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Want To Scotland? so walkthrough

Scotland is a traveler's paradise: a country endowed with impressive physical grandeur and rich culture. Scotland is world-famous for the raw, from the heights of the mountain to the deep, shimmering lochs. The country is divided into lowland and the boundary between the more pastoral lowlands (which still includes the beautiful and sometimes-South isolated plateau) and the glorious Highlands plateau characterized by large-errors-and also includes almost 800 islands.


The majesty of the physical landscape of Scotland reflects the complex depths of human history. Of Pleistocene hunter-gatherers to a now-vanished Picts, cultural heritage stretches back thousands of years, and grasslands retain some physical evidence that heritage. One of the most famous landmarks in the country is Hadrian's Wall, a vast stone fortress built by the Romans to mark their advance north to Britannia. Many of the walls are still standing, and walkers can track distance in miles from the countryside and the cities.


As elsewhere in Europe, Scotland offers a prime opportunity to immerse themselves in the history-walking Hadrian's wall, for example-and then set firmly in the context of life, modern heartbeat important.


Culture 

Scotland continued to maintain proud legacy of its own distinct culture in the UK. There are, of course, the famous patterned tartan kilts and bagpipes cries, long-symbolic state. It went well with the background of the famous Highland games: great music and sports festival, famous for living, healthy competition from CABER toss and put the stone. There is also a state of love for the written word; Some indigenous children are as celebrated as the poet Robert Burns, whose verse was bandied about freely.



One aspect of the country is certainly old style Gaelic and Celtic tradition and the wild beauty of the countryside inland, but Scotland as much about the vitality of the cosmopolitan bustle of the economy: The cities of Edinburgh (the capital) and Glasgow (largest) is rich in history, art, and architecture, not to mention a very important center for finance, trade, and tourism.

Scotland is, naturally, a source of Scotch whiskey, the smoky taste of the chocolate indelibly associated with cliffs, moors and valleys of the countryside.


Nature 

Scotland ranks as one of the main destinations for tourism and travel wilderness in Western Europe; rough terrain scale unmatched anywhere else in the UK. Scottish Lowlands host to many residents of the country, while the famous Highlands has many lonely, windswept achieve jaw-dropping scenery. Scottish highest point of 4409-foot Ben Nevis in Hume-Cairngorms range-also the highest peak in the whole of the British Isles. Ben Nevis serves as the endpoint for one of Europe's great walking treks: the West Highland Way, hike 95 miles in the middle of some of the most striking scenery Scotland has to offer.



Scotland face a barren lot is the result of an anthropocentric wood-cutting and agriculture; only small remnants of the Caledonian forest, pine forest that once cloaked the plateau, as well as virgin oak forest in the lowlands, anyway



While many of Scotland’s large mammals have long since died out in the face of human progress and hunting, the country is still a fine place to see rare creatures like the golden eagle, the white-tailed sea eagle, the pine marten, and the capercaillie. Offshore, its rich, cold marine waters support beasts like the orca, the basking shark, and the grey seal. In the Highlands, you have a good chance of spotting one of the country’s iconic creatures, the red deer; the sight of a big-antlered snag on high moorland is unforgettable.


Weather and Climate 

Scotland is notorious for its tempestuous weather, and it’s true that driving rain, frigid damp, and, depending on the location, blowing snow define the atmospheric conditions much of the year. However, the country is actually notably milder than its latitude would otherwise suggest; partly courtesy of the North Atlantic Current, which transfers warm waters of the Gulf Stream to the vicinity of the British Isles and Scandinavia, Scotland is balmier than, say, northeastern Canada, across the pond.



Nonetheless, travelers should be prepared for rain nearly anytime in many corners of the country. Anyone trekking into the Highlands should carry extra warm clothing and know how to find their way in mist and rain; winter hikers scaling high-country summits often tote an ice axe.


Scotland map

Post contributed by Kari Holton, on behalf of Deals.org.uk


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A guide to the holiday resorts of Tenerife

From lively beach resorts and historic towns to hilltop hideaways and quaint fishing villages, there’s a place to suit everyone on their holidays to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. For a small island there is a huge amount of diversity between the resorts and towns as well as the landscape of mountains, national parks and coast. 


The resorts of south Tenerife 

The south is where many of the larger and popular beach resorts can be found, yet there are quieter areas squeezed between the more established places. Don’t expect peaceful fishing villages or historic old towns, but think more along the lines of Playa de la Arena, a relatively quiet yet modern resort that’s growing in popularity. A highlight is Pancho Restaurant located next to the resort’s grey-sand beach where you can feast on freshly grilled fish served with spicy mojo sauce. If, however, you like your holidays lively and packed with activities then there are a couple of resorts on the south coast that might appeal more. 



Playa de las Americas

The purpose built resort of Playa de las Americas is undoubtedly the largest and liveliest on the island. If you’re after a beach holiday in Tenerife then this loud and brash resort has some of the best beaches in the south, and there are plenty of water sports available too. It boasts the best hotel, Bahia del Duque, and the most vibrant nightlife going with an infamous strip of bars and clubs as well as heaps of shops and restaurants. 



Los Cristianos

Once a fishing village, Los Cristianos is now a busy seaside town with a bustling harbour and town centre packed with shops and restaurants with menus featuring everything from local Canarian cuisine to the obligatory burger and chips. Los Cristianos has managed to retain its charm and is a good all-round resort to rival its Playa de las Americas neighbour. Holiday apartments cover the surrounding hills and its two sandy beaches offer relaxation as well as a whole host of water sports. 



Costa Adeje

Just along the coast you’ll come across the ever increasing resort of Costa Adeje. Actually made up of many sub areas, but referred to as one, it’s the new place in the south to be seen. Find a wealth of swanky restaurants and bars, along with lots of places to spend your money; the area is home to some great shops to grab souvenirs and boutique-y type items. Costa Adeje is home to some of the newest and finest hotels on the island and it’s where you’ll find the most 5* resorts, such as the popular Costa Adeje Gran Hotel.



Santa Cruz and inland Tenerife

The capital of Tenerife is the bustling harbour town of Santa Cruz, a lively town filled with restaurants, bars, clubs, art galleries and great shopping at the Plaza de España. Santa Cruz has arguably the best beach on the island, the unspoilt Playa de las Teresitas, a golden sand beach dotted with palm trees. 



For colonial Spanish architecture travel inland to the beautiful Aguere Valley and the town of La Laguna with its traditional houses and stunning religious buildings, while Guimar and Candelaria in the south east of Tenerife are worth a visit too. 

The scenery of the Mount Teide National Park is sensational and it’s not hard to see why it’s the most visited national park in the whole of Spain. Or get completely off the beaten track and go hiking in the remote and beautiful Anaga Mountains, north east of Santa Cruz.

North Tenerife holidays 

Less touristy than the south, north Tenerife holidays promise stunning architecture, beautiful scenery, charming towns and villages as well as beaches to rival the best on the island. 



Puerto de la Cruz

The oldest resort on the north coast has in recent years been reinvigorated with cars being banned from a section of Puerto de la Cruz leaving a wide pedestrian promenade. The 17th century church of Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia and other old buildings give the town charm and individuality, while nearby volcanic Mount Teide ensures Puerto de la Cruz has spectacular views. The town is also home to the hugely popular Loro Parque wildlife centre.



Garachico

The attractive coastal town of Garachico features volcanic rock pools of differing depths that were formed in 1706 by lava that swamped the town. An open-air saltwater swimming pool can be found next to the rock pools, while the seafront features a museum and some charming restaurants. 



Los Gigantes

A smart coastal resort on the northwest coast, Los Gigantes was named after the Acantilados de la Gigantes, the towering cliffs that overshadow the town. Seafood restaurants and cafés line the town’s marina and boat trips to see whales and dolphins can be taken from the harbor. There’s also a black sand beach and the Los Gigantes Lido, a series of saltwater pools with sun terraces perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. 



La Orotava 

With a beautiful historic centre, cobbled streets, unique architecture and a traditional Canarian atmosphere, La Orotava on Tenerife’s north coast is a hidden gem. There are three volcanic beaches, a botanical garden and hiking to be had in the Orotava Mountains. 

About the author:
K. Frost is a travel writer for the easyJet holidays website.

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Driving in Majorca

Majorca is a popular holiday destination in the Mediterranean, and is well known for its beaches, as well as its lively resort culture. However unbeknownst to many of its visitors is the vast natural beauty and unspoiled landscape to explore. Driving your way around the island allows visitors to get a true sense of Majorca’s rugged charm and gives you great insight into Majorca’s diverse history.


Here is three driving routes that will let you take in the sights, soak in some much earned sunshine and give you the freedom of the road in Majorca.

North East Majorca

Stretching from Manacor in the centre of Majorca to Alcudia in the North, this scenic route should take roughly half a day to complete. With attractions along the way for children it’s also great for a family drive. 

The first landmark of note is the fantastic Coves dels Hams that are just ten miles past the palm-lined boulevard that leads out of Manacor. These impressive natural caves are perfect for a quick stop off whilst driving, and with younger children you may need to stop off more than once.


Other attractions along this route include the fragrant orchards at Cala Millor, as well as a great zoo and safari park. You’ll pass some more picturesque beaches at Cala Mesquida, before finally arriving at the lively resort town of Alcudia. 

Rural Majorca

Between Lluc and Orient you will find this beautiful route, winding through rural regions in the north of the island. In total, the thirty-mile journey will take you somewhere in the region of an hour. This route is far more rural and is perfect for couples looking to capture some romance whilst on holidays to Majorca. 


Although the ancient Lluc Monastery is the starting point of this journey, it must be explored before setting out on the winding roads towards Inca. Along this road you’ll pass by the beautiful Serra de Llevant before reaching Caimari – a rustic village famed for its delicious olives. You might care to stop off to visit the historic olive mill, before continuing towards Manacor.

From here, head through Biniamar and the quaint village of Lloseta, towards your end destination at Orient. Be sure however, to take a break as you pass by Castell dÁlaro on this final stretch – here you’ll discover a traditional restaurant which serves the finest roast lamb anywhere on the island!

West Majorca

For the ultimate coastal trek, try out this route between the towns of Andratx and Esporles, on Majorca’s west coast. Starting from the southwest tip of the island, this scenic drive will take you roughly two hours.

After departing from the coastal resort of Andratx, you’ll head through a landscape of olive groves and vineyards, following signs for Soller and Estellencs. After a while the scenery on your left will open up into dramatic sea views. The Mirador de Ricardo Roca makes a great place to stop off, and enjoy this breathtaking sight.


After leaving the picturesque village of Estellencs, drive out through orange groves towards the old watchtower at Torres de Ses Animes, and onwards to Banyalbufar.

From here it’s an easy drive through fruit groves and rolling hills, in the direction of Es Verger. After this you’ll need to follow signs for la Posada del Marques, and finally on towards your final destination at Esporles.

Lewis is part of the low cost holidays writing team. 

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Best Winter Restaurants in the Best Cities in the United States

Winter is a great time to plan a trip where the top restaurants serve the best food in the United States. When the dark, cold days are getting people down, they can plan a fun weekend where the food is fabulous, the culture is wonderful, and it is a great place to create memories with your children. Here are five popular choices of restaurants around the United States, where winter retreats are fabulous for the family:



Some of the best performances at the Metropolitan Opera House and on Broadway happen during the winter season, along with the lights and winter decorations throughout the city, and skating in central park! 

Eleven Madison Park - On Madison Avenue and 24th Street, Eleven Madison Park offers a contemporary atmosphere, fine dining and an eclectic mix of foods. The kitchen is under the direction of Chef Daniel Humm, and the plate presentations are works of art. 


Satisfy the children’s sweet tooth, by stopping at The Candy Rush after dinner. This candy store has everything to please everyone in the family. It is located on Franklin Ave between Park and Sterling Pls. 


Besides hundreds of events taking place monthly, Chicago's Millennium Park has another grand Ice Rink that is well-lit at night for a fantasy skating experience surrounded by city lights, and a fun experience for the kids!


Polo Cafe and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A. - Found on South Morgan Street in Bridgeport with a bed & breakfast, this establishment serves the best of American cuisine. The restaurant provides delicious food at a reasonable price like Angus beef, lamb chops and fancy deserts. You won’t be able to find this exquisite food at home, for a price that works for the entire family. 


Houston

The winters are mild in Houston, and the first of March is when the rodeos season starts. Take the children to a rodeo, and dress them up in their jeans and Cowboy Hats.


Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - This family steakhouse is located on Westheimer Road, preparing hearty dinners with steak and barbecue. The menu is a la carte. Sides like crab macaroni and cheese, green beans and asparagus are superb. Making reservations is recommended. 


Lake Tahoe 

Lake Tahoe is one of California and the country's top ski resort areas, a true scenic winter wonderland with multiple runs and slopes. If your family is adventurous and loves to ski, this is the place for you. 


Evan's American Gourmet Cafe - Situated on Emerald Bay Road, this cafe is under the direction of Jimi Lasquete. The gourmet menu includes such marvelous and beautiful dishes as Spinach Salad with Duck Sausage, Grilled Fillet of Beef and Roast Venison with Baby Carrots and Asparagus. Although they produce these extravagant meals, the children can find something they love- especially their pizza! 

Making Food the Highlight 

The United States and its cities have a wide range of cultures and cuisine options. Taking time off at a winter retreat can be exciting, and the top restaurants are sure to be a pleasant change from the normal home cuisine.


About the author:

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provideswritten work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York City Apartments, Hamptons Homes for Sale, home improvement and the latest architecture, design,fashion and travel.  Followher on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

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Dublin, Ireland - Experience Dublin on St. Patty’s Day

St. Patrick came to Ireland, about 1500 years ago, to convert pagans to Christians. He must have done all right because there is a divine celebration in Dublin! The parade dominates the day on Saturday, actual St. Patrick's Day, from 11:30-2:00. Last year there were three thousand performers, and half a million people to watch. One Dubliner found that a good place to watch the parade was in a bookmaker's storefront on Dame Street. He had to make a couple wagers, but it was worth it. Go early. 


If St. Patrick himself is of interest, take the walking tour, "In the Footsteps of St. Patrick." It includes tours of the cathedrals of Christ Church and St. Patrick's. This tour starts at 37 College Green opposite Trinity College, 2:30.



The beer drinking side of it all, a favorite of many, could mean a Guinness Brewery tour, or a stop at the Irish Craft Beer Festival at George's Dock after the parade, or both. George's Dock is north of the river and a few blocks east from Temple Bar. After a drink or two, wander back over the bridge to Coppinger Row, South King Street Dame Court to hear the bands. They perform 3:30-6:00. Not far away, street performers ply their craft on Grafton Street, South King Street in the same time slot. 


A half-hour break to soak up more beer until 6:30 keeps it going. The Trad Stage at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar has traditional Irish Music at that time. This is in the middle of the party area and is impossible to miss. The cobblestone streets will give a hint as to location if nothing else. All around Temple Bar, hotels, restaurants and pubs will have food and drink and special menus. Blooms Hotel in Temple Bar has two venues for partying: the VAT House for traditional Irish music, and Club M, a nightclub. 


There are package deals galore for traveling to Dublin for St. Patty's Day that include food and lodging. The city has even more events not mentioned, all day from morning until late night or later. Staying in a hotel in Temple Bar will be like a three-day party if it's a long weekend stay. Everything is within a central area of Dublin and there are brochures listing events all over town. Get there and it will happen and don’t forget to watch the best St. Patty’s Day Parade in the world!


About the author

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to NYC Rentals, Hamptons Homes, home improvement and the latest architecture, design, fashion and travel.  
Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

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Your Guide to a Long Weekend in London

3 days isn’t very long to spend in any city, but with so much to see and do in London, it is absolutely crucial that you plan your itinerary in advance, to ensure you make the most of every minute, of every hour that you have in this spectacular city. It’s wise to group your daily activities into areas, to ensure you cover as much sight-seeing ground as efficiently possible, and to avoid a mad rush across the city, when visiting an attraction in the north-east, and realising you have dinner reservations in the south-west! Highlighted below is an itinerary of the very best attractions not to be missed, the landmarks that it would be a crime not to visit, and recommended places to eat and drink. 

Friday - So you have managed to catch an early morning flight into one of the many airports accessible to central London, and have just arrived at your accommodation via public transport (as renting a car simply isn’t the best way to get around). Excited and eager to explore the British culture, your first day is probably the best to visit some of London’s iconic landmarks. 


Walk over Westminster Bridge for the finest photo opportunities of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Spin around for great views of the London Eye, although perhaps the most impressive, can be captured during an evening’s stroll along the South Bank, where it is beautifully illuminated within the London skyline. Nearby is the Horse Guard’s Parade, where at 11am, the Changing of the Guard occurs. Stroll down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace, where if the flag is flying you will know the Queen is home.

Spend an hour or so in Hyde Park, before heading to the area of Kensington, to visit one of London’s treasures for retail therapy – Harrods. South Kensington is also home to many of London’s free museums, including The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, which are worth a look if you have the time. Just south of Knightsbridge is Sloane Square, where you will find a selection of trendy bars, restaurants and nightclubs, for a lively evening to kick-start your weekend.


Saturday–London’s Oxford Street is the famous shopping district, where you will find every high street brand possible, plus designer stores and boutiques. Get there as early as possible, as Saturday’s are notoriously busy. After a few hours of retail therapy, take the Underground to Charing Cross, and walk into Trafalgar Square, where you can visit the National Gallery. 

Walk up to Leicester Square – London’s entertainment district, before moving on to Covent Garden to be dazzled by street performers, charming cobbled streets and old buildings. The glass-ceiling building, once home to the old vegetable market, now has small boutiques and old-fashioned pubs, including the Punch and Judy. A trip to the theatre is an absolute must on your trip to London, with the areas of Covent Garden and Aldwych providing a variety of performances to suit all preferences and budgets. The Lion King and Wicked are absolutely fantastic, with evening performances starting at 7.30pm. The theatre district has an abundance of restaurants and bars for pre or post performance dining; however it is advisable to book as most theatre goers tend to have the same idea. 


Sunday - Make the most of your last day in the city and visit the Tower of London, where you will discover the history behind this ancient fortress. Stroll over the spectacular Tower Bridge to begin your journey down the South Bank where you can stop off at Borough Market or the Tate Gallery, if time permits. The South Bank stretches all the way down to Waterloo and the London Eye, where your amazing trip to London began and now ends after 3 days of non-stop action. If you’re planning a weekend break or long stay in London, why not choose a London holiday apartment, which gives you the freedom and flexibility of self-catering accommodation, whilst providing the facilities and support of a hotel. 
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