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A Day Trip to Falkland in Fife

Top Things to do in Falkland, Fife For those looking for an introduction to the subtle charm of Fife, Falkland is a wonderful place to start. The East Neuk coastal route pulls in summer visitors in droves but few make the sojourn inland. Well, until Outlander chose the town as a filming location that is.

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Great Walks in Dumfries and Galloway

Best Walking Routes in Dumfries and Galloway I’ve been enjoying a particular fascination with Southern Scotland over the summer. Littered with historical powerhouses and very much off the beaten tourist track, there’s an awful lot to love. This month my attention swings to finding some of the best walking routes in Dumfries and Galloway. With

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Exploring Dollar Glen in Clackmannanshire

Walking in and exploring Dollar Glen It’s one of those startlingly rare days when the sun comes screaming around the curtains at dawn and you know Scotland is in for a scorcher. What to do? Where to go? We’re not used to this you see, it’s not like we’ve had much time to prepare. In

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Taking a Day Trip to Perth – Scotland’s former capital

A Perth Day Trip With the smell of the Highlands in the air, today I’m adding to my recent journeys around Perthshire with a long-overdue Perth day trip. Although a city (re-instated to this official status in 2012), Perth is amongst the most relaxed and calm hubs in the country.

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The Great Outdoors in Perthshire

A Weekend of the Best of Perthshire Perthshire is where it all begins for so many excited travellers to the Scottish Highlands. As the main central belt population centres are cleared, the scenery shifts dramatically and the lure of the north draws you ever deeper. It’s also one of our largest regions so doing my

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Scotland Photo Blog

Scotland Photo Blog Summing up Scotland in 20 photos you say. Nae bother.

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A day trip to the spectacular Isle of Hoy

A Hoy Day Trip from Mainland, Orkney Ah yes. It’s Sunday morning in the islands and you’re looking to go somewhere. Regular Scottish travellers will doubtless be able to relate to my pain here. Not quite willing or able to let go of my city pace, the result is one of astonished irritation when most

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A self-catering weekend in Edinburgh

A Weekend in Edinburgh and a stay at Fountain Court Apartments Anyone who has visited Edinburgh will be well aware that it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Chances are you’ll find yourself falling under its spell without even knowing it. That moment when you realise that you’ve spent half a

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A History Tour of Dumfries and Galloway

A History Journey Through Dumfries and Galloway Scotland’s south west corner is arguably the most tragically overlooked slice of this fair land. But rest assured. As part of my latest campaign with the Scotlanders, we’re trying to do something about that. With history as my theme, I charge hell for leather around the best attractions

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Top Things to do with a Weekend in Orkney

Orkney Highlights – Weekend Ideas I consider the Scottish islands to be amongst the most diverse assortments of geographic wonder I’ve ever seen. Nowhere underlines the extremity of this diversity better than Orkney. While the Western Isles can fight it out for one end of the spectrum, Orkney has the other. Comparing rugged, almost-volcanic-in-their-scale landscapes

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A Visit to Lanark – Home of William Wallace

A Day Trip to Lanark When thinking of top day trips from Central Scotland, chances are Lanark is not one of the first places that will jump out at you. Southern Scotland in general is grossly under-visited but, for historians especially, this is where so much of Scotland’s best bits can be unearthed. With a

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The Other Side to Culzean Castle….

A Visit to the Culzean Castle Caves We do love a bit of spooky don’t we? Never mind ghost tours – grim dark pits under ancient castles that are shrouded in mystery and intrigue win every day for me and they don’t come any better than the Culzean Castle caves. While the opulence and grandeur

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Scotland travel tips

Food, Drink, Weather and more. Here’s my Top Scotland Travel Tips Scotland is a complicated little place. Legendary for all sorts of reasons, we have plenty to offer any visitor but no shortage of potential traps for the unsuspecting newcomer. Covering the basics of what any visitor needs to know here are my Scotland travel

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Weekend Things to do on the Isle of Skye

Top Itinerary Suggestions for a weekend in Skye Above all of our other islands, Skye has an allure and an overwhelmingly Scottish feel to it. For many it epitomises the dramatic and inhospitable Highland landscapes, the moody climate and the haunting mystique of a land packed with history. It’s the image of Scotland that has

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Loch Coruisk and the Small Isles on a Skye Wildlife Boat Tour

Skye Wildlife Boat Tours This week my travels take me back to the Isle of Skye for a first visit of the year and a chance to marvel at the incomparable highlights of Scotland’s most visited island. Nestled at the top of my to-do list is a long-awaited experience of Elgol’s famous Skye wildlife boat

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6 Free Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh on a Budget – Finding Value in the Capital Perhaps you’re a student. Perhaps you’ve a frugal disposition. Perhaps you’re just skint. Edinburgh does not need to be prohibitive for those that aren’t crazy with the idea of spending big.

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Great Scottish Drives – Cairngorms to Glen Coe

Scottish Highland Road Trips – my latest Great Scottish Drive In this latest addition to my Great Scottish Drives series, here is my look at one of the epic Scottish Highland road trips from east to west through some of the country’s very best scenery. Starting in the western Cairngorms, this is a journey to

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Top things to do in Cultural Glasgow

Cultural Glasgow: 6 Free Museums for the Culture Vulture When it comes to talking up Glasgow – which I am prone to – the plethora of brilliant museums continuously serves me with inexhaustible ammunition. As the former second city of the Empire, a powerful trading and manufacturing hub and with an influential and fascinating history,

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Glasgow at its best – the fabulous curries of Mother India

Best Curry Restaurants in Glasgow – Mother India You know that moment when you walk in on a great meal? When your senses go berserk all at once and what’s on the menu has just become the single most important thing in your life? In my case, there’s a more than reasonable chance that that

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Reviewing Speyside’s Whisky Distilleries

A Review of Speyside’s Best Distilleries I’ve been looking forward to this one for some time.

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Highlights of a 3 week trip to New Zealand

3 weeks in New Zealand – My photo highlights New Zealand. As epic travel love affairs go, this one has been on the cards for me for many a year. Thanks to chatter from my NZ expat friends, social media’s contribution and the notable efforts of Lord of the Rings in particular, all the fuss

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Top Things to do in Scotland in 2016

Five Tips for Top Things to do in Scotland in 2016 It’s that time of year again. A particularly sodden winter is nearly over, darkness descends slightly later each night and thoughts start to wander to travel plans for the year ahead. It’s one of my favourite times, pencilling in destinations and activities and mapping

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Things to do Around Edinburgh – Top Day Trip Ideas

Things to do around Edinburgh

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It’s more than just whisky in Moray!

Reasons to visit Moray – a weekend in the north east

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A trip to Falkirk, home of The Kelpies

The Scotlanders Visit Falkirk

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Things to do on the Isle of Barra

My Isleathon visit to Barra

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Perthshire in autumn and a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel

The Four Seasons Hotel Review – Perthshire at its best

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A photography tour of the Scottish Highlands

Caledonian Light Review – a photographer’s view of the Highlands

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Exploring Argyll – a visit to the Ardkinglas Estate

Ardkinglas Review: Picking out some of the hidden gems of Argyll

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A weekend in Ayrshire

Top Things to do in Ayrshire

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Melville Castle Review

Melville Castle Review – luxury within minutes of Edinburgh

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Highlights from an outdoor themed weekend in Fife

Best outdoor activites in Fife – some weekend highlights

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Coming to Glasgow?

5 things you have to do in Glasgow

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A weekend in Stirling

A look at the top things to do in Stirling

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A weekend in the Trossachs

Things to do with a weekend in the Trossachs

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How to make the perfect Punjabi curry

A curry masterclass with Scotia Spice

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The new Borders Railway is coming…..

A weekend in the Scottish Borders

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Abbotsford House – the Scotlanders visit the Borders

An Abbotsford House review, home of Sir Walter Scott

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Scotlanders in the Cairngorms with Ace Adventures

An Afternoon with Outdoor Specialists Ace Adventures

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Another reason to love the Outer Hebrides….

Harris Tweed blog – why it’s a Hebridean treasure

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The Beaches of the Isle of Harris

Visiting the Isle of Harris beaches

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Walking at Glen Coe and finding the Lost Valley

Great Scottish Walks – The Lost Valley at Glen Coe

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A visit to whisky HQ, the Isle of Islay

Scottish Routes Islay Whisky Tour

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Exploring Glen Clova and Corrie Fee in the Angus Glens

The Angus Glens – A spectacular outdoor day trip from Dundee

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Follow the path of Jamie and Claire with our Outlander itinerary

Outlander itinerary

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