Avanti West Coast First Class Review: Is an Upgrade Worth It?


I love train travel. Whether it’s exploring Provence by rail, taking the super scenic journey on the Glacier Express through Switzerland or stepping on board Norway’s Flam Railway, I’m there. Closer to home, a trip to Oban and Inveraray in Scotland allowed me to try out Avanti West Coast First Class service from London to Glasgow. But was this upgrade worth the premium […]

14 Amazing Things to Do in Oban, Scotland in Two Days

Oban in Scotland’s Western Highlands is a special place that slowly, almost imperceptibly, cast its spell on me. Prepared to be seduced by this harbour town with this pick of the best things to do in Oban. At the end of this article, you’ll find recommendations for places to eat, where to stay and how to […]

7 Things I Learnt About Whisky on an Oban Distillery Tour

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There was a collective intake of breath as ‘Magic Mike’, our Oban Distillery tour guide, prepared to share his three cardinal rules for judging the quality of Scotch whisky.  “First, it needs to be in my hand. Second, it needs to taste good.”  As he paused for dramatic effect, we leaned in closer. “Finally, the third and most […]

How to Celebrate Christmas in Vienna: Unwrapping the Magic


Are you considering taking a Vienna Christmas break but wondering what is open and what there is to do? Then you’ve come to the right place. I had a wonderful festive break in the Austrian capital and am excited to share my first-hand experiences. Read on to discover why you should spend Christmas in Vienna, […]