The Loch Ness Monster or Nessie as she is affectionately known. Was first brought to prominance in the early 1930s when a journalist for the Inverness courier published an item about sightings of a dragon or prehistoric animal carrying an animal in its mouth.
Since that time there have been many more supposed sightings many backed up with photographic and video evidence.
Whether she exists or not the Loch ness monster is one of scotlands leading tourist attractions and even if you dont see a monster, Loch Ness is still a very beautiful place to visit.
Oban distillery was built even earlier than the town. Way back in 1794.
It is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, but it is very busy with tourists on the guided tour which takes just over an hour.
It is in the town centre quite close to the seafront and is well worth visiting.
The whiskey has its own unique flavour somewhere between the smoothness of the Speyside malts and the peaty flavours of Islay.
Stafford Street, Oban,
Argyll PA34 5NH
+44 (0)1631 572004
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Cirencester is a small town with narrow streets, but there is everything that anyone could wish in such a place. The usual shops WH Smiths, Next, House of Fraser, Superdrug, Fat face and New Look etc. Banks and travel agents and pubs.
The one thing that stands out about Cirencester however, is the Church of St John the Baptist, which is more like a cathederal than a church and dominates the skyline on your approach to the town.
With the Roman Amphitheatre and the white Cotswold stone buildings, Cirencester is a town well worth a visit and a good base for exploring the Cotswolds.
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It's only a tiny place near the Thistle Barbican among a row of small shops.
Me and a few friends used to come here on a Friday night after a few of pints in the white lion round the corner.
The staff don't know too much English but it's a pleasure watching them cooking the food on the gas rings in the back.
The food is always good with a wide selection.
For a takeaway its one of the best.
105-107 Lever St, City of London, EC1V 3RQ
+44(0)20 7490 8225
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The Rat and Ratchet pub in Huddersfield cask ale house with a large selection of handpulled ales.
The pub is owned by Ossett brewery (an independant west yorkshire brewery). As well as the Ossett beers there are a large selection of guest ales for its 14 handpumps.
The pub consists of one large room divided into a number of drinking areas. It has won several awards for its beers.
Also famed for its food, the Rat and Ratchet is a pub worth frequenting on any visit to Huddersfield.
40 Chapel Hill, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,
+44(0)1484 542 400
Google map: bit.ly/fNPggJ
Quite close to the university. The Kashmir is not the most attractive of curry houses. However they do serve an excellent curry at a price that even a student can afford. You have a choice of two doors. One to the slightly more presentable ground floor, the other to the larger and more basic basement restaurant.
There may be better Indian restaurants in Bradford, but when it comes to quality, quantity and value for money this place is hard to beat.
25-27 Morley St, Bradford, West Yorkshire
+44(0)1274 726 513
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The New Beehive in Bradford is not so new. Built in 1901 this unique gaslit pub has its own atmosphere being one of the few pubs in Britain to be listed on Camra's National Inventory of Outstanding Character Interiors.
The pub has regular jazz, comedy and poetry evenings and sells good quality real ale.
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