Scotland; Image Credit: Amrita Sadarangani
I have always enjoyed my visits to the UK – whether on work, holiday or to meet with my lovely family. I still remember my first visit to London as a teenager on a family holiday – we did the tourist round – Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London.. but I knew that I would come back for much more; little did I know how many deep links I would have to this fascinating country.
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; Image Credit: Amrita Sadarangani
I’ve had the privilege to get to know so many parts of the UK with having worked for the British High Commission for several years and then the University of Edinburgh. My husband was born and brought up in the Midlands, with much of his family across the West Midlands region, so I have seen many facets of England and Scotland in particular. I’ve been to so many wonderful places – Cornwall to Kent, London, the Midlands and Scotland, and there is still so much more to explore, but here are some of my favourite moments.
Though visitors from India love London for its bustle, restaurants and shops, the gorgeous Kensington and Kew Gardens and Greenwich are my favourite spaces.
Kew Gardens; Image Credit: Amrita Sadarangani
Norfolk has some incredible natural beauty with its lush farms, rolling countryside with gorgeous B&Bs and it’s brilliant coast. If you look, you might also find a wonderful little gin distillery that picks its aromats from the farm that surrounds it!
The Midlands is known to be an industrial belt with manufacturing strengths, but I’ve been lucky to visit some wonderful historic National Trust properties, with Kenilworth Castle being the most memorable – great stories, landscapes, activities for the kids and one of the best cream teas I’ve had.
And now for Scotland – Edinburgh is a gorgeous city with its beautiful medieval and more contemporary personalities, I loved discovering the gorgeous Dean Village and enjoy its fantastic restaurants, which I am so glad to see are open now.
Dean Village, Scotland; Image Credit: Amrita Sadarangani
I loved visiting the little seaside town of Stonehaven – to most locals, quite unremarkable, but for those of us escaping an always busy chaotic city, Stonehaven with its quaint promenade, fish n chip shop and some of the best ice cream ever, can be one of the most refreshing weekend breaks you might have.
I cannot wait to return and plan to explore as much of the Highlands and the craggy Welsh coastline, until then, enjoy!
Blog contributed by Amrita Sadarangani, Regional Director, South Asia, University of Edinburgh.