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Spirit Journeys Worldwide is all about experience, memories, and nurturing self-growth. We genuinely care about our customers, and ensuring that your travels leave you with everlasting memories and nostalgia, whilst providing rejuvenation and a new outlook when you’re back to the hustle and bustle of life is our aim.

Our founder, Julia Macleay, was first bitten by the travel bug over 20 years ago and has since made safari travel arrangements for BBC Alba (she promises her name is in the credits), and won Scottish honeymoon/travel planner of the year 2015. We find out a little more about the lady behind her the brand…Awards Owner Julia

“Travel is my great joy of life and always has been. I love people to experience the world the way I see it,” she explains. “My greatest holiday is when I went sailing on the Star Flyer sailing ship with my 9-year-old son. It happens to also be his greatest adventure, and he still talks about it to this day.”

Julia Macleay and her son

Julia becomes audibly excited when she recounts a particularly memorable group of single women. “They came to Scotland on an Outlander tour. Some had never travelled alone before, only with their husbands, some were divorced and widows. It was a real challenge for them to travel alone. This group of ladies became friends, overcame their fears, travelled from the USA and Australia to Scotland, and had a fantastic experience!”

On Outlander tour

Of all the countries that she’s visited, India is her favourite. “The people there are kind and considerate, even though there is poverty and corruption. I have only ever seen kindness and great hospitality whilst I’ve been there.”

Whilst Macleay may be a champion of wanderlust, she also loves to share her own world with clients. “I am proud to be Scottish, although I have Irish ancestry as well, and take great pride in showing people around Scotland and Ireland.”

Her zest for life and upbeat personality is evident within her Scottish twang. “Life is too short to be unhappy, we all need to grasp opportunities and not let our fears hold us back.”

The 6 best dishes that you should try in Scotland

It’s not just saying – I do. Or – I will love you …till the end of time. In my opinion, getting married is a deep, crucial life change. The point is – have you really found your soulmate just because you know that you should spend some time together. And, it should really last forever, if you ask me. But, please don’t rely on my opinion. Bespoke Scottish WeddingsI am a desperately romantic. That’s why I absolutely love weddings. A friend of mine is getting married soon. On second thoughts, I think she is becoming a little crazy about getting married because she’s so nervous about getting everything just perfect. I can’t tell her the truth – spare your nerves, you’ll definitely going to need them when you have kids. Lol! Anyway, it doesn’t have to be perfect but it should be different in a way. Unique, if possible. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire professional help. A few days ago, I tried to find as many interesting ideas as possible.There were loads of great offers from tropical destinations, underwater weddings, …and there was one particular that sounded like a great idea – Scottish weddings.

According to what I have read about ideas for ‘Scottish’ weddings, it sounds like a true fairytale wedding… perfect for celebrating the first days of your new life.

bespoke scottish weddingsThere are many fabulous historical places such as castles where you can get married in true  royal style. These castles are a great choice if you dream of a romantic wedding with a fine, distinguished dash of the mysterious spirits from past times. It sounds extremely exciting to crown your love at the same place where queens and kings have married in the past. Just like in the novels!

On the other hand, if you are a nature lover and prefer small, private wedding ceremonies, you could choose the outstanding nature of the Highlands. A romantic secluded country mansion surrounded by endless mountains, lochs and a clear blue sky…Endless natural beauty and your endless love can be that unique match.

But, if you dream of a fancy, flashy wedding, you can follow in the footsteps of celebrities and get married at some quaint Scottish village. For instance, you can choose Dornoch where Madonna got married to Guy Ritchie.

Also, there are fantastic whisky distilleries settled in picturesque surroundings where you can celebrate with the finest whisky in the world.

Whether you want to spend your wedding day, honeymoon or celebrate the many years of your love, Scotland sounds like a great idea. Wherever you choose, the most important thing is to have your soulmate beside you. Just learn to say ‘Tha gaol agam ort’ (I love you) – and enjoy the time of your life…

Scottish wedding

Scottish wedding

A few days ago, I went to a birthday party. Somehow we started a conversation about the health benefits of alcoholic drinks and created a top five list. Generally, people have a radical love-hate
attitude when it comes to any kind of alcohol. Detail of inside mash tun while making whiskyInterestingly enough, whisky won the first place. As you can already guess, I was immensely curious about the whole story and started to do some ‘research’ on the subject of whisky. To my surprise, I’ve read some stunning facts about this fabulous drink. It seems that the list of health benefits of whisky are pretty long. This magic potion boosts the immune system, strengthens your heart, fights against cancer, reduces the complications of diabetes, blood clots, has a positive impact on the brain and much more. It is considered to be a very strong antioxidant. Impressive, don’t you think?

Whisky from Islay

On the other hand, what is also impressive about this drink is its rich and adventurous history. The word whisky, owes its name to the Gaelic term ‘uisge beatha’ which means water of life. This powerful water of life was first used as a medicine in the middle ages. It appears you can create a quiz from the numerous whisky facts!

Whiskey Scotland

Though this drink belongs to the whole world, Scotland is its true homeland. The best quality whisky’s are only made in Scotland. There are five types of famous Scottish whisky: Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Grain Scotch Whisky, Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Blended Grain Scotch Whisky and Blended Scotch Whisky. They all have one important rule in common – their production is governed by strict laws. That’s the key of their authenticity.

There are fantastic distilleries in Scotland where you can experience the real and unique taste of whisky. Devoted whisky fans claim you can almost feel the chills down your spine as your palate senses the ultimate pleasure of this powerful and overwhelming taste. These distilleries are much more than just common places where alcohol is made. They are part of Scottish identity, they are national pride and landmarks. When you think of Scotland, you think of the beautiful Highlands, kilt, bagpipes and whisky.

On your way from Inverness to Glasgow, you can enjoy traditional distilleries, all of them big and world recognised names –  Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Talisker, Ben Nevis, Glengoyne are a few of the numerous distilleries in Scotland. The distilleries offer tours and  a chance to taste some of their splendid drink, fantastic scenery, and various legends as an essential part of their rich and long tradition and historical heritage. Whatever whisky trail you choose to follow, the pleasure is inevitable.

Slainte mhath!

 

 

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