My July Travel Blogging Round Up

You might have noticed a few small changes here on Emma's Travel Tales this month. My fabulous web designer has been working hard making the site more responsive and taking care of some other Read more

Exploring England's Lake District

I've always kind of wondered why everyone waits for the summer to arrive in the UK and then immediately leaves to go on holiday, meaning they miss all the best weather? Surely when the Read more

My Favourite Places (So Far)

When I meet new people and answer the inevitable 'so what is it you do?' question with the reply that I'm a travel blogger and writer, one of the next questions they ask is Read more

Why I Love Travelling with my Dog

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"  Anatole France I've always been an animal lover and my dog, Ben, is definitely my best buddy. I plagued the life out of Read more

Why I Love Flying

I absolutely adore flying and everything about it. Few things make me happier than knowing I'm getting on a plane to a new place. I love the feeling of travel, of movement, and everything Read more

Travel Inspired Decor

I absolutely love beautiful home decor and having just recently redecorated my bedroom and home office (where I bring you guys lots of blogging loveliness from!) I've been busy scouring the internet for travel Read more

Why You Should Visit Scotland in Summer

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It’s no secret that everywhere looks better in the sunshine, and Scotland is no exception to this rule. Scotland is a breathtakingly beautiful country even on a grey, rainy day (we get those too often in Scotland!) but add some golden sunshine and blue skies and it’s undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. I know as a native Scot I’m totally biased but I hope my pictures can help convince you that I’m not utterly deluded…
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Scenes from a Scottish Road Trip

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Any of you lovely people who are regular readers here will know I’m exceedingly, over-enthusiastically, desperately in love with my home country of Scotland. I think it’s one of the best in the entire world and always love an opportunity to explore it further as there’s just so many amazing places that I haven’t seen yet.

I recently returned from a wonderful three day road trip that saw us ambling through the west of Scotland’s countryside, past lochs, through valleys and over hills. Scotland is just so darn photogenic and I found myself wanting to stop the car every 10 minutes or so because of a beautiful view I’d seen and wanted to capture. How often do you get to say that about a country?!

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My Favourite Special Places to Stay in Scotland

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I’ve been lucky enough to stay in some beautiful places in my beloved home country of Scotland. I’ve enjoyed stays in luxury hotels, fabulous mansion houses, adorable cottages and sleek, modern apartments and I’ve decided to put together a list of my absolute favourite special places to stay in Scotland to share with you all. If you’re looking for somewhere fabulous to stay to make your trip to Scotland really special, then you’ve come to the right place!

Glenapp Castle

I felt like an absolute princess when I stayed in the breathtaking Baronial style Glenapp Castle last year. This Relais and Châteaux Castle Hotel has just seventeen bedrooms, each individually decorated and with some seriously luxe touches.
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Taking Part in the Race for Life

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Yesterday I took part in an extremely important event – the Race for Life 2014 in Glasgow. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of it before then it’s a women-only 5 kilometre run, jog, walk or whatever you want to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
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Idyllic North Berwick, Scotland

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One of my favourite places in Scotland is, without a doubt, North Berwick, an adorable seaside town on the east coast. It’s a small town that feels incredibly peaceful and is blessed with absolutely stunning beaches that don’t really look like they belong in Scotland.
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It’s the type of place that you can go to for a weekend and feel like you’ve been gone for weeks. It’s got a proper small town feel to it – the people are warm and friendly and you can walk absolutely everywhere. The pubs are quaint and unassuming and the main street is lined with adorable shops and cafes. Read more

Discovering Dumfries and Galloway

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Dumfries and Galloway is a region located in Scotland’s western southern uplands and one I had the pleasure of discovering recently. Despite living less than two hours away from Galloway and Dumfries it is an area I didn’t know much about until now. I visited briefly last year but sadly didn’t get enough chance to really get to know this little gem of a region.

I had no idea that it was quite so rural, green and beautiful, let alone that it was blessed with over 200 miles of coastline and some utterly stunning beaches that you wouldn’t believe were really in Scotland.
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