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Rockcliffe to Kippford – the best coastal walk in Scotland

Rockcliffe to Kippford - the best coastal walk in Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

The best coastal walk in Scotland, or even just the best walk in Scotland, is going from Rockcliffe to Kippford – two pretty villages in the Dumfries & Galloway area.

Obviously I’ve not done every walk in Scotland, so this is a grand claim, but I’m going with it. It takes in some adorable cottages, beautiful rocky and shelly beaches, wild flowers and the potential of red squirrels.

Here’s how to do it.

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Kirkcudbright travel guide – the artists’ town, Scotland

Kirkcudbright travel guide: the artists' town, Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s a Kirkcudbright travel guide, all about this little seaside town in the Dumfries & Galloway area of South-West Scotland. Most people just zoom past Kirkcudbright on the motorway and miss out, but it’s an absolute hidden gem. It’s got Balamory-style pastel coloured houses, fresh seafood to eat, all the local art you could ever want, and an actual castle.

If you like quaint cottages, pretty gardens and all that Pinterest-worthy stuff, you’ll like Kirkcudbright. And this guide.

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15 things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria

15 things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s our selection of a few lovely things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sofia is one of Europe’s oldest cities, with sweeping boulevards, cobbled streets, and a surprising amount of Roman ruins. Gritty, concrete Soviet architecture sits side-by-side with ornate golden cathedrals. It’s got a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere, with lots of quirks to it. When communicating with locals, nodding your head means ‘no’ and shaking it means ‘yes’ – this is something that’s always stuck in my mind. There are plenty of trendy places to eat and drink (rakia: see point 6). It is truly underrated for some reason, but is a brilliant first experience of Eastern Europe. 

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Day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha

Day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha | PACK THE SUITCASES

We decided to explore the coastline with a day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghaj Tuffieha. For some reason, there’s a myth that Malta only has rocky beaches. It does, but it has a fair few sandy ones too. We’re not fussy about what terrain beaches are – we don’t sunbathe or swim. But it’s always good to see a bit of variation. This area has a lovely walk/hike you can do and we were frustrated with how busy Valletta was, so it was ideal to get off the beaten track. And after a chilly few days in Valletta and Mdina, we got lucky with the weather this day: an added bonus that made for some pretty photographs… if I do say so myself.

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