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Blervie House, Scotland - A Historically Beautiful Place to Stay

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Should you be planning a trip to Scotland and are thinking of heading to the Speyside area so that you can wander through some of the country's best whisky distilleries, make your trip even more special with a stay at the beautiful Blervie House located smack in the middle of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail. The third-sunniest region of the UK (named for the River Spey that runs through it), the Speyside region is home to over half of Scotland's distilleries - 50 in total! This breathtaking area sits in a fertile valley of crystal clear rivers and pastoral, secluded glens - ideally sandwiched between the rugged Highlands to the west, the lush farmlands of Aberdeenshire to the east and north of Cairngorms National Park, the largest of the UK's National Parks.


Located approximately about 40 minutes from Inverness Airport down a very long driveway (!) three miles south of Forres, Blervie House is a Historic Scotland listed Country House Estate set in 272 acres which inclu…

A Canterbury Tale - Wandering Around England's Medieval City

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Last year I took myself on an epic wander around parts of the UK to celebrate a milestone birthday (which milestone you ask? I'll just let you guess on that one!) and while planning my trip, decided that since I lived in the small town of Canterbury, Connecticut, it would only be right to visit the not-so-small Canterbury, England for which my Canterbury was named. After all, I was spending a few days in London and it was an easy train ride to Canterbury via Southeastern Railway so why not?


After a lovely one hour ride from London's Victoria Station through the Kent countryside to Canterbury West Station, I disembarked the train and began the 1/2-mile walk to the Cathedral Gate Hotel which would be my lodging for the next 2 nights. My walk took me towards and through England's oldest still-standing city gate, the monumental 14th-century Westgate, and then down the pedestrian-only St. Peter's Street past the Black Griffin Pub which is the first pub past the city's …