Northern Ireland and Scotland

My new book is called: Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland  Belfast and the Causeway Coast has been rated best region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet praised its “timeless beauty and high-grade distractions – golf, whiskey and some of the world’s most famous rocks. The region mayContinue reading “Northern Ireland and Scotland”

Royal Botanical Gardens – Edinburgh

Excerpt from the book Travels through History : Northern Ireland and Scotland  Belfast and the Causeway Coast has been rated best region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. In September 2017, Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by a respected travel company, Rough Guides. ========== The original Edinburgh Botanical Garden wasContinue reading “Royal Botanical Gardens – Edinburgh”

A local’s guide to Edinburgh: 10 top tips

The Scottish capital’s big draw is its festivals but the quieter corners are alive year round – with stylish cafes and bistros, moody bars and thriving art spaces

Centre stage: the best theatre of 2017

Hamilton comes to London, Sherlock villain Andrew Scott adds Hamlet to his CV, Damian Lewis falls in love with a goat, and Ivo van Hove directs Jude Law in a tale of lust, greed and murder

A busker’s eye view of the Edinburgh festival – and how to survive it

You’re a performer on the fringes … but want to be part of the main event. Heed the words of a seasoned Edinburgh busker – on the best pitches, great cheap eats and where to party like a loca

Alt city guide to Edinburgh

The Edinburgh festival may dominate the headlines every summer, but all year round there’s a tight-knit local scene of off-beam music, grassroots art and theatre, and a stupidly good range of affordable grub and booze.

Take the kids to … the National Museum of Flight, Scotland

Two huge hangars in East Lothian, east of Edinburgh, have been given a multimillion-pound refurb to bring aviation history to life. And there’s a Concorde, too