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  1. An Sgurr on Eigg (c) Robin McKelvie

    The Ultimate Guide to the Small Isles

    The Small Isles is not exactly a name to get the spirit soaring and the heart rate racing. Despite the prosaic moniker the quartet of Small Isles – which lie tucked spectacularly between Skye to the north and Ardnamurchan to the south – all have plenty to justify a visit to them, or even better, to the whole archipelago. Getting…

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  2. Goatfell and Brodick Bay, Arran (c) Robin McKelvie

    Arran – The Island That Never Stops Changing

    When I was a kid I was lucky. My parents took me to Arran every summer. I say lucky as Scotland’s seventh largest island is a stunner and those trips gave me a lifelong love of Arran A love that grows as I take my own young family back every year. I’ve just been back again and I’d like to share…

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  3. Feall Beach, Coll (c) Robin McKelvie

    Glorious Coll – The Isle with Scotland’s Best Beaches?

    That I think Coll is the finest island in Scotland for beaches sounds like high praise enough. It gets even when higher when I – hand on heart – say that the best beaches I’ve even seen on my travels to over 100 countries are right here in Scotland’s Hebrides. Join me now as I explore this magical beach kissed…

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  4. Proud Seahorse and her tender off Canna (c) Robin McKelvie

    Cruise with an Outdoor Hot Tub in the Hebrides

    I was as surprised as anyone when I heard that there was a new vessel cruising the Hebrides that had an outdoor hot tub aboard. That surprise turned to delight when I took a six-night cruise on Proud Seahorse. I not only enjoyed relaxing in that hot tub, but also discovered a great way to explore the isles. The food on board…

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  5. St Hilda on achor off Jura (c) Robin McKelvie

    Cruising the Hebrides on the Tall Ship St Hilda

    How do you fancy bashing around the glorious Hebrides under sail on your very own tall ship? That’s exactly what is on offer on the St Hilda. This graceful old Scottish ketch takes half a dozen passengers on island adventures. It’s all aboard now shipmates as I tell you all about my week on the St Hilda in search of…

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  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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