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  1. Mystical Finlaggan, Islay © ) Robin McKelvie

    Much More to Islay than Whisky

    With eight whisky distilleries set on one wildly beautiful island Islay should be deluged under the weight of mass tourism. Yes whisky aficionados know the island well, but the tourist hordes have yet to really discover this paradise. This leaves the locals to get on with the impressively self-sufficient life that they have been leading since the days when the…

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  2. River Clyde, Glasgow (c) Robin McKelvie

    A Weekend of Old and New in Glasgow

    I may live in Edinburgh, but I’m not one of those east coasters who bashes Glasgow. Quite the opposite – I rate Glasgow as one of Europe’s best city break destinations. Join me now as I return to Scotland’s largest city and find it adding new attractions to bolster its impressive old favourites. Glasgow Green Base My base was perfect for…

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  3. Edinburgh Castle & Princes Street Gardens (c) Robin McKelvie

    5 Reasons Edinburgh is Ace for Families

    As a travel writer I’ve travelled all over the world, but the way I travel has shifted markedly since my children were born. My priorities have changed, as I have to put them first on the many breaks we take every year. I’ve taken them to stay in everything from youth hostels and simple B&Bs through to five-star hotels. There is one category of…

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  4. Drymsynie Estate (c) Argyll Holidays

    7 Great Things to See and Do in Argyll

    Argyll has always held a special place in my heart. My mum was born in Dunoon and I spent a lot of my childhood in this spellbinding land of rugged mountains, epic lochs and big skies. Over the years as a writer I’ve explored many corners of Argyll. I’ve stayed at loads of places across Argyll and handily some of…

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  5. 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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  6. Engine Shed © Robin McKelvie

    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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  7. Street Entertainment, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Festivals (c) Robin McKelvie

    Enjoying the Edinburgh Festivals with Kids

    As an Edinburgh resident I am a massive fan of the Edinburgh Festivals, which bash on all year long in the Festival City. The most famous, of course, are those held in summer when the world’s largest arts festival and its myriad companions explode into life. I’ve just taken my young children in and here are my tips on how…

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  8. Aerial View of the festival (c) Party at the Palace

    Glen’s Party at the Palace – A Family Friendly Festival

    Scotland these days boasts myriad festivals at a range of dramatic venues. There is no place more epic to catch a festival, though, than Linlithgow Palace. This ancient seat of the Stuart kings, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, is one of Scotland’s most spectacular historic sites. This summer it’s also playing host to that most family friendly of festivals, Glen’s Party…

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. (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. New Lanark lies on the banks of the River Clyde in Lanarkshire,…

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