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Category: Backpacking in the United Kingdom

Backpacking in the United Kingdom was the chance for me to re-discover cities I had visited in my youth, and view them with new eyes.  I love travelling in the North of England, and want to make sure visitors to the UK make the trip and leave London!

2 Days in Edinburgh Itinerary: A Perfect Weekend in Edinburgh

2 Days in Edinburgh Itinerary: A Perfect Weekend in Edinburgh

I spent a week in Scotland at the end of May, when I took a Haggis Adventures tour around Scotland.  The tour lasted for 5 days and before I went home, I spent 2 days in Edinburgh, exploring the city, getting my Harry Potter fix and eating lots of delicious food.  If you’re planning to spend a weekend in Edinburgh, these are my suggestions for how to make the most of 2 days in Edinburgh. How to Get to Edinburgh…

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Things to do in Loch Ness Scotland

Things to do in Loch Ness Scotland

I visited Loch Ness as part of my 5-day Highland flight tour with Haggis Adventures.  We spent two nights in Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness and spent two days exploring things to do in Loch Ness and surrounding area.  I learned a lot about the Loch and the mysterious Loch Ness monster and quickly fell in love with this beautiful part of Scotland.  I had a complimentary tour with Haggis Adventures, but rest assured that all opinions…

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The Best Hostel in London: wombat’s City Hostel London

The Best Hostel in London: wombat’s City Hostel London

You may wonder if I’m biased.  As the #wombatstraveller Ambassador for wombat’s Hostels, there is no way I’d give an honest review of the wombat’s London, right?  Wrong!  I loved this hostel, not only is it easily the best hostel in London, it is one of my favourite hostels EVER.  And I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels over the years.  So why is it so awesome?  Here’s why wombat’s is one of the best places to stay in London…

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7 Day Scotland Itinerary

7 Day Scotland Itinerary

I loved Scotland.  I actually felt ashamed that I had not explored this country before, having lived in England for 30 years I’d only made a couple of short weekend trips before embarking on a Highland Fling tour with Haggis Adventures.  I spent 7 days in Scotland altogether; 2 days in Edinburgh and 5 days in the rest of Scotland exploring beautiful scenery, delicious food and enjoying true Scottish hospitality.  I’ll share the 7 day Scotland itinerary I followed, which…

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A Tower of London Beefeater Tour

A Tower of London Beefeater Tour

I remember going to the Tower of London when I was a kid, I must have been less than 10 years old so we’re talking maybe 25 years ago (wow that makes me feel old)!  The only thing I remember was the beautiful purple velvet crown in the Crown Jewels, and nothing else.  So, when I returned to the Tower, I was excited to see the Crown Jewels again and see what else was in store for me at the…

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Backpacking Scotland Tours from Edinburgh: An Honest Haggis Adventures Review

Backpacking Scotland Tours from Edinburgh: An Honest Haggis Adventures Review

I’ve lived in England for most of my life yet haven’t travelled much in the UK.  However, after my backpacking trip to Ireland last year, I couldn’t wait to visit Scotland!   I was invited by Haggis Adventures to join them on one of their Highland Fling 5-day tours around Scotland and was excited to see everything on the itinerary.  Here’s my full and honest Haggis Adventures review, including highlights of our Highland Fling tour and what to expect on a…

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Gin Tasting in London at the Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour

Gin Tasting in London at the Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour

Gin is the most English of spirits, and one of my favourite tipples!  On my recent visit to London as #wombatsTraveller ambassador for wombat’s Hostels, I decided to visit the Beefeater Gin Distillery London, the most famous gin distillery in London.  Their gin distillery tour included a visit to the working distillery, access to their gin museum, a gin tasting and a gin and tonic at the end of your tour.  If you’re looking for a cool gin experience, then…

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea in London

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea in London

An afternoon tea is a quintessential London treat, but why have any old afternoon tea in London when you can have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea?  This wonderful experience at One Aldwych was voted the best afternoon tea in London by Bookatable in 2017, and it isn’t hard to see why.  I thoroughly enjoyed sampling all the sweet and savoury delights in this themed afternoon tea in London, read on for my full review! Afternoon Tea in…

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Free Museums in Leeds You Need to Visit

Free Museums in Leeds You Need to Visit

I lived in Leeds for 10 years.  I love this city in England, I came here to study at the University of Leeds, and stayed around for several years after that.  However, I am ashamed to admit that in all that time I didn’t appreciate everything I had on my doorstep.  True, Leeds has changed a lot in the last eight years since I left, but some of the best museums in Leeds have been here for much longer than…

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Things to do in Portrush Northern Ireland

Things to do in Portrush Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish Coastline is incredibly beautiful.  There aren’t quite enough superlatives to describe the variety and drama of the cliffs, beaches, castle ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites.  The whole of the Causeway Coastal Route is fascinating, and if you have a few days to spend in Northern Ireland then you should take the time to explore.  I spent two nights and three days in and around the Giant’s Causeway, and one of the days I decided to visit…

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