen its fair share of avid surfers, competitions and championships that attract wave hunters from all over the country and from its neighbouring shores.

With massive waves and scenic views of the cliffs on one side and the River Strathy on another, this is the perfect beach for active beach goers and water sports aficionados. Comparable to the glistening waters of the Caribbean, the azure green crystal clear waters of Luskentyre Beach on the Island of Harris, is an off the beaten track location that attracts visitors who want to revel in its magical waters. A remarkable and unspoiled beach area for those who want to bathe in the sun or have a picnic on its sand. With a real sense of isolation from civilization, this beach is perfect for couples and individuals who want to enjoy the natural scenery and breeze of the sea. On some occasions, wild ponies can be seen in the area, along with otters, seals and even dolphins.

West Coast BeachFor active individuals who want to enjoy a day of water sports, Achmelvic Beach, located in Lochinver, Highland, boasts waterskiing, windsurfing and kayaking activities that cater to sporty individuals. Aside from a wide array of water activities, nearby walks and climbs are easily accessible to add more action to your visit. A ruined old mill and a hidden cove are also great places to see and explore. After trying all the activities available, you can quietly spend the rest of your day relaxing on the white sandy shores, with its breathtaking views of the unspoiled coastline. In sunny weather, the water has a remarkable turquoise colour that can capture your heart. Accommodation like guest houses and bed and breakfasts are walking distance from the beach, as well as campsites for those who want to enjoy star gazing under the night sky while lying on the sandy beach.

Another beach that has slowly become a favourite among surfers is the Belhaven Beach. This award winning and extensive beach is part of the John Muir National Park, located in Lothian. One of the best and most visited attractions in Dunbar, it offers stunning views, golden sandy beaches enormous waves and is a great place to have a walk, picnic or sunbathe under the glistening sun.

For an easily accessible beach close to the capital of Edinburgh, Portobello Beach has a different and unique appeal. Perfect for urban dwellers who want to catch some rays on the weekend, this beach has a special seaside charm of its own. A promenade faces the sea, with its own food stalls and amusement offerings, it is the perfect place to swim, sunbathe and chill out with the relaxing sound of soft waves.


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Great Mysteries To Solve In Scotland

Scottish Mysteries

Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster

There is something about Scotland that radiates an aura of mystery and legend. Even with the Loch Ness monster phenomenon, it drives hundreds of visitors to Inverness each year to witness and see for themselves the alleged home of “Nessie“. Several structures and locations in Scotland have sparked investigations, research, movies and books with the attempt and purpose of finding meaning to all the unanswered questions that have been asked throughout the years.

Sparked by the highly controversial movie, The Da Vinci Code, the Rosslyn Chapel just outside the capital of Edinburgh has had its recent surge of visitors, all wanting to see the location in the Chapel where the movie was shot. Conspiracies and theories have also been made about the true meaning behind the cryptic and symbolic images carved on to the posts and walls of the Chapel. Throughout the many years, theories have been speculated that it is the final resting place of the Holy Grail, or it is the exact replica of Solomon’s Temple where the vaults underneath the Chapel contain hidden treasures. Questions have also been raised about the true meaning of the Apprentice Pillar, the carving of a bearded man across the Chapel 120 times, over 200 mysterious cube carvings and its heavy link with the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. These many questions have never been answered and despite many investigations no-one can really explain the mysteries surrounding Rosslyn Chapel.

Much taller than Stonehenge, the Callanish Stones are situated near the village of Callanish on the Western Isles. These stones have had their share of speculation and mystery. Thirteen primary standing stones form a circle 13 meters in diameter and resembling a Celtic cross can be found circling a burial chamber. The purpose of this structure is unknown to this day. The why and how despite many archaeological findings and investigations has never been answered. Only theories and rumours but never really concrete answers. Built way before 3000 BC, this structure was made during the Stone Age and it must have served as a sort of astronomical observatory, used by our stone age ancestors to observe the movements of the moon.

Callanish Stones

Callanish Stones

Scotland is also famous for several mermaid sightings off its coasts. The mer-people and Finfolk of Scottish mythology and legend have been much talked about in books, movies and several investigations. Called the “Holy Island,” by the Vikings, Eynhallow Island is part of Orkney on the North coast of the mainland.

It has its own set of unexplainable vanishings and the ruin of a monastery church whose history and purpose have never been known. Eynhallow is a small uninhabited island. A 75 hectare land area it is believed by many to be the summer residence of the Finfolk whose daughters are believed to be mermaids. If you want to visit this eerie and deserted island you’ll have to hire a private boat as there is no available ferry to take you there. Every year in July, the Orkney Heritage Society organises a trip so you can apply to join the group for a visit to the island if you want a sneaky peak.

One of the most intriguing stories of Eynhallow occurred on July 1990. A group of 88 people from the organised trip disembarked on the island but only 86 returned. A massive search was made by the police and coastguard, using heat sensors to locate the 2 missing persons. They never found these two people and it has been concluded that there may have been a miscalculation of the number of people who headed to the island that day. Old folks speculated that the missing persons were actually Finfolk who returned to their home or that they extracted revenge by abducting the two people for having disturbed their island.

The truth will never be known.


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The Best Places To Propose in Scotland

Where To Propose In Scotland

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

There is no arguing that Scotland boasts of having the most romantic places in the world. With lush countryside and fantastic fairy tale castles, Scotland is the perfect backdrop to a romantic “Happily Ever After.” Scotland is famous for its castles that offer breathtaking venues for weddings, but why not start the fantasy and honeymoon with the proposal? Your proposal is just as important and memorable as your wedding day, as this begins your commitment and dedication of love for each other. Here are some of the most amazing and romantic spots to propose in Scotland:

For the couple who loves the outdoors and adrenaline pumping adventures, trek Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest peak, and propose to your loved one on the summit. The closest thing to heaven in Scotland, literally, its spectacular views will take both of your breath away. Standing at 4,409 feet above sea level, there’s no way your partner will ever say no to you. Hike the mountain as a couple, but come down as fiances.

If you want to be in seclusion and isolation but don’t have the physical fitness to climb thousands of feet, then the Island Of Iona is the perfect spot for that unforgettable romantic proposal. Only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, this tiny island, which is considered to be Scotland’s and one of the world’s most sacred places, gives couples the most private, secluded and intimate setting for a romantic proposal. Hire a small boat and paddle near to the shores on a clear, bright evening and pop your question under the glistening moonlight with thousands of stars lighting the dark curtain  of the sky.

Fort William & Ben Nevis

Fort William & Ben Nevis

For a place that served as the perfect muse to many Scottish poets and songwriters, allow the Loch Lomond to serve as the perfect backdrop to one of the most enchanting nights of your lives. Its stunning natural beauty will bring out your most romantic side, making it the perfect place to make that life changing decision. Waterfront lodges, luxury hotels, and secluded cottages are available in the area, giving you lots of options to spend a day or a weekend to prepare your proposal and celebrate your engagement.

Scotland is filled with villages and places that have significant and historical romantic meanings. World famous for being the wedding capital of the United Kingdom, Gretna Green has been the haven for romantic lovers for over 250 years. Follow the footsteps of the young and passionate couples who eloped and wedded in this legendary village. In the 18th century, a new law in England was passed which only allowed couples under the age of 21 to get married if they had parental consent. However, in Scotland, the minimum marrying age without parental consent was only 16, forcing teenage lovers to cross the border to seal their undying love for each other. Gretna Green is the nearest Scottish village on the border, making it the most ideal and accessible way to get married for its English neighbors. Today, it boasts of several establishments and facilities that offer wedding venues and services to the thousands of couples who seal the deal on Scottish shores.

A heartbreaking tale of love and loss make up the Sweetheart Abbey near Dumfries. A touching and remarkable tribute of undying love, the Abbey was built in the 13th century by Lady Devorgilla in honor of her beloved husband, John Balliol. Legend has it that she carried her deceased husband’s embalmed heart with her in an ivory and silver casket. Building churches and abbeys using her immense wealth, she dedicated such structures in honor and dedication of her love. It was in Sweetheart Abbey that she was buried, along with her husband’s heart in the altar of the Abbey. Though the abbey today has not been used for many years, its magnificent setting and structure is a romantic location for a private proposal, as it can also represent your love, faith, and dedication to your loved one.


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Make Your B&B Stand Out

Bed And Breakfast

Bed And Breakfast

In modern times, the idea of a bed and breakfast has been somewhat stretched. When once a B&B symbolized a cozy place to spend a night – literally providing your bed and breakfast for a quick and/or romantic getaway – many people now use the term to describe any holiday venue that isn’t a stereotypical hotel! However, for those who actually own and operate classic B&B’s, it’s important to remember the significance of the raw essentials – the bed and the breakfast. It’s crucial to provide the most comfortable bed and the highest quality breakfast!

Providing comfortable accommodation is really the very most basic of services, in that it doesn’t involve anything particularly complex or original. You just need to make sure that your guests are in a warm, cozy, and inviting environment! Here are a few specific tips.

  • Great Quality Bedding – Nothing can ruin an overnight stay more quickly than cool temperatures especially if you have particularly cold winters! High tog duvets provide a nice snug bed for a comfortable night’s sleep. Wrapped in high thread count Egyptian cotton they also give a top quality hotel feel.
  • Provide Memorable Beds – There are plenty of comfortable beds in plenty of comfortable venues all over the world. But to make your B&B stand out, try to make room in your budget for a truly special collection of mattresses. Consider a few of the top options at Dreams Beds UK, and you’ll be sure to end up with beds your guests will enjoy and remember.
Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

Providing a quality breakfast is a bit more of an abstract concept, and depends in large part upon the location and resources of your B&B. Generally speaking, however, the best rule is to avoid commercial products and simple self-serve items, and to instead think of your B&B as its own independent restaurant. This may mean a number of different things: for example, instead of having a Starbucks self-serve coffee station, brew your own coffee in-house, and offer a few unique espresso options; instead of pre-packaged English muffins and similar products, use as many local ingredients as possible to provide a fresh, home-cooked meal.

Ultimately, your ability to provide these services and amenities depends to a great extent on location and resources, as mentioned previously. Generally speaking, however, it’s best to think of your B&B in the “old school” sense of the term. Focus chiefly on room comfort and breakfast quality, and your B&B will be sure to stand out against others that have strayed from the traditional model.


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