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Emily in Glen Nevis, The Highlands, Scotland

Emily, UK, Ireland & France Specialist

Since her first family visit to the Cotswolds in 2007, Emily has continually trotted the globe, spending extended time studying in Europe and Australia. In 2014 she lived in London while studying the historic and contemporary leadership throughout the UK. And, while she loves the hustle and bustle of a city; her favorite place across the pond is Blenheim Palace, where she would be perfectly content sipping tea on the terrace over the lavish gardens.

But despite her English heritage, a big part of Emily’s heart resides in France, and as a self-proclaimed foodie, it’s not hard to see why. From sipping wine in Bordeaux, to soaking in the history at the Normandy beaches, to pastry making in Paris, she loves the balance of activities and themes that only France can offer. Emily’s enthusiasm for the tranquil countryside of Oxfordshire, the macarons of Paris and the rugged hikes of Connemara in Ireland is infectious. She’s eager to share her travel expertise for these equally beautiful but distinctly different countries of Europe.

When she's not gallivanting around the world, Emily exudes her boundless energy running along the Charles River, hitting hard at Title Boxing, and grabbing coffee and brunch with friends.

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Edinburgh Castle

I recommend visiting - Edinburgh

After years of hearing rave reviews, Edinburgh exceeded all of my expectations. What I love most about the city is how simple it is to get around. The city itself is immensely walkable and because the majority of its attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels are all within the central district, it's quite easy to adapt and navigate without a guide or map.

The amount of activities are endless, whether you're interested in a food tour through the old cobblestone streets, a ghost tour venturing into the underground vaults beneath the city, or visiting historical sites like Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile.

My favorite spot in all of Edinburgh is the very top of Arthur's seat. Through some huffing and puffing, I conquered the climb to the summit and was immediately rewarded with magnificent views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast

I recommend staying at - Culloden Estate and Spa

Deluxe

The Culloden Estate and Spa is one for the books. Located away from the hustle and bustle, just ten minutes outside the city of Inverness, the Culloden Hotel boasts expansive views overlooking the moors. Encompassed within the spacious property, the hotel exudes intimacy and exclusivity. The staff members are extremely courteous and friendly, taking genuine interest and concern in each guest and their experiences.

Not only is the service impeccable, the hotel provides guests with a true welcoming and home-from-home experience. After busy, active days, I really loved spending my evenings snuggled up by one of the many fireplaces in the lounge, embracing the atmosphere and ambiance. My favorite part of the stay was starting my days at the gym and relaxation pool before grabbing a freshly made green juice from the Juicery to give me a boost to prepare me for the adventures to come.

I'll never forget when…

After spending time in the busy city of Edinburgh, I headed north to the Highlands to enjoy a scenic cycling tour taking in what I believe to be Scotland's best landscape. It was the perfect storm: clear sunny skies, wind in my hair, and far-ranging views of the mountains and lake, as I cycled the 14.5 km (9 mile) cycle path along Loch Lomond in Scotland. The journey was leisurely, yet adventurous. It was quite literally a breath of fresh air and one of my favorite travel experiences.

Photos of Emily

  • Emily by the coast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland Emily by the coast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Emily outside Buckingham Palace, London Emily outside Buckingham Palace, London
  • Emily at Loch Lomond, Scotland Emily at Loch Lomond, Scotland
  • Emily in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris Emily in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Emily at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Emily at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Emily in the Lake District, England Emily in the Lake District, England
  • Emily at Lady's View on the Ring of Kerry, Ireland Emily at Lady's View on the Ring of Kerry, Ireland
  • Emily at the Sacre Couer, Paris Emily at the Sacre Couer, Paris
  • Emily at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Emily at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
  • Emily in the borough of Westminster, London Emily in the borough of Westminster, London