Scotland

Tips and Articles in Scotland

How can a landscape break your heart?Whenever I visit a certain corner of northwestern Scotland, I am filled with a melancholy that seems too personal to have been caused by some mere fluke of climate and geography. Up here, north of the heathered...
It is a motion that dates from the ancient Chinese, and a pose you've seen a hundred times: the gloved hand rises, the bird alights. Here, on the first day of falconry school in Vermont, that hand is about to be mine. Our instructor, Chris Davis,...
Whether they're villas, castles, châteaux, or schlosses, most hotels have yet to firm up their festivities (not to mention prices). But you can bet you'll get the royal treatment. Austria Hotel Schloss Fuschl takes the torte when it comes to New...
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...
ALEXANDRA PENNEY, author of How to Make Love to a Man and Sexiest Sex of AllPlanning a trip for my fiancé's 50th birthday (at the time he was just my boyfriend), I asked him whether he preferred Venice or Paris. A surfer, he wanted to go where the...
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...
SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN HIP, SOME ACHIEVE HIPNESS, and some have hipness thrust upon them. On my first night in Glasgow, I'm hanging out with some authentic Young Hipsters, friends of friends. Niall and Ben take one look at my clothes and inform me t...
Six just-opened hotels that are setting new standards of style: NORTH AMERICA The West Coast's Kimpton Group is launching an East Coast invasion. Washington, D.C's Hotel Rouge (1315 16th St. NW; 202/232-8000; doubles from $125) is an ode to all th...
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...
Greece | Hungary | Scotland | England | Portugal | Spain | France | Germany | Belgium | Poland | Road rules | Ins and Outs of Renting a Car in Europe | The Peloponnesus, Greece's hand-shaped southern peninsula, is not the Greece of white stucco h...
For most visitors to the Continent, going off the beaten path means finding a restaurant that's not yet in the guidebooks. But Europe is, in fact, the birthplace of adventure sports. Mountaineering was invented here—people have been going to the A...
I was raised in the Highlands and encouraged to feel proud of being a Maclean and belonging to a great clan. My maternal grandfather and uncle were chiefs, and I grew up in awe of their Mafia don-like reputations as "fathers" of Clan Fraser of Lov...
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 ...