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  1. 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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  2. 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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  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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    TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships

    I’ve been playing Badminton pretty much since I could walk – the zenith of my ‘career’ came when I played in the Scottish Championships – so I was delighted to hear Glasgow is hosting the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017. The great hope that the 2014 Commonwealth Games would leave a lasting sporting legacy for Scotland and Glasgow have been realised. This…

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  7. © TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017

    TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships – Ticket Giveaway

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. One of the world’s most prestigious sporting events – The TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships – is heading to Glasgow. Enter our great competition for a chance to WIN a family ticket to the Finals and a shirt signed by Scottish badminton star Kirsty Gilmour. On…

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  8. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

    Enjoy a dram? Appreciate good food? Know great scenery when you see it? Then there is one place in Scotland you have to be in spring, and that is the world famous and world class Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. I’m writing this as I swirl in the vortex of its nefariously fun mayhem and I’d like to heartily welcome…

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  9. Caeverlock Castle (c) Robin McKelvie

    Your Photos: Classic Castles

    We recently celebrated Scotland’s classic castles in a dedicated #ThemeWeek. Here are some of the great photos you shared with us during the week. (Tap photos or hover over them for image credits) If you have any more pictures to share post them to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/welcome.scotland or Tweet us @welcomescotland. Slainte! If you love Scotland’s castles you’ll love…

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  10. Paisley Abbey & Town Hall © John Cooper

    Paisley – A True Cultural Colossus

    Paisley for me has always been an unusual place. Unusual in a good way – as Scotland’s largest town has always felt more like a city. Ever since the days when I passed through as a wee boy – heading from Glasgow to the Firth of Clyde ferry ports – Paisley has felt vital and important. It came as no surprise to…

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  11. (c) Rob McDougall; www.RobMcDougall.com

    Foxlake Outdoor Festival 2017

    Love getting active outdoors? Love great music? Love top notch comedy? If it’s yes to all three then you will absolutely love East Lothian’s Foxlake Outdoor Festival. Last year’s inaugural event was hugely successful, and this year’s promises to be bigger and better than ever. In short Foxlake Adventures is Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park. It also has the UK’s…

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