Culloden Battlefield and Museum, Culloden, Scotland

This museum is truly emotional and very moving. I found it so well curated. I would wager that a fair number of people attend this area due to interest sparked by Outlander, a book and television series. However, I would recommend coming here regardless as it is an important museum dedicated to Scottish history worth paying respects to.

The museum recounts the events leading up to the Battle of Culloden, and the aftermath, the human loss, the impact on history. Both sides, the Jacobite and the Redcoats have their story told on either side of the museum as you walk through, step by step. There’s an immersive room where you can stand in the battle, and I don’t recommend it to the faint of heart.

Once you pass through the museum, you come out to the actual battlefield. It’s eerie. I got quite emotional. It can get quite busy, especially with tour buses, so keep that in mind. There’s a cafe and giftshop, WiFi and bathrooms and free parking.

 

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The Heritage Cafe and Bistro, Galle, SRI LANKA

To me, the most striking aspect of the Heritage Cafe in Galle is the decor and atmosphere. The furnishings harken back to an earlier time, steeped in history and local culture.

The food is tasty, but pretty standard. I remember I ordered a burger and they came back to me saying they had run out. I also remember being a little underwhelmed by the wrap, as I didn’t find it value for money. I wouldn’t write home about the bistro part of this establishment

I would go back, however to sit in the cafe, drink in the ambience and sip Ceylonese tea. I had an iced tea and sat for a long while, used the WiFi, had access to clean bathrooms and wrote post cards. I would definitely return to the cafe again, to stave off the afternoon heat over a refreshing iced tea.

 

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Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, SCOTLAND

Visiting Clava Cairns is a really humbling experience. Driving through the lush hills of Scotland, through the little villages with all the mod-cons, we see history all around us. However, Clava Cairns offers us a different level of history. Deep, mystical, Bronze Age and alive. The origins of the Clava Cairns aren’t exactly known, but archaeologists have speculated that they are neolithic burial grounds akin to Stonehenge. They’re a stone’s throw from Culloden Moor which make them easily accessible to a tourist in the Scottish Highlands. For those interested in Óutlander’, they’re not the exact stones as in the TV series, but they’ll do.

Definitely worth seeing on your way somewhere. Oh, and it’s free. Careful though- if you hear them hum you may get transported back in time!

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Catch you in either the Bronze Age or 1940, who knows.

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He's probably summoning something from the Bronze Age.

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Lord Crewe Inn, Bamburgh, ENGLAND

The Lord Crew Inn is situated in close proximity to Bamburgh Castle, which makes it the perfect place for a civilised summer shandy after exploring the Castle. The beer garden sits in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle, they have free wifi and the drinks are well priced. I regret not ordering dinner here, as the food that came out looked delicious. Picture this- you’ve had a fantastic day exploring the castle, poking around the beach and now you’re tired. Lean back, sip a shandy and bask in the bliss of Bamburgh.

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Harrods, London, ENGLAND

Harrods is an emporium of elegance and sophistication. It’s the height of opulence, so if you’re a regular average person like me, don’t expect to come here for a shopping spree. Harrods is just worth wandering for the spectacle of it all. I recommend simpering around the food hall to see the perfect cakes, the tins of caviar, the exotic coffee beans. The chocolate and confectionery section is tantalising, the florist is extravagant with explosions of colour. If you go in expecting to be able to afford anything, you’ll be sorely disappointed. However, if you go in to spy the art deco interiors, the chic furnishings and decadent wares, you’ll have a ball.

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Bursts of colour and light at Harrods.

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Harrod's Food Hall is fãňçý.

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Northumberland, GREAT BRITAIN

In my two week trip of the UK, I saw some incredible scenery. Lush rolling hills, fearless seas, picturesque farmland. However, the area around Northumberland was my absolute favourite. We drove up from Whitley Bay (just north of Newcastle) to Seahouses, Bamburgh and up to Beriwick. We stayed in Seahouses where we wandered the boat harbour, had a traditional pub dinner and sampled the local gins at the local mariners’ inn. From Seahouses you can get a boat out to the Farne Islands to see puffins, seals and other phenomenal seabirds with dramatic Turner-esque sunsets. The farmland around Bamburgh is breathtaking, as is Bamburgh Castle perched perfectly on the beach. I cannot stress this enough- Northumberland quintessential England. The history and allure of Alnwick is a short drive from the North Sea and every minute is sublime.

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Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, ENGLAND

On a blissful summers evening, my friends and I went to Bamburgh Castle. This medieval fortress sits on a hill, surveying the beach and out to the Farne Islands in the North Sea. We didn’t go inside, but honestly we didn’t need to. We did a perimeter of the castle and then walked through the brush to the beach to see it in all its majesty. It’s phenomenal. One of the most beautiful castles I’ve ever seen. It certainly seems cushioned in history, as if Game of Thrones or Macbeth has been set there.

This was the highlight to my trip. We had the most gorgeous weather and I was truly mesmerised by the peace that befell the castle at sunset.

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