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Orkney Islands

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There is no place in the British Isles quite like Orkney. It is breathtakingly beautiful and with more than 70 islands, many of which are uninhabited, it is the perfect destination for being at one with nature, in wide open spaces. As you travel across Orkney, its Neolithic ancestry is evident in the many ancient monuments, stone circles and tombs that are testament to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status and a fascinating history stretching back 6,000 years. Discover tales of Viking intruders, wartime exploits and immerse yourself in Orkney’s rich maritime heritage

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Orkney has its own distinct culture and traditions with many museums, galleries, craft workshops, independent gifts shops, cafes, bars and restaurant – there is no shortage of things to do.
For families there is the unmissable all-weather Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall, a fabulous £15 million facility that includes a swimming pool, fitness and exercise suites, sports facilities and a health zone. Not only that, there’s a cinema, cafe, climbing wall and a soft play area for the little ones.

And if that’s not enough, Orkney was voted the most romantic destination in the UK by publishers Mills and Boon at its prestigious 2015 Romantics Awards. What better place to pop the question

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Scottish Borders

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Steeped in history and good old Scottish/English rivalry, it was the cradle for the spread of Christianity in Scotland and the north of England. The Borders is a place of beautiful landscapes and a wonderful place to explore by foot, bike, car or bus.

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The Borders is fairly well know too for some of the north’s major sporting events including the Melrose Sevens Rugby Tournament in April, the Kelso Races and The River Tweed is a mecca for salmon and trout anglers. When you add to this, stately homes, beautiful abbeys and fantastic transport links to Edinburgh and beyond, The Scottish Borders make for a great holiday destination.

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Speyside Way

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Speyside is known for its beautiful rolling countryside, Scots pine and native woodlands, pretty villages and towns and as a haven for outdoor pursuits.

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What better way to discover all this than along the Speyside Way which begins at Cluny Square in the centre of the fishing town of Buckie and follows the coast west before heading inland along the course of the River Spey, passed villages, towns and famous distilleries, woodlands and rolling green countryside before ending in Aviemore.

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If travelling other than by foot, the historic villages of Findhorn, nestled on the edge of Findhorn Bay and Forres, with their own unique attractions, from Pictish standing stones to more distilleries , are equally appealing.

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The area is not just known for its superb scenery- and its drams – it also has a feast of history and culture, with castles a-plenty and museums to open the eyes to traditions and cultures of by-gone days.

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Moray Coast

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The Moray Coast includes the town of Buckie, pretty coastal fishing villages of Cullen, Portknockie and Findochty. At the height of the fishing industry in Scotland, Portknockie was a significant herring port with around 100 sailing boats in its harbour. Today it still has a fleet of around 10 fishing boats with five smaller creel boats landing creels and mackerel

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Cullen is a busy, popular village in the summer months and is the name-sake of the famous Cullen Skink soup, comprising smoked haddock, milk, potato and onion.

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Inland is the popular tourist village of Fochabers, close to the River Spey and on the A96 as well as a number of popular peaks for walking including Bin Hill, Black Hill, and Hill of Maud.

 

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Buckie is a burgh town on the Moray Firth and is the third largest town in the Moray area after Elgin and Forres. Buckie is the amalgamation of a series of separate fishing villages.  A new town was laid out in the late 18th century and early 19th century above and behind the fishing villages and this area revolves around Cluny Square, with East Church Street and West Church Street leading from it and the North Kirk at one corner.

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St Andrews

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standrewsDescribed as one of Europe’s finest towns, St Andrews attracts visitors from all over the world.

 

Perhaps most famous as the spiritual home of golf, you can play at its most famous course, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which has played host to some of the world’s champion golfers at the British Open Championship. A trip to the British Golf Museum should be on every golfing enthusiast’s bucket list.

 

St Andrews University, one Europe’s most prestigious, dominates the centre of town, with graceful ivy-covered buildings, enchanting quads and hidden gardens. Trendy shops, brew pubs and eateries cater to the student crowd.

 

Explore the Medieval centre of town via cobbled streets and narrow alleyways that lead to the castle, the ruined cathedral and the church of St Regulus, where you can climb the spiral staircase and enjoy stunning views of the area.

Visit one of St Andrews’ lovely beaches, such as West Sands, where the famous race scene from Chariots of Fire was shot. The Botanic Gardens and the Aquarium are top days out, and the Byre Theatre, one of only four 5-star arts venues in Scotland, hosts world class productions year round.

 

St Andrews is an elegant and historic holiday destination- no wonder is it at the top of so many visitors’ ‘must see’ list.

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East Neuk of Fife

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enofSteeped in history, East Neuk of Fife boasts some of the most charming villages in all of Scotland, such as St Monans, Pittenweem, Crail and Anstruther.

 

Cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages with faded red tiled roofs, the divine aroma coming out of traditional smokehouses-it all transports you back to a simpler, more peaceful time. There are long beaches, sandy coves and rock pools to explore, as well as many castles, museums and historic buildings.

 

The Fife Coastal Path section between Pittenweem and Elie has been hailed as one of Britain’s top coastal walks. Golf, wildlife watching and water sports such as swimming, windsurfing and sailing are all on offer. A plethora of art, music and food festivals on the calendar draw visitors from all over the world. The village shops are a treasure trove of art, local crafts and fashion. A favourite pastime, though, is simply enjoying the stunning coastal views and watching the fishing boats in the harbours as they bring in the day’s catch- the perfect antidote to workaday stresses and worries.

 

Speaking of the day’s catch, seafood lovers will find heaven in East Neuk of Fife. Cosy bistros, friendly cafés and romantic restaurants proffer the local bounty pier-to-plate style, from succulent crab and lobster to some of the best fish and chips in Britain.

 

East Neuk of Fife is a brilliant seaside destination for the whole family.

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Western Isles South

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The Uists, Benbecula and Barra make up the main islands of the southern Western Isles. North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay are connected by causeways to each other and by air and ferry to the mainland. A ferry connects these islands to Barra in the south.

The Uists and Barra have a similar rich cultural, historical and religious heritage as their neighbouring island of Lewis and Harris. The Uists are MacDonald country, although from two different branches of the same family. One famous ancestor is Flora MacDonald, who was said to have helped the fleeing Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Jacobite rising in 1745.

Barra, on the other hand is home to the MacNeil clan, after Roderick MacNeil received a charter from King James II of all the lands of Barra and its Isles. After the land was sold and during the Clearances that followed many clansfolk emigrated to the Americas.

Lochmaddy is the main town in North Uist, where the ferry from Uig and Barra docks; Lochboisdale the centre of population for South Uist; and Castlebay for Barra. The Uists are generally rocky on the east side an hilly in the interior and flatter and pitted with sea loch sand long sandy beaches on the west.

South UistThey are a haven for anglers, wildlife watchers and twitchers while the roads are popular with cyclists and the hills with walkers. Yachts are regular summer visitors as the inlets, beaches and coastline attract experienced sailors.

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Western Isles North

Western Isles North

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Western isles north ferrryLewis and Harris are in fact one island and can be reached by ferry either from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway or Uig on Skye or via the southern Western Isles from Lochmaddy to Tarbet.

Lewis is quite flat to the north but hilly to the south where it meets Harris, which is very hilly with seven mountains. The Outer Hebrides are home to some of the most stunning beaches in Scotland, and Lewis and Harris have their fair share of white sand beaches and blue seas.

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The islands are rich with history  from the Callanish stones to the Lewis chessmen and some of the oldest artefacts in the UK have been found on the island as well as from Iron Age forts and standing stones.

There is a strong cultural heritage on Lewis and Harris, where the Clan MacLeod hales from. Gaelic is still spoken alongside English and it is the music of the Gaels that can be heard at social functions throughout the island, where young people take pride in learning the songs and instruments of their forebears.

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From the Butt of Lewis to Leverburgh in the south of Harris, there is much to see, in the way of wildlife, birds and scenery.

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Perthshire South

 

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The picturesque region of Perthshire South could be straight out of a fairytale. Nestled between Loch Tay and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the spirits of Robert Burns and Rob Roy live on and the ancient past is palpable.

 

Killin, which means ‘White Church’ in Gaelic, is located on the dramatic Falls of Dochart, one of the most photographed in Scotland. From its bridge, you can see the ancient burial ground of the once powerful MacNab Clan, and nearby is a prehistoric stone circle and Finlarig Castle, which is said to have once hosted Rob Roy.

 

And speaking of the famous Scottish hero, Rob Roy Way runs right through the village and along Loch Tay, offering panoramic views of the Tarmachan Ridge and Ben Lawers.

 

Dunblane is an ancient town, founded, according to legend, in 602 by St Blane, a Celtic missionary. The Medieval cathedral and nearby buildings, with the Allan Water running through it, give Dunblane a true old world feeling. Bookworms will enjoy browsing rare volumes in Leighton Library, the oldest private library in Scotland.

 

Escape to Perthshire South for a relaxing holiday in true Scottish style.

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Perthshire North

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With some of the most charming villages, bucolic views and historic sites in the country, Perthshire North is quintessential Scotland.

 

Robert Burns waxed lyrical in his famous song ‘The Birks O’ Aberfeldy.’ This bustling wee town on the River Tay is popular with sailors and water sports enthusiasts, as well as history buffs. There is much to explore here- the Scottish Crannog Centre, the Black Watch Monument, Dewar’s World of Whisky and beautiful St Mary’s Chapel. Nearby Glen Lyon is called the longest, loneliest, loveliest glen in all of Scotland.

 

The twin burgh of Blairgowrie and Rattray is situated on the banks of the River Ericht. Those looking for an active holiday find lots to love here- world-class golf, play parks, fishing, shooting and skiing in the southern Cairngorms. Stylish High Street shops and an excellent selection of cafés, bistros and restaurants make this a great base from which to explore North Perthshire.

 

Stop in at Kenmore for a hearty meal and a pint in front of the fire at the oldest inn in Scotland. Nearby, the delightful town of Pitlochry is a favourite spot for visitors because of the Highland hospitality, gorgeous scenery and rich history. Friendly locals cater for holidaymakers, offering exceptional food at a variety of cafés, bistros and first class restaurants.

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As Burns wrote about this lovely part of Scotland: ‘Now Simmer blinks on flowery braes, And o’er the crystal streamlets plays; Come let us spend the lightsome days, In the birks of Aberfeldy.’

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