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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Your National Ferry Fortnight 2016 Photos

    Over the last fortnight we’ve been asking you to share your stories and photos of ferry journeys that you have taken in Scotland, as well as the places that they’ve taken you. Here are some of the stunning images that were shared with us on social media over the past couple of weeks. Were you inspired to become a ferry…

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  10. 7 Great Places You Can Only Reach by CalMac Ferry!

    Driving onto the Isle of Skye or flying across to Lewis? That is just cheating! We won’t let you away with even the funky beach landing on Barra. Here is a rundown of 7 great places you can only get to by CalMac ferry. Arran ‘Scotland in Miniature’ never disappoints whether you enjoy the leisurely 50-minute crossing from Ardrossan on the…

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  11. © Robin McKelvie

    Why You Should Take a Mini Bus Tour Around Scotland

    As a travel writer when I tell my friends about a lot of my trips I can often feel their jealousy. I wasn’t feeling much jealousy from them when I talked about a mini bus tour for three days up to the Isle of Skye and back. Why would you want to go on a tour bus round your own…

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