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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Mousa Broch, Shetland (c) Robin McKelvie

    Shetland – The Land of 100 Islands, 100 Beaches and Even More To Do

    You know that bit of Scotland that the BBC weather forecast maps never know how to squeeze in and Sky News forecasts chop off all together? Well that is Shetland. I bet those forecasters have no idea that there are 100 isles in the archipelago and over 100 sandy beaches. Did you? Or that the capital Lerwick is closer to…

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  8. Brave – The Biggest Thing to Hit Scotland Since Braveheart

    If you have not heard about Brave yet trust me you soon will. Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster animation will soon become a major part of the summer as the biggest Scottish set movie since Braveheart storms the world’s cinema screens and enthuses a new generation of children about the myriad charms of Scotland. The epic story follows the young fiery haired and…

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  9. Scotland – The World’s Number One Mountain Biking Destination

    Hands gripped to the handlebars, trying not to touch the brakes, I rocket off yet another jump, swoop through the air and frantically struggle to work out how on earth I am going to land. Somehow I do then sweep into a berm and arch right to its very tip, then twist into another. Then another. Just time to almost…

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  10. The Great Glen

    Scotland’s Great Glen is aptly named. For me this epic glen has it all, from haunting castles and historic towns, through to silvery lochs and soaring mountains. Getting around is all part of the fun too as you can drive, cycle, hike, hire a boat and even, thanks to a brand new canoe trail, now paddle your way coast to…

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  11. Perth in the Autumn

    Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. Crisp and sunny mornings, the changing colours of the leaves, and, of course, drinking lots of of hot chocolate during the cold nights!  For some, this is the time to start hibernating, but for me it’s the perfect time to experience Scotland’s outdoors in a different light. Especially beautiful in the autumn is…

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