10 of Scotland’s best hidden gems

SCOTLAND is famed for its beautiful landscapes and tourist draws - but what about some of our country’s less well-known attractions?

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Barga. Picture: Wikimedia

Welcome to Barga: the most Scottish town in Italy

TUSCANY can not only lay claim to being the home of Chianti and Michaelangelo’s David, but also a town that describes itself as the “most Scottish in Italy”.

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Ben Lomond is a great Munro for beginners. Picture: Wikimedia

Everything you need to know before you climb your first Munro

BAGGING your first Munro can be a challenging but ultimately exhilarating experience - before taking on one of Scotland’s famous mountains, here is everything you need to know.

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The world famous Cliffs of Moher. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel: Hitting the Wild Atlantic Way in Galway, Ireland

Unforgettable views of the Galway coast are not for the fainthearted, but nothing can put you more at ease than the hospitality, writes Andrew Hoyle

The route passes some truly breath-taking scenery such as the stunning Glen Coe. Picture: Wikimedia

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s West Highland Way

IT is described as the most popular long distance walking route in Scotland, running from the outskirts of Glasgow to the foot of Ben Nevis, here is everything you need to know about the West Highland Way.

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The pool complex at Camping Park Playa Bara. Picture: Kirsty Hoyle

Travel: Rollercoaster of camping and culture in Costa Dorada, Spain

It’s 30C on the last day of what just might be the best family holiday we’ve ever experienced and there’s not a cloud to be seen in the bright blue Catalonian skies above Camping Park Playa Bara on the Costa Dorada.

Skye's magical Fairy Pools. Picture: Flickr

15 of the most picturesque landmarks you should visit in Scotland

SCOTLAND can often surprise visitors with the sheer variety of its scenery and the richness of its history and culture. It’s this, alongside the nation’s wonderful landmarks and its people, that make this small country so amazing to visit.

Boris Johnson has dismissed the idea of a Heathrow expansion Picture: AFP

Airport chief ‘disappointed’ by Boris’ Heathrow criticisms

HIGHLAND airport chiefs have been left “bitterly disappointed” by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson suggesting that expanding Heathrow is a “fantasy” which should be consigned to the dustbin.

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American tourist’s 25 observations of Scotland

From hotel waste buckets that are too small to being caught short because there aren’t enough public toilets, an American tourist has revealed Scotland’s good, bad and infuriating bits.

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Stunning Scottish holiday escapes: Hen House, Skye

LOOKING for somewhere special to escape to for a romantic holiday or a family getaway? Then look no further than the west coast of the Isle of Skye and the delightfully named - and designed - Hen House.

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Glaswegians travelling to Bristol could also save over a hundred pounds per person. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Switching trains for planes could save Scots hundreds of pounds

SWITCHING your train tickets for plane tickets could save you hundreds of pounds when taking a city break around the UK, according to travel site Skyscanner.

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Make learning to fly affordable and fun with microlight lessons

EVER dreamed of learning to fly? Well now you can with flying lessons from East of Scotland Microlights.

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Huisinis beach on the Isle of Harris is remote but very rewarding

Travel: Splendid isolation on the Isle of Harris

THERE are parts of Scotland where the beauty of the landscape is defined by its remoteness. Some fall in love with the distant location, and the precious time and space it offers, while others consider the journey to be so arduous that they do not even set off.

The Golden Princess cruise ship is seen berthed in Greenock. Picture: Wiki Commons

Greenock voted third most popular cruise destination

FOR the best British Isles and Western Europe Port award, Glasgow’s Greenock port nabbed a spot in the top three.

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The area which the new resort could be built on

Flamingo Land holiday resort plan for Loch Lomond

A site on the shores of Loch Lomond could be turned into a holiday resort by a theme park operator.

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One of the highlights of going to Barbados is swimming with turtles. Pic: TSPL

Travel: You’re bound to come back to Barbados

Mark Atkinson goes hotel hopping in the Caribbean and enjoys romantic dining, snorkelling with turtles and a pub crawl with a real difference

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Landlady of remote Applecross pub crowned Britain’s best

REGULARS at one of the most remote pubs in Britain were raising their glasses yesterday after its proprietor was named landlady of the year in a prestigious guide designed to find the country’s best boltholes.

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What’s old, what’s new and what’s on in Stockbridge

In the second of our Stockbridge Local columns, Susannah Morgan looks at the history of the area, new businesses opening and what events are on.

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

What to expect from the Enchanted Forest light show 2016

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

The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar. Picture: Contributed

Travel: The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar

Sometimes you just need to get away from the city.

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