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: things to do, see and eat in Scotland’s artists’ town

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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One day in Gozo, Malta – things to do

One day in Gozo, Malta - things to do | PACK THE SUITCASES

On our trip to Malta, we spent one day in Gozo, Malta’s smaller and quieter neighbour to the north. It’s much more rural and green than Malta and has some beautiful scenery. We had hideous weather on our day there, which didn’t help, but we made the most of it.

Here are a few things to do in Gozo, including craft beer and the Citadel…

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