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  1. Hiking Buachaille Etive Mòr

    Slaying Ghosts and Hiking Munros in Glen Coe

    I’m an experienced and passionate walker, so it surprises many people that I haven’t done much hiking in Glen Coe. For me Glen Coe has always been a place I approach with trepidation and a sense of tragedy. It was the site of the notorious massacre in 1692 and in 1958 my father suffered a horrific fall from Buachaille Etive Mor….

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  2. (c) New Lanark World Heritage Site

    Why You Should Visit New Lanark World Heritage Site

    Love history? Love nature? Then how do you fancy visiting a glorious heritage village on the banks of the River Clyde, where you can walk by the river and through history? That’s exactly what New Lanark offers, not to mention exhibitions, a well stocked shop, an excellent café and a superb hotel. Read on for a chance to win family admission…

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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. Luce Sands (c) Robin McKelvie

    7 Reasons to Visit Dumfries and Galloway

    Dumfries and Galloway is a region of Scotland that is easy to miss. The most southerly region of the country can be easily bypassed if you scoot up the motorway from England or on the West Coast railway line. To miss out on Dumfries and Galloway – one of the most fascinating, beautiful and attraction laden parts of Scotland –…

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  5. Sea Kayaking in Orkney (c) Robin McKelvie

    5 Great Ways to Get Active in Scotland

    It always amazes me when Scots jet off to the likes of Austria and Switzerland, and even as far as New Zealand, in search of adventure sports. For me, Scotland’s epic mountains, soaring glens and gushing rivers are the perfect venue for a smorgasbord of adrenaline filled fun. I’m happy to report that over the last couple of decades there…

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  6. The Seriously Underrated Pentland Hills

    When I head out walking from my base in South Queensferry, the great temptation is to just hop over the Forth Road Bridge and bash up to the Highlands. But that is a great disservice to Edinburgh’s glorious Pentland Hills, which I’ve just spent a weekend amongst. If you’ve never been (or not been for a while) I suggest you…

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  7. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

    Enjoy a dram? Appreciate good food? Know great scenery when you see it? Then there is one place in Scotland you have to be in spring, and that is the world famous and world class Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. I’m writing this as I swirl in the vortex of its nefariously fun mayhem and I’d like to heartily welcome…

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  8. Paisley Abbey & Town Hall © John Cooper

    Paisley – A True Cultural Colossus

    Paisley for me has always been an unusual place. Unusual in a good way – as Scotland’s largest town has always felt more like a city. Ever since the days when I passed through as a wee boy – heading from Glasgow to the Firth of Clyde ferry ports – Paisley has felt vital and important. It came as no surprise to…

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  9. 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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  10. The Royal Yacht Britannia © Marc Millar

    Get Shipshape Aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia

    I’ve always had a thing for The Royal Yacht Britannia. On my annual holidays to the Scottish isles as a kid, I’d often see the British Royal Family cruising past on this sleek ship enjoying their holidays too. When I was in Hong Kong for the Handover to China in 1997, I waved her goodbye fearing I’d never see her…

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  11. 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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