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See Our Guide to Great Britain Please don’t call it a fascinator!” instructs the avant-garde Scottish milliner William Chambers, proudly showing me a hat that he constructed from raffia and pink drinking straws. As I stare wide-eyed at the rows o...
See the 10 Great Places to Spend Christmas slideshow. ’Tis the season to start planning your holiday vacation. While this year’s shaky economy will force some to roast their chestnuts and stuff their stockings at home, others are already building...
Edinburgh to Inverness (196 miles) In Edinburgh, rent a Mini Cooper S—a sporty classic that hugs the winding Scottish roads nicely—at Eastern Mini (rentals from $112 per day). Leaving town, take the A92 to the A915 and head for St. Andrews, the b...
Counting sheep. Not a good thing to be doing while navigating the narrow dual carriageways and even more confining rural roads that traverse eastern Scotland. In a country seemingly more populated by sheep than people, even the major motorway lead...
Being a restless spirit does not mean I sleep poorly in a strange bed. On the contrary. I’ve slept well everywhere—whether a dirt-floored safari tent in Kenya’s northern frontier or the opulent Vera Wang Suite at Oahu’s Halekulani. Carefree outpos...
With the launch of Continental's first direct flight from New York to Edinburgh (flying time: 6 1/2 hours), it's even easier for theater fans to cross the pond to take in the largest arts festival in the world. The Edinburgh Fringe (44-131/226-002...
Whether you're seeking profound contemplation of your faith, speculative contemplation of the future, or just sodden contemplation of the bottom of a fifth of single malt, there's a destination in Europe to fulfill each and every Y2K desire. Expec...
Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Alexander McQueen love it. Ewan MacGregor, Scotland's own box-office heartthrob, likes his in black. Tartan is back, along with its near-cousin, tweed. Bide a wee in one of these emporiums in Edinburgh and the Hig...
Twelve-year-old Hannah is learning to play the chanter—the mouthpiece to the bagpipes, on which you practice fingering and blowing—before moving on to the full instrument. She hopes to join her school band this year. Speaking of school, she wears ...
London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated with United Designers' Keith Hobbs and Linzi Coppick—who styled the interiors of Dublin's Claren...
Scotland is blessed with an abundance of beautiful malt whisky distilleries, but one of the most extraordinary is Deanston, in Doune, north of Edinburgh. It is housed in an old Victorian cotton mill, a multistoried, dark-brick building snuggled ne...
I've used Dundas Street as a setting in many of my novels. I often spend time in a café at the top of the street, where my character Isabel Dalhousie (of the Sunday Philosophy Club series) has her coffee. Dundas Street is part of the New Town in E...
OCCUPATION: Principal dancer, New York City Ballet ON THE ROAD: Soto and the 60-member corps de ballet stopped in Edinburgh on a recent European tour, staying at the Scotsman Hotel (20 N. Bridge St.; 44-131/556-5565; doubles from $299). He indulg...
Here, five new properties to shake up Europe's hotel scene. BRIGHTON The 71-room Alias Hotel Seattle (Brighton Marina, England; 44-1273/679-799; www.aliasseattle.com; doubles from $170) brings crisp modernity to the hip Brighton Marina. Rooms ...
When I told my seven-year-old son that we were going to a foreign city where we would run from one theatrical event to another all day long, he stuck out his tongue…and panted. I’d expected enthusiasm. Asher has been hooked on plays since he went ...