https://www.standbyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Wester-Ross-Scotland.jpg 2116 2822 Barry Pickard https://www.standbyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SBA_Logo_tr-Bg-300x143.png Barry Pickard2019-10-04 12:56:202019-10-04 12:56:23Wester Ross, Scotland - Travel Guide
Wester Ross is a stunning area in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, from the small town of Ullapool in the north, down to the hamlet of Dornie in the south. The land in between is a mix of mountains, sandy beaches and castles, with the North Coast 500 road running straight through this region. Wester Ross simply takes our breath away and we would highly recommend travellers to Scotland to consider hiring a car and exploring this amazing landscape.
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Turin is a prosperous industrial city in shadow of the Alps and is perhaps more known for FIAT automobiles than tourist attractions. Turin tends to get passed by when travellers visit Italy, preferring the delights of Rome, Florence or Venice. However, this does a great disservice to Turin which we found to be packed with stunning nineteenth century architecture, glorious piazzas and opulent churches. Many of the city’s attractions are centred around the magnificent royal palace, so it is quite easy to get a great taste of Turin within a couple of days of being there. Winter was approaching when we visited, leaving the city cool and foggy in the evenings, but that only added to the atmosphere!
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Sutherland is the most North Westerly area of Scotland and this sparsely populated historic county has arguably the most dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape in the whole of Europe. This area, once settled by the Vikings, is difficult for the visitor to traverse, with few roads, of which are often single lane at times. However, over the years, we have persevered and travelled throughout this stunning region of the Highlands and we have been well rewarded
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Inverness is known as the capital of the Highlands and is the northernmost city in Scotland. Inverness itself is a very pleasant, small city and we found that there were several interesting things to see here, but most visitors find that it…
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Ghent is a university city, with an interesting history stretching back into the Medieval period. Being only a 30-minute rail journey from Brussels, where we were based, Ghent was an ideal day trip for us. The city centre and its main attractions are close together, easily accessible by foot, making a tour of Ghent quite comfortable within a day.
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Antwerp Guide Antwerp is perhaps best known as a busy port or as a commercial city, especially in the trade of diamonds. Overshadowed by its more popular Belgian neighbors of Bruges, Ghent or Brussels, we were, however, pleasantly surprised…
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Initially we were unaware of the delights of Zamość, but a travel colleague of ours who specialises in visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites brought this delightful Renaissance-styled town to our attention. So, when we were planning our road trip of southern Poland, Zamość was one of the first locations on list. Zamość was founded in the 16th century by the chancellor Jan Zamoysky on the trade route linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea. Starting from scratch, the town was modelled on the Italian Renaissance theories of what made an ‘ideal city’. The task to create this town was assigned to the famous architect from Padua, Bernando Morando. Thankfully, the town has retained most of its original features and is easily covered on foot by today’s visitors.
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We had a week to discover Latvia and see as much of this Baltic State as possible. Our first few days were spent exploring Riga, but we had also hired a car and had planned three daytrips from the capital. Latvia is a relatively small country, with a decent road infrastructure which is a great deal quieter than we are used to. Perhaps it is just as well that there was not much traffic, since, coming from the UK, we are more used to driving on the “wrong side of the road”.
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We found Riga and Latvia very friendly and our budget stretched very far. There are many faces of Riga, from its Teutonic origins, its outstanding Art Nouveau period, the depravities of the Nazi occupation and Communist rule, through to its bright new future as this proud city grasps its new opportunities.
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It is often said that Belgium is in the heart of Europe, but little did we expect that we would leave with Brussels firmly planted in our hearts. Brussels is an historic, but equally modern city. We found many of the city’s attractions situated in the centre of the city, around the magnificent Grand-Place, but we soon found out that the city’s suburbs held Art Deco gems, peaceful parks and interesting museums. With a good and regular train service, we found Brussels was also an ideal launch pad for exploring the rest of the country, with the like of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp within an hour's train journey, although more about these beautiful cities in future guides!