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  1. Fountain Court Apartments – Royal Garden

    WIN a Spectacular Family City Break in Edinburgh

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. Edinburgh is the ideal destination for a holiday with kids, and we’ve teamed up with Fountain Court Apartments to give one lucky family the chance to go on a city break to remember. Win a 2-night stay for a family of up to 4 in…

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  2. Drymsynie Estate (c) Argyll Holidays

    7 Great Things to See and Do in Argyll

    Argyll has always held a special place in my heart. My mum was born in Dunoon and I spent a lot of my childhood in this spellbinding land of rugged mountains, epic lochs and big skies. Over the years as a writer I’ve explored many corners of Argyll. I’ve stayed at loads of places across Argyll and handily some of…

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  3. Haymarket Hub Hotel (c) The Edinburgh Collection

    Haymarket Hub – Edinburgh’s First Hotel with FREE Smart Phones

    If you haven’t been to Edinburgh’s Haymarket quarter for a few years you’ll be staggered by the changes. The area is booming, with the new tram network and impressively revamped Haymarket railway station at the heart of the West End’s renaissance. This dynamic part of the city is the ideal location for the Haymarket Hub – Scotland’s first hotel to offer free…

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  4. Gleneagles (c) Robin McKelvie

    Gleneagles Gets a Major Facelift

    Gleneagles is a hotel that you can never get bored of. I guess that is because it is far more than just a hotel. I’ve just been back up for my fourth stay – this time with my young family – and I’m happy to report that it just gets better and better. On this visit we discovered that the…

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  5. Loch Long (c) Robin McKelvie

    Return to the Argyll Sea Lochs

    Long gone are the days when paddle steamers packed with excited holidaymakers graced their way around the epic fjord-like sea loch of Argyll. This wildly beautiful corner of Scotland has been in the doldrums for a while, but I’m pleased to report there are plenty of reasons to head to The Firth of Clyde’s sea lochs, rather than just its better…

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  6. View of Edinburgh from Craigmillar Castle © Robin McKelvie

    7 Essential Tips for Visiting Edinburgh

    As a travel writer I have ventured to over 500 cities over the last two decades. My home city of Edinburgh, however, has always been high in my ever-changing Top 10. The Scottish capital impresses me with its epic history and both natural and manmade drama. I also love its unerring ability to constantly reinvent itself by tweaking existing attractions and adding new ones to keep things fresh…

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  7. Broch at Balbinny © Robin McKelvie

    The Hottest New Self-Catering Escape in Angus

    I love self-catering especially if it is somewhere scenic with lots of great local produce close on hand. Balbinny in often ignored Angus definitely ticks both of these boxes and many more besides, as I discovered when I took my young family up there for a memorable weekend. Great First Impressions First impressions count with self-catering. Balbinny was a winner…

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  8. Portavadie Marina © Robin McKelvie

    5 Reasons You Should Book a Self-Catering Holiday

    There are so many accommodation options these days that it can be bewildering when you are planning a trip around Scotland. Should you book a budget hotel or splash out on a slice of luxury? Is camping really for you or maybe you should go glamping? One type of accommodation for me that really stands the test of time, whether…

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  9. Balbinny © Balbinny

    Top 5 Cosy Winter Self-Catering Getaways

    It’s that time of year when the mercury dips and the chill winter winds ravage into Scotland from the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. I know it can be very tempting to just hibernate until spring, staying at home with your central heating and favourite jumper. If you do, though, you are missing out on Scotland’s scenery looking utterly…

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  10. Campervan on the NC500 ©Robin McKelvie

    A Campervan – The Best Way to Tackle the North Coast 500

    If you’ve not heard of the North Coast 500, or have not tackled it yet, I suggest you stop what you’re doing and get a trip booked right away! This long distance route, which was launched in 2015, has quickly become one of the world’s great drives. I have been to over 100 countries and I reckon it’s up there…

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  11. Campsie Glen Park Surrounds © Wood Leisure

    Quality Holiday Parks for Everyone

    In a world where many accommodations are run by faceless global brands the holiday parks owned by Wood Leisure make a refreshing change. This family-run company stays very close to its friendly, personal roots. This family business dates back three decades to the purchase of Blairgowrie Holiday Park in 1981. Over the years four other holiday parks have been added…

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