The Falkirk Wheel

Location MapI never would have expected to find myself at the Falkirk Wheel, but given it was close by while I was catching up with some extended family, why not?
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Loch Coriusk on the Isle of Skye

Location MapI saw a stunning painting of Loch Coriusk and I was hooked immediately. Cows fed on the grass by the shores. The calm waters of the loch reflected the intimidating Black Cuillin and a dark shroud of clouds. I just had to figure out how to get to this intriguing place.
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The Isle of Skye

Location MapTucked away far to the north, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, the Isle of Skye is a real gem. It’s deceptively large, almost 100km from north to south with plenty yo explore. Varying between lush green Highland countryside and the steep, cruel and bear munros of the Black Cuillin.
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The Highland Games in Glenfinnan

Location MapIs there anything more manly than the Scottish Highland Games? Sure, they wear skirts, but you probably don’t want to mess with people who can hurl 19 foot tree trunks. The assortment of steel objects that get thrown about inspired the Olympic hammer throw and, quite frankly, make Olympians look like a bunch of whimps. So if you were part Scottish, why wouldn’t you want to try your hand at it at least once in your lifetime!?
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Is that Hadrian’s Wall?

Location MapOnce again, roaming through the English countryside with no idea where Hadrian’s Wall was. “Is that the wall?!” someone exclaims pointing to what appears to be just another paddock wall. Alas, no, but we found it eventually! Not exactly where I left it.
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The Lake District

Location MapThe Lake District is surely the most beautiful National Park in all of England. The home of her highest peaks, treacherously steep, but rewarding mountain passes, reflective lakes and colourful heathland.
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Location MapOne thing remains firmly in my memory from last time I visited Edinburgh and that is the sound of a Scotsman yelling out “EE-din-brUH!” at the start of the castle tour. The Royal Mile was crowded with people and street performers for the Fringe Festival including a Braveheart look-alike. The noise of bagpipes pierced your ears and then around the corner some tasteful music would be playing. It was all happening. We even stayed in a heritage conversion hostel right next to the castle. Good times.
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Exploring Vágur in the Faroe Islands

Location MapDuration: 11 days
Expenses: 2380DKK (AUD$470 or AUD$43/day)
Ferry: 171€ (AUD$250 or AUD$23/day)

imageIt might seem silly to spend pretty much the whole trip to the Faroes on just one island, but there was actually plenty to see and do. So much so that it really didn’t seem worth rushing all the way (not far at all really) to the opposite side of the archipelago just to tick a few things off. Some things are better left ’til next time.

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Bird Paradise on Mykines

Location MapNormally when advertisers for wildlife tours talk about “guarantees” and “close sightings” I immediately ignore them. Just like I did when I read that on Mykines you can see puffins just two metres away from you. It is a lie, in fact, you can see puffins less than two metres away from you. They shouldn’t grossly understate things like that, it’s just wrong!
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Gásadalur, the most beautiful village in the world

imageI honestly can’t imagine a more beautiful setting for a village than where Gásadalur sits on the west coast of Vágar. I would like to nominate it as the most beautiful village in the world. After all, it was the main reason I came to the Faroe Islands in the first place. So I was determined to fight off the clouds and capture a magical shot of it that truly did it justice.
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