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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Elizabeth G © Robin McKelvie

    Discover the Great Glen with Hebrides Cruises

    I love canals, man’s grand attempts to tame nature and make her work for us. For me there is no more impressive canal in the world than the Caledonian Canal right here in Scotland. Thomas Telford’s route from Fort William on the Atlantic Ocean forges northeast to Inverness on the North Sea. It is a truly epic swathe that cuts…

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  6. Ziggy the VW Campervan © Robin McKelvie

    Family Escape in a VW Campervan

    I’ve been on a few campervan trips in my time, but I’ve never been on an adventure in anything as cool and fun as Ziggy. Ziggy was the seriously hip, eye-catching vintage VW campervan that my family and I found ourselves virtually stopping passing traffic in due to a welter of admitting glances as we eased along Edinburgh’s City Bypass…

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Cruising the Hebrides aboard the Glen Etive © Robin McKelvie

    Aboard the Glen Etive – Scotland’s Newest Cruise Ship

    I’ve sailed on cruise ships all over the world and for me steaming out of Oban is one of the world’s great sailaways. As we slip anchor this sailaway is even more of an event than normal as I’m on the inaugural cruise of the Glen Etive, the Majestic Line’s first ever purpose built ship. We’re bound for the Hebrides,…

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  10. St Kilda © Robin McKelvie

    11 Images to Make You Want to Go to St Kilda

    Mention St Kilda to many a sailor and they will come over all misty eyed. Then they will either regale you with tales of epic adventures out to this far-flung Atlantic outpost, or get even more misty eyed because – like my late sailor father – they never made it out to this semi-mythical ocean escape. The good news is…

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  11. Edinburgh’s Foodie History Trail

    I’m in Edinburgh dining like a medieval peasant. I’m at the award winning seafood restaurant Ondine in the UNESCO World Heritage list Old Town enjoying the pleasures of oysters washed down with something alcoholic. It’s a menu that my predecessors would have been familiar with centuries ago in the riotous old ‘oyster cellars’ of Edinburgh at a time when the…

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