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  1. Goatfell and Brodick Bay, Arran (c) Robin McKelvie

    Arran – The Island That Never Stops Changing

    When I was a kid I was lucky. My parents took me to Arran every summer. I say lucky as Scotland’s seventh largest island is a stunner and those trips gave me a lifelong love of Arran A love that grows as I take my own young family back every year. I’ve just been back again and I’d like to share…

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  2. Blackness Castle (c) Robin McKelvie

    Around the Banks of the Historic Firth of Forth

    I live on the banks of the Firth of Forth and admit that I’m guilty of taking it for granted. I love the trio of world-class bridges at South Queensferry – including the epic new Queensferry Crossing. But I’d never really thought about how many historic sites grace the Forth’s picturesque shores. Until now that is. Join me as I explore an…

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  3. Edinburgh Castle & Princes Street Gardens (c) Robin McKelvie

    5 Reasons Edinburgh is Ace for Families

    As a travel writer I’ve travelled all over the world, but the way I travel has shifted markedly since my children were born. My priorities have changed, as I have to put them first on the many breaks we take every year. I’ve taken them to stay in everything from youth hostels and simple B&Bs through to five-star hotels. There is one category of…

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  4. Feall Beach, Coll (c) Robin McKelvie

    Glorious Coll – The Isle with Scotland’s Best Beaches?

    That I think Coll is the finest island in Scotland for beaches sounds like high praise enough. It gets even when higher when I – hand on heart – say that the best beaches I’ve even seen on my travels to over 100 countries are right here in Scotland’s Hebrides. Join me now as I explore this magical beach kissed…

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  5. 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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  6. Loch Awe from Ardanaiseig (c) Robin McKelvie

    Loch Awe – Scotland’s Awesome Loch

    The name perfectly sums up its scenic splendour. Loch Awe. The scenery around the banks of Scotland’s longest loch – when you take into account all of the branches of its Y-shape – is truly epic. The hulking mountains of Argyll –including its highest peak Ben Cruachan – soar all around the silvery loch and tower above its tree shrouded banks….

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  7. Engine Shed

    Traditional Skills Reveal Scotland’s Living History

    I’ve been touring historic sites for years and always wonder about how Scotland’s glorious built environment – from tiny churches to epic castles – was conjured up. I wonder too about how our ancient buildings are preserved through a range of traditional skills. With my young family also eager to find out, I set off for a day exploring Stirlingshire,…

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  8. Street Entertainment, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Festivals (c) Robin McKelvie

    Enjoying the Edinburgh Festivals with Kids

    As an Edinburgh resident I am a massive fan of the Edinburgh Festivals, which bash on all year long in the Festival City. The most famous, of course, are those held in summer when the world’s largest arts festival and its myriad companions explode into life. I’ve just taken my young children in and here are my tips on how…

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  9. Aerial View of the festival (c) Party at the Palace

    Glen’s Party at the Palace – A Family Friendly Festival

    Scotland these days boasts myriad festivals at a range of dramatic venues. There is no place more epic 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. This summer it’s also playing host to that most family friendly of festivals, Glen’s Party…

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  10. 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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  11. (c) New Lanark World Heritage Site

    Why You Should Visit New Lanark World Heritage Site

    Love history? Love nature? Then how do you fancy visiting a glorious heritage village on the banks of the River Clyde, where you can walk by the river and through history? That’s exactly what New Lanark offers, not to mention exhibitions, a well stocked shop, an excellent café and a superb hotel. New Lanark lies on the banks of the River Clyde in Lanarkshire,…

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