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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Elie and Elie Beach © Robin McKelvie

    Elie – An Ideal Base for Exploring Fife’s East Neuk

    I’ve long been a fan of the seriously underrated East Neuk of Fife. This scenic corner of the Scotland, which is awash with golden sandy beaches, golf courses and trim wee fishing villages, often gets overlooked by visitors making a beeline for the Highlands or Scots focusing on St Andrews. The East Neuk for me makes for a brilliant wee…

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  9. Harvest Moon Holidays © Robin McKelvie

    Harvest Moon – Scotland’s Top Glamping Site?

    As the author of three books on camping in Scotland I have been to countless campsites all over Scotland. Campsites tend to ebb and flow over the years and my top 10 list is constantly changing. One site that is always on that list of favourites is Harvest Moon Holidays in East Lothian, a life affirming glamping escape set just…

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  10. Crieff Hydro © Robin McKelvie

    7 Reasons Crieff Hydro Has Been Voted Scotland’s Top Family Hotel

    With two wee girls myself I have learned, on my travels, what family-friendly really means. Some hotels are just not interested in kids, while others that claim to welcome families actually fall down badly during a stay. Earlier this year Crieff Hydro in Highland Perthshire was rated by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards as the top Scottish accommodation for Families. I have just been…

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  11. Blair Castle © Robin McKelvie

    The Atholl Estates: The Scottish Country Estate With It All

    I’ve been to dozens of country estates all over Scotland and they really are a mixed bag for the visitor. Some don’t welcome visitors at all, while even some more enlightened ones take what I can only politely describe as a less than customer friendly approach to the public. Mercifully there are others that welcome visitors with open arms, offering…

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