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  1. Mystical Finlaggan, Islay © ) Robin McKelvie

    Much More to Islay than Whisky

    With eight whisky distilleries set on one wildly beautiful island Islay should be deluged under the weight of mass tourism. Yes whisky aficionados know the island well, but the tourist hordes have yet to really discover this paradise. This leaves the locals to get on with the impressively self-sufficient life that they have been leading since the days when the…

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  2. River Clyde, Glasgow (c) Robin McKelvie

    A Weekend of Old and New in Glasgow

    I may live in Edinburgh, but I’m not one of those east coasters who bashes Glasgow. Quite the opposite – I rate Glasgow as one of Europe’s best city break destinations. Join me now as I return to Scotland’s largest city and find it adding new attractions to bolster its impressive old favourites. Glasgow Green Base My base was perfect for…

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  3. An Sgurr on Eigg (c) Robin McKelvie

    The Ultimate Guide to the Small Isles

    The Small Isles is not exactly a name to get the spirit soaring and the heart rate racing. Despite the prosaic moniker the quartet of Small Isles – which lie tucked spectacularly between Skye to the north and Ardnamurchan to the south – all have plenty to justify a visit to them, or even better, to the whole archipelago. Getting…

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Proud Seahorse and her tender off Canna (c) Robin McKelvie

    Cruise with an Outdoor Hot Tub in the Hebrides

    I was as surprised as anyone when I heard that there was a new vessel cruising the Hebrides that had an outdoor hot tub aboard. That surprise turned to delight when I took a six-night cruise on Proud Seahorse. I not only enjoyed relaxing in that hot tub, but also discovered a great way to explore the isles. The food on board…

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  9. Engine Shed © Robin McKelvie

    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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  10. Walking around Pitlochry (c) Robin McKelvie

    6 Reasons to Visit Pitlochry

    Pitlochry is somewhere that I often drive past on the A9, as I head deeper into the Scottish Highlands. However I recently decided to put some of my anachronistic images of Pitlochry aside and spent a few days in this Highland gateway town. I’m glad I did, as I discovered there is loads going on in Pitlochry. I also found…

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  11. 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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