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Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Review: Great Stay With Our Dog

Looking to stay in Strathpeffer? Well check out this review of the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer, which includes a video tour of the room. What is the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Like? The Highland Hotel is a large hotel in a historic building. The hotel has a wood panelled lounge and dining area and some stained glass windows. The hotel is set at the top of the hill overlooking Strathpeffer village. There are trees and greenery around the hotel and it is a very easy walk into the village itself. The Highland Hotel has been used extensively as a hotel for tour… Read More »Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Review: Great Stay With Our Dog

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Baku Holiday Review: Check Out Why Baku is Great to Visit

Is Baku Good for a Holiday? Baku is not visited by many people from the UK, making it feel quite undiscovered. It’s in the earlier stages of tourism development giving it a unique feel. It is very easy to explore on foot and public transport. The history of Baku is really interesting and there is fantastic food and drink too. The people in Baku are friendly and welcoming. All of these things make a Baku holiday a great idea. Read my review of a 4 night tip as a solo female traveller to Baku. It was a wonderful trip which… Read More »Baku Holiday Review: Check Out Why Baku is Great to Visit

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Valencia City Break Review: Check Out This Fabulous Friendly City

Considering a Valencia city break? You absolutely should as it’s a fantastic city. Check out this guide to a Valencia city break and get ideas for your own trip. First let’s deal with a common question! Is Valencia Worth a Visit? Valencia is less visited than some other cities such as Barcelona. This gives it a less touristy feel. However, the city still has fantastic attractions such as the science area, the gorgeous parks, the old city and the crazy Fallas festival each Spring. It is very easy to explore on foot, the food is great, prices are reasonable and… Read More »Valencia City Break Review: Check Out This Fabulous Friendly City

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Riga City Break Review: Fantastic City with Great Food & Discoveries

Is Riga A Good City Break? Riga has so many attractions. There is a wonderful old town with historic buildings and cute cafes. The Art Nouveau district has some fabulous architecture to admire. There is a lovely canal running through the city with boat trips on it, and around the canal are lovely gardens. Riga is home to the amazing National Library of Latvia – a wonderfully modern building. It’s also home to the largest food market in Europe, packed with tempting tastes and flavours. It’s a great option for a varied and wonderful city break. Read on for my… Read More »Riga City Break Review: Fantastic City with Great Food & Discoveries

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Southerness Things To Do – Cute Cafes, Wonderful Wildlife & Sandy Beaches

Are you planning on visiting Southerness? Want some ideas of things to do in the area? Great then check out this list of things we did during our week long stay in November 2021. (If you want to check out the holiday cottage we stayed in have a look at Southerness Self Catering, which includes a video tour inside the property) 1. Southerness Things to Do – Streetlights Cafe, Castle Douglas Streetlights was one of the first cafes we visited during our holiday and it was fabulous. It was a dog friendly cafe, which we didn’t know at first but… Read More »Southerness Things To Do – Cute Cafes, Wonderful Wildlife & Sandy Beaches

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Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Fab Algarve Hotel With Amazing Location

Are you looking for a great hotel in Albufeira? Right on the beach? With great facilities? Well fab. You are in the right place. Check out my review of a the 4 Star Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira. 1. Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Location The Sol E Mar is located in Albufeira. This is one of the main resorts in the Algarve. The hotel itself is located beside the sea in a great location for exploring the old town and beach areas alike. 2. Getting to the Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira Fo our stay we booked a… Read More »Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Fab Algarve Hotel With Amazing Location

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Vidamar Resort Algarve Review – Fantastic Resort Hotel in Fab Location

Are you looking for a great resort styled hotel with everything in one place? Then check out my review of a 3 night stay at the Vidamar Resort Algarve. It’s a lovely hotel, with great rooms, plus spa facilities, beach access and a choice of restaurants. 1. Vidamar Resort Algarve – Address The address of the Vidamar Resort Algarve is: R. da Boca da Alagoa Lote 1, 8200-424 Guia, Portugal The telephone number of the Vidamar Resort Algarve is: +351 289 038 000 2. Vidamar Resort Algarve – Location The Vidamar Resort is set close to the gorgeous Algarve coast.… Read More »Vidamar Resort Algarve Review – Fantastic Resort Hotel in Fab Location

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Vilamoura Holiday Review: Top Tips and Info To Help You Plan

Are you considering a Vilamoura holiday? Well that’s great to hear – it’s a lovely destination and I enjoyed a lovely holiday there. Read on for everything I learned during my holiday in Vilamoura including things to do, a fabulous circular drive and two great hotels that I stayed in. First off let’s deal with a common question visitors ask; Is Vilamoura Nicer Than Albufeira? For a holiday experience that is a bit quieter and calmer then Vilamoura is a better choice than Albufeira. There are great facilities, a lovely marina and lots of green spaces. Vilamoura is still within… Read More »Vilamoura Holiday Review: Top Tips and Info To Help You Plan

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Loch Ness Tour – Fab Views, Cute Cafes & A Great Drive

Thinking of visiting Loch Ness? Why not drive the complete way round it on this circular easy one day Loch Ness tour. Most people have heard of Loch Ness. It’s one of the most visited places in the Scottish Highlands. What many people who visit the area don’t know is that the Eastern side of Loch Ness is much less visited than the Western side but the views are stunning, plus there are plenty of things to see so it is well worth a visit. Here is an itinerary for your own Loch Ness Tour – a beautiful circular drive… Read More »Loch Ness Tour – Fab Views, Cute Cafes & A Great Drive

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Australia Tours: 3 Top Trips Compared – Find Your Ideal One

Are you looking for Australia Tours from the UK? Considering the trip of a lifetime to this wonderful country? Great! Then I have something that might help finding your perfect tour a little easier. I’ve compared Australia tours from 4 of the biggest operators, giving you detailed information on their itinerary to help you find which tour might suit you best. Tour itineraries do change and this article is meant to help you narrow down your choices for further research of your own – after all you know what you are interested in and what a tour that suits you… Read More »Australia Tours: 3 Top Trips Compared – Find Your Ideal One

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Azores Island Hopping – In Depth Review of Fantastic Great Value Tour

Looking for An Azores Island Hopping Holiday? Do you want inside tips and information about the itinerary from someone who has been? Great! You are in the exactly the right place. I have taken 5 or 6 British groups on holidays to the Azores Island Hopping and it is somewhere I really enjoy visiting. If you haven’t already read it I would recommend my Azores Holidays Guide . This gives you a detailed overview of the main hotels, the main places visited, excursions and much more – it’s everything you need to know about the Azores, what to see and… Read More »Azores Island Hopping – In Depth Review of Fantastic Great Value Tour

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Azores Holidays – Why You Should Visit These Stunning Islands

A little confession! Ahead of my first job as a Tour Manager taking Azores Holidays I didn’t know where the islands were! I’ve been lucky enough to visit 5 times I think, so let me share with you everything I know about this fantastic place and why you should consider it for a holiday. 1. Are Azores Holidays Worth Considering? Having discovered this group of islands I was amazed by the diversity of the islands. Each one that I visited was completely different to the previous one, with different foods, a different feel and it’s own culture and style. I… Read More »Azores Holidays – Why You Should Visit These Stunning Islands

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Birmingham City Break with Vintage Cinema & Coffin Museum – Bostin!

Considering a Birmingham city break? Want to know a bit more about what this city has to offer? Great! Then check out this review of a weekend trip to Birmingham with details of things to do and places to visit. Getting to Birmingham City Break from the Highlands I flew from Inverness to Birmingham. There used to be a regular service operated by Flybe. There is a service between Inverness and Birmingham which is now operated by Loganair. Check my article on getting to the Highlands if you are interested in travelling the other way. Birmingham City Break Travelling from Birmingham… Read More »Birmingham City Break with Vintage Cinema & Coffin Museum – Bostin!

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Grasmere Lake District – A Little Gem With Lots to Enjoy

Is Grasmere Lake District Worth Visiting? It’s absolutely worth visiting. It’s got literary interest with Wordsworth living and being buried there. There is also a very quirky National Trust property. There are cute cafes and great walks too. Check out this guide to Grasmere Lake District and get planning your visit. 1. Grasmere Lake District – What To See and Do Grasmere Lake District is somewhere I am lucky enough to have visited several times, with groups and on a training course. It’s very pretty and lovely to spend a day or so exploring. If you prefer somewhere a little… Read More »Grasmere Lake District – A Little Gem With Lots to Enjoy

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Istanbul City Break – What It’s Like As a Solo Female Traveller

Thinking of taking an Istanbul city break? If so check out my guide based on a stay near Taksim Square and using public transport. Here is my review of a 3 night stay that I took, travelling on my own as a solo female. Istanbul City Break 1. Getting To Istanbul From Inverness Thanks to British Airways having a flight from Inverness to London Heathrow I was able to check my luggage in at Inverness and retrieve it again in Istanbul. The flight time from London to Istanbul is around 3 hours 50 minutes. The table below shows the prices… Read More »Istanbul City Break – What It’s Like As a Solo Female Traveller