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Halloween in Britain


With its majestic stone buildings and bloodthirsty history, where better to celebrate Halloween than in Britain? If you need help to get into the right spirit, here are a few tips and ideas for you to make the most out of it!

edinburghTop 10 Halloween ideas
How about going to Edinburgh to celebrate Halloween? The magnificent castle on the top of the hill is lit up at night and is a beautiful place to look out over the city. In Edinburgh, you can also take part in ghost tours of Edinburgh’s dark alleys and underground chambers.

Another suggestion is to go to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. Alnwick Castle is no stranger to witches and wizards and starred as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Wear fancy clothes, carve pumpkins, hear ghost stories and take a spooky walk before the party starts.

Read more about our Halloween ideas here!

Top 10 haunted places
Britain is also known for its thousands of (allegedly) haunted places. No British city seems complete without its personal ghosts and scary tales. London is of course top of this list with the infamous Tower of London taking the no. 1 spot – the giant fortress has provided the scene for many historical beheadings and hangings. Apparently, you can still smell the perfume of the ‘White Lady’ who died in the Tower many years ago.

Read more about Britain’s top haunted places here!

Have a nice Halloween!



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On the lookout for Hamish, the hairy cow. A family adventure in Scotland, part 2.

Loch Ness

Still a grey and rainy day when we approached Loch Ness. This mysterious lake is huge!! Actually it can fit all people living on this earth,- and of course, a sea monster! We didn’t actually see it but the Loch Ness Visitor Centre told us all about how people through generations has been looking, photographing, filming, diving etc. to actually find this monster.

Urquhart CastleUrquhart Castle is an old castle ruin dated back to the 13th century. The castle has been destroyed and rebuild several times and it’s history throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress was particularly bloody. Following Edward I’s invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle and glen were frequently raided from the west by the ambitious MacDonald Lords of the Isles. The castle is rather impressive and well worth a visit.

We headed off to Inverness and our hotel by the Ness river. The Columba Hotel is set in a Victorian building with nice rooms, rather old though. Our kids bathroom was a walk down the British memory lane! Columba Hotel
A bit expensive but very central with a few minutes walk to city centre and a nice view over the Inverness castle. This town is not too big with good shopping and several nice restaurants. We had a great Indian dinner at the Cinnamon restaurant and then my husband and I visited Hootananny, the local pub known for it’s live Scottish music and guys in kilts. Then again, they only come out for weekends, so when we visited the pub the music was fabulous, the local Black Isles beer tasty, but no kilts around – and still no hairy cows! We might find them tomorrow when we will visit the battlefield of Culloden, Cawdor castle and the sandy beaches of Nairn. Hang on!


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A good night out in Inverness


I would say Hootananny bring you the best in live music and a range of the finest locally produced real ales. Wrap all that with a warm welcome and you have the best night out in the Highland capital. When I was there the downstairs Ceilidh Cafe Bar was crowded with singing, dancing and drinking scots. Live music every night and if you would like to know what’s under the kilt just check around, the bar is crowded with guys in the local dresses!

You’ll find Hootananny at 67 Church Street in Inverness, close to the castle.


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