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    How to spend 48 hours in Dublin

    We love a city break and ever since we discovered the Dubland podcast (which I highly recommend by the way) we’ve wanted to get over to Dublin. So just before Christmas we managed to fit in a couple of days in the city. And it’s only taken me a month or so to get around to writing about it… One of the greatest things about Dublin, like so many other awesome cities, is that it’s great to visit all year round. Not to mention you don’t need to block out an entire week to visit. Everything is close by so you can get a real feel for the city in…

  • The North Coast 500 – The home straight

    This will be my final update on our North Coast 500 journey, though they’ll be plenty of other Scotland-based content to come from the great places we stayed after we completed the NC 500 route. The last post ended as we began to head down the East coast and back towards Inverness. Now I won’t lie to you because that’s not my style, the East coast was a little bit less attractive than the West had been – and ain’t that always the way! Much like England (and I sincerely hope I don’t offend anyone by saying this) the east is not as nice as Wales and Cornwall on the…

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    The North Coast 500 – Reaching the north coast of Scotland

    When I last left you on our North Coast 5000 journey we had stopped in Gairloch, just 150 miles in and starting to climb up the West coast. This next instalment of our journey takes us all the way up and along the North coast of Scotland, to the highest point in the UK and to some of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen. So let’s pick straight up where we left off! Day 4 – Ullapool – 198 miles in Ullapool is the biggest settlement in the north west of Scotland and the harbour there is a hub of activity, even now. When we arrived we were quite…

  • The North Coast 500 – The first 150 miles

    A few weeks back we completed the North Coast 500 which is a 500 mile road trip around the north of Scotland. The guide book we bought estimated that this would take us around a week, but we took a slight detour over to the Isle of Skye, so it actually took us about nine days to complete. If you’re considering the North Coast 500 or you’re looking for inspiration for your next road trip, we couldn’t recommend it enough! We picked an amazing time of year to come as we had beautiful weather, it was mostly sunny, it wasn’t too cold, but we also got to enjoy the odd…

  • How to be more present and mindful while travelling

    As we sat at home last Friday night, glass of wine in hand, we found ourselves flicking through our photo album from our 2015 European road trip. I know, I know, the thought of a photo album that isn’t online seems crazy these days! But there’s something so lovely about holding a physical album and pouring back through the old memories. As we turned each page more memories came flooding back to us and we began sharing stories and reminiscing. But there were a few pictures from our long weekend in Milan that really struck a nerve with me as I remembered the way we felt  at that particular time…

  • How can you really get to know a destination?

    Do you have a place in the world that you absolutely love visiting and always want to learn more about each time you go? Perhaps there’s a destination on your bucket list that you’ve always wanted to visit. I believe you can fall in love with a place after just a day (in fact I have done). But it takes more than that to truly get to grips with a destination, to know it inside out as if you’d lived there your whole life. Is there a particular place coming to your mind right now? If like us, you’re a curious traveller, always keen to get to the heart of…

  • Our travel highlights from 2018

    As 2018 is almost behind us, I thought it would be nice to take a look back over some of our travel highlight from the year just gone – especially with so much to look forward to in the year ahead! It’s been such a busy year that it was almost too hard to pull together the highlights, but there were a few particular getaways that stood out to me. And here they are!   1. Edinburgh, Scotland – February We kick-started the year with a last minute trip to Edinburgh. You can read about the whole weekend in my post ‘how to spend a budget weekend in Edinburgh’, but the…