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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. Rosemarkie Caravan and Camping Club Site (c) Robin McKelvie

    Take Your Campervan Away from the North Coast 500

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of the massively successful new North Coast 500. It’s just that this epic Highland driving route is a bit prescriptive and misses out so many amazing places. It also focuses tourists on certain parts of Scotland rather than letting them naturally spread around. So I recently took my young family away for a…

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Inchcolm Abbey, Firth of Forth (c) Robin McKelve

    WIN a Historic Scotland Family Explorer Pass

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. It’s our Maritime theme week and we’ve teamed up with Historic Scotland to give away a Family Explorer Pass. Want to marvel at the mighty fortifications that grace the Firth of Forth, or explore Scotland’s living history at a mind-boggling wealth of attractions that range from…

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Fountain Court Apartments – Royal Garden

    WIN a Spectacular Family City Break in Edinburgh

    This competition has now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for future competitions. Edinburgh is the ideal destination for a holiday with kids, and we’ve teamed up with Fountain Court Apartments to give one lucky family the chance to go on a city break to remember. Win a 2-night stay for a family of up to 4 in…

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  10. 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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  11. 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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