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  1. Edinburgh Castle © Welcome to Scotland

    Castles that Look Great in Autumn & Winter

    Love castles? I do, but prefer to visit these moody Scottish escapes when the crowds of summer are long gone. The best time for visiting castles for me is definitely autumn and winter when the sharpness of the light really brings out their drama. A swirl of red and golden leaves, or crisp white snow completes the picture. What are…

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  2. Elizabeth G © Robin McKelvie

    Discover the Great Glen with Hebrides Cruises

    I love canals, man’s grand attempts to tame nature and make her work for us. For me there is no more impressive canal in the world than the Caledonian Canal right here in Scotland. Thomas Telford’s route from Fort William on the Atlantic Ocean forges northeast to Inverness on the North Sea. It is a truly epic swathe that cuts…

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  3. © Robin McKelvie

    Foodie Fun in Fife

    Love food? Then you’ll love Fife. I’ve long been a huge fan of this picturesque eastern slice of Scotland. Its farmland and sweeping coastline dish up a rich bounty of fresh local produce. I have just been back on a ’48 Hours Feast of Fife’ trip to check out all the latest foodie goings on and there is plenty to…

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  4. Ziggy the VW Campervan © Robin McKelvie

    Family Escape in a VW Campervan

    I’ve been on a few campervan trips in my time, but I’ve never been on an adventure in anything as cool and fun as Ziggy. Ziggy was the seriously hip, eye-catching vintage VW campervan that my family and I found ourselves virtually stopping passing traffic in due to a welter of admitting glances as we eased along Edinburgh’s City Bypass…

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  5. Marion, Mohammed and Guisers © Scottish International Storytelling Festival

    Scottish International Storytelling Festival

    Everyone loves a good story and this October there will be even more stories swirling around the Scottish capital than normal. This UNESCO City of Literature will be bursting with creativity and narratives as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival explodes into town. This literary extravaganza – which has been running since 1989 – will bring a wealth of stories to Edinburgh’s ancient…

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  6. Mio Shapley, Star Stories © Scottish International Storytelling Festival

    Competition: Win Scottish International Storytelling Festival Tickets

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. Win tickets to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016 – Festival of Dreams The 27th Scottish International Storytelling Festival – #SISF2016 – returns to the capital on 21 October 2016. An action packed schedule sees stages and streets across Edinburgh come to life with gripping stories, brilliant…

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  7. Cruise the Isles with the National Trust for Scotland

    I’ve been lucky enough to cruises around the Scottish isles more than half a dozen times. On some trips I have been left wondering which bird species are which, or had little to do after nightfall. These were not issues on my recent cruise around the Firth of Clyde and the Hebrides with the National Trust for Scotland. Onboard Entertainment with a Difference Our first…

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  8. Campervan on the NC500 ©Robin McKelvie

    A Campervan – The Best Way to Tackle the North Coast 500

    If you’ve not heard of the North Coast 500, or have not tackled it yet, I suggest you stop what you’re doing and get a trip booked right away! This long distance route, which was launched in 2015, has quickly become one of the world’s great drives. I have been to over 100 countries and I reckon it’s up there…

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  9. Brodick, Isle of Arran © Richard Paterson

    #ArranWeek 2016

    Our recent #ArranWeek theme week helped us showcase this wonderful island, which more than deserves its ‘Scotland in Miniature’ nickname. You, quite rightly, love Arran too. Here’s a round up of our #ArranWeek. Thanks for sharing your stories, memories and photos, Slainte! Looking for travel info on the go? Download Scotland’s most comprehensive travel App for free. Check out our mobile…

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  10. © Edinburgh Oktoberfest

    Say Prost to Edinburgh’s Oktoberfest!

    Love a party? Love German beer culture, but cannot afford the time and expense of a trip out to Munich for Oktoberfest? Well don’t despair, as help is at hand in the shape of Edinburgh’s very own Oktoberfest. Edinburgh Oktoberfest 2016 will see a riot of German beer, food and music bring in flagons of Bavaria to the Scottish capital…

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  11. Corrie Fionn Lochan © Robin McKelvie

    7 Places on Arran You’ve Probably Not Been

    I am a huge fan of Arran. Indeed I’ve been going pretty much every year since I was a little boy, and I have family there. I take my two wee girls down every summer and they love it too. It’s easy to fall in love with Arran as the ‘Scotland in Miniature’ tag really does ring true. Its northern half is…

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