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  1. St Hilda on achor off Jura (c) Robin McKelvie

    Cruising the Hebrides on the Tall Ship St Hilda

    How do you fancy bashing around the glorious Hebrides under sail on your very own tall ship? That’s exactly what is on offer on the St Hilda. This graceful old Scottish ketch takes half a dozen passengers on island adventures. It’s all aboard now shipmates as I tell you all about my week on the St Hilda in search of…

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  2. 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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  3. Machir Bay, Islay © Robin McKelvie

    Your Photos of Scotland’s Islands #ScottishIslands

    We’ve spent the past month celebrating Scotland’s wonderful islands. During that time you’ve been sharing your great photos with us on Twitter, with images of everywhere from Arran and Iona to Harris, Skye and St Kilda. Here are some of our favourites. Descriptions of the images and photo credits are given next to the pictures. Thanks for sharing these great…

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  4. Duart Castle on approach to Mull © Robin McKelvie

    Top 5 Scottish Islands to Visit in Spring

    Regardless of how cynical you are, or how well-travelled, there is something instantly romantic about visiting a Scottish island. The beguiling adventure begins as soon as the ferry eases away from the mainland and sets sail for the brooding land that looms ahead. I have been lucky enough to travel to almost 100 of Scotland’s 800 plus isles and the variety…

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  5. CalMac ferry © CalMac

    6 Winter Island Adventures

    Are you holed up in winter hibernation just waiting for the first signs of spring? Well the good news is that there really is no need to hide, not with a ferry full of winter adventures awaiting across the CalMac network, whether you’re eighteen or eighty! I love the instant romance of a holiday escape by ferry. Setting sail for…

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  6. MV Lord of the Isles, Sound of Mull © Mary Turner

    Top 5 Family Winter Escapes for 2017

    I love my ferries, I mean I seriously love my ferries and, fortunately, so do my two wee girls, Tara and Emma! While some families shy away from a trip to the isles in winter we actually find it’s a great time to escape the humdrum post-Christmas comedown with the summer holidays still so far off. I was inspired to think…

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  7. Breaching humpback whale © St Hilda Sea Adventures

    7 Reasons to Cruise with St Hilda in 2017

    As a travel writer I have been lucky enough to cruise on numerous ships, ploughing the waters of everywhere from the Mediterranean and Greenland, through to the rivers of Germany and Burma. Hand on heart for me, though, Scotland offers the finest cruising in the world! Over the last decade – having realised this – I’ve been making up for…

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  8. Cruise the Isles with the National Trust for Scotland

    I’ve been lucky enough to cruises around the Scottish isles more than half a dozen times. On some trips I have been left wondering which bird species are which, or had little to do after nightfall. These were not issues on my recent cruise around the Firth of Clyde and the Hebrides with the National Trust for Scotland. Onboard Entertainment with a Difference Our first…

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  9. Brodick, Isle of Arran © Richard Paterson

    #ArranWeek 2016

    Our recent #ArranWeek theme week helped us showcase this wonderful island, which more than deserves its ‘Scotland in Miniature’ nickname. You, quite rightly, love Arran too. Here’s a round up of our #ArranWeek. Thanks for sharing your stories, memories and photos, Slainte! Looking for travel info on the go? Download Scotland’s most comprehensive travel App for free. Check out our mobile…

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  10. Corrie Fionn Lochan © Robin McKelvie

    7 Places on Arran You’ve Probably Not Been

    I am a huge fan of Arran. Indeed I’ve been going pretty much every year since I was a little boy, and I have family there. I take my two wee girls down every summer and they love it too. It’s easy to fall in love with Arran as the ‘Scotland in Miniature’ tag really does ring true. Its northern half is…

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  11. 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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