Travel: Daios Cove, Crete

The sun had just risen, but I was oblivious to its penetrating rays. Bunked down in a cave without creature comforts or tools of communication, sleep was all enveloping – until I was nudged awake by a goat.


The best places to see red squirrels in Scotland

It’s not as difficult to see a red squirrel in the wild in Scotland as you might think.


In pictures: the best food and drink hot spots on the North Coast 500

Fast becoming one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions and 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 Scotland has to offer.

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In pictures: 10 of the harshest TripAdvisor reviews of Scotland

There is no pleasing some people.

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In pictures: Scotland’s ten most scenic Munros

All 282 of Scotland’s Munro have their own charm, but these 10 are a cut above when it comes to scenery.

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ABode is part of a B-listed building that has had several lives.

Travel: ABode, Glasgow

Just five minutes’ walk from Queen Street Station, you’ll find this imposing Edwardian townhouse.

The shore from where Squirrel Nutkin set sail.

Travel: On the trail of Peter Rabbit, Lingholm, Lake District

Looking back on her life in 1942, the year before she died, Beatrix Potter answered a question her millions of fans had always wondered about. In The Tale of Peter Rabbit, what had Mr McGregor’s garden been based on?

The world famous Gleneagles Hotel is just one of Scotland's many five star hotels

The best luxury five star hotels in Scotland

When only the very best will do, book into one of these luxurious Scottish five star hotels for a relaxing break.

Family fun at Grannie's Heilan' Hame Holiday Park, overlooking Embo beach.

Travel: Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park, Embo, Sutherland

Do Not Disturb – Scotland On Sunday

School holidays are a welcome break for children and parents alike. Though the weather might not be fine, a few days of sea air and outdoor activities can still be a great pick-me-up. Grannie’s Heilan Hame has been around for a generations and I was surprised to discover how many people I knew had been there, from actual grannies to millennials.

The town of Agios Nikolaos.

Travel: Agios Nikolaos, Crete

It has reached that time of the year when summer seems like a distant memory and venturing out without a scarf and hat is unthinkable.


10 traditional Edinburgh pubs that should never change

If you’re looking for a pint in timeless, welcoming surroundings, Edinburgh is full of traditional pubs that tick both boxes.


10 secret beaches to visit on the NC500

Scotland’s north coast is interspersed with secret paradise beaches - the majority of which can be easily reached from Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500).

View of Loch Maree from Glen Doherty . Picture: submitted

Once you learn to embrace the spirit of adventure, it will never leave you

I am firmly of the belief that all university cities should be razed to the ground and rebuilt in Glasgow’s image. With three universities, the entire city is geared towards students, and, as an English and politics student at the University of Glasgow around the turn of the millennium, I felt like I’d stepped into a sort of student Utopia.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were playing in Belfast on Saturday night.

Couple mistake Red Hot Chilli Pipers for Red Hot Chili Peppers

A couple’s romantic getaway to see an iconic American rock group backfired - when it turned out they had bought tickets to see a Scottish bagpipe band with a similar name.
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Iain Banks passed away in 2013 just two months after announcing he had cancer.

Unseen Iain Banks drawings to appear in new Culture universe book

Previously unseen drawings by the celebrated Scottish author Iain Banks are to appear in a brand new book celebrating his science fiction writing - to be published six years after his death.
Glasgow's Necropolis is actually a lovely place for a walk

10 romantic things to do for couples in Glasgow

Never mind that it’s the city that gave the world the ‘Glasgow kiss’ - there’s actually an abundance romantic things to do in Glasgow.
A Fringe entertainer performs on the Royal Mile in 2017. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Revealed: Edinburgh festivals reliant on ticket sales to residents

New research has revealed how reliant Edinburgh’s main festivals are on local ticket sales – with most events doing between 40 and 70 per cent of their business within the city’s boundary.

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Edinburgh castle bathed in red light. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh landmarks to be lit up red to attract Chinese tourists

A string of Edinburgh’s most prominent buildings and landmarks will be lit up red this week as part of the biggest ever drive to attract more Chinese visitors to the city – now that they are on the verge of outnumbering American tourists in the capital.

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Snowfall in Edinburgh. Picture: John Devlin

When is the best time of year to visit Edinburgh?

If you’re weighing up the options, here are the benefits of visiting Scotland’s capital in each season.

There are a number of bothies in Scotland that can be reached by kayak

12 bothies that can be reached by kayak

Scotland's best bothies are often found perched above a a tranquil loch or a serene beach, making them accesible to intrepid seafarers. Here are 12 bothies you can reach by kayak
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