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The Classic 10 Day Scotland Itinerary

10 Days on the Road Well Travelled It’s that time of year when enquiries start coming in from the well-prepared travellers out there as to how to plan their perfect trip to Scotland. I’m going to have to close my eyes, cover my ears and grind my way through this a bit I’ll be honest. A big part of my job is opening up all of Scotland to travellers and shining some spotlight on the oft-forgotten spots. I veer away from the best-known, over-promoted locations where I can. But, keeping my international travels in mind, I know that sometimes there
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Castles near Edinburgh

Castles near Edinburgh Edinburgh Castle. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? One of the undisputed iconic images of Scotland, it sits looking very chuffed with itself atop Castle Rock, bejewelling the crown of one of the world’s prettiest city centres. But it’s not the only show in town. Ruins are strewn across Central Scotland and there are numerous alternative castles near Edinburgh to satisfy even the most insatiable of history hunters. Sticking just within The Lothians, see what you think of this hit-list.   Edinburgh and Midlothian Craigmillar Castle In 2018 I now realise that I found myself at this guy
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Scotland’s Hiking Trails for Winter Walking

Winter Walking in Scotland It’s an interesting time of year in Scotland. Winter has thus far been pretty stable but forecasts are wildly inconsistent and finding opportune weather for outdoor adventures is no small ask. Serious hiking trail enthusiasts love snow-covered peaks and relish getting the crampons on but, for most, we’ll lean towards those that don’t pose too much of a challenge. Faced with limited light, the majority of Scotland’s population will poke about the easy options in the cental and southern areas. With that in mind, here’s some picks to help locals and visitors stay active with some
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Off the Beaten Tourism Path in Lanarkshire

Things to do in Lanarkshire Key to all that I do as a travel blogger is my absolute focus on fuelling Scotland’s tourism industry. I want to see a country that puts tourism at the genuine heart of its economy in the way that other nations I’ve visited have done. And, based on the last couple of years’ visitor numbers in particular, this is currently being achieved with emphatic success. However, having scored with the core aim of convincing people to come to Scotland en masse (and convincing locals to more fully appreciate what’s on their doorstep), the next tier
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Back to the Isles and a Return to Mull!

Winter Island Getaways - Things to do on Mull I spent my first days of 2019 doing something of a first. I must be getting on but Hogmanay just wasn’t for me this year and the polar opposite of a raucous, alcohol-fuelled riot seemed more appealing – the Scottish Isles were calling. The Isle of Mull was always going to be one of my priorities this year and I accelerated my plans with a spontaneous 4-day winter trip back to the west coast. Blissful escape from the post-festive excitement and time to focus on my plans for the year was
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A Weekend Exploring the Kingdom of Fife

Chasing the Winter Light in Coastal Fife I think it’s fair to say that winter weather can bring with it certain frustrations. Chief of them being the encroachment into how much play time we can eke out of each day. No sooner has lunch been ticked off than the sky starts to dull and darkness continues to charge on in uninvited before the day prematurely ends around 4pm. For me this means very limited travel to the Highlands for several months as there’s nothing more self-defeating than a rushed hill walk or a roadtrip destroyed by detours, road closures and
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A Look Back at Another Year of Travel Memories

2018: My Summary The final days of 2018 are upon us and it’s that time when we all can’t help but have a look back at what we’ve been getting up to in the year gone. The highs and lows, the opportunities that have come along, the mistakes, the surprises, the laughs and the memories that will live forever. As a Scotland travel blogger, it’s particularly fun for me to reflect on where I visited, who I worked with and also on how the industry and the world of blogging has continued to evolve. Amidst the madness, it’s been an
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Welcoming Winter with a Trip to Oban

The Oban Winter Festival The winter chill is in the air. The days are cruelly short. Christmas chatter is all too unavoidable. And I’m generally to be found hanging around the whisky cabinet with above-normal consistency, pretending to find the labels fascinating. Let the festivities commence. Before Glasgow, Edinburgh and others transform themselves into Santa showrooms and the mulled wine gets passed about with cheery, reckless abandon, I’m escaping to the coast for my first experience of the Oban Winter Festival. Marking the only remaining time of year when Oban isn’t a dizzyingly frenetic little hub of holidaymaking activity, the
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Outlaw King – Discovering the Filming Locations

The Outlaw King Filming Locations and Story of the King of Scots Scotland’s most hotly-anticipated film of the year hit Netflix this month and beamed the story of one of our greatest-ever sons to worldwide audiences. Outlaw King delivers us into the hands of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, and his tumultuous journey from noble lord to hunted outlaw and from political fence-sitter to hero king and military genius. Working in partnership with VisitScotland, I was set the challenge of visiting as many of the Outlaw King filming locations as I could in 2 days – with the movie
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Brushes with War – Kelvingrove’s Latest Exhibition

A Unique WWI Tribute Ahead of Remembrance Day World War I was a truly appalling affair. Perhaps overpowered in our collective memories by World War II and the terrifying rise of fascism, Remembrance Day is an important opportunity for us to reflect on a conflict that should forever be a lesson to us all. Every year, the 11th of November at 11am marks the anniversary of the formal end of hostilities in this conflict. With extra significance, 2018 sees us salute the 100th anniversary of the end of the War and I was delighted to head to the best museum
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Abandoned and Derelict Places Throughout Scotland

Scotland's Most Gripping Derelict Places If you have been following my activities on social media in recent months, you’ll likely have noticed that old, abandoned and derelict places have featured regularly. I’ll admit it, I’m hooked. Fascinating, beautiful and massively evocative wreckages litter Scotland on a scale that I had no appreciation of and that provide no end of spooks, intrigue and possibilities. With Halloween upon us, there seems no better time to bring my recent findings together for an explorative look at some of my favourites to date.   Buchanan Castle Diving right in, this place is amongst the
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What’s On Dundee – A Visit to the City that Everyone is Talking About

What’s On Dundee – The City with a Renewed Spring in its Step The long-awaited launch of Dundee’s latest cultural goldmine, the spectacular new V&A Museum of Design, has seen an unprecedent level of interest in a city traditionally overlooked in tourism chatter. That the leading travel guides and media worldwide have had their eye turned towards Tayside speaks volumes for the sustained effort over recent years to transform the city’s image to that of a veritable culture hub. The waterfront regeneration has seen a massive economic boost as big hotels have popped up, restaurants have lifted their game and
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Island Hopping in Fabulous Orkney

Ancient History and Wild Coastlines - My Top Orkney Day Trips Which Scottish island should I visit? This remains a question I am posed on a regular basis, and with good reason. Our countless isles each have their own appeal, personality and stand-out characteristics. It’s no easy choice, even for those of us that know many of them well. But there can be little doubt that, for historical appeal in particular, Orkney is on its own pedestal. And we’re not talking about the standard Scottish tales of political disquiet during the Wars of Independence or the melancholic woes of the
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Scotland Q&A – Ask Me Anything

Scotland Travel Questions For this blog post I’m breaking from my norm and encouraging some audience participation. This week I asked my Instagram followers to pitch me any questions they wanted about Scotland, with my local expertise at their disposal. 6 years of experience and countless trips around my home country have seen me gather plenty of memories and opinions about how to get the most out of these lands and I love nothing more in this job than passing those on. That’s why I do this. Here are the results of the Q&A and do let me know in
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Outer Hebrides Holidays – The Best of the Western Isles

Outer Hebrides Holidays and an Outdoor Adventure on the Islands It will surprise none of my regular readers that I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Outer Hebrides. Soft spot may be underselling it slightly; more of a deep emotional attachment and lifelong adoration that has graduated this year into an unconditional love. It’s a place that calls for a thesaurus as I seek out the adjectives – there must be one! – that will do justice to these islands that form the north western limits of Scotland and that simply have no comparison with anywhere else
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The 2018 Euros in Glasgow!

A Look Back at the European Championships I’m dead proud of my home city. This will not come as news to anyone that’s been with me on this blogging journey in recent years and my enthusiasm for Glasgow’s big personality is never stronger than when hosting major events. When the world is watching and we all get to have a renewed crack at dispelling myths and gauging whether we’ve been able to snare new fans who have seen past the industrial stereotypes and appreciate that Glasgow’s edginess makes it curiously unique. The Commonwealth Games of 2014 was a glowing tribute
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A Weekend in Edinburgh and a Room with Some View

I'm off back to the capital..... Every July, I make a point of heading to Edinburgh for a couple of days. Just to confirm that it’s still got it and that the complimentary appeal is as strong as ever with my home city of Glasgow. In so doing I beat the imminent pandemonic rush from the Edinburgh Festival but still see this most tourism-centred of cities at the height of its powers as one of the most visitable in Europe. When the Royal Mile is chocka with more nationalities that you can wave a stick at, hotels and restaurants are
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Launching our new Video Channel!

Travels with a Kilt is Going on Video After 6 years of blogging, travelling, tweeting and Instagramming I’m finally accepting the call of video and turning my eye increasingly towards YouTube and vlogging. As a writer, in my heart of hearts, it clashes more than a wee bit with my instincts. A big believer in quality content that is researched, relevant, entertaining and, hopefully, educational, the thought of joining the world’s legions of vloggers and recording video clips of myself having a pointless carry on doesn’t exactly float the boat. Hopefully, it’ll be obvious that I’m looking to steer clear
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On the Hunt for a Whirlpool!

Exploring Argyll and a Thrilling Corryvreckan Boat Trip It’s one of Scotland’s natural wonders. A powerful beast that lends yet further foreboding and awe to a western coastline that hardly needs it. The fearsomely named Corryvreckan belongs on the tele. Playing centre stage in a Game of Thrones or a Vikings, such is it’s unusual and intimidating presence and sense of fantastic impossibility. The world’s third largest whirlpool is a maelstrom of watery chaos just off the Isle of Jura and a Corryvreckan boat trip has long been on my list as I've sought to cast my own eye over
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A Day Out with the Scottish Seabird Centre

North Berwick Boat Trips After my East Lothian adventures in April, my flirtation with the region continues at pace as I head back to the coast for an expedition with the Scottish Seabird Centre and one of their North Berwick boat trips. Taking to the water, I’m headed to the brilliant nature reserve that is the Isle of May. Hosting countless thousands of seabirds every year, there is one particular species that pulls the punters in with more than any other – the puffin. With an unprecedented opportunity to see them on land – between April and July – this
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