Scotland

Tips and Articles in Scotland

Cross-cultural pollination means that both the croissant and the bagel have traveled far from home, and the “continental breakfast” still reigns supreme at hotels all over the world. But only in Japan will the morning meal offer dashi-maki tamago ...
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...
See our slideshow of The World’s Most Spectacular Tasting Rooms. When it comes to tasting rooms, what’s outside your glass is often as important as what’s inside it. “The taste of wine is largely contextual,” says Ray Isle, wine editor for Travel...
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...
To put it into golf terms, the current economic climate is like a long, uphill par four into a stiff wind. Among the almost universally negative effects of the downturn, though, exists a blessing for golfers: Some notoriously hard-to-get-on course...
The Castle Course, St. Andrews, Scotland (Public) David McLay Kidd won the coveted design commission to build a seventh course at St. Andrews and was soon beset by fears that the links he produced would bore people. “I hammered that point into my...
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...
Gullah Experience a native tongue of the rural South with Gullah Tours (843/763-7551; gullahtours.com; two-hour tours $18), which deploys the 300-year-old language on excursions in Charleston, S.C. (the Underground Railroad, the Old Slave Mart). ...
Americans crossing the Atlantic for golf have so many excellent British links to play they rarely venture inland. When they do leave the coastlines of Britain and Ireland, it’s to play the heathland gems—Walton Heath, St. George’s Hill, Sunningdal...
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...
AUSTRALIA COUTURE Everything about the new Palazzo Versace on Australia's glitzy Gold Coast reflects the Italian fashion empire's trademark opulence: handcrafted marble floors, mosaic walls, Medusa logos everywhere. Donatella Versace and her broth...
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...
Rocky and often forbidding, Scotland is a place where even shepherds' huts are hewn from granite. The dark gray stone lends a stern and brooding presence to castle and cottage alike, but it also hints at safety and warmth inside. What it doesn't s...
Most travelers have a favorite hideaway. An Italian pensione that never makes its way into the guidebooks, a breezy beach resort that stays just under the radar. You know: a place you hold so dear that you'd faint if it ever appeared in a national...
News on where to stay…what to see…what to buy… In the moonscape that is the Sahara, southern Tunisia's Pan Sea Ksar Ghilane is an oasis within an oasis: a just-staked hotel of 60 ivory linen tents. Sheltered in a date-palm and olive grove 125 mil...