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The sunny weather has finally made an appearance and we can’t help but daydream about summer adventures. Spending the summer in New York sounds perfect, but unfortunately, our bank accounts are stopping that dream from coming true.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to visit around the Emerald Isle that are perfect if you’re in need of some time away from reality.

There's one place you must visit this summer and it’s the charming town of Clonakilty, Co.Cork. The West Cork town is one of the nicest parts of the county with the stunning Inchydoney Beach, snug pubs, plenty of dinky cafes and dozens of historical sites including Michael Collins House.

Once you arrive in the colourful and vibrant town you’ll never want to leave. The locals and their cheery disposition will make you feel like you’ve lived there your entire life.

There are plenty of hidden gems in Clonakilty that will make your trip all the more memorable.

1: Cafe On The Lane:

This quirky spot is hidden down Spillers Lane, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. The cafe is covered in bunting and fairy lights, with fresh flowers donning every table. The main seating area is full of mismatched, vintage furniture that adds to the character of the place. Treat yourself to a croissant or a brownie and a cup of coffee and listen to Elvis play on the cafe's record player.

2: Cycle around Clon:

Clonakilty is the first rural community to offer a bike rental scheme. There’s no better way to see the glorious town than cycling around Clonakilty, especially when the sun is shining. The Clonakilty Bike Scheme even shares advice on how to cycle safely on West Cork roads. Cycle out to Long Strand, which is only 20 minutes away from the town. Take in the breathtaking scenes and breathe in that fresh sea air.

3: Pints in Scannells:

This gastropub is the heart of the town, known as the small pub with the big garden, you just have to visit Scannells for a quick pint and a bite to eat. You’ll struggle to leave the pub with the infectious atmosphere and assortment of live music, from jazz to trad, Scannells has something for everyone.

4: A bookworm’s paradise:

The Children’s Project charity shop may just look like every other charity shop, but once you go upstairs you’ll be greeted by mountains and mountains of books. The second floor of the shop is a bookworm's idea of heaven. They have shelves full of best-sellers, horror tales, young adult novels, well-loved classics, popular chick-lit books more. You’ll go in for a quick browse and end up leaving the shop hours later with bags full of books.

Clonakilty is the perfect place to visit if you need to escape to the country, especially when the sun is shining!

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When you visit a new city/country, checking the local food market is usually a great way to discover some amazing food for a reasonable price in a fun and lively atmosphere. 

Here are some of favourites, both in Ireland and abroad, that you should definitely put on your foodie bucket list.

Marchés des Enfants Rouges, Paris

 

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From Alain Miam Miam for the best sandwich you'll ever have, to Le Traiteur Marocain for a traditional couscous, pizza, japanese or libanese delicacies, the oldest indoor market in Paris located Rue de Bretagne is a great spot for a scrumptious lunch.

Dun Laoghaire People's Park

Hot food, baked goods, art and crafts, artisan food products and seasonal produce: these are all the wonders you can find every Sunday at People's Park.

Pick up your hangover fuel, dumpling and fresh carrot 'n ginger juice, saunter down to the pier to sit an people watch while you stuff your beak. Then you can get a cheeky Teddy's before hopping on the DART home.

Foodhallen, Amsterdam

Located in a renovated tram depot, Foodhallen offers over 20 different stalls, from Michelin star concepts to international streetfood.

If you have heard of a new food trend you are dying to try, you will find it there!  

English market, Cork

With its various cafes and deli’s as well as its impressive fresh food offer (from meats and fish, fruits and vegetables to cheeses, cakes and pastas) the English Market caters for all culinary tastes and all eating occasions. 

Its unique atmosphere make it a mandatory stop during visit in Cork.

Times Out Market, Lisbon

 

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The issue with the Times Out Market in Lisbon is that you will literally want to never leave this place and keep eating until they kick you out. 

From chef's stalls to amazing seafood, artisan charcuterie and of course, the famous pasteis de nata, you will find the best of what Portuguese food has to offer in this popular market. 

Torvehallerne Market, Copenhagen

 

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Located in the centre of the Danish capital, this market is a real foodie temple with its 60 stands selling everything from fresh fish and meat to gourmet chocolate and exotic spices, as well as refined quick bites (the famous smørrebrøds) and the best coffee you could ever ask for.

Chelsea Market in NYC

 

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Located in a building where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced, the Chelsea market is the best food hall in NYC, whether you are in the mood for some great seafood, fabulous tacos, sushis or tasty ice-cream.

Great Market Hall in Budapest

 

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Opened in 1897, the biggest market hall of the city is held in a gorgeous building adorned with Zsolnay tiles

Renowned for its great variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, baked goods, quality meat products, wines and other Hungarian delicacies, it is also a great place for some handicrafts and souvenirs and take a quick break at the food stalls where you’ll be able to try some classic Hungarian dishes, such as goulash, Hortobágyi palacsinta (meat filled pancake), or lángos.

The Galway Street Market

 

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In the shadow of the St Nicholas Church in Galway City Centre, this adorable market offers fresh fruit and veg, fish and cheese, as well as a huge range of Irish and ethnic street food stalls.

You will also find loads of Celtic jewellery stalls, art sellers and holistic stalls that will make great presents. 

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Budapest is undoubtedly one of Europe's most beautiful cities, so it's easy to see why so many of us flock there for our weekend breaks and relaxing getaways.

Spend the afternoon unwinding in one of the city's famous thermal spas before strolling across the Danube and taking in some of the most beautiful architecture the continent has to offer. 

To help make the most of your trip, we've rounded up the top six hidden gems you need to check our during your next trip to the Hungarian capital. 

1. Napfényes Restaurant and Pastry Shop

One of the best vegan restaurants in the Hungarian capital, Napfényes prides itself on on preparing its menu using only vegetable ingredients. 

The welcoming atmosphere makes it the perfect spot to grab a bite after a morning of sight-seeing. 

Just LOOK at that pizza! 

2. Flipper Muzeum

If you fancy yourself a bit of a Pinball Wizard, this one's for you. 

Located in a basement under a downtown residential building in Budapest lies a museum dedicated solely to the classic arcade game. 

As well as entrance to the museum, a ticket allows visitors to play the machines as much as they'd like for an entire day. 

3. The Zugliget Chairlift

Let's face it, exploring a city on foot can be a pretty exhausting endeavour, so why not take the weight off your feet and explore the Buda Hills by a fun alternative mode of transport? 

The Zugliget Chairlift will transport you up the side of János Hill in about 15 mins, allowing you to soak in some of the best views the city has to offer. 

 

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4. Gelarto Rosa

An absolute must-visit for anyone lovers of unique flavours and Insta-worthy desserts.

Located in the heart of the city, Gelarto Rosa is famous for it's delectable ice-cream, lovingly arranged in the shape of a rose. 

Customers can choose up to three flavours from the parlours extensive menu, including some more unusual option such as lavender white chocolate, basil lemongrass and white fruit whiskey. 

5. Gellért Baths

Often dubbed the 'City of Spas', Budapest has more thermal water springs than any other capital in the world.

It's health and wellness properties are the reason thousands of tourists travel there every year, but with 15 public baths dotted across the city, it can be hard to decide upon the best place to dip your feet. 

The stunning Gellért Bath offer high quality relaxation in the surrounding of an elegant Art Nouveau building. 

Famous for its architecture, its landscape, and also for its spa treatments, and pampering massage therapies, it's the ideal location for anyone looking to de-stress without having to feel crowded by other tourists. 

6. Kuplung

Popular among locals and tourists alike, Kuplung is just of of the ruin bars that can be found across the capital. 

Decorated with funky lighting, upcycled material and artistic murals, Kuplung is the perfect spot for anyone looking for chiled vibes and cheap drinks. 

 

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Ever put off that dream trip because you had no-one to go with?

Well, have you ever considered going solo? 

Solo travel is becoming increasingly popular amongst young holiday-makers, and as long as you keep your wits about you, it could actually turn out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life .

Here's just some of the reasons why going it alone this summer might be the best decision you ever make:

1. You get to choose your own route

So, if you’ve ever tried to plan a holiday with your mates you know difficult picking a destination can be. This seemingly simple decision has been know to divide Whatsapp group chats and test even the strongest friendships.

You’ll never please them all, and you don’t have to.

Travelling on your own gives you the unique opportunity to go wherever you want to go and do whatever you want to do – literally.

Choose your location, plan your itinerary and visit the sites you want to see, all at your own pace and without ever having to compromise. What’s not to love?

2. It’s actually cheaper

If you don’t mind sleeping in a hostel dorm, solo travel can be super cost-effective.

Not only are you not forking out for a luxury apartment or hotel room every night, but you’re also completely in charge of your own expenses, making it much easier to stick to a budget.

The money you save can be used for those extra special activities that’ll be sure to make your friends at home even more jealous.

 

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3. You’ll gain confidence

There’s nothing like being alone in a foreign country to get you out of your comfort zone.

You might not be familiar with the language or even the currency and you’ll probably cry from frustration when you try and fail to read the city's underground map, but you'll come out the other side stronger than ever. Promise!  

You’ll learn to trust your own instincts as you navigate your way through some weird and wonderful situations, which will leave you wondering, 'why didn't I do this sooner?'  

4. You’ll make friends from all over the world

Let’s face it, most of us prefer to avoid even talking to strangers let alone asking them to be our friends – but that’s exactly what you’ll need to do when travelling solo.

Don't worry though, no-one is going to think you're weird . Every hostel, museum and walking-tour will be packed with other solo travellers, who, for the most part are willing and eager to be your friend.

There’s a certain vulnerability that comes along with being a solo traveller and connecting with other people in the same situation can result in some real life-long friendships.  

5. Indulge in some glorious ‘me’ time

Solo travel can be one of the most therapeutic experiences life has to offer.

Not only will it allow you to take a step back from your daily routine, you’ll also get a chance to re-connect with yourself and enjoy all the little things you’d forgotten make you happy.

So, what are you waiting for? 

*Reminder*

Travelling alone can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it is important to stay safe.

Here's some handy tips to consider before jetting off:  

  • Leave a copy of your itinerary at home.

  • Have a portable phone charger on hand at all times.

  • When travelling in Europe be sure to carry a European Health Insurance Card. 

  • Schedule a regular check-in with someone at home.

  • Don’t keep all your money in one place.

  • Trust your gut instinct.

  • Don't do anything abroad that you would consider unsafe at home.

  • Prioritise personal safety.

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If you are looking for the perfect getaway, then you have come to the right place. 

There's a Harry Potter themed hotel in a Georgian House in London, and the kids will LOVE it. 

The hotel rooms are not cheap, but you can't really put a price on pure happiness.

A family room (Wizard Chambers) costs £309 per night and a double room (Enchanted Chambers) costs £239 per night, but seriously, it will be worth  

The hotel is in a 19th Century building with winding corridors, loads of stairs, and some secret passages and doors. 

According to the hotel's website, the family room is "created to conjure a mysterious and gothic feel, each room features faux castle details such as stained glass windows, stone walls, archways, trunks, cauldrons, four-poster beds hung with velvet curtains and an abundance of other curious artefacts."

The description continues, with "wood burning stoves, cauldrons in fireplaces and tapestries complete the look."

We reckon this would be the BEST weekend away ever, and you'll even get a free (award-winning) breakfast.

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America is a country made up of some truly amazing cities, from New York to Los Angeles, there is something for everyone. 

However, I'm a massive believer in thinking sliiightly outside the box, because the USA is more than just Times Square and Hollywood. 

Last year, I visited Nashville, a vibrant and electric city in North Tennessee, and it was bloody unreal. 

From adventure to mass amounts of drinking, and everything in between, Nashville is a destination that you need to see. 

1. Honky Tonk Central

Honky Tonk Central is Nashville's latest and greatest honky tonk on world famous 'Lower Broadway' Downtown.  with 3 full stories of live music, great food and great times, Honky Tonk Central is the destination stop when in Nashville. Honestly, I misspent an embarrassing amount of my trip in this place, I even bought the tshirt (true story!) 

If you want to go out and live your best life, this is the place for you! 

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2. Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is one of the world’s largest museums and research centres dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world’s most extensive musical collections.

Visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its architects.You'll see everything from Johnny Cash's suits to Garth Brooks' guitars! Keep it country, kids. 

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3. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 

Cheekwood is a privately funded 55-acre estate on the western edge of Nashville, Tennessee that houses the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Formerly the residence of Nashville's Cheek family, the 30,000-square-foot Georgian-style mansion was opened as a museum in 1960.

Each year, Cheekwood welcomes over 250,000 annual visitors, making it one of Nashville's top cultural attractions. Visitors enjoy year-round festivals celebrating the four seasons. From 150,000 blooming bulbs in the spring to one million holiday lights in the winter, there’s always something to see at Cheekwood.

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4. The Grand Ole Opry

Okay so I had the BEST night here! The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, which was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance". 

Dedicated to honouring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and comedic performances and skits. You'll laugh, you'll dance and you'll leave grinning ear to ear (and a little drunk tbh).

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5. The Johnny Cash Museum 

Am I a massive Johnny Cash fan? Yes. Did I have a little cry to myself walking around this museum? Yes.

Officially authorised by the Estate of Johnny Cash, the museum features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artefacts and memorabilia in the world. State of the art exhibits, a museum gift store, coffee shop, cafe and special events make this THE Cash venue to visit. Its open every day in the heart of downtown Nashville.

The Johnny Cash Museum takes you on an in-depth journey through the Man In Black's amazing life. 

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Some of us are just born with a desire to travel the globe, seeing amazing places and faces (and everything in between).

Well, if Wanderlust is your middle name, why not get a travel-inspired tattoo?

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Check out these 10 amazing tattoos, that are perfect for anyone who has a sense of adventure…

1. A plane

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2. Beach travellers

3. Paper plane

4. Wanderlust

5. Travel the oceans 

6. Coordinates of your favourite place

7. Heart it up

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8. Map the world 

9. Adventure

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10. Symbol meaning "explore"

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The snow is finally thawing out and we're getting super excited for the sun. It seems that spring is just around the corner… and we all know what means- it's nearly Summer! 

Okay maybe we're a tiny bit ahead of ourselves here, but we're super excited to jet off this summer (kids optional). 

To help with our daydreaming we've composed the ultimate list on where to find the sun- based on your stars. 

Aquarius (January 20- February 19)

The open-minded Aquarius loves being pushed out of their comfort zone and experience life different to their own. Pick somewhere off the beaten track for your next big adventure like Japan. Immersing yourself in a unique culture and history is ideal for Aquarius! 

Pisces (February 19- March 20)

Pieces are all about experiencing multiple things at once- they want it all and they want it now! South America is calling for you Pieces, embrace the landscapes and friendly locals of Peru. 

Aries (March 20- April 19)

A creature of habit, Aries find one spot they love and stick to it- try something different and head to USA this year. With so many different climates and cultures in the one country, America has tons to offer the Aries looking to expand their travels. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Lovers of aesthetic beauty and great food, Thailand is the destination of choice for Taurus. a tactile sign, they'll love the stunning scenery, smells and sounds of this bustling destination. 

Gemini (May 21-June 19)

Ever the adventurer, Gemini's love pushing the boundaries and uncovering the hidden gems of new countries. Try somewhere completely mad like Singapore and embrace the intelligence of the East. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Creative, emotional and artistic, Italy is the holiday of choice for Cancer. They'll love the art and architecture of Italy's museums and churches… also did someone say pizza? 

Leo (July 23- August 22)

The confident and easy-going Leo's are as perfect fit for a trip down under! Take a chance and head to Oz this summer, from golden sunny beaches to the endless deserts, Australia has more than enough room for a Leo to prowl. 

Virgo (August 23- September 22)

The logical and curious Virgo is bound for Germany this year. Get lost in the hustle and bustle of Berlin or embrace the nature of the Black Forest, Germany is the ultimate place for our hyper-organised Virgo to chillax. 

Libra (September 23- October 22)

A lover of balance, a Lira needs a little bit of everything to be fully refreshed after a get-away. Treat yourself with a trip to the Maldives. Libra's will just love the laid-back vibes and sunny beaches of the islands! 

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

The complicated and enigmatic Scorpios love finding somewhere that's as complicated as themselves. Try somewhere away from the crowds for the ultimate get away. Try Romania and be the first of your friends to talk about it! 

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)

The adventurous Sagittarian will absolutely love India. A combination of physical beauty and deeply enriching philosophies will both challenge and excite a Sagittarius. 

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

The disciplined and self-contained Capricorn is destined for China. The restrained nature and complex history of China is right up a Capricorn's ally! 

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Believe me when I say that I love to travel, seriously I'm on a plane every bloody chance I get.

Hell, I'm on a plane right now. 

Anyway, I'm ALWAYS looking at places to visit and places to stay, even if I genuinely have no intention of going there. 

This has resulted in what I call 'Airbnb binges' where I spend hours looking at amazing places to stay all over the world. 

Here are some of my BEST discoveries:

1. Secluded Intown Treehouse, Atlanta, Georgia 

Because who hasn't dreamed about sleeping in a grown-up treehouse?

From €312 per night, Sleeps 2.

2. Tile House, Twentynine Palms, California, US.

This one is like something out of a movie – we love it! 

From €154 per night, Sleeps 4.

3. Romantic Cabana with view, Armenia.

Perfect if you want some quality time with the love of your life. Beautifully rustic. 

From €33 per night, Sleeps 2. 

4. Dairsie Castle, Fife, Scotland 

From €653 per night, Sleeps 14. 

Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a royal? Well, now is your chance. 

5. Luxury, cosy and private villa, Bali.

Heaven. Absolute heaven. 

From €32 per night, Sleeps 2.

6. Laura's Cottage, Redford film spot, historic, Savannah, Georgia, US.

You can actually taste the history here. How cool?

From €132 per night, Sleeps 4. 

7. Cuckoo Wood Hexagon, Westpot, Ireland.

Cheeky staycation anyone? How cool is this? 

From €74 per night, Sleeps 2.

8. Yui Valley-Traditional House , Fujieda, Japan.

The real Japanese experience, and not a bad price either. 

From €88 per night, Sleeps 6. 

9. A Pirate's Life For Me – Houseboat!, Charleston, South Carolina, US. 

I've ALWAYS wanted to stay on a house boat, and honestly this is the coolest one I've ever seen.

From €173 per night, Sleeps 4. 

10. The Woodcutters Cabin, Collooney, Sligo. 

The perfect country getaway with fishing, hiking and mountain bike trails on your doorstep. The hosts are also AMAZING! 

From €77 per night, Sleeps 2. 

 

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Is it just us, or does anyone else feel like winter is never going to end. 

Below average temperatures and cloudy skies have us pining for beer gardens, BBQs and long summer evenings, but alas, it looks like it'll be a while yet before the sun makes its annual appearance on Irish shores. 

But why wait? There are plenty of sunny holiday destinations just waiting to be explored this Spring, and with so many Bank Holidays coming up over the next few months, you've no excuse. 

To help you decide, we've put together a list of the best last-minute spots –  perfect for topping up your tan before summer officially begins. 

Sicily, Italy 

Rising temperatures, celebrations, and delicious food make Easter is one of the best times to visit Sicily.

With daytime highs of 18°C, you'll get a well-needed does of Vitamin D without feeling like you've been burnt alive.

What's more, each town celebrates the religious occasion with its own traditions and processions, so you'll get an authentic look into Sicilian culture.

Tenerife, The Canary Islands

With the mercury rising to the early twenties, and miles upon miles of sandy beaches, Tenerife is pretty much a sun worshipper's paradise.

Sure, it's nothing compared to the highs experienced in July or August, but unless you're in potion to cough up for flights to the Caribbean, it's probably the best you're going to get for this time of year.

The island has something for every type of holiday maker so make sure to choose your location wisely.

Those in search of a party atmosphere should head to the resorts of Playa de Las Americas or Los Cristanos, while those looking for something more relaxed should try Los Gigantes or Puerto Santiago.

Faro, Portugal 

Located in the heart of the Algarve, Fargo is often overlooked by tourists who instead opt to spend their holidays in the neighbouring towns.

History and culture are two of the city's biggest draws, and its position makes it a great central base from which to explore the rest of the Algarve.

With temperature once again hitting the early twenties, this picturesque little city is the ideal destination for a relaxing couples break or a well-deserved chill-out trip with the girls.

St. Paul's Bay, Malta 

During the day, Easter sun-seekers can enjoy highs of 20°C at the Golden Sands Beach, before spending the evening relaxing at one of town's glamorous bars and restaurants.

What's more, the Maltese resort also caters for the adventurous traveller, with scuba diving, snorkelling and water sport activities.

Heraklion, Crete

A prt city and the capital of the Greek island Crete, Heraklion (also called Iraklio) offers holiday-makers the perfect balance.

City vibes, seaside views, and a bustling nightlife – what more could you want?

Temperatures typically peak in the late teens or high twenties in March and April.

 

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Last summer , I took a trip to Edinburgh for the first time, and was absolutely blown away by how amazing it was. 

(I've been back twice since). 

It is a city so rich in culture and beauty, combined with friendly people, good food and great fun at every turn. 

The city is buzzing with excitement, and countless things to see and do – from dungeons to castles and everything in between.

Here are the experiences in the Scottish capital that you cannot afford to miss: 

1. Dinner at The Witchery

This place is not exactly somewhere you would dine on a budget, because it is pretty fancy – but you seriously need to have an evening out for yourself and the gals here. The Witchery by the Castle has developed a world-wide reputation for its exceptional dining experience, showcasing the very best of Scotland's produce in the most magical of settings.

Now in its fourth decade, the Witchery is a Scottish dining landmark, much loved by loyal locals, its celebrity fans and visitors to the city alike. Alongside the Scottish seafood, beef, lamb and game you'd expect to find, you'll also see the Witchery's legendary Angus beef steak tartare, briny-fresh seafood platters, wild game and even some haggis featuring on the menu.

 

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2. Take in the scenery at Linlithgow Palace

Explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots with a trip to Linlithgow Palace! The royal retreat was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence. 

High towers look out over lush greenery and a loch brimming with wildfowl, which is today a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Several monarchs were born in this royal ‘pleasure palace’, surrounded by its peaceful gardens and grounds. 

Take a jaunt around the grounds of the Palace, enjoy the lovely gift shop and explore the quaint village of Linlithgow – which is filled with cosy pubs and fun little boutiques. 

3. Experience The Real Mary King's Close

Beneath the City Chambers on the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh's deepest secret, a warren of hidden streets where real people lived, worked and died between the 17th and the 19th centuries.

The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces, where, back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets. Once open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents, discover why would this street find itself underground 400 years later?

For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries. With a costumed character tour guide based on a one time resident, your group will explore this underground site, hearing these fascinating stories

4. Have Afternoon Tea in The Signet Library

If you manage to find yourself in Edinburgh on a weekend away with the gals then head to The Signet Library for the most wonderful afternoon tea in Scotland. You’ll discover the finest seasonal ingredients in sandwiches, delectable savouries and decadent cakes – all served on bespoke silver tea stands – so fancy.

Surrounded by vintage books and beautiful artwork, you will find yourself in ambience like no other – prepare to sit back, relax, and indulge. 

 

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5. Explore at Edinburgh Castle 

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, and not even torrential rain can dampen the experience (my god, did it bucket down!)

Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city, this most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War.

The castle houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

 

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6. Eat haggis (yes, really!) 

I know what you're thinking, but just hear me out for a second. When one of my lovely pals suggested that I try the Scottish delicacy of 'haggis, neeps and tatties,' I initially was disgusted, at the sheer idea of it.

However, I gave in, and decided to give the sheep stomach a whirl, and it was DELICIOUS. The meal was served like a small cottage pie of sorts, and was genuinely so tasty. Arcade Bar is the spot to try this famous dish – you won't regret it! 

 

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Prague is undoubtedly one of Europe's most beautiful cities, so it's easy to see why so many of us flock there for our weekend breaks. 

Spend the afternoon walking through the streets of the old town before dancing the night away in some of Europe's most alternative clubs and bars.

We've rounded up the top five hidden gems that'll have you covered from day to night during your next trip to the Czech capital. 

1. Kavárna Místo cafe 

Located close to Prague castle, this minimalist cafe is the perfect spot to refuel during a day of sight seeing.

The quirky, contemporary menu offers some familiar options along with more daring dishes for the adventurous foodie in you.

With some of the best coffee the city has to offer, and a huge range of vegetarian and vegan options, Kavárna Místo is sure to be a crowd pleaser, no matter how picky your travel buddies may be. 

2. Naplavka Farmers Market

If you're more of a street food kind of gal, head down to the Naplavka Farmers Market.

Located close to the New Town, just beside the river, this fresh food market is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

Soak up the atmosphere, feed the swans and enjoy a Czech beer and wine – if you figure out a more perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon, let us know 

3. Vzorkovna underground bar 

Widely referred to as Prague's most alternative pub, this unique underground bar provides a space for the artistically talented to showcase their abilities.

Everyone is welcome and crowds can vary from night to night but the general consensus of anyone who has visited is 'be ready for anything!'

Oh, there's a lovely Irish wolfhound that calls this place home. 

 

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4. Divoká Šárka Nature Reserve

Fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle?

Prague may not be famous for it's walking trails, but that be about to change.

Belive it or not, this gorgeous park is located out the outskirts of Prague – just a 30 minute walk from Wenceslas Square. 

In summer, you can even take a dip in the park's natural swimming pool called “Dzban” (The Jug).

 

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5. The Meetfactory

Discover the best of Prague's alternative art scene at The Meetfactory, a refurbished slaughterhouse that has been repurposed to house studios for young creatives.

It's also home one of Europe's coolest concert venue and theatres.

The whole project was created under the leadership of the Czech artist David Cerny.

 

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