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World Pipe Band Championships 2010

Watch and listen when 16 nations pipe’s it out at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green on 14th of August. Have a look this video to see what you can expect.

In addition to the pipe band competition, there will also be a Drum Major contest, Highland Dancing and Glasgow Highland Games Championships. This fun filled day is a great way to learn what the real Scottish culture and heritage is all about! Please click here to see the programme.

Besides the competition, there are plenty of activities suited for families such as a children’s area, youth zone and science centre workshops. The event also offers great ticket prices for families; please click here for ticket information and how to get to Glasgow Green.You can also check out our Britain map for directions.

Be prepared for a lot of music, kilts everywhere, great food and an unforgettable Scottish experience!

Read our Glasgow travel guide for more information about the city.


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Things to do in Britain when you’re stuck

Stuck in Britain because of an ash cloud? Don’t despair – Britain is probably the best place to get stuck in, since it’s full of great things to do all year round. So read this blog post and get inspired!


Phantom of the Opera, Buddy, La Bohème, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys or The Lion King – There is simply no better place to catch a musical than in London. And even if you don’t have tickets, there’s always a good chance to find tickets last minute at Leicester Square.

Find out which musical you want to see and if it’s running this weekend on Time Out London.

Storm Exhibition – Right but Wrong
See the highly recommended exhibition “Right but Wrong – The Extended Album Art of Storm Studios and Hipgnosis” at Idea Generation Gallery. The exhibition is open until 2nd of May 2010.

Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London E2 7JB
Web: Idea Generation Gallery

London Architecture Walks
If your interested in architecture but not sure what to visit or how, then a guided walk might be the answer. With London Architecture Walks, you can choose a theme like “London Churches”, “Financial London” or “River Thames”. Take your pick and start walking.

Web: London Architecture Walks

Have a pint at a local pub
Relax – there’s nothing you can do about the cloud anyway. So why not have a pint and just let the hours go by for a while? With the Good Pub Guide you can find the best places to find a good pint throughout Britain.

Web: The Good Pub Guide


Fine Food Market in Nottingham
With almost 40 stallholders from across the East Midlands – selling everything from meat, cheese and pickles, to fudge, cakes, beer and wine – there is going to be plenty of choice for food and drink lovers everywhere. So take yourself down to Old Market Square between 16th and 17th of April and eat your way through British food culture this weekend.

Find more things to do in Nottingham on Visit Nottinghams homepage.

See a Premier League football game
Take the opportunity to see a Premier League football game this weekend. There are still some great matches that aren’t sold out like the derby between Manchester City and Manchester United or Liverpool – Westham and Blackburn – Everton.

Buy tickets on Premier Leagues homepage.

Hadrian’s Wall in Newcastle
You can’t visit Newcastle without walking along designated World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall. This famous 2,000-year-old Roman defence wall stretches from Carlisle in Cumbria to Wallsend in Newcastle going right through the city.

Find more things to do in Newcastle on VisitNewcastleGatesheads homepage.

Shopping in Manchester
Manchester is a real shopping Mecca, and if you’re stranded here – take the time to do some serious shopping. Some good places to shop is The Lowry Outlet Mall at The Quays, the bohemian area Northern Quarter where you’ll find famous Afflecks, or Kings Street with its fashionable shops.

Stuck in Manchester, but don’t have any shopping cravings? Then visit VisitManchesters homepage for more inspiration.

The Harry Potter Sensation
All over Britain you’ll find places to visit if you’re a Harry Potter buff. Take the Hogwarts Express through Harry Potters London & Oxford, find the filming locations for Hogwarts Dining Hall, Hogsmead Station or Diagon Alley and lot’s of other exiting places throughout Britain.

Read the first part of our three part guide to Harry Potters Britain here.

The Beatles Story in Liverpool
While in Liverpool you don’t want to miss The Beatles Story, an interactive museum located at the historic Albert Dock in Liverpool. Join the four lads in their journey from unknown boys to world famous.

The museum is open seven days a week, all year round (excluding December 25th/26th) Opening hours are 9am – 7pm. For information about current exhibitions, admission fees etc, please visit The Beatles Story homepage.


Millenium Centre
Cardiff’s showpiece arts centre features everything from ballet and opera to hip hop shows and comedy. Known locally as the ‘Golden Armadillo‘, its gigantic bronze-coloured façade inscribed with poetry has made the building an iconic UK landmark.

Historic Pubs
If you like beer and history, Cardiff is the place to go. Many of the ancient pubs of Cardiff actually existed before the city itself. So find a pub, have a pint and take in the historic atmosphere of Cardiff.


Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art
Have you been stuck in Glasgow and love art? Lucky you. Between16 April-3 May you have the chance to see Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art. Packed with events, talks and tours as well as major world-class exhibitions, some by artists living in the city and others by leading international figures, the Festival is Glasgow’s art scene at its liveliest and best.

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh
If your fond of whisky and happen to be stuck in Edinburgh, I suggest you walk down to The Scotch Whisky Museum. Apparently they just started a thrilling new guided tour where you can take a barrel ride through a replica distillery, hear stories about the craftsmanship of whisky making and get some inside hints on how to improve your palate and lead you to your favourite Single Malt Whisky.

The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

For more information about the opening hours or ongoing events, please visit The Scotch Whisky Museums homepage.

I hope you got some ideas on what to do in Britain when you’re stuck. For further information or inspiration, please visit our homepages:

Sweden: http://www.visitbritain.se
Denmark: http://www.visitbritain.dk
Finland (ENG): http://www.visitbritain.fi
Norway: http://www.visitbritain.no


– Towe –


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On the lookout for Hamish, the hairy cow! A family adventure in Scotland, part 4.

Cairngorm National ParkOur last full day and we feel lucky! The sun is shining and while driving through the beautiful Cairngorm National park we realise that the heather starts to bloom, the roads are good and the air just feels so fresh!

Dalwhinnie distileryOur first stop is the Dalwhinnie distillery. It’s on of the highest situated distilleries in Scotland and they make a smooth, gentle “everyday – every-time” whisky. Children under 8 are not allowed in but even if ours are old enough we wait outside in the sun while “hubby” has a tour and a taste! You don’t have to book your tour, just show up. They give tours every hour or so.A haven for whisky-lovers!

Finally, we arrive at fairytale castle Blair Castle in Blair Atholl and who else do we meet than HAMISH!! The kids are thrilled and even if the castle has beautiful gardens, a deer-pen, horse riding, an adventure playground, pipers who plays every day (be sure to get in time, we were 5 min. late) and of course the castle itself, Hamish and his two friends is more than enough!

Hamish, the hairy cow! If you do visit the castle be sure to take  a tour inside to see the great rooms, the veapon display in the hall and don’t miss out what lies in the future for Hamish’s.. there are two of them up on the wall together with several deers etc.
The kids were not too happy!

Blair castleAfter a long visit we stop for lunch at House of Bruar just down the road. This is an enormous shopping complex with Scottish food and knitted sweaters, wool clothes and kashmirs. If you are longing for the British aristocratic country-look with tweed and wool, this is the place to go. It’s crowded with people, mostly ladies 50+ but they serve ok food and the Scottish fudge is always a bargain! Falls of BruarTo get away from the shopaholics we walk the rather steep trail up towards the Falls of Bruar. It takes a good 15 minutes to the first part of the fall, twice as long to the top. It’s a nice walk and the scenery is pretty. We even find blueberries and feel like home! On our way back we meet a group of youngsters dressed in wet suites and climbing gear so we reckon they shall climb the falls. Check out the website for more info about this.

Last stop before we turn into our hotel in Glasgow is the Scottish Crannog Centre at Loch Tay. It’s rather interesting to see how people built houses on poles in the lochs during the iron-age but since we have reached our goal (Hamish) and the kids are tired we give it a quick glance and drive towards Glasgow.

Scottish Crannog CentreThe last night we stayed at the PremierInn City Centre (Charing Cross). The rooms were nice and clean,- and cheap! We booked three weeks in advance by internet and got the price of £45 per room ( a twin and a double with actually two extra beds. Rather short extras but fully ok for kids.) In the reception it said the rooms were £98 per night so I guess booking in advance by internett is the way to go. Breakfast was not that fun but the hotel is easily reached from the highway .

We were warned about heavy traffic because of the British Open but it took us a short 40 minutes to the airport. Prestwick has been renovated since I last visited it so our time were nicely spent at Starbucks and in the bookshop. Just remember, already two hours and 20 minutes before the flight left there were a queue to check in!

I hope you have enjoyed our familyadventure and please feel free to comment or ask questions. Scotland is great fun – for everybody! And Hamish is the cutest.

Cathrine with family!



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Religious Experience in Inveraray

My all-time favourite place in Scotland is Inveraray. This is a small town located north of Glasgow, on the western shore of Loch Fyne near its head, and on the A83 road.

The town with it’s distinctive white buildings was founded 1745 and it looks pretty much the same today as it did back then. If you would happen to go here, you’ll find that it is very welcoming and that the people here are kind-hearted and curious.Inveraray

If you’re into whisky you’ll find one of the best stores in the world here. It’s called Loch Fyne Whiskies, and it’s located at the top of Main Street. It’s a religious experience just walking through the door. The pub on the opposite side of the road (The George) ‎serves excellent mussels.

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