Follow Me As I Discover the Great British Spirit

Lake District, England

No, I’m not about to embark on a haunted tour of the UK; although that would be interesting. Instead I’m involved in what I believe to be a unique partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to investigate and share the heritage of British gin, how it’s consumed, food and drinks associated with it and what there is to see and do in the British countryside beyond the distilleries.

As a keen Anglophile, I’m excited not just to be back in the UK, but to revisit places in Scotland where I haven’t been in nearly 20 years. The summer after I graduated from college, I spent some time backpacking around England and Scotland and it was the Scottish highlands in particular that meant the most to me. I did a lot of soul searching over those days of solo-travel and came to many decisions about my life that still influence me today. So it’s an important part of the world to me on a very personal level, and I can’t wait to get to know it all over again.

Over the course of a week I, along with two other bloggers – Kate from Adventurous Kate and Rachelle from The Travel Bite – will be exploring different regions of the UK, from Northern Ireland to London and everything in between to learn more about gin not just as a drink, but as an important part of British culture.

I’m not exactly sure what to expect, whether it’s moments of channeling my inner James Bond or traipsing through the always beautiful British countryside, but I do know it’ll be a fun experience. As usual, I’ll be sharing my experiences not just in blog posts here on the site, but during the trip as well via all of my social media platforms. Be sure to follow the hashtag on all social media though to see what all of us are doing – #GREATBritishSpirit.

We’re kicking off the week of gin-exploration (or ginploration) with a special Twitter chat Monday October 5th at 3pm Eastern. The hashtag is the same – #GREATBritishSpirit – and be sure to join in not just to learn more about British gin, but to learn more about traveling around the UK from our favorite sites and attractions to what to eat. Plus, there may be a special prize or two to give away, so don’t miss this special Twitter event.

If you have any recommendations or questions you want me to answer as I’m exploring England and Scotland, please let me know!


This campaign was created and sponsored by UK Trade & Investment in partnership with iambassador. LandLopers retains all editorial control of what is published and as you know, I never shy away from honest commentary.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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