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  • 8 spectacular remote places in Scotland

    8 spectacular remote places in Scotland

    September 19th, 2016Robin McKelvie
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    Scotland’s cities offer myriad urban charms, but if you want to really get to the heart of the country, you need to get into the wild. Making up 69 percent of the UK coastline and boasting more than 800 islands, Scotland is home to some of the last great wildernesses in Europe. From the Highlands to the…

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  • 7 stunning European islands you’ve probably never heard of

    7 stunning European islands you’ve probably never heard of

    March 25th, 2016Robin McKelvie
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    We’ve all heard of the big hitters, such as Ibiza, Corsica and Sicily, but what about Europe’s lesser known islands? Have you ever dreamt of mixing it up with a windswept, heart-pumping hike on the remote hills of Foula? Or kicking through the sweeps of sand that pass for roads on La Graciosa? It pays…

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  • Croatia: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    Croatia: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    January 14th, 2016Robin McKelvie
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    Croatia is one of Europe’s rising tourist stars. This remarkable Adriatic country of 1244 islands, bear and wild boar inhabited forests and world-class vineyards is so much more than just a beach destination. To make sure you hit the ground running in this complex and diverse nation, follow our top ten Croatia travel tips. 1.…

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  • 7 must-visit places in Scotland you’ve probably never heard of

    7 must-visit places in Scotland you’ve probably never heard of

    December 28th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Scotland sports such a strong selection of tourist attractions – from castles and cabers to kilts and whisky – it’s easy to forget that there is much more to this land. Venture away from the cities and you’ll find rugged mountains, remote glens and mile-upon-mile of wave-lashed beaches. Ready to explore? Here are seven Scottish places that you’ve probably…

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  • Star Wars locations: in the footsteps of Skywalker and Solo

    Star Wars locations: in the footsteps of Skywalker and Solo

    December 14th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Star Wars is back with a bang with the release of the barnstorming The Force Awakens. The seventh instalment in this epic intergalactic cinematic odyssey is destined to become one of the highest grossing films of all time. The good news is that if you want to follow in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker and Han…

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  • 7 of the best places to go hiking in Japan

    7 of the best places to go hiking in Japan

    December 1st, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Few countries in Asia boasts such dramatic natural diversity and such a range of hiking opportunities as Japan. Mountains make up two thirds of the country, with beaches fringing the coast and the balmy southern islands. There are active volcanoes to tackle, epic long-distance pilgrimage routes once smoothed by the feet of emperors, and steep…

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  • 8 budget airline travel hacks

    8 budget airline travel hacks

    November 9th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    It is no exaggeration to say that budget airlines have revolutionised air travel. Gone are the days when an air ticket was a luxury item. Today cheaper flights allow us to not only take a summer break from our routine, but also to enjoy mini-breaks throughout the year. Booking and taking a budget airline flight, though,…

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  • A trip to remember: 7 uniquely Scottish experiences

    A trip to remember: 7 uniquely Scottish experiences

    October 7th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    There’s nowhere quite like Scotland. This epic land of mighty mountains, plunging glens and surging rivers offers a sweep of experiences that you just cannot find anywhere else. If you’ve ever wanted to have your own kilt fitted, canoe down a river fuelled by a wee dram or hop on Europe’s only scheduled flight to land…

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  • Hedonism and history make Lisbon the perfect city break

    Hedonism and history make Lisbon the perfect city break

    September 15th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    It was not too long ago that Lisbon was often dismissed as the unfashionable capital of Portugal, the ‘Poor Man of Europe’. This was harsh on a city that spectacularly straddles the River Tejo with a flurry of old world architecture, rich African cultural influences and a notoriously wild nightlife scene. Today, savvy city breakers…

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  • 9 things you learn as a travel writer

    9 things you learn as a travel writer

    August 13th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    As a travel writer you spend lots of time giving people travel tips on destinations, but also dispensing advice on how to make the whole experience run more smoothly. From a life working on the road you learn many lessons – lessons that everyone can benefit from. So join us now as we take you…

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  • Dubrovnik: the star of the Croatian coast

    Dubrovnik: the star of the Croatian coast

    July 31st, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Lord Byron wasn’t exaggerating through an opium haze when he eulogised Dubrovnik as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. This perfectly preserved baroque former city-state is utterly, charmingly unique. It is easy to see what so beguiled the Game of Thrones producers and UNESCO’s World Heritage committee. Now, the recent influx of cafés, bars and restaurants…

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  • 7 European cities you’ve not been to but must visit

    7 European cities you’ve not been to but must visit

    April 13th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    We all know about the big European city breaks like Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, but what about Maribor in Slovenia, Osijek in Croatia and Cadiz in Spain? If you’ve already been to all the big boys, or just want to venture off the well-beaten tourist track, it’s time to discover some seriously unsung cities. Here, we’ve picked…

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