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Top Things to do in and Around Oban

Oban Points of Interest Following on from my Best of Argyll Part 1 blog, here’s me at it again in this fabulous region that keeps on giving. Having covered eastern and central Argyll, it’s time to head to the west coast and pop over to a couple of the closest islands as I take a look at the top Oban points of interest to be found in and around the energetic port town. Oban There is a bustling charm to Oban that is unmatched in my experience in this country. Catch it on a sunny day and there’s a fabulous
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Best Walks in the Outer Hebrides

Exploring Harris and Lewis with Wilderness Scotland It’s maybe the best feeling there is. Top of a mountain in one of the world’s most emotionally-charged places, in good company, a little sunburnt (what?!?) and surrounded by breathtaking island beauty. Those that know me or that are familiar with my travel ramblings will be unsurprised to learn that the Outer Hebrides have a very special place in my heart. Hyperbolic and a tad mushy as it may sound, there is something overwhelmingly captivating about this far-away little segment of this fabulous country. When the opportunity to join a walking tour of
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Attending the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Attending the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Ah, Speyside. Cue the misty eyed, dreamy state that's taken ahold of many a traveller, drinks connoisuer and social butterfly to have ever visited. Home to around half of Scotland’s world-renowned whisky distilleries, it is our Golden Triangle of 50+ whisky houses, with brands from the legendary to the unknown. In the first weekend in May, going back to 1999, each year has seen a massive celebration of the region’s eternal contribution to Scotch whisky. Over 500 events are held during 5 headspinning days during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, with everything
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Climbing the Mighty Buachaille Etive Mor

Hiking Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Coe For just about every single fan of hillwalking in the Scottish Highlands, there’s going to be a special place in their heart and soul for Buachaille Etive Mor. The distinctive, much photographed pyramidal sentry that stands guard to the entrance of the most famous Glen of them all, this has long been a personal bucket-lister. One of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever faced, it also proved to be amongst the most rewarding. Yes, Buachaille Etive Mor is the definition of mountain-climbing magnificence. Coming at Glen Coe from the east as most travellers
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Highlights of Argyll – Part 1

The Best of an Argyll Road Trip - Part 1 Full of Highland promise, Argyll is the beginning of so much to follow for those working their way north to Scotland’s true soul. A massive region, Argyll is still so often merely passed through on road trips as travellers make bee-lines to the likes of Glen Coe, Skye and the North Coast 500. I can almost imagine myself into the back seat of the average visitor’s car…. “This is pretty nice isn’t it? Why don’t we stop here for a bit?” “Can’t. We need to get to Portree before dark.
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#DiscoverClacks: The Top Things to do in Clackmannanshire

Best Things to do in Clackmannanshire With the start of tourism season now with us, I’ve spent much of the early spring arranging my various trips to the north. But before I charge around on relentless trips to the back of beyond, I’m fitting in some support for a much-overlooked region. You know how I love a challenge. Yes, Clackmannanshire is not the first place that springs to mind when you’re trawling through blogs, guidebooks and travel guides but you may be in for a surprise or two. Working in support of VisitScotland and the local tourism movement there, I’m
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Going on a Glasgow Street Art Tour

Taking a Street Art Tour of Glasgow You think you know a place…. Street art has been storming along at pace as one of the leading activities while on a city break as travellers cum photographers seek out new ways to get to the soul of a place. Hyperbolic maybe – there are plenty of examples of what can only be described as a scribble that spring to mind – but in my travels each culture takes its own twist when it comes to this stuff. South America is all about vibrant colour and storytelling, Brussels refers to its comic-rich
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Exploring Loch Lomond – An Introductory Guide

Guide to Loch Lomond and the Best Things to do You know that feeling of contentment and excitement that you get when you realise the nights are getting longer, the temperature is edging up (from, like, 5 degrees to 8 but still) and you start to dust off the outdoor gear? Yes, spring is upon us and the Highlands beckon! While I formulate all sorts of plans for the year, I always ease myself in with a visit to my home away from home, Loch Lomond. I spent so much of my childhood in this part of the world, it
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Exploring the Best Things to do in Dundee

Best Things to do in Dundee In the world of Scottish tourism, Dundee is underrated. Why that should be is a real headscratcher. Geographically advantageous, within close proximity of the central belt and the south east Highlands, home to some of Scotland’s most likeable folk and a veritable culture hub. Not to mention the city’s eternal and affectionate contribution to the world of the comic strip. Lots to love. But with huge investments having been made to regenerate much of the city in recent years, there are signs that Dundee is back on the rise. Here's my look at the
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Robert Burns in Dumfries – Top Things to do

Celebrating Robert Burns in Dumfries at The Big Burns Supper An ordinarily quiet month in the calendars for most of us, January sparks Scots around the world into life with the annual celebration of the works of one of our favourite sons. January 25th is the birthday of our national treasure Robert Burns and I’m heading down to his former home of Dumfries this year to join in the party. The Big Burns Supper The Big Burns Supper is in its sixth year and is a huge collection of events of all kinds to salute the main man himself. Over
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Winter Survival – The Best Whisky Bars in Glasgow

Best Whisky Bars in Glasgow So begins a new year! I'd like to wish everyone best wishes for 2017 and thank you for following along with my Scottish adventures so far. I've got all sorts planned over the next few months as I look to up my game come the spring - new regions, new technology and plenty of my old favourites are on the agenda. But to kick off the new year I'm sticking with a winter cure close to home - the search for the best whisky bars in Glasgow. Whisky is much more than Scotland’s national drink.
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The Scottish Castle Experience – Some top picks

Top Scottish Castles to Visit in 72 Hours As you will be aware by now, I’m partial to a good castle. With hundreds of ruins and palaces on offer throughout this land, it would require a solid 6 month sabbatical to experience every one of them. Allow me to narrow it down a little. Having engaged in at least one intense castle bagging experience over the summer (see #historyhunters on Twitter and Instagram), I’ve decided on a few more of my favourites. The below are all contenders for the title of Greatest Scottish Castle, but much depends on your timeframe,
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Glen Coe: A year-round visual masterpiece

Glen Coe photo blog “If you can visit just one place in Scotland…..where would it be?” Oh you don’t know what you’ve let yourself in for when you present me with a question like that – yet it is an opportunity that comes my way on a regular basis. Cue rubbing of hands as the would-be-small-talk-seeker falls straight into the travel writer’s trap. Half an hour of one-sided rambling later I very often conclude that the answer they are seeking is probably Glen Coe. Trying to capture the scale, the history and the power of the Scottish Highlands is no
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Paisley’s Bid for the 2021 UK City of Culture

Reasons to Visit Paisley I have to hold my hands up here. As a traveller, I’ve never given Paisley the time it deserves. I based my opinion on childhood memories of an under-loved commuter town on the outskirts of Glasgow. Bad travel blogger. Paisley’s bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 has presented me with the perfect opportunity to right the wrong. As excitement, anticipation and pride grow for the town, an upturn in its self-confidence is apparent and it is a place very much on the rise.   Reasons to Visit Paisley - The Highlights Paisley Abbey There’s
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Things to do in Perthshire’s Big Tree Country

Visiting Big Tree Country in Perthshire I’ve been enjoying a bit of an obsession with Perthshire over the last few months. On my final visit of the autumn, I’m storming down the A827 on my way to Pitlochry and I notice the astonishing beauty of the last of the day’s light over Loch Tay. Before you know it, I’m smiling like an idiot, collecting goose pimples en masse and easing the foot off the accelerator. Moments like this underline just how easy Scotland is to love. Following on from my previous top selections of things to do in Perthshire, I’ve
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Glasgow Day Trips – The drive to Inveraray

Glasgow Day Trips – Glasgow to Inveraray With amazingly close proximity to the Southern Highlands, it is very easy to escape the clamour of our biggest city and head for the hills. Road trips abound and with the likes of the Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Argyll and more all within touching distance, my home city’s never once been a place I’ve felt claustrophobic in. The road from Glasgow to Inveraray is another one of my Great Scottish Drives and I’ve picked out several notable stops to fill a day (or more) along the route. Loch Lomond As you'll be passing anyway
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Visiting the Outlander Filming Locations

Craigh na Dun and other top Outlander locations Outlander has and is doing wonders for the Scottish tourism industry. With two blockbuster seasons now under their belts, the works of Diana Gabaldon have gone down a storm, particularly with our friends from across the pond. Depicting the action-packed journey of Claire and Jamie, it’s a fantastic blend of time-travelling fantasy, an endlessly moving love story….and gory Jacobite historical reality. With visits to the show's filming locations increasingly in demand, I’m often asked about how to experience your own little taste of the Outlander journey. From the Standing Stones at Craigh
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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. Boasting a picturesque town centre, one of Scotland’s grandest mansions and a glorious hilled backdrop it was an inspired choice to double as Inverness in the show. But aside from stepping in famous footsteps, here's a couple of the other top things to do in
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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 vast green spaces like the Galloway Forest Park and many miles of unpopulated terrain, options are plentiful. Here are my two favourite spots so far, but with such a huge area to explore future follow-up posts on the subject are a certainty. Grey Mare’s Tail
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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 such predicaments, the likes of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the Ochils always spring to mind. Today calls for the latter and I’m off for some walking and exploring in Dollar Glen. For the unfamiliar, Dollar Glen can be found nestled amidst the horizontal line
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