St Andrews Links

Day 3. A day in St. Andrews

From our base at the Altido Vita aparthotel in the Fountainbridge district of Edinburgh it was just a ten minute walk downhill to Haymarket station for our train to St. Andrews (Leuchars station).  We'd pre-booked our tickets (£18.50 standard off peak day return) for the one hour journey and as we were sitting on the right …

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Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh – Leith & Cramond

We began the day with a walk around some of the buildings of the University of Edinburgh starting at the Old College quad located on South Bridge.  It was an overcast morning but the sight of the historic buildings housing the School of Law and the Talbot Rice Gallery surrounding the quad lifted our spirits. …

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Princes Gardens, Edinburgh

Day 1. Exploring Edinburgh

It had been more than a year since my last visit to Edinburgh and I couldn't wait to return to one of my favourite cities.  We travelled north on board an LNER train which whisks passengers from London in just four and a quarter hours.  If you plan to travel by train try to book …

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Altido Vita, Edinburgh

Altido Vita, Edinburgh – A Review

Location: Located in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh overlooking the Union Canal is the modern and well appointed Altido Vita aparthotel.  Just a 10 minute walk from Princes Street and a short walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile it's in a perfect location to explore the city.  Both Haymarket and Waverley railway stations are accessible on …

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Pig judging, Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate

After the disappointment of last year's show having to be cancelled due to the pandemic I was excited to be returning to Harrogate this summer.  The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the largest agricultural shows in the country and a wonderful showcase of rural life. Organising an event of this size to make it COVID …

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Your Apartment, Bristol, Frederick Place

Your Apartment Bristol – A review

Review: Your Apartment, 3 Frederick Place, Clifton, Bristol Location The accommodation is managed by Your Apartment and located on Frederick Place in the desirable Clifton neighbourhood of Bristol.  This suburb is within easy walking distance of the city centre and features leafy streets, stunning architecture and rows of pastel coloured Georgian terraces. Arrival and check-in …

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SS Great Britain

Day 3. Bristol Harbourside – SS Great Britain & M Shed

After spending the previous day exploring Clifton Village, we turned our attention to Bristol's vibrant harbourside with a visit to Bristol's No.1 attraction the SS Great Britain (standard admission £16.50 including unlimited return visits for a year).  Launched by Prince Albert in July 1843, she was at that time the largest passenger ship in the …

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Bristol Observatory

Day 2. Exploring Bristol – Clifton & Banksy

After sleeping soundly, we headed out of the lovely apartment in Clifton where we were spending the weekend to explore the local neighbourhood.  It's an affluent suburb of beautiful Georgian townhouses, close to the centre yet far enough away to have its own charm. Bristol Zoo Gardens was our first planned attraction of the day, just …

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Colourful houses in Bristol harbour

Day 1. A weekend in Bristol – first evening walk

We'd planned a return visit to the city of Bristol, this time in midsummer making it a complete contrast to our festive break in the city a little over three years ago.  Summer it might have been, but with the weather forecast predicting heavy rain all weekend we had come prepared.  Bristol is located in …

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Wallbridge, Stroud

A day in Stroud, Gloucestershire

We decided to spend a day in the small market town of Stroud nestled in the south west Cotswolds, ten miles south of Gloucester.  The town had piqued our interest as it had recently been named by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Britain so we were interested to find out …

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