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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. (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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  5. Competition: Foxlake Outdoor Festival

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. Enter our great competition for a chance to WIN a pair of adult weekend tickets to the brilliant Foxlake Outdoor Festival 2017. Fancy a fun-filled family adventure in East Lothian? Then this two-day extravaganza of comedy, music and adrenaline sports is ideal for you. Over…

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  6. 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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  7. Stirling Castle © Historic Environment Scotland

    Competition: Tickets and Lunch at Stirling Castle

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. Enter our great competition for a chance to WIN family admission to Stirling Castle with lunch. Follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace and take your family for a great day out at Stirling Castle. One of Scotland’s most compelling visitor…

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  8. River Clyde, Glasgow © Robin McKelvie

    Glasgow and Loch Lomond – Best of Both Worlds

    Fancy a weekend away enjoying the thrilling delights of one of Scotland’s seven cities? Or would you prefer a relaxing break by one of Scotland’s glorious lochs, and getting more back to nature? Thankfully you can do both if you visit Glasgow and Loch Lomond, as I discovered recently when I took my young family west for the weekend. Glasgow’s…

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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. Kids in bridge © Ruth Armstrong

    Competition: The Royal Yacht Britannia Tickets

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. Enter our great competition for a chance to WIN a pair of admission tickets to The Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as tea and scones in the tea room. Want to visit one of Scotland’s best visitor attractions for free? Then our competition is perfect…

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  11. The Royal Yacht Britannia © Marc Millar

    Get Shipshape Aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia

    I’ve always had a thing for The Royal Yacht Britannia. On my annual holidays to the Scottish isles as a kid, I’d often see the British Royal Family cruising past on this sleek ship enjoying their holidays too. When I was in Hong Kong for the Handover to China in 1997, I waved her goodbye fearing I’d never see her…

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