Travel: Adventures in Miami and cruising the West Caribbean

Scott Macnab joins the revellers aboard cruise liner Getaway for a sunshine break in the West Caribbean. Coupled with a few days in Miami, it’s the perfect way to banish the winter blues

Trigony House Hotel near Thornhill

Travel: A luxury break to dog-friendly Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries and Galloway

If you’re dog tired then what better place to recharge your batteries than somewhere that really knows how to look after dogs?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with their children, Julian, left, and Kyoko, on holiday at Durness, in Sutherland, in 1969. PIC: PA.

John Lennon and his holidays in the Scottish Highlands

It was a place where John Lennon was to bring his own children to share his love of long summers in the Highlands.

Cycling campaigners in the Highlands. Picture: Contributed

Campaign launched to make Inverness a cycle-friendly city

A MASS cycle to Highland Council HQ in Inverness is to take place with walking and cycling enthusiasts demanding more action to improve active travel facilities in the city.

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The new pop-up Fringe venue will be unveiled at the Pleasance this summer.

New Meccano-style venue created for Edinburgh Fringe

A new “flat-pack” pop-up theatre venue is to make its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

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A view of the Cairngorms on the tourist route.

Cairngorms Snow Roads scenic route plan on track

A plan to turn a 90-mile Highland road into a tourism route has reached another major milestone.

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Sandals Ochi beach resort, Jamaica

Take a break with Sandals Foundation and give something back

Jamaica is a place people can love even if they have never visited. Its rich cultural legacy is remarkable given this is a nation of fewer than three million people. But play a song by any number of music stars – from Toots Hibbert to Lee Perry – and you’re immediately transported to a Caribbean world of wonder. Numerous literary giants – from Ian Fleming to Noel Coward – have written of their love for all things Jamaican. The island is a shared experience even for those on the other side of the Atlantic.

Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries And Galloway

Do Not Disturb: Trigony House Hotel, Closeburn, Dumfries and Galloway

A dog sled team in the Grande Odyss�e

Travel: On the trail of the dogs and mushers racing in the Grand Odyssée in the Alps

Night is settling on the village of Lanslebourg in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise region of the French Alps. Amid a strengthening breeze, the mercury is heading rapidly towards minus 20. Time, surely, to head indoors, warm up and wolf down some fondue.

The Museum of American History in Washington features the 200-year-old flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the US national anthem. Picture Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images

Travel: The state of the union in Baltimore and Washington DC

Baltimore and Washington DC have a special place in the heart of every American, as Neil Geraghty discovers when he visits the twin cities of the US east coast

The Monarch of the Glen has been secured for the nation after a four-month fundraising campaign.

Monarch of the Glen set to tour Scotland after being secured for the nation

The iconic Monarch of the Glen painting is set to go on tour around the country after the Scottish Government stepped in to help secure its future.
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The Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin, Isle of Skye. Picture:

Revealed: Scotland’s favourite pictures

THESE are ‘officially’ the best images of Scotland as chosen by a smart algorithm on a photography website.

The body armour worn by Princess Diana in Angola will be on display at Edinburgh Castle for the next year.

Princess Diana's body armour goes on display at Edinburgh Castle

The body armour worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, as she walked through a minefield has gone on display at Edinburgh Castle.
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The cruise liner Wind Surf, one of the largest sailing cruise ships in the world, berthed in Leith Docks last year.

Scotland steps up campaign to attract more cruise ships

SCOTLAND has its biggest representation yet at Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida - targeting industry operators as they plan itineraries several years ahead.

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Two bedouin camels rests near the treasury Al Khazneh carved into the rock at Petra, Jordan. Petra is one the New Seven Wonders of the World

Jaw-dropping Jordan

It’s 100 years since Lawrence of Arabia swept across the desert, white robes billowing in the wind and rifle raised triumphantly above his head. His legacy, which has since become shrouded in myth and romance, has done much to shape our conception of Jordan and the Middle East.

The Taynuilt: Etive Restaurant with Rooms, Taynuilt, Argyll

Do Not Disturb: The Taynuilt: Etive Restaurant with Rooms, Taynuilt, Argyll

Weekend wonder for foodies

The Two Eejits in the award-winning CalMac campaign. Picture: Contributed

The Two Eejits wins marketing award for CalMac

A FUN promotional campaign called The Two Eejits has won a prestigious Travel Marketing Award for Scots ferry firm CalMac.

North coast 500 route. Picture: Contributed

‘Jobs boost’ on North Coast 500 - Scotland’s Route 66

THE success of the North Coast 500 tourism initiative could lead to the creation of 200 new jobs in one of the remotest parts of the country, a survey has revealed.

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Transporting the musicians and instruments of the RSNO requires serious planning.

Scotland improves on business travel offering

Of the 12 million trips made by domestic visitors to Scotland in 2013-15, 1.73m were classified as business travel. That’s 14 per cent of the total number of domestic tourist trips made to Scotland. Whether you are travelling to or from Scotland on business, it is the job of airlines, rail operators, terminal staff and taxi drivers to make the journey as stress free as possible so that you arrive at your destination ready to work.

Wi-fi access and workstations are becoming almost a prerequisite on trains and in airports.

Kayaking on Skye. Picture: VisitScotland

Discover the hidden Highlands in eBook

A new eBook and film – which has already been viewed over 80,000 times on You Tube - are bringing to life the scenery and array of activities on offer in the Highlands, as part of a VisitScotland marketing campaign promoting the region.

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