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Artificial ski slope plans revealed for Cairngorm Mountain

THE Scottish ski resort is investing £4million in a bid to become a year-round attraction.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse : Palace of Holyroodhouse: Royal Collection Trust/� Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017. Photographer: Sandy Young

Jacobite journeys: 6 places not to be missed

Whether you’re a long-standing Jacobite enthusiast, or simply a lover of beautiful Scottish surroundings, planning a holiday or day-trip around the spots where Bonnie Prince Charlie once laid his head and supped his whisky, is a wonderful way to see the most scenic aspects of Scotland.

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Jane at Oykel Bridge. Picture: Supplied

Time-travelling hiker is walking 5,000 years of history

A DEDICATED hiker is travelling through time - creating the country’s longest ever historical trail.

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A gem: The Anchor at Johnshaven

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Do Not Disturb: The Anchor, Johnshaven, Aberdeenshire

Look no further for the good life than this hostelry, whose fine food, good beers and friendly atmosphere make it a persuasive ambassador for this stretch of the North East coast.

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Aerial view of the old town in Valencia from the Serranos Gate. Picture: Getty Images

Travel: Valencia

You know it’s a memorable trip when you return with a love of a foreign city, a sun tan, amazing memories and a new favourite drink.

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The popularity of Outlander, and its use of Gaelic, has helped spark a tourism boom in Scotland. Picture: Starz

Scotland enjoys tourism boost thanks to interest in Gaelic

Proposals have been put forward to investigate Gaelic links with historic properties as use of the language has seen a surge in visitor interest.

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Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight, left, with Croft Woodland project officer Viv Halcrow and Donald Macdonald, who has planted trees on his croft in Back. Picture: Contributed

Trees ‘do grow’ on remote Isle of Lewis’ landscape

ISLANDERS have been highly praised for a woodland project which is seeing trees being grown on an isolated part of Lewis.

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World's fastest knitter Hazel Tindall. Picture: Dave Donaldson/Supplied

Loch Ness festival attracts world’s fastest knitter

THOUSANDS of crafters from across the globe are to gather for Loch Ness KnitFest

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Tourists on the view point of the Kilt Rock Basaltic cliffs at Staffin on Skye. Picture: GUENTER FISCHER/BROKER/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Skye MP ‘very angry’ by claims that island is full up

Skye’s MP has urged Highland Council to help the island cope with the influx of summer 
visitors.

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The White Tower, Aberfeldy

Travel: Escape to the White Tower in Aberfeldy

With stunning views and Gothic-styling, Stephen McIlkenny falls for a secluded hideaway

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The new seaplane in action

Fold-away luxury aircraft makers target Scotland

French aircraft designers are targeting rich Scots with a revolutionary fold-away seaplane they think could transform first class travel.

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A total of 1,413,272 passengers passed through Edinburgh Airport in July.

Busiest month ever for Scots airports

Scotland’s biggest airports recorded their busiest ever month on record in July, with nearly 2.5 million passengers using the country’s two main hubs.

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Edinburgh skyline. Picture: TSPL

Five ways to explore Edinburgh during the Fringe

Visitors to Edinburgh during the summer festival season can sometimes feel a sense of ‘festival paralysis’ – with so much to see and do, where do you begin?

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Visitors following the North Coast 500 route enjoy Scotland's spectacular scenery.

North Coast 500 route ‘could suffer’ due to ATM shortage

The closure of a string of bank branches across the Highlands could damage the popularity of the North Coast 500 route, business leaders are warning.

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Orkney attracts thousands of visitors on cruise ships every year.

Proposed Orkney visitor tax branded ‘crazy’ by residents

It is home to some of Scotland’s most historic sights of natural beauty and attracts thousands of visitors every year - many of them visiting on cruise ships passing the north of Scotland.

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Callander Meadows, Loch Lomond. Picture: Supplied

Free guides to help walkers navigate Lomond & The Trossachs

NEW online walking guides have been published making enjoying a healthy self-guided stroll through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs a walk in the Park.

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Fort George will host the Highland Military Tatto. Picture: Historic Environment Scotland/Contributed

World War One biplane to star at Highland Military Tattoo

THE fourth Highland Military Tattoo - being hosted at the UK’s largest military Fort - will not only celebrate Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology but also the 75th birthday of the RAF Regiment.

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From every vantage point, Uluru dominates the skyline. Picture: David Walsh

Travel: Uluru and Alice Springs, Australia

Beneath awe-inspiring Uluru, it’s a privilege to be guided around the primeval surroundings by the holy rock’s namesake, writes David Walsh

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Pierowall Harbour in Westray. Picture: OIC/Supplied

Cash boost for harbour overhaul on Orkney island of Westray

A MAJOR upgrade of a historic harbour at Pierowall in the tiny island of Westray, in the Orkneys, has been given a cash injection of £1.7million from the Scottish Governemnt.

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