Portavadie

West of Scotland If you are in Glasgow and want to go somewhere else, you can reach an interesting place on one of the western peninsulas of the Argyll and Bute region in a few hours. The Argill and Bute region is the second largest (almost 7,000 square kilometres, larger are only the Scottish Highlands) in Scotland and borders the Stirling, Scottish Highlands and a few other regions. However, the region has low population density and, with less than 90,000…

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Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, the fourth largest in the UK and the 27th largest in Europe. More than 600,000 people live in Glasgow today, even though the population was over 1.1 million before the middle of the 20th century. Since then, many people have moved to nearby towns and now in Grater Glasgow region live almost 1.8 million people, about a third of Scotland's total population. What to see The city is well known for its university, founded in…

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Spa hotel in England

Late in May we went to relax for a weekend, the destination - SPA hotel in Buckinghamshire, England. Hotel name Crowne Plaza Marlow. For those who have been to SPA hotels in countries such as Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic or Hungary, a Spa hotel in England may seem different from what they use to imagine  about this kind of establishment, although overall things are not that bad. About Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire is a county in the south-east of England, but…

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland Edinburgh definitely is one of the most special places, at least for me personally. Not only because we have been living there for several years. Although Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, it is only the second largest city in Scotland, the largest being Glasgow. It is home to just over half a million people, although in summer the city's population can even double during the touristic season. The city hosts many different festivals throughout…

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Road network in Scotland

Scottish highways The road network in Scotland is very well developed and virtually all, even the smallest, roads are paved. There are relatively few holes in them, even if they are in remote areas, so driving is quite enjoyable. The total length of the Scottish highways (according to 2017 data) is 56 thousand 250 kilometres, of which 632 kilometres are motorways. Strange as it may sound, the longest road network is in the Scottish Highlands. There can be conventional Scottish…

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Stirling

Central Scotland Stirling, known as the coronation place of the Scottish kings, is located in central Scotland. It is often called the gateway to the Highlands, because the famous region of the Scottish Highlands begins not that far from there. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations and in the past has even been the capital of Scotland. Stirling was established as a royal city in 1130, although people have inhabited in this area for about four…

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South Devon

In short, Devon is a county located in the South West of England and lays between Cornwall and Somerset; it also has a short border with Dorset in the south-east. Devon has an area of 6,707 square kilometres and has population of a bit more than one million people. Interesting fact - Devon is slightly bigger than the State of Palestine and is more than 20 times bigger than the smallest EU member state Malta. Biggest city is Exeter, however…

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Return from Italy to UK during COVID-19 pandemic

This blog is the second part about experiences during our trip to Italy during COVID-19 pandemic and is focusing on procedures before and after return. Traveling to the UK from a country on yellow list In June 2021 we had to go from UK to Italy; at that time Italy was on yellow travel list and only essential travel to those countries was allowed. So, we had to follow tough rules upon our return including tests and self-isolation. Since then,…

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