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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. 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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  3. Sea Kayaking in Orkney (c) Robin McKelvie

    5 Great Ways to Get Active in Scotland

    It always amazes me when Scots jet off to the likes of Austria and Switzerland, and even as far as New Zealand, in search of adventure sports. For me, Scotland’s epic mountains, soaring glens and gushing rivers are the perfect venue for a smorgasbord of adrenaline filled fun. I’m happy to report that over the last couple of decades there…

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Loch Morlich © Robin McKelvie

    7 Reasons to Go to the Cairngorms in Winter

    If you love winter and snow there is really only place you need to know about in the UK. I’m talking about the Cairngorms National Park, an epic wildernesses that forms the UK’s largest national park, and easily its most spectacular in winter. It boasts the most expansive mountain plateau in the British Isles, amongst myriad other winter charms, such…

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  9. 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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  10. West Highland Way © Robin McKelvie

    Can You Take Your Family on the West Highland Way?

    When I told family and friends that I was planning on taking my eight and five year olds on Scotland’s most famous long distance walk – the challenging 96-mile long West Highland Way – the most polite of their reactions was astonishment. Undeterred I set off on what very quickly became of the most enjoyable, thrilling and utterly memorable things we have ever done as…

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  11. Sands of Morar Sunset over Eigg and Rum © Robin McKelvie

    7 Scottish Beaches to Make You Scream Wow!

    When it comes to the world’s best beaches most people start to think of the Caribbean and Asia. What about Scotland though? As a travel writer I have been to over 100 countries and seriously reckon that Scotland boasts the most spectacular range of beaches anywhere on the planet. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at the following photos,…

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