How Scotland has been sold to tourists for more than 200 years

For more than 200 years, tourists have been drawn to Scotland on a promise of stirring beauty, romantic history and a stiff blend of cultural curios.

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The Enchanted Forest sound and light show attracted 62,000 people last year. Picture: Jane Barlow

What to expect from the Enchanted Forest 2016

Taking place every autumn in the ancient woodlands of Perthshire, the Enchanted Forest is a spectacle like no other in Scotland.

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US tourist ‘overwhelmed’ by response to lost camera appeal

A tourist who made a heartfelt online appeal for the camera she lost on a poignant trip to Scotland has said she has been overwhelmed by the response.

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Stockbridge Market. Picture: Rich Dyson

What’s on and what’s new in Stockbridge

Singled out as the best place to live in Scotland, Stockbridge visitors will be familiar with its character, history and vibrancy.

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The stunningly beautiful Castle Stalker. Picture: Wikimedia

Five stunning Scottish castles you can only reach by boat

WHETHER they be soaring towers, majestic keeps or derelict ruins, there is something magical about Scotland’s castles, especially those that seem almost impossible to reach.

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Tobermory is the largest settlement on the isle of Mull. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Five quiet corners of Scotland ideal for a staycation

SCOTLAND is said to be a land of contrasts. From the Highlands of the north to the Lowlands of the south, with innumerable islands and inlets dotted along its coast, there is always somewhere new to explore.

You can take in the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the NC500. Picture: TSPL

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s North Coast 500 road trip

DESCRIBED as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the North Coast 500 stretches along Scotland’s northern coastline, taking in some of the most breathtaking views the country has to offer. Here is everything you need to about embarking on a trip along this magnificent route.

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A saguaro cactus in the desert beneath the Milky Way. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel: Stargazing in Arizona, US

The night skies over Arizona and its gargantuan graveyards of US aircraft are as awe-inspiring as the famous red rocks, discovers Stephen Emerson

Duquesa de Cardona. Picture: Contributed

Travel: Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Barcelona

The Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is the present incarnation of a 16th-century palace.

The River Irwell flows through Manchester city centre. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel: City break in Manchester

Back in 1979 Rapper’s Delight by the Sugarhill Gang was the first rap track to storm the UK charts (reaching number three) and possibly the first to realise the potential of brand placement with the lyrics “hotel motel Holiday Inn”.

Cape Town sprawls out underneath Table Mountain. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel: Cape Town, South Africa

Crime writer Paul Mendelson has visited South Africa perhaps 40 times over a 25-year period. Here he gives his take on unmissable Cape Town

Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort in Crete. Picture: Contributed

Travel: 48 hours in Gouves, Crete

Robin Gauldie spends a weekend in Crete

Sea kayaking is the perfect way to explore Scotland's rugged and beautiful coasts. Picture: Kayak Scotland

Stunning pictures of Scotland taken by kayakers

A SERIES of breath-taking photographs taken by sea kayakers across the country, has revealed Scotland in all its coastal glory.

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A view of Brodick, Arran. Picture: Getty

Five reasons why you should visit Arran this summer

SCOTLAND is not short of beautiful islands; Orkney, Skye and Islay, to name but a few, however there’s one island that’s really worth visiting this summer, and that’s the Isle of Arran.

Outdoor pools still remain as popular as ever. Picture: John Devlin.

The best Scottish outdoor swimming pools to enjoy this summer

WITH Scotland set to enjoy some better weather as the summer draws to a close, we’ve scoured the country for the best outdoor swimming pools for you and your family to enjoy.

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Swimming in lakes, either at home or abroad, can leave you at risk of contracting Leptospirosis. Picture: Contributed

Holiday-makers warned not to swim in lakes and rivers

Holiday-makers are being warned not to swim in lakes and rivers particularly in areas affected by flooding as the waters may be polluted by rat urine – a known source of the bacterial infection Leptospirosis.

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Hotel ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square. Picture: Contributed

Travel: Hotel ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square

When my wife told me we were going to have a “Glasgow on a budget” family weekend away I was less than enthusiastic.

Hotel Botanico. Picture: Contributed

Travel: On Tenerife, life doesn’t have to be a beach

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the most opulent greenery, I lay in the peaceful Oriental Spa Garden, unable to believe this was the same island I’d visited many times before.

Campaigners say cuts to double-track sections, enabling trains to pass each other, have hit reliability on the Borders Railway. 
Photograph: Ian Rutherford

Leader: Double trouble for Borders Railway passengers

There was much to celebrate about the re-opening of the Borders Railway line last year, and we can expect positive news about passenger numbers as the first anniversary approaches in three weeks’ time.

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Atholl Estates Land Rover Safari. Picture: Stephen Farthing

Travel: Settling into park life in Blair Atholl

Peace, relaxation and wildlife make a stay in Blair Atholl one to remember for Martin Gray

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