Category: Edinburgh Expat

Visiting the Isle of Arran in Scotland

Date Posted: July 28, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Visit the Isle of Arran in Scotland for outdoor adventure, history, whisky and more

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The Isle of Arran in Scotland is frequently called Scotland in Miniature, and for good reason. This tiny island boasts everything the mainland has, from ancient standing stones and beautiful castles to whisky distilleries, beaches, and highlands. As my first Scottish island, visiting the Isle of Arran has officially set the bar very high for all others to come!

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Easy Day Trips from Edinburgh Scotland

Date Posted: July 2, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Edinburgh Castle image for easy day trip options from Edinburgh

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Day trips from Edinburgh can be easily arranged so you can explore beyond the city. While there is ample to do in Edinburgh itself, getting outside the city can show you more of Scotland from different angles.

For some Edinburgh day trip ideas, I pulled together my favorite days out that we’ve done in the years we’ve lived here. There are probably plenty more to do, too! But, so far, these seven are my favorites.

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Rabbie’s Tour of St Andrews and Fife

Date Posted: April 2, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

St Andrews and Fife Rabbie's tour in Scotland

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If you’re visiting Scotland and basing much of your time around Edinburgh, you can easily take a day trip to many interesting locations. While public transportation is readily available and accessible, sometimes it just doesn’t quite get you where you want to go. For those places, it’s worthwhile taking a tour.

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How Can a US Citizen Get UK Residency Through Marriage

Date Posted: May 19, 2017
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Expat Life, Personal

How to get UK residency for a US citizen through marriage

Moving to new countries comes with a whole range of logistics to figure out and to check off a list. But by far the most important part of becoming an expat is the legal requirements involved. These are the details I can offer for how this US citizen got UK residency through marriage to an EU National. Please keep in mind that my experience will be different from yours, but this can at least offer a guideline from my perspective.

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An American Expat in Scotland

Date Posted: April 26, 2017
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat

An American Expat in Scotland

Moving to a new country can be daunting…finding new friends, figuring out which items you like from the grocery store, hell, just finding a grocery store can be a challenge! You’ve uprooted yourself and plopped down into a whole new environment. Luckily, for an American expat in Scotland, the transition really actually isn’t that hard.

Moving to a new country can be daunting...finding new friends, figuring out which items you like from the grocery store,...

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The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry

Date Posted: October 17, 2016
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

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A quick visit to Pitlochry over the summer left us wanting to see more – and we also noticed promotional materials for The Enchanted Forest. If you know me at all, you know sparkly lights get me every time. Fill a forest with them and play magical music, I simply can’t resist. The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry was calling my name.

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Hogmanay in Edinburgh Info and Advice

Date Posted: October 10, 2016
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Hogmanay in Edinburgh as an expat

Edinburgh is known as the Festival City, with 12 main celebrations programmed throughout the year plus several others in between. While we’ve just finished the August madness of five festivals happening simultaneously (still wrapping my newbie head around what just happened), the next biggest moment for the city is coming up soon. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start planning for Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

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International Charity Day for Expats

Date Posted: September 5, 2016
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Expat Life, Personal

International Charity Day for Expats

Today is International Charity Day, as established by the United Nations in 2013 in honor of Mother Teresa. I’ve already discussed how expats tend to get involved in their local communities around the world, but perhaps it’s time to revisit the topic. Charity is important everywhere, but getting involved has several specific benefits for expats in particular.

Today is International Charity Day, as established by the United Nations in 2013 in honor of Mother Teresa. I've already...

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