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A day in Gatehouse of Fleet and Mossyard beach

Discovering Gatehouse of Fleet and Mossyard Bay, Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

We had a day out in Gatehouse of Fleet and nearby Mossyard Bay during our recent holiday to Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. It’s quite a good combo for a day out, because it’s always good to do a town in the morning, eat, and then do something beachy/rural later. Gatehouse of Fleet used to be the industrial centre of South West Scotland, with mills, its own port, and all that kind of thing going down. It’s quite small, with one main high street. It’s quiet, surrounded by rolling hills, and on the banks of the river Fleet. The kind of place you can stroll round at your own pace.

Here’s what there is to get up to on a day in and around Gatehouse…

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A perfect day in Castle Douglas, Scotland

A day in Castle Douglas, Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

We had the perfect day in Castle Douglas during our recent holiday to Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. Not too much crammed in, but not too slow either. We did a bit of shopping, had a nice lunch and an exquisite local beer, and then attempted to walk off the calories round the local National Trust haunt, Threave Gardens. The latter also involved sitting on some Belted Galloway cows. Naturally.

Here’s the lowdown…

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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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