Travel in the Time of Coronavirus-19

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by Catherine Poh Huay Tan February 2020 

I haven’t been writing much about travel lately since sadly, we have all had to curtail our travel plans for the unseeable future. I will be writing a few articles on travel, which is considered necessary to travel and rethinking the staycation.

For now, please use social distancing practices while having your daily health walk or bike ride. Please wear a mask, even if you think you are too fast on a bike, don’t be foolish. Besides, it helps with the pollen.

Stay tuned for articles, but here’s some reading to keep you busy. Also, plan that trio you will take when this is over, that I Survived amazing trip.

If you are going on a plane for business or checking on loved ones, wear a mask and nitrile gloves.

The big question now, how much will it cost to travel post-COVID-19 as airlines mothball their fleets. Hotels may be cheaper to get business back, but it’s gonna cost to get there.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/air-travel-expensive-coronavirus/index.html

Travel Bubbles for Tourism

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/tourism-coronavirus-travel-bubble-lockdown/

Europe Planning on Reopening Borders

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/12/eu-reopen-borders-tourists-covid-19-recovery-plan

Travel Restrictions on Returning to The United States

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

 

Outlander Locales: Stirling

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Castle Stirling

Stirling has been a hotbed for filming these past few years. Filled with history, Robert the Bruce Country, and amazing forests and hillwalking opportunities and many woods and exterior opportunities make it a great place to film. Although crews work tirelessly at all hours and under weather conditions from snow and ice to heat and full on midge attacks, the beauty and hospitality of the area make it a fantastic shoot. Not to mention the fabulous Stirling Castle, with some of the best living history examples I have seen at an estate. Stirling and the surrounding area boast several locations for Outlander filming, including recent filming for Season 5. Oh, and then there are a few films, like the recent Netfix film, Outlaw King, that have filmed in the surrounding areas.

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Doune as Castle Leoch

Fall is one of the most spectacular times in Scotland. The tourist numbers go down a bit, and with recent climate changes there have been Indian Summer days a plenty. However it’s still a country of four seasons in a day, so pack accordingly. Stirling is a great place for hillwalking, and locations like Mine Woods, where some of Season 5 has been filmed, is just one such area to have a peaceful ramble.

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Doune Castle as Winterfell

 

And if you are a fan of great series and film, why not check out the surrounding areas for your favorites. And many other Outlander and other filming locations are within an hour of the city. The city is reachable by train and there are some public buses and touring companies that can get you to these sites.

 

  1. Doune Castle – You know it as Castle Leoch, has also been Winterfell in S1 of Game of Thrones, and Monty Python’s The French Castle.
  2. Dunblane Cathedral – Near Doune Castle. S4 Kirkyard burial.
  3. Drummond Castle Gardens – S2 Gardens at Versaille Outlander GREAT FALL COLORS!
  4. Abercairney Estates – Creiff S4, S5 Plantation River Run
  5. Bridge of Allan (Mine Woods) – Wolfs Hole Quarry S5 Regulators camp
  6. Cambusbarron – Stirling Outlying village and woods area.
  7. Touch House, Touch Estate, Stirling S2 Culloden House Outlander
  8. Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling S2 Roger and Bree meet Geillis Duncan 

Links

Stirling Films  and Map

12 Movies Filmed in Scotland by Hillwalk Tours

Outlander Locations Listing

Outlander Lallybroch Filming Rescheduled for September?

Cambusbarron, Stirling Area Night Shoot August 9, 2019

Outlander Season 5 Bridge of Allan Night Shoot May 6, 2019

Traveling Scotland, with a Difference — Travels with a Kilt

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The Eilean Donan Castle near Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland — offtoafineart

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I thought I would have a crack at painting this scene by way of a change. I have never tried painting a Scottish view before, usually too busy with the Mediterranean. Scotland has a lot to offer, with any amount of castles ea ch set amongst stunning scenery. Every family or clan had its stronghold, […]

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A Glaswegian’s Glasgow — Travels with a Kilt

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A Glasgow Blog, with a Difference The rain is coming down. I’m watching from the safe side of the glass and having one of those snuggly, self-satisfied sensations of comfort and belonging. My city, my streets, my Glasgow. I want to share how I really feel about my home. It’s actually an extremely difficult thing…

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A Weekend of Culture, off the beaten path — Travels with a Kilt

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Things to do in the Scottish Borders Warm, sunny afternoons, empty country roads, windows down…..it sneaks up on me with alarming realisation that I can’t remember the last time I had this experience. This sense of solitude. You’ll certainly never find it in the Highlands in summer and it’s always in August that us locals…

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