Kirsty Bartholomew - history and travel addict

Kirsty Bartholomew - history and travel addict

Hi and thanks for stopping by!  This is my corner of the internet where I share my love for travelling and also my appreciation for the history of the world – two things that go together quite well I think!

I’m aiming to champion the amazing history of our world through this blog, sharing the best historical places to go, things to see and sharing why they’re important.

I travel with my husband James almost always and sometimes with our dog Annie and sometimes with our kids who are almost grown now.  Not only do we love history destinations, but also road trips and out of season travelling in the winter (I blame getting married in February – so many city anniversary trips!!).  Our favourite places are Scotland, England, Europe and USA but so much more to explore!

Want to know more about us?  See here or take a look around the site.

Recent Posts

Isle of Skye attractions

The Isle of Skye is one of the most popular highland vacation spots in Scotland and for good reason.  There is a huge amount to do on this island whether the weather is being kind to you or whether you’re being treated to one of the regular downpours in the...

The 10 best castles in Germany to visit: history and beauty

German castles are something else and are often just like something out of a fairytale, not surprising since many fairytales originated in these areas.  They are picturesque but more than that they are full of amazing history.  Some look older than others but are...

A helpful guide to visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

If you’re at all a fan of the British Royal family, royal history in the UK, Mary, Queen of Scots, or all 3 of them, then a trip to the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a must. The palace is one of the official residences of the Queen when she’s visiting...

5 romantic Northumberland castles to visit

One of my favourite areas to visit in the UK is the Northumberland coast.  There are many reasons for this, it’s a beautiful area, it’s relatively quiet even in the peak holiday season but most of all I just love the history of the area.  There are so many...

Budget accommodation in UK – cheap options for your England or Scotland vacation

If you’re coming to the UK on vacation or planning to tour around the country you might be curious as to what the best options are for your budget.  There are so many different accommodation options in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and each one...

10 must see historical places in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is an amazing city and just as you’d expect it blends its history with the cultures and religions that met at this crossroads of civilisation.  If you’re visiting the city and have a heart for the historic sites and don’t want to miss any...

Edinburgh Royal Mile Attractions – 14 not to miss!

When visiting Edinburgh in Scotland you’ll likely find yourself on the Royal Mile at some point.  It’s home to many of the big attractions and a great place to feel the vibe of the old town.  Yes it can be touristy and yes it can be busy, but there’s...

The best castles near Edinburgh to visit

I recently wrote about some of the best castles near London and got some great feedback on that post.  So when we recently visited Scotland I figured it would be a great time to do a similar post but with castles near Edinburgh to visit!  Some of these we’ve...

The Scottish Borders Abbeys – all you need to know to visit

Scotland’s Borders Abbeys are some of the most picturesque ruins I’ve been to and if you’re looking for something to do and see while travelling in Southern Scotland then I highly recommend a trip!  They provided perfect days out for us since we were...

Your guide to visiting Avebury Stone Circle and village in Wiltshire

Avebury Stone Circle is one of the most impressive bits of ancient history in England, but did you know that it’s actually the largest megalithic stone circle in the world?  Many people rate the standing stones even higher than Stonehenge, and it’s not...