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  1. Scotland – The World’s Number One Wildlife Destination?

    Tell many Scots that they live in one of the world’s finest wildlife watching destinations, maybe even the finest, and they may look startled like a rabbit caught in headlights. It’s true, though. We are that destination. I’ve been to 100 countries and I firmly believe it. Did you know for example that Scotland is home to wild cats, red-necked…

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  2. Glasgow – Reaching for Gold with the 2014 Commonwealth Games

    Scotland’s largest city has come a long way since the 1980s when this then decaying post-industrial giant did not even have a tourist office. I’ve watched proudly as Glasgow has picked herself up and transformed herself into a genuine city break destination complete with all the restaurants and hotels you’d expect of a global city that is about to host…

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  3. The Tweed Valley – The Star of the Borders

    The Tweed Valley has always been a bit under the radar for many Scots. One of the area’s greatest sons, the great writer Sir Walter Scott, may have waxed lyrical about its bucolic charms, but it is all too often ignored by Scots and tourists rushing to get to Edinburgh. I’ve been a big fan of the Tweed Valley for…

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  4. View from Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh © Robin McKelvie

    Cupid’s Valentine Guide to Scotland, the Most Romantic Country in the World

    It is that time of year again when Cupid starts firing his love-laden arrows and people’s thoughts turn to loved ones, intended loved ones or just the girl or guy in the office that they’ve fancied all year. Well I’ve been to Venice and to Paris and I can safely say that Scotland is up there with the world’s most…

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  5. Cowal Peninsula (c) Robin McKelvie

    Cowal – Scotland’s Forgotten Peninsula, an Epic Land of Sea Lochs, Rugged Hills and World Class Seafood.

    It says a lot when even most of my Scottish friends asked ‘where?’ when I said I was heading off to The Cowal Peninsula. It said even more when they all started guessing, with a few sticking it in the Highlands and one even floating this Argyll oasis off to the Shetland Isles. Cowal may not be well known, but,…

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  6. The New Face of Scotland’s Ancient Capital of Edinburgh

    When I’ve not been travelling around the globe as a writer I’ve been lucky enough to spend the best part of four decades living in or around Edinburgh. I say lucky as Edinburgh is one of the world’s truly great cities. This UNESCO World Heritage listed gem is a deeply historic oasis that boasts stunning architecture and swirls in rich cultural…

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  7. What Will be Hot in Scotland in 2013

    It is that time of year again when we all get a bit reflective, looking back over the past year, but then also starting to think and dream about the new year to come. I’ve spent a lot of 2012 travelling around Scotland researching blogs for you to read and I’ve been keeping a keen eye out for what I…

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  8. Take a Ride on the Flying Scotsman, Britain’s Most Famous Train Ride

    Ever since I was a wee boy I have had a thing about trains. I blame my dad, who used to take my brother and I down to Princes Street Gardens to watch them rumble in and out of Edinburgh Waverley. Little did I know then that I was looking at the trains heading off on one of the most…

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  9. Hogmanay – The World’s Biggest New Year Party

    While most countries in the world celebrate New Year there is only one Hogmanay. For many Scots this pagan festival is more important than Christmas with parties all over the country, from the huge, world famous street party in Edinburgh right through to tiny villages where ancient traditions like ‘First Footing’ still hold sway in the modern world. History of…

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  10. Red Deer, Seals and Basking Sharks on The Majestic Line Cruise Around the Firth of Clyde

    Think cruises and many people think massive faceless ships and far flung lands. Well did you know you could cruise in comfort on a converted old fishing boat around the deeply scenic Firth of Clyde right here in Scotland? I didn’t until I spent four days wrapped in the charms of The Majestic Line. The Firth of Clyde The idea…

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  11. Beaches, Museums and Lobster – Travel Around East Lothian, Scotland’s Sunniest Region

    It may only be a short drive east of Edinburgh, but I think that the Scottish region of East Lothian is one of the most criminally unexplored corners of the country. You also have to love travelling around here as it is the sunniest region in Scotland! East Lothian may not attract the tourist crowds that flock to the nearby capital,…

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