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  1. Looking from Scalpay across to Skye © Robin McKelvie

    8 Places I Went in 2016 That You Should Visit in 2017

    It’s that time of year when many newspapers, magazines and websites gaze into their crystal balls in an attempt to guess which places will be great to visit in 2017. I thought I’d turn that on its head and kick off this new year with a photo blog that shares some of the best places I visited in 2016. I…

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  2. Boreray St Kilda © Robin McKelvie

    7 Things You Must Do in Scotland in 2017

    The year 2016 will go down as quite a year whatever your politics. A lot remains uncertain, but what I can say as a travel writer who has travelled to over 100 countries with certainty is that it will be another brilliant year for visiting m favourite country in the world, my native Scotland. The big events is the massive…

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  3. Ring of Brodgar, Shetland © Robin McKelvie

    Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017

    Scotland has had its fair share of theme years over the last decade, from Food and Drink, through to Active and on to Homecoming. As a travel writer I’ve loved every one, as they have shone light on sights both famous and less heralded and also brought a brilliant array of special events. Next up is the Year of History,…

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  4. Balbinny © Balbinny

    Top 5 Cosy Winter Self-Catering Getaways

    It’s that time of year when the mercury dips and the chill winter winds ravage into Scotland from the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. I know it can be very tempting to just hibernate until spring, staying at home with your central heating and favourite jumper. If you do, though, you are missing out on Scotland’s scenery looking utterly…

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  5. Vortex © Tony Marsh, www.tonymarshphotography.com

    Competition: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. We have teamed up with Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions to give away a whopping three sets of family tickets to this five-star attraction. With six floors of mind-boggling optical illusions, visual trickery and bags of interactive fun, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions…

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  6. © Tony Marsh, www.tonymarshphotography.com

    Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    It’s an Edinburgh icon, the grand historic camera obscura that sits snugly in a prime spot on the skyline in the shadow of the castle right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town. As its full name suggests – Camera Obscura and World of Illusions – it’s far more than just a deeply impressive camera obscura. At this brilliantly wacky…

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  7. Dance Ihayami (c) Maria Falconer

    Winter Warmers at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

    Who loves a good story? Something cosy and interesting to warm the cockles at this time of year? Well we’ve got good news for you. The home of Scotland’s stories, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, begins its Winter Warmers season with a celebration of Scottish folk traditions with Play in a Day on Saturday 26 November. This is followed by a…

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  8. Dance Ihayami (c) Alan Peeble

    Competition: Light in the Dark tickets

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our blog for future competitions. On St Andrew’s Day the Scottish Storytelling Centre is celebrating the global influences that have helped shaped Scotland over the centuries. Subscribe below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Light in the Dark event featuring classical Indian dance company, Dance Ihayami,…

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  9. Santa’s Grotto (c) Lloyd Smith

    5 Reasons You Have to Visit Edinburgh’s Christmas

    Everyone knows all about Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay celebrations. This nefarious party swirls through the capital for days on end and is a massive draw for Scots and overseas visitors alike. But what about Christmas in the Scottish capital? Have you even heard of Edinburgh’s Christmas? Edinburgh’s Christmas as an event is a much more recent creation than the Hogmanay extravaganza,…

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  10. Craigmillar Castle © Robin McKelvie

    6 Places That Should Be on Outlander

    Outlander has become nothing short of a phenomenon over the last few years. The American historic romance is a TV series that has really set the Highlands on fire with its fast paced storylines and racy scenes. A slew of sights all over Scotland that feature in the Outlander series – such as Doune Castle and Hopetoun House – have…

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  11. Forth Bridge © Robin McKelvie

    Scotland’s Top 5 Manmade Attractions

    Scotland has long been known for its engineering and architecture. Indeed this has been designated the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design, andNext year will be the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The country has myriad dramatic examples of man’s imprint on the world. This is the land of Thomas Telford and Charles Rennie Mackintosh after all. VisitScotland recently…

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