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  1. Blackness Castle (c) Robin McKelvie

    Around the Banks of the Historic Firth of Forth

    I live on the banks of the Firth of Forth and admit that I’m guilty of taking it for granted. I love the trio of world-class bridges at South Queensferry – including the epic new Queensferry Crossing. But I’d never really thought about how many historic sites grace the Forth’s picturesque shores. Until now that is. Join me as I explore an…

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    Traditional Skills Reveal Scotland’s Living History

    I’ve been touring historic sites for years and always wonder about how Scotland’s glorious built environment – from tiny churches to epic castles – was conjured up. I wonder too about how our ancient buildings are preserved through a range of traditional skills. With my young family also eager to find out, I set off for a day exploring Stirlingshire,…

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  3. Ben Lomond Walk (c) Robin McKelvie

    7 Things You Must Do This Summer in Scotland

    Summer is here folks so forget about  hibernating! Summer is the best time – with its warmer temperatures and gloriously long nights – for getting active in the great outdoors and exploring our beautiful country. As a native Scot and travel writer, I have scoured the length and breadth of Scotland. I’d like to share some of the fruits of my…

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  4. Caeverlock Castle (c) Robin McKelvie

    Your Photos: Classic Castles

    We recently celebrated Scotland’s classic castles in a dedicated #ThemeWeek. Here are some of the great photos you shared with us during the week. (Tap photos or hover over them for image credits) If you have any more pictures to share post them to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/welcome.scotland or Tweet us @welcomescotland. Slainte! If you love Scotland’s castles you’ll love…

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  5. Edinburgh Castle © Robin McKelvie

    5 Classic Scottish Castles

    Love castles? Scotland boasts more castles per hectare than anywhere else in the UK so you’re in the right place here. These rugged, evocative fortresses stand proud across the wilds of a country that boasts over 10% of Europe’s coastline. Scottish castles come in all shapes and sizes. They range from craggy old ruins through to fairytale beauties that trump…

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Eilean Donan Castle © Robin McKelvie

    6 Castles That Scream Scotland!

    Run a range of images of Scotland through your mind and the chances are that castles will probably be in the mix there somewhere. These rugged fortifications proudly strut out across the land evoking the glories of past centuries and the intoxicating legends of such folk heroes as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce. There are…

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  9. A Castle and an Abbey in the Scottish Borders

    There are very few things I can think of that are more romantic in Scotland than the idea of staying in a castle. That is exactly what I did recently when my young family and I spent a weekend wrapped in the charms of Aikwood Tower. That this Borders bolthole came with a roaring log fire, startling modern décor and…

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  10. Top 10 Recommended Things To Do in Skye

    1. The Cuillin – Scotland’s Mightiest Mountains Quite simply Scotland’s most dramatic mountain range boasts a multitude of Munros in its Black Cuillin range, plus the slightly more rounded Red Cuillin. These mountains are a serious mountaineering challenge so if you don’t have the skills, experience and gear admire their epic peaks from afar. Peaks like the Inaccessible Pinnacle are…

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  11. What Will be Hot in Scotland in 2013

    It is that time of year again when we all get a bit reflective, looking back over the past year, but then also starting to think and dream about the new year to come. I’ve spent a lot of 2012 travelling around Scotland researching blogs for you to read and I’ve been keeping a keen eye out for what I…

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