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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Hopetoun House © Robin McKelvie

    5 Ways to Survive Outlander #Droughtlander

    If you’re a fan of the swashbuckling, time-travelling Scottish historical romance Outlander, you won’t need reminding that we’re in the midst of a horrible hiatus. The drama and epic plot twists of Series Two already seem too far behind us, and we’re left wondering what happened when the fog of war cleared on Culloden Moor. Series Three seems impossibly far away…

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  11. 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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