A short guide to the Orkney Islands

A short guide to the Orkney Islands

Among all the numerous small islands that are part of the United Kingdom, the Orkney Islands are some of the most remote, and also the most mysterious. The over 70 islands are seen as part of Scotland, but even so, they have distinctive customs and culture which is plainly obvious even though there are few permanent inhabitants on the archipelago. The Orkneys have been settled in neolithic times, and it used to belong to the Knights Templar,  so there are lots of historical and archaeologic... [ read more ]

The backpacker’s guide to Wales

The backpacker’s guide to Wales

All of the countries that make up the United Kingdom are rich in history and culture, and Wales is no different. Wales has a distinct culture, language and feel that makes it obviously different from the rest of the UK, and stunning landscapes, wide open spaces and national parks dotted with exciting towns and cities, so it's no surprise that thousands of visitors are attracted to Wales each year. Wales is also eminently fitting for backpacking, because most of its most interesting gems can ... [ read more ]

10 fun facts about Northern Ireland

10 fun facts about Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a very strange place, and one that is not that easy to get to know. Politically part of the United Kingdom, geographically (and some argue, culturally) part of Ireland, Northern Ireland has often drawn the short straw in history. Many people associate Northern Ireland (or Ulster, as it is often called) with the IRA and religious conflicts, but fortunately, the situation is stable now. This part of the UK has a huge variety of attractions for tourists, both natural and art... [ read more ]

The best alternative tours in the UK

The best alternative tours in the UK

If you don't fancy traveling alone in the UK, there are countless tours that will take to to places that might interest you, and which will allow you to travel in the company of like minded people. There are lots of advantages to going on a tour, but one of the downsides is that you don't really get to choose where exactly you're going and what exactly you're going to see. And if traditional tours that take you around a particular region and show you some manors and museums at best sound too... [ read more ]

Top 5 Scottish Castles

Top 5 Scottish Castles

Scotland is famous for many things, like its Highlands, craggy landscape, kilts and bagpipes, and not to forget, castles. Scottish castles always have a reputation for something, whether it is for being haunted, very old with a bloody history, or the filming site for various movies. If you're visiting Scotland, taking a look at a castle or two is an obligatory part of any sightseeing tour. Of course, there are more than a few castles to choose from in Scotland, and since they all have someth... [ read more ]

Top 5 secret drinking places in the UK

Top 5 secret drinking places in the UK

A bar or pub without clients is a failed business, so of course most watering holes are interested in making themselves as conspicuous as possible. Pubs usually have brightly colored, lit up signs that tell the prospective client that there are pints and other drinks to be had at that place. But some places are more fastidious about letting themselves be seen by the world, maybe because they have their established regulars that keep the business running, or because they rely on a word-of-mouth s... [ read more ]

The best Indian restaurants in London

The best Indian restaurants in London

If you've gone to London with dreams of Sunday roast, Yorkshire pudding and scones with jam and cream, I'm sure you've found plenty of that, but you have to know a secret about the diet of Londoners: they eat more Indian food than traditional dishes. Actually, according to some surveys, the most popular food in Britain is curry. Tikka masala follows closely behind, as do other ethnic, and mainly Indian specialties.  So Indian restaurants are thriving in the UK, and especially in the busy capita... [ read more ]

The best party spots in Birmingham

The best party spots in Birmingham

Birmingham is the UK's second largest city, the heart of the industrial revolution, a hard working city that has acquired quite a bit of wealth. And since all work and no play tend to make a city and its inhabitants painfully dull, Birmingham has invested a lot in place where people can 'play'. So in Birmingham, you can find the best shopping areas outside of London, a great cultural life with attractions inside and just outside the city, and an amazing nightlife. So put on your best clothes... [ read more ]

The best city breaks in the UK

The best city breaks in the UK

If you want to take a quick trip to the UK just for a change of rhythm, some shopping, or some fun times in an interesting place, then there are quite a few destinations that you might fit the bill. Cities in the UK have a knack for saving you from boredom and monotony, even if you don't really have any definite plans for your stay. In some of these cities, taking a break means jumping right into the bustling heart of urban life, with its clubs, cafes and restaurants, but also museums, galle... [ read more ]

The best Celtic sites in Britain

The best Celtic sites in Britain

The British are, and have been for the past several centuries, one of the most powerful people not only in Europe, but in the entire world. But if you look back at the UK's admittedly exciting history, you will notice that the country took the shape it has today as a result of suffering a series of conquests and invasions. The earliest inhabitants of the British Isles were various tribes of Britons, who today are collectively called Celts. They were conquered by Romans, next came a wave of A... [ read more ]