5 Scottish islands perfect for weekend breaks

There’s no better place for a weekend getaway than one of Scotland’s many beautiful islands.

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Fewer visitors are coming to Scotland in the wake of the vote to leave the EU although numbers from North America are up. Picture: Getty Images

Number of European tourists to Scotland plummets after Brexit

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St. Kilda. Picture: Isla J. Robertson. National Trust for Scotland.

Six great Scottish islands you can only reach by sailboat

SCOTLAND boasts some of the most stunning islands in the world for scenery and wildlife, and many of the best are thankfully accessible by public transport - be it ferry, plane or road bridge.

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Edinburgh has hotesl to cater to every budget. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor / J P License

10 of the best Edinburgh hotels for any budget

No matter how much you are willing to spend, Edinburgh has some truly unique hotels, B&Bs, and hostels on offer.

Edinburgh Castle remains the most popular tourist attraction in Scotland. Picture: Ian Georgeson/JP Resell

Number of North American tourists visiting Scotland up 14%

A sharp rise in the number of North American tourists heading to Scotland helped offset a drop in visitors from Europe last year, official figures reveal.

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Record year for Edinburgh Airport as millions pass through in 2016

Edinburgh Airport has broken a new annual record for passengers at any Scottish airport after it confirmed 12,366,498 flew through the airport in 2016.

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The revamp for the Scottish National Gallery is due to be unveiled in the spring of 2019.

National Gallery revamp wins £2m boost from Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has agreed to bankroll a radical transformation of the nation’s flagship art gallery - after its display of Scotland’s most important paintings was branded “an institutional embarrassment.”
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Sofitel Macau, in the heart of the Asian Vegast Photograph: Getty

Take a gamble on the other side of Macau

There’s more to this former Portuguese colony than gaming

Cave Castle Hotel near Hull, East Yorkshire

Do Not Disturb: Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club, Brough, East Yorkshire

A city coming out of the shadows” as it was described when it was declared UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is hoping to experience an upsurge in visitors over the next 12 months. It certainly deserves to. The port of Kingston Upon Hull, to give it its Sunday name, on the north bank of the Humber in East Yorkshire, has a fascinating history, is well endowed with theatres and museums and has a vibrant nightlife. What it lacks though – and it is hastily playing catch-up – is quality hotels suitable for couples and families seeking a city break with a difference. Which is where Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club comes in. This Victorian manor house set amid 150 acres of the Yorkshire Wolds has been refurbished and extended to provide 70 bedrooms, as well as a golf course, spa and restaurant. And it is just a 25-minute drive from the nascent City of Culture itself.

Skara Brae in Orkney is a world heritage site. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Hotels plan for heritage sites unveiled

Luxury hotel resorts should be considered for Scotland’s world heritage sites and national parks, according to a blueprint aimed at boosting the value of the industry by more than a billion pounds in the next three years.

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The clear waters of Brodick Bay.

Isle of Arran: Exploring the delights of ‘Scotland in miniature’

We set off on our journey having been told to expect Scotland in miniature – and got what we wanted. Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling abroad. The sun, the different cultures, languages and just, well, the change of scene. But my trip to Arran – even in the rain – has made me crave the visual feast that is Scotland’s islands.

Culzean Castle, the 'dream castle on the cliff'. Picture: TSPL

5 of the best Scottish castles for a romantic getaway

SNUGGLE up with history all around you; castles and romance have gone together ever since the first fortification was built and there are plenty of Scottish castles to hold up in with your loved one.

Cyclists in Morzine

Rolf Rae-Hansen tackles the Alps with a trip to Savoie Mont Blanc

Tourism industry chiefs want to see radical improvements to rail, sea and road infrastructure. Picture: Craig Borland

New vision to spark Scottish tourism boom is unveiled

Radical improvements to roads, railways, ferry networks and air services are needed to help the Scottish tourism industry meet a multi-billion pound target within the next three years, industry leaders have said.

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Edinburgh's Christmas & Hogmanay festivals are said to be worth more than 240 million.

Drastic cuts looming for Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay events

Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay festivals face being dramatically scaled back this year after city council chiefs decided to slash their backing for the events.

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Glen Affric Youth Hostel.

Five Scottish hostels in stunning locations

WHERE but only in Scotland can you go hostelling and take in some of the best scenery and wildlife in the world.

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President-elect Donald Trump addresses the ill-tempered press conference. Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

25 exhilarating outdoor things to do in Scotland

The start of a year often means setting challenges. If you want a rush of adrenaline in 2017, try one of these exhilarating outdoor activities in Scotland.

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The Moulin Rouge still shines after 128 years

Paris still gets a kick out of the can-can

The City of Lights is undimmed

Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire

Do Not Disturb, Langar Hall Hotel, Nottinghamshire

Country house to home in on

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