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  1. Eilean Donan Castle © Robin McKelvie

    6 Castles That Scream Scotland!

    Run a range of images of Scotland through your mind and the chances are that castles will probably be in the mix there somewhere. These rugged fortifications proudly strut out across the land evoking the glories of past centuries and the intoxicating legends of such folk heroes as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce. There are…

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  2. Competition: Win Edinburgh Oktoberfest Tickets

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. We’ve giving away a pair tickets to Edinburgh Oktoberfest. Tickets includes entrance, seat reservations and complimentary food and drink. Enter below for your chance to WIN. Edinburgh Oktoberfest Bringing a slice of Munich to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Oktoberfest is a five-day celebration of German beer, food, music and…

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  3. Top Tips for Families in the Festival City

    It’s that time of year again when the world’s biggest festival rampages its way through colourful streets of the Scottish capital. It is not really just one festival, but rather the Edinburgh Festivals, a rich collage of family friendly entertainment. We’ve just been in to preview a few of the top family shows. Festivals City There is a mass of choice…

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  4. West Highland Way © Robin McKelvie

    Can You Take Your Family on the West Highland Way?

    When I told family and friends that I was planning on taking my eight and five year olds on Scotland’s most famous long distance walk – the challenging 96-mile long West Highland Way – the most polite of their reactions was astonishment. Undeterred I set off on what very quickly became of the most enjoyable, thrilling and utterly memorable things we have ever done as…

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  5. Linlithgow Palace © Robin McKelvie

    McEwan’s Party at the Palace

    Scotland these days boasts myriad festivals at a range of dramatic venues. There are no more dramatic places to catch a festival, though, than Linlithgow Palace. This ancient seat of the Stuart kings, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, is one of Scotland’s most spectacular historic sites and this summer it’s playing host to that most family friendly of festivals,…

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  6. Sands of Morar Sunset over Eigg and Rum © Robin McKelvie

    7 Scottish Beaches to Make You Scream Wow!

    When it comes to the world’s best beaches most people start to think of the Caribbean and Asia. What about Scotland though? As a travel writer I have been to over 100 countries and seriously reckon that Scotland boasts the most spectacular range of beaches anywhere on the planet. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at the following photos,…

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  7. An Sgurr on Eigg © Robin McKelvie

    The Ultimate Rail and Sail Scottish Getaways

    If like me you love trains, adore ferries and just cannot get enough of travelling around Scotland’s islands then you are going to enjoy this blog. We’re talking Rail and Sail here. This is an intoxicatingly romantic notion where you board a train in one of Glasgow’s grand railway stations and are then spirited out on an iron railroad to…

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  8. Competition: Win £50 in CalMac Vouchers

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. We’re giving away two sets of £50 in CalMac vouchers. Enter below for your chance to WIN. Love ferries? Love travelling around Scotland? Then we’ve got the ideal competition for you this summer. It will enable our two lucky winners to embark on a wee…

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  9. Looking across to St Ninian’s Isle © Robin McKelvie

    7 Uninhabited Scottish Islands You Should Visit

    If like me you love the unique allure of an island then read on. Islands are an escape from the norm by default, special places where unattainable dreams are realised. Scotland is fertile ground for island lovers, as it boasts over 10% of Europe’s total coastline and is home to over 800 islands. Of these 800 or so islands, just under…

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  10. 8 Reasons You Should Download the Welcome to Scotland App

    I remember the days when to help make my way around Scotland I had to cart a couple of hefty guidebooks and a chunky travel map. Times have changed and smartphones have revolutionised our lives. I say that as the author of over thirty travel guidebooks in the knowledge that there has been a seismic and irreversible shift to digital….

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  11. How to get the most out of this year’s T in the Park

    It’s that time of year again when Scotland’s biggest music festival – and for me still the best in the country – bashes into Perthshire. I try to go every year and if you’ve not been for a few years I’d recommend you head there again. T in the Park today is a very different event to the first one,…

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