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  1. Machir Bay, Islay © Robin McKelvie

    Your Photos of Scotland’s Islands #ScottishIslands

    We’ve spent the past month celebrating Scotland’s wonderful islands. During that time you’ve been sharing your great photos with us on Twitter, with images of everywhere from Arran and Iona to Harris, Skye and St Kilda. Here are some of our favourites. Descriptions of the images and photo credits are given next to the pictures. Thanks for sharing these great…

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  2. Duart Castle on approach to Mull © Robin McKelvie

    Top 5 Scottish Islands to Visit in Spring

    Regardless of how cynical you are, or how well-travelled, there is something instantly romantic about visiting a Scottish island. The beguiling adventure begins as soon as the ferry eases away from the mainland and sets sail for the brooding land that looms ahead. I have been lucky enough to travel to almost 100 of Scotland’s 800 plus isles and the variety…

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  3. Broch at Balbinny © Robin McKelvie

    The Hottest New Self-Catering Escape in Angus

    I love self-catering especially if it is somewhere scenic with lots of great local produce close on hand. Balbinny in often ignored Angus definitely ticks both of these boxes and many more besides, as I discovered when I took my young family up there for a memorable weekend. Great First Impressions First impressions count with self-catering. Balbinny was a winner…

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  4. CalMac ferry © CalMac

    6 Winter Island Adventures

    Are you holed up in winter hibernation just waiting for the first signs of spring? Well the good news is that there really is no need to hide, not with a ferry full of winter adventures awaiting across the CalMac network, whether you’re eighteen or eighty! I love the instant romance of a holiday escape by ferry. Setting sail for…

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  5. Largs Ferry Terminal © Neil Barr

    CalMac Ferries #MatesRates Competition

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. Enter our competition to WIN one of FIVE sets of £50 in CalMac vouchers and discover how far #MatesRates will take you! Love ferries? Looking for a Scottish island adventure? Then our competition is perfect for you. We’ve teamed up with CalMac to give away FIVE…

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  6. MV Lord of the Isles, Sound of Mull © Mary Turner

    Top 5 Family Winter Escapes for 2017

    I love my ferries, I mean I seriously love my ferries and, fortunately, so do my two wee girls, Tara and Emma! While some families shy away from a trip to the isles in winter we actually find it’s a great time to escape the humdrum post-Christmas comedown with the summer holidays still so far off. I was inspired to think…

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  7. Portavadie Marina © Robin McKelvie

    5 Reasons You Should Book a Self-Catering Holiday

    There are so many accommodation options these days that it can be bewildering when you are planning a trip around Scotland. Should you book a budget hotel or splash out on a slice of luxury? Is camping really for you or maybe you should go glamping? One type of accommodation for me that really stands the test of time, whether…

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  8. Loch Morlich © Robin McKelvie

    7 Reasons to Go to the Cairngorms in Winter

    If you love winter and snow there is really only place you need to know about in the UK. I’m talking about the Cairngorms National Park, an epic wildernesses that forms the UK’s largest national park, and easily its most spectacular in winter. It boasts the most expansive mountain plateau in the British Isles, amongst myriad other winter charms, such…

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  9. Breaching humpback whale © St Hilda Sea Adventures

    7 Reasons to Cruise with St Hilda in 2017

    As a travel writer I have been lucky enough to cruise on numerous ships, ploughing the waters of everywhere from the Mediterranean and Greenland, through to the rivers of Germany and Burma. Hand on heart for me, though, Scotland offers the finest cruising in the world! Over the last decade – having realised this – I’ve been making up for…

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  10. Knoydart © Robin McKevie

    7 Reasons Scotland Deserves its Rough Guides Award

    A few eyebrows were raised when esteemed guidebook publisher and big internet presence Rough Guides put Scotland in an exalted second place in their list of Top 10 Places to Visit in 2017. I was just surprised it did not make number one! I have travelled to over 100 countries and have not yet found one that beats my native land….

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  11. 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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