Most people have a secret desire to be treated like a royal if even for just a day or two.

In Europe, thanks to centuries of feuding and fighting, dozens of castles remain and have been transformed into luxurious hotels. They dot the landscapes from the windswept heather covered hills of Scotland to Spanish paradors with drawbridge entrances.

When traveling in regal fashion the Piel Leather 22″ Wheeled Traveler, in either black or saddle, is the piece of luggage whose elegance and practicality matches the grandeur of the hotels.

In Scotland’s Aberdeenshire region both the sea and mountains, such as the Bennachie hills, dominate. The Castle Trail winds through the region and offers several 15th and 16th authentic castles open for lodging.

The Fyvie Castle was built during the 1600s and now offers all the modern conveniences in addition to salmon fishing river on the nearby River Deveron or horseback riding across the glens. Travel to the town of Huntly to visit a falconry center. Continue Reading »

Looking for a true Celtic connection?

Let the wonders of Islay wash over, and through, you.

Pronounced EYE-la, the island sits almost midway between Ireland and Scotland. She is known as the “Queen of the Hebrides” and can be reached via a 40-minute flight from Glasgow International. Packing light with a piece like the Piel Leather Complete Carry–All Bag is suggested.

Many choose to take the ferry from the Kennacraig, on the Scottish mainland, to either Port Askaig or Port Ellen.  Lock up your luggage (a TSA-approved luggage lock is suggested)  and place alongside others in the outside storage bins.

Two hours of cruise time gradually ease you into Islay’s island mentality, where sheep run free, the roads are often one lane and many of the world’s very best whiskeys are produced. Continue Reading »