Scotland

Tips and Articles in Scotland

Nick Jones, the brains behind the Babington House hotel in Somerset, England, and the private Soho House clubs in London and New York, has a mission: to infuse some cheekiness into spa culture. To that end, he's planning to open the Cowshed Relax ...
Amid protests that it is both a financial and aesthetic fiasco, Scotland has erected a highly eccentric building to house its first parliament in nearly 300 years. Some Scots deride the oddly shaped and vastly over-budget legislative headquarters ...
When Le Corbusier designed his famous chapel at Ronchamp, just outside the Jura mountain range in France, he took inspiration from the rolling green hills to create a building for what he said man needed most, "peace and quiet." There is still pl...
To toast the New Year—and with it, dreams of an improved you—we've come up with a few suggestions, at home and on the road. —Lauren David Peden 1 LOSE WEIGHT Put down that eggnog and kick-start your fitness routine with a state-of-the-art spa ...
My first visit to St. Andrews was in 1988. It lasted all of two hours, and it took me a decade to return. When I finally did, in August of 1998, the first thing I did was walk down to the Old Course. After soaking up the afternoon ambience, I cont...
Q: My family and I are looking for an affordable hotel near Piazza San Marco in Venice. Any recommendations? —Stephen Brody, Morton Grove, Ill. A: The intimate B&B S. Marco is a five-minute walk from the Piazza San Marco in the city’s Castello n...
Secluded Scottish Castle By Shane Mitchell Any faraway land gets my blood pumping, but if I desire the pleasure of my husband’s company, the choice narrows to the bonny realm of haggis and heather. Nothing in life gives Bronson, who claims Scott...
Travelers to Edinburgh with a taste for local flavors should skip the ubiquitous shortbread cookies and tinned haggis and pick up a hand-lettered bottle of 12-year-old Caol Ila whisky from a reserve cask at Demijohn. The peaty blend is available o...
I hate the cold. So what am I doing hunched on the deck of a 40-foot trawler off Scotland's Inner Hebrides, dressed head-to-toe in plastic rain gear, squinting and sniffling in temperatures that hover somewhere in the 50s but, what with the "wind ...
Despite my Scottish heritage, I've never been wild about tartan. Braveheart bored me to tears, I haven't exactly yearned for haggis, and it only takes a few bars from a bagpipe to set me reeling—toward some Excedrin. But after my father died, two ...
England Glyndebourne Festival Opera (May 19–August 27; 44-127/381-3813; www.glyndebourne.com) Six productions set in the English countryside. Evening dress is customary. Tips: Lifelong members often snag the best tickets by the time the box off...
Hotel Alpenhof, Austria Would the von Trapp family have felt at home?Probably not. Adolph Loos's rigorously Modernist rendition of an Alpine retreat, the 14-room Hotel Alpenhof, was envisioned as a sophisticated summerhouse better suited to the...
Lower-priced hotels have long been the realm of Muzak-filled lobbies outfitted with worse-for-wear furniture and industrial carpeting. But the genre has entered a new era. A wine bar?A sleek lounge area?Free Wi-Fi?Walk into the recently opened Hya...
Germany Hefeweizen may be the national mainstay, but the 1809 Berliner Weisse is no ordinary German wheat beer: it has a tart and ultra-tangy flavor. Dr. Fritz Briem Brewery; bierkraft.com; from $6. France Brewer Daniel Thiriez crafts his...
Hawaii Spa Ahu Pohaku Hoomawluhia Hawi, Big Island; 808/889-6336; hawaii-island-retreat.com; treatments from $100 The Scene Remote retreat on the North Kohala Coast fusing Polynesian healing traditions with a green ethos. Top service Lomilom...