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Comedians to look out for at the Fringe this Year

With Edinburgh Fringe Festival approaching, you may want to start planning your trip. With loads of great comedians to look out for at the Fringe Festival – here is a helpful guide on who you should go along and see this August.

Star of the Last Leg, Adam Hills, is a Fringe Festival favourite.  His show, Clown Heart, is an hour long production, promised to not disappoint. His work is renowned for being witty and hilarious and he has even been praised by The Scotsman – “’If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills you cannot have a pulse’. Tickets are priced at £14 and are available to purchase now online.

Next up is I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now presenter, Rob Beckett, who is playing at the Pleasance Dome from the 5th-30th August. Rob increadbilly smiley and energetic performances should not be missed so make sure you look out for him this year at The Fringe. Tickets are £12, however there are limited 2 for 1 tickets available from the official Fringe website.

Comedian and frequent Celebrity Juice guest Chris Ramsay will also be back at the Fringe Festival and he’s “All Growed Up”. Defined as “Stand up gold” by the guardian, Chris’s 11 night stretch is destined to be a sell-out come August. If you are desperate to see this rising star of the comedy circuit live, you better be quick!Tickets are online now and are priced at £15.

“Comedy genius’ (Daily Mirror) and newcomer Lee Nelson will be playing at the Pleasance Courtyard this August. Although he is new to the comedy scene, Lee has been celebrated by critics for his modern style of performance. A selected number of full price tickets are available online on a buy one get one free promotion.

If  you’re looking for a familiar face at The Fringe Never Mind The Buzzcock’ funny man Phil Jupitus will also be playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, for free! Phil is back with his tour Porky The Poet in Apologist Now! will be at the Liquid Room Annexe from the 8-30th August. The show is non-ticketed so make sure you get along early to ensure you get a seat.

 

 

Comedians to look out for at the Fringe this year

 

 

This is our top five pick of comedians to look out for at the Fringe this year! For more information on venue and ticket purchases make sure you visit their website.

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Inverness’ Best Kept Secrets

So, you want to visit Inverness? Do you think you’ve seen everything there is to see? It’s debatable if you haven’t visited these two of Inverness’ best kept secrets! There is an abundance of things to see and places to visit in Inverness but the grandeur of these specific hidden gems can not be replicated and they certainly can’t be outdone. So what is hiding amongst all the things to see in Inverness that we might have missed? Here are two of Inverness’ best kept secrets you will kick yourself for having missed!

 

Achnagairn Castle

 

Achnagairn Castle is one of the many castles located near Inverness. Recently restored by Perfect Manors, the castle features an extraordinary ornate ballroom as well as individually designed boutique bedrooms to make even the most seasoned traveler’s heart soar. The castle hosts 18 spectacular and individually styled bedrooms, some twins and others are double. This is the perfect wedding venue for those wanting an elegant and beautiful wedding their guests are going to talk about for years to come.

 

The Adams Room – Kingsmills Hotel

 

This isn’t a hotel room, no. But this stunning room can be hired out for meetings, meals and everything in between. Kingsmills offer you a professional experience with friendly service from the staff regardless of whether you’re there for a night or just an hour in their Adams room.

 

But what makes the Adams room really special is the fact that this very room once played host to the great Scottish poet, Rabbie Burns!

 

The room seating between 18 and 35 guests, the Adams room is great for both small businesses and corporates, bringing you a stunning yet comfortable environment for the marriage of like-minds in the 18th century hotel venue. Some of the décor like the grand fireplace and the stucco ceiling. The hotel is centrally located which is brilliant for people coming from any direction be it further in the Highlands or as far south as London. The venue offers free parking too!

 

Inverness’ Best Kept Secrets

 

Now that’s a secret worth sharing! The only question that is left to stand is which of Inverness’ best kept secrets will you visit first?

 

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Scotland – A Country of History

Scotland as a destination has many wonderful elements to offer with the top 5 arguably being scenery, whisky, food, heritage and textiles.

Our beautiful nation is steeped in history and with the recent profile of Jacobite fueled Outlander attracting the attention of foreign markets, Scotland as a historical destination, has never been stronger.

With many tours inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s classic, Outlander Inspired Tours in Scotland are growing in popularity. With both series one and – soon to be completed – series two of Outlander is being filmed in Scotland, the demand to experience Highlander life first hand has never been higher.

Stemming from the start of the glacier period, Scotland has a wealth of history transcending many generations and now, 10,000 years later, Scotland’s wealth of castles and historic sites making for a truly interesting vacation.

 

A Brief Overview of Scotland’s History

 

As the second largest city in Scotland, our nation’s capital – Edinburgh – is home to arguably the most famous castle in Scotland known as the capital’s rock. The castle famously housed many Scottish monarchs including Queen Margaret who died in the castle in 1093. In 1566  the James VI was born in the Royal Palace housed within the castle grounds.

Stirling Castle, yet another famous historic landmark in our bonny country, is steeped in history. Originally conceived as the residence for King James V in 1538, the palace was only half way completed before his death in 1542. Falling into disrepair in the 17th Century, the military claimed the castle ensuring the historically accurate features were preserved until the military’s departure in 1964.

As the home from home to the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle was famously purchased in 1852 by Queen Victoria for Prince Albert. After much consideration, Prince Albert requested a new castle be build 100 yards to the North West of the building as the original was considered too small for the family. Currently a 5 star tourist attraction, the castle and others contribute to the country of history that is Scotland.

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Romantic Breaks in Scotland

Scotland has the advantage of having some of the most picturesque views and landscapes in the western world, from Loch Assynt and Ardvreck Castle in Inverness to the American Monument on the Oa in Islay, situated on the cliffs with views to astound any eye. All of this helps sell Scotland as one of the best destinations for breaks and trips, moreover romantic breaks in Scotland, which this sector has been steadily growing and is currently enjoying a new boom from the “Fifty Shades Craze”.

One of these magnificent destinations to visit on a romantic break- Islay. Widely regarded to be Queen of the Hebrides. Renowned for dramatic views and glowing sunsets Islay has a whole host of destinations for a romantic break, such as the beautiful Islay Cottages. The Museum of Islay Life has also proved a hit for those seeking some relief, as this quaint little museum has the history of Islay encapsulated in a charming setting that will surely melt anyone’s heart.

Islay is not the only home of great romantic breaks in Scotland, Edinburgh also has a wonderful plethora of destinations and attractions like The Dunstane. Two stunning townhouses with gorgeous intact original features, from high ceilings to their stylished design bedrooms one could only dream of finding in Edinburgh – from four poster beds to heated bathroom floors. Any romantic break in Edinburgh would not be complete without a candlelight dinner and the Skerries, an intimate little bistro with a reputation of delightful Orcadian food and an atmosphere to die for. This surely should set any lovers’ hearts alight.

Fife also has some of the best romantic destinations in Scotland. The Balbirnie House among them, situated amongst 400 acres of rolling parkland in the heart of Fife. The winner, With a Gold Laurel Trophy for Passion and Excellence. Balbirnie House caters to all romantic needs by having in-room treatments, from massages to aromatherapy all within the comfort, privacy and security of your own room. Balbirnie pictures itself as a “home away from home” in the village of Markinch in the heart of Fife.

It wouldn’t be a romantic break without a dosage of culture and St Andrews Cathedral which is minutes away from Balbirnie House, should deliver than in buckets. A building no longer only ruins yet the building still has some of Scotland’s most profound and fine architecture to date, from steep spires and intricate stone work St. Andrews cathedral is a must for any romantic break.

Lastly Inverness features some of Scotland’s most fabulous features and destinations in particular, Culloden House which claims “to bring history to life”. At the time of the Jacobite uprising in 1745-46, Bonnie Prince Charlie used Culloden House as his home and battle headquarters sadly just before that fateful battle on Culloden Moor, so that claim really does have some meaning.
The 40-acre estate includes seasonal bluebell and rhododendron walks, open parkland, bicycle paths into Culloden forest, a croquet lawn, tennis court, duck pond, and a small herd of shaggy-haired Highland cattle. All of this really should encapsulate Inverness’s spirit, heritage and culture whilst still being brimmed full of romance for yourself and your loved one. If you’re looking to get a piece of Scottish Culture and History make sure you go to Tomatin Distillery, where some of the best rated whisky in Scotland are distilled, a surely perfect trip for anyone you hold close.

Romantic Breaks in Scotland

Visiting any of these destinations should surely be a treat on its own, though visiting any of the destinations given surely will make any trip simply perfect. To find out more about booking romantic breaks in Scotland, why not head on over to our blog on tips for booking luxury hotels!

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