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  1. Autumn in Big Tree Country

    Waking up under the cosy canvas of my animal skin lined kata tipi the only sounds are the birds singing high in the trees above. I eke out of the tipi and am surrounded by the famously big trees of this Highland world, which are turning Autumnal glowing oranges and fiery reds. I light a campfire, cook some local bacon…

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  2. The Belle of the Rail Ball

    The dream of getting away for the trip of lifetime on the legendary Orient Express is something that most people won’t ever be lucky enough to realise. Fortunately the same company behind the world’s most famous train also run an alternative that eases through Scotland in a whirl of luxury offering once in a lifetime day trips on the Northern…

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  3. Bute – Scotland’s Most Surreal Wee Isle

    For generations Glaswegians used to head ‘doon the watter’ to the Firth of Clyde isles. Nowadays most jet off to warmer climes instead, leaving one of Scotland’s most charming wee islands pleasantly quiet for those looking for a chilled break away from it all. Recently I took my own trip doon the watter to discover the more than slightly strange…

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  4. Perthshire – Scotland’s Foodie Heartland

    If you are heading to Perthshire forget all the anachronistic images you might have of Scottish food being all about shortbread and deep-fried Mars Bars. Perth, Scotland’s newest city, and Perthshire these days boast the country’s only two Michelin star restaurant, produce 90% of Scotland’s soft fruits and offer some of the best freshwater fish and lamb in the UK….

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  5. Barra: The Outer Hebrides in Miniature

    There is no landing in the world quite like Barra, but then there is no island in the world quite like Barra. Flying in low over the Atlantic in the vintage Flybe Twin Otter there was nothing but cobalt blue water below. Then suddenly a gaggle of rocks appeared. Then a blindingly white sand beach, followed by a rugged a…

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  6. Amongst the Romantically Ruined Borders Abbeys

    Scotland is famous for its craggy old castles and palace ruins, but some of its grandest ruins are relatively ignored by the tourist crowds. The Borders Abbeys are stunningly romantic old dames that are bathed in history and rich layers of legend as I discovered when I headed south and down through the centuries to check them out for myself….

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  7. Follow the Stevenson Way to Wildlife Paradise Mull

    Quicker to travel to from the Central Belt than Skye and much larger than any of the Clyde islands, the Inner Hebridean Isle of Mull is somewhere that is often unfairly overlooked. I always find this surprising given that the second largest of Inner Hebrides boasts world class beaches, the only island Munro outside Skye, perhaps the finest wildlife viewing…

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  8. Top 10 Edinburgh Festival Tips

    It is that time again when the world’s oldest and largest arts extravaganza bundles into Edinburgh doubling the city’s population and taking everyone’s breath away. The party is getting started, we can all sleep sometime in September, but it can be hard to know how to get the best out of all the shenanigans of the multiple festivals, so here…

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  9. Getting Active in Angus

    Peering over the rock ledge the swirling Water of Tarf stares back far below in unwelcoming iciness. My body says no, but my racing mind is determined. I leap into the air, hoping somehow to clear the rocks and then plummet towards the peat brown waters. I hit the frothing water, seem to descend for an eternity and then bubble…

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  10. Top 10 Scottish Islands

    With over 11% of Europe’s coastline it is no surprise that Scotland has a few islands. Over 800 in fact, with almost 100 of those inhabited. It can be hard choosing which ones to visit, but handily I’ve been to over 50 Scottish isles.  Here is my insider Top 10 Scottish Islands in no particular order – all 10 are…

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  11. The Rhinns of Galloway – Queen of the South

    Dumfries and Galloway is not a region of Scotland that seems to get as much attention as the likes of the Highlands or the Lothians. So I headed down to check out what I hoped would be not only its most scenic corner, but also one of the most remarkable parts of Scotland, the epic Rhinns of Galloway. I was…

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