Gibraltar has always intrigued me. It is a British Territory only six square kilometers in size on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. The Rock of Gibraltar is a landmark of the region and easy to see from Spain. Incredibly, almost 30,000 people live in the small area making it one of the, Read More

After spending two weeks road tripping through Scotland with my parents, I was eager to get back into the backpacking scene and independently explore Belfast. Upon arrival, I found my way to the Global Village Hostel, a wonderful hostel that I would highly recommend to anyone. It is owned and operated by a very, Read More

We drove from Oban to Portree, on the Isle of Skye, and my parents dropped me off at the Portree Independent Hostel. Perhaps I had just grown used to the niceties of bed and breakfasts, but I found the Portree Independent hostel to be very basic and my room had a terrible sweaty sock, Read More

The next town on our itinerary was Oban, a name I was familiar with because there is a popular whisky sold internationally which holds the same name. As we drove from Stirling to Oban, we made a stop on Loch Lomand to take in the massive Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Unfortunately, the trees, Read More

We decided the best way to see Edinburgh was by making a day trip from Stirling, so we made the short walk from the Forth Guesthouse to the Stirling train station and purchased tickets to Edinburgh from the self-serve machine. The train ride was uneventful and the Edinburgh train station was in the heart, Read More

The road into Stirling provided a striking first impression for us, as both the Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument were clearly visible in the hills above. We stayed at the Forth Guest House in Stirling, which was another wonderful B&B run by two very nice older Scots. Following instructions from my good friend Michael,, Read More

We drove to St. Andrews from Aberdeen and stopped at the Dunnottar Castle on the way. The castle is located about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of Stonehaven. The buildings are from the 15th and 16th centuries, which is not that early compared to other Scottish castles, but the location is stunning. The name, Read More

Upon arriving in Aberdeen after nearly 24 hours of airplanes and airports, it was great to see my parents in the arrivals hall. They had flown in a day earlier and already secured accommodation at a nice B&B, called the Allan Guesthouse, and a beautiful new Audi A4 as a rental car. We were, Read More