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Devin Castle - An Unforgettable Bratislava Day Trip

Clinging to the cliff top on the confluence of the Danube river and the Morava river, Devin Castle is one hugely impressive historical marker of the country lines between Slovakia and Austria.

Devin Castle has seen a huge swathe of human history, holding its commanding position as a settlement since Neolithic times, fortified throughout the ages and eventually ruined on the orders of Napolean 1809.

The monumental ruins now make for a superb day out for all, as long as you don't mind hills!

Getting to Devin Castle

It is easy to use public transport to reach Devin Castle, given it is situated only 12km outside of Bratislava.

The most direct route is Bus 29, running twice an hour, which can be boarded underneath the "UFO Bridge". The journey takes around 25 minutes and tickets can be purchased from the machines for the bargain price of 90cents per adult.

The bus then takes you out of Bratislava through the surprisingly green and vibrant suburbs until you reach Devin. Be s…

Edinburgh Ghost Tours: Enjoying Scotland's Haunted Capital

Edinburgh is one of Scotlands most haunted locations. From the grey and gothic medieval Old Town to the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh is crammed to the rafters with stories and legends of all things ghoulish.

Edinburgh has a long and often grisly history.

Edinburgh Castle has balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff for over 2,000 years. It has been the site of many battles, sieges and murders. It is unsurprising that there have been reports of a ghostly piper moving around the Castle and the Royal Mile, appearing to be lost.

In 1645 Edinburgh's population was dealt a horrific blow by the Great Plague of Edinburgh. Conditions were cramped and unsanitary allowing the bubonic plague (later known as the Black Death) to run rife, killing approximately half of the population of Edinburgh. Some of the unorthodox ways of dealing with the Great Plague of Edinburgh were particularly gruesome- it is believed that over 300 residents were sealed into their homes in Mary Kings Close and a…

Top Tips for Climbing Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Jutting proudly into the skyline a short distance from Edinburgh Old Town is the monolithic set of hills crowned by Arthur's Seat. A hugely popular hill walking destination this extinct volcano offers breath taking panoramic views of Edinburgh and beyond.

The hike is easily accessible and possible for anyone with a moderate level of fitness, but what else do you need to know?

How to get to Arthur's Seat 

If you are starting in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat is at the end of the Royal Mile very close to Holyrood and approximately a mile away from Edinburgh Castle. You can catch a bus to Arthur's Seat but we chose to walk from Edinburgh Castle straight down the Royal Mile and then, when we reached Holyrood, turn right and find the hulking hills directly in front of us.
What should I pack for climbing Arthur's Seat?
The trick for this hill walk is to be prepared for the British weather which can be largely undecided about what it wants to do. Think carefully …