Travel: Walking through France’s Maritime Alps

A walking holiday in France’s Maritime Alps is the quickest route to relaxation, despite the EU referendum, finds Alison Gray

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel: 48 hours in Dubrovnik

Robin McKelvie spends a weekend in Dubrovnik

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel providing hot showers for first time in 85 years. Picture: SYHA Hostelling Scotland

Hostel guests enjoy hot showers for first time in 85 years

A REMOTE Scottish youth hostel is providing hot showers for its guests for the first time in its 85-year history.

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Scotland should be tremendously proud of what it has to offer in terms of tourism. Picture: TSPL

David Johnstone: Cultural feast just the starter for visitors

TOURISTS can take their pick from a world-class offering, says David Johnstone

The Scotland team at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Charlie Smith: Changing the game when it comes to tourism

THERE’S nothing like a personal recommendation to help fly the flag for Scotland around the world, says Charlie Smith

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A straight line of cairns leads to the large summit cairn and weather station beyond. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Munros challenge - Cairn Gorm

Walking up the sixth highest Munro might not seem like the best cure for a bad back but it works for me. A couple of weeks ago even my chiropractor was perturbed by the twisted nature of my vertebrae and at first seemed surprised I was planning a trip to the Cairngorms. However, the workout given to the upper leg and lower back muscles when going up a steep slope is apparently good for you.

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The pool complex at Barcelo Jandia Mar. Picture: Colin Heggie

Travel review: Throw caution to the wind on Fuerteventura

Relaxing holidays with young children. Is that even a thing? The last time we ventured abroad, I spent most of the time on high alert manically hovering over an 18-month-old whose idea of fun was walking round the edge of the pool without armbands, precariously dipping a toe in now and again. Now the boys are older, it will be a doddle, we think to ourselves.

Macdonald hotel, Aviemore

Family friendly fun in the Highlands

When heading for a three-night break in the Scottish Highlands in late spring one can be forgiven for erring on the side of caution and packing more waterproofs than sun hats. Macdonald Aviemore Resort was our destination and we were fully prepared for prolonged periods of entertaining our two boys aged four and two indoors.

The BFG, starring Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill

Skye and Orkney get set to benefit from The BFG boom

Scottish tourism chiefs are gearing up for a new “set-jetting” boost – from Steven Spielberg’s latest film.

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Scenic summer panorama of the Market Square (Kauppatori) at the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland

Travel: Helsinki and Porvoo, Finland

Finland’s passion for innovative design, fine dining and heritage soon dispel the Baltic chill, discovers Patrick McPartlin in Helsinki

Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens

Travel: Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow

Kelvinside is a strong contender for the most exclusive district in Glasgow’s fashionable west end. Its rows of Victorian tenements and town houses may resemble other trendy parts of town, but the examples around Great Western Road can be three times the size of anything in Hyndland.

Santa Caterina Market Hall, Barcelona

Travel: Barcelona, the art lover’s paradise

Art nouveau accommodation and an overdose of Gaudi keep Gaby Soutar happy in Barcelona

Paso Robles. Picture: Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Travel: Wine tasting in Paso Robles, California

With more than 200 wineries Paso Robles offers plenty of tasting opportunities, relaxed charm and spectacular Californian scenery, finds Ella Buchan

The port of Oban. Picture: Ian Good

Travel: 48 hours in Oban

Robin McKelvie spends a weekend in Oban

Visitors enjoy an opentop bus sightseeing tour of Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Tourist numbers down - but those who do come are spending more

Scotland’s foreign visitor numbers fell in the 12 months to March as tourism campaigns failed to keep pace with the previous year’s line-up of high profile events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

Harvestmoon Treehouses, Tyninghame, East Lothian

Travel: The Treehouses at Harvest Moon Holidays, Tyninghame

My family are generally quite keen on the idea of sleeping under the stars and the whole camping experience that goes with it. But who among us outdoor types has not secretly wished they could transport their double bed into the tent, or as the rain sets in, retreat into a cosy fire-lit room?

New York is a hive of activity at all times of the day. Pic: Getty

Travel: Comfiest way to take on New York

For the ideal base from which to enjoy New York’s famous landmarks, hidden treasures and sheer dynamism, Mark Atkinson will take Manhattan

The airport had 1,173,953 passengers in June. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Almost 1.2 million passengers used Edinburgh Airport in June

EDINBURGH Airport experienced the busiest June on record out of any Scottish airport after welcoming nearly 1.2 million passengers.

Prague's Old Town Square

Travel: Exploring Prague every step of the way

Explore Prague on foot or by boat for a close-up view of a fascianting city, writes Kate Wickers

Bend offers outdoor pursuits from climbing to mountain biking

Travel: The rocky road to heaven in Oregon’s great outdoors

In Bend, Central Oregon, the outdoors is an inspiring playground you may never want to leave, writes Sophie Nicholson

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