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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. © 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. © 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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