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  1. Hiking Buachaille Etive Mòr

    Slaying Ghosts and Hiking Munros in Glen Coe

    I’m an experienced and passionate walker, so it surprises many people that I haven’t done much hiking in Glen Coe. For me Glen Coe has always been a place I approach with trepidation and a sense of tragedy. It was the site of the notorious massacre in 1692 and in 1958 my father suffered a horrific fall from Buachaille Etive Mor….

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  2. (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. Read on for a chance to win family admission…

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  3. Ben Lomond Walk (c) Robin McKelvie

    7 Things You Must Do This Summer in Scotland

    Summer is here folks so forget about  hibernating! Summer is the best time – with its warmer temperatures and gloriously long nights – for getting active in the great outdoors and exploring our beautiful country. As a native Scot and travel writer, I have scoured the length and breadth of Scotland. I’d like to share some of the fruits of my…

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  4. 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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  5. Luce Sands (c) Robin McKelvie

    7 Reasons to Visit Dumfries and Galloway

    Dumfries and Galloway is a region of Scotland that is easy to miss. The most southerly region of the country can be easily bypassed if you scoot up the motorway from England or on the West Coast railway line. To miss out on Dumfries and Galloway – one of the most fascinating, beautiful and attraction laden parts of Scotland –…

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  6. Easting Beach, Unst (c) Robin McKelvie

    Top 5 Remote Scottish Beaches

    As a travel writer I’ve been lucky enough to travel to more than 100 countries. Indeed I am writing this blog for you on board an Etihad flight to Australia. A few weeks of the best that Australia has to offer beckon, but I can say now with a high degree of certainty that I won’t find any better beaches…

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  7. The Seriously Underrated Pentland Hills

    When I head out walking from my base in South Queensferry, the great temptation is to just hop over the Forth Road Bridge and bash up to the Highlands. But that is a great disservice to Edinburgh’s glorious Pentland Hills, which I’ve just spent a weekend amongst. If you’ve never been (or not been for a while) I suggest you…

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  8. Paisley Abbey & Town Hall © John Cooper

    Paisley – A True Cultural Colossus

    Paisley for me has always been an unusual place. Unusual in a good way – as Scotland’s largest town has always felt more like a city. Ever since the days when I passed through as a wee boy – heading from Glasgow to the Firth of Clyde ferry ports – Paisley has felt vital and important. It came as no surprise to…

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  9. Edinburgh Castle © Robin McKelvie

    5 Classic Scottish Castles

    Love castles? Scotland boasts more castles per hectare than anywhere else in the UK so you’re in the right place here. These rugged, evocative fortresses stand proud across the wilds of a country that boasts over 10% of Europe’s coastline. Scottish castles come in all shapes and sizes. They range from craggy old ruins through to fairytale beauties that trump…

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  10. River Clyde, Glasgow © Robin McKelvie

    Glasgow and Loch Lomond – Best of Both Worlds

    Fancy a weekend away enjoying the thrilling delights of one of Scotland’s seven cities? Or would you prefer a relaxing break by one of Scotland’s glorious lochs, and getting more back to nature? Thankfully you can do both if you visit Glasgow and Loch Lomond, as I discovered recently when I took my young family west for the weekend. Glasgow’s…

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  11. 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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