If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Dumaguete then this is the post for you. As we’ve already mentioned in The 21 Best Tourist Spots in Dumaguete, Dauin & Valencia, we ended up spending ehm, quite a bit of time in the area. We got to know the place pretty well – for better or for worse.
Dumaguete is full of tourist spots. If you’re backpacking anywhere in Negros or the Central Visayas, we’ll confidently bet that you end up spending some time here. Or at the very least, in the surrounding area.
Be warned – the city is not easy on the eyes. It’s chaotic, it’s loud, it’s busy. But there are always tourist spots to visit in Dumaguete. And when you’re bored of those attractions? Nearby Valencia has a bundle of things to do too. Or, perhaps you’re heading south to Apo Island, maybe west to Sugar Beach. You’re in a beautiful part of the Philippines.
Sipalay, perfectly located in the south-west of Negros, isn’t exactly built for international visitors. The closest airports are 4 hours away and there are no convenient ferry routes. It can be a mission to get to and there isn’t much information online – but that’s exactly why you should go.
Just because backpackers aren’t including Sipalay in their ‘top 100’ Philippines lists, it doesn’t mean it there’s nothing to see there. Far from it. In fact, Sipalay is a popular holiday base for many Filipino holidaymakers. They know their country best, and turns out, they’re keeping Sipalay a secret for a reason.
Sugar Beach is as sweet as it gets in Sipalay, on the beautiful island of Negros. It’s one of the prettiest beaches in the Philippines and, astonishingly, there’s nobody there. Impossibly blue water laps up on to gorgeous white sand and at first, you might believe there really is nobody there. Hidden by the palm trees are a few low-key resorts, guests relaxing on hammocks and birds, dogs and cats relaxing in the shade. In our quick guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about getting to Sugar Beach from Sipalay.
Driving from Ullapool to Gairloch you’ll be approaching the end of your NC500 trip. But that’s only if you’re following our North Coast 500 Alternative route, of course. If you’re heading the opposite way then you’re only at the beginning. Lucky you!
There are certainly things to do around Ullapool, but let’s just say that, like us, at this stage on your road trip you may have become a little spoilt. Ullapool itself is far from the most inspiring place on any North Coast 500 route, but it’s still an incredibly useful pit stop. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of thunderous waterfalls, gorgeous bays and towering hills to ogle at in the surrounding area. A brilliant range of Grahams, Donalds and Munros also means that there’s hiking for visitors of every level.
We’d never heard of Handa Island – not until our pal Neil told us about it this summer. We’re local and we love exploring the Scottish islands. After all, we’ve been to Skye, Rúm, Mull, Arran, Bute and more, but we’d never been to Handa Island. How can you visit somewhere when you’ve never even heard of it?
It’s incredible that we hadn’t – Handa Island is a fascinating place and has a lot to offer every type of visitor. So. Now that you’ve heard of it, you’re already one step ahead of us. In this post, you’re also going to learn how to get there and why even non-birdwatchers should have a visit to Handa on their priority list. Driving our North Coast 500 Alternative Route? Then it’s one of the many worthwhile detours.
Scotland’s famous North Coast 500 route is slowly growing in popularity, year after year. But you won’t need to worry about any of the complaints you’ve read online. This spectacular stretch of Scotland is still empty enough to enjoy some of Britain’s best beaches and atmosphere all to yourself. But only if you do it right.
Kearvaig Bothy sits pretty on untouched, undisturbed ground. It’s the Highlands at its most wild, most heartbreakingly bare. Kearvaig – known locally as ‘Kerwick’ – combines gorgeous white sand with rub-your-eyes-blue water. It’s a quiet, calm and mesmerising inlet, soft and solemn while the fierce Atlantic waves crash in to the crumbling sea cliffs all around it. It’s an incredibly special place.
Kearvaig is, moody, serene, unsettling… it’s hypnotic and placid and still a place to sip whisky by warm fires and play cards with old friends. Keep reading to find out how you can experience all of that, spot some entertaining puffins and even combine your trip with Scotland’s most north-westerly point.
Entering Assynt, you’ll realise that the drive from Scourie to Lochinver has quickly become the drive you’ve been dreaming of. After visiting Handa Island and hopefully enjoying some top-class seafood at Shorehouse, it’s time to hit the road again. You won’t have covered much ground in the last few days (there’s so much to see!) Now, the main highlight is taking in the glorious views of Scotland on one of the best, most scenic drives around. And the best way to do that drive is on our North Coast 500 Alternative Route. But you already know that by now.