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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
Eilean Donan Castle, located on a tiny island on Loch Duich, is one of Scotland's most famous castles, and a fun stop for both history buffs and scenic-seekers. I was surprised that even though it is one of the most visited attractions in the...
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Isle of Skye, Duntulm, Portree IV51 9UF, UK
At the very northern tip of the Isle of Skye, which is an island off of the upper north western shore of Scotland, are the ruins of Duntulm Castle. To get there, you have to drive for several hours on narrow dirt roads, but the sense of remoteness...
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Elishader, Portree IV51 9JE, UK
We had a few hours before dinner to drive around the perimeter of the Isle of Skye. A short distance south of Staffin, on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, where the falls descend from a 200 foot high sea cliff. The...
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Breakish, Isle of Skye IV42 8PY, UK
After days of rain that obscured the landscape of the Northern Highlands of Scotland, I drove across the bridge to the Isle of Skye as the sun broke through and lit the hills with a beauty that made it difficult to focus on steering. Breakish was...
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Drumnadrochit, Inverness IV63 6XJ, UK
View of Urquart Castle overlooking Loch Ness. Did not see Nessie, but awesome nonetheless!
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Fort William, UK
During a road trip with friends through Scotland, we decided to experience our surroundings from the top of the highest peak in the British Isles, Ben Nevis (4,409 feet, 1,344 m). Located near Fort William, the peaks are conveniently close to a...
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Crianlarich FK20, UK
Experience Scotland’s scenic 42-mile West Highland Line by rail—including a ride on Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express—and on foot. You’ll depart from Glasgow, cross famous mountain passes, and stop for hikes in spots such as the waterfalls near...
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Inverie, Mallaig PH41 4PL, UK
You’ll explore the Knoydart Peninsula’s mountain passes and Small Isles on this 42-mile, eight- day guided hike, which includes sampling some of Scotland’s finest cuisine at a boat-in lodge. From $1,796. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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Grantown on Spey PH26 3HG, UK
Over seven days, you’ll find the food, estate visits, and distillery tours and tastings just as spectacular as the daily hikes, which include Culloden Moor and Cairngorms National Park. From $4,095. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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MacLeod Estate, Dunvegan House, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye IV55 8WF, UK
The English Lakeland Ramblers use local guides to lead the seven-day wander past such sites as Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, and, on Lewis Island, the prehistoric Standing Stones of Callanish. From $3,175. This appeared in the March/April issue...
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Ardbeg, Isle of Islay PA42 7EA, UK
My first morning on Islay when I woke up in Port Ellen very early it was still dark and dead silent outside. After a ninety minute walk I arrived to Ardbeg Distillery. The sun was rising beautifully behind it's pagodas. A morning I will never...
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Calum´s Road,Kyle, Arnish, Kyle IV40 8PF, UK
Raasay is a fourteen-mile long slip of land nestled between Skye and the Scottish mainland. The heathery isle is weighted in history, and the scenery is wonderful: waking up to views across the water of the snow-capped Cuillin mountains is nothing...
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20 Carrochan Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8EG, UK
Global Yodel - travel through a local lens If someone was visiting Scotland they must visit Loch Lomand, rent a log cabin, a boat and trail around the loch. On the next day, climb Ben Arthur (The Cobbler). Then go down to the local pub and have a...
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Northern Europe
Rarely have I felt as content as I did earlier this year, at a wonderful little retreat in Scotland called The Woodman’s Hut. Located inside popular Cairngorms National Park, it’s the choice accommodation at Lazy Duck Hostel, a farm and lodging...
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Northern Europe
My last day on Islay I discovered the village of picturesque Portnahaven and it's beautiful church with two doors... Left door is for the people of Portnahaven and the right door is for the people of Port Wemyss, their neighbor village...
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Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
A four-storey tower house set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe, located about 1.5 miles north east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, seen here from the A828 road mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe.
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Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
We spent the day driving a rough circle along A82 and adjoining roads as we made our way through Glen Coe in the Western Highlands down to Oban. Fans of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" might recall the final scene taking place at this castle....
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Breakish, Isle of Skye IV42 8PY, UK
Scotland is not known for its cuisine. And I didn't go to the Isle of Skye looking for one of the best meals I've ever had. But that's the magic of travel, your best memories are the unexpected ones. I actually went to Red Skye trying to escape...
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Marwick Head, Orkney KW17 2NB, UK
After picking up a fantastic batch of fresh haggis to go with our fish and chips in Stromness we made our way north to Marwick Head. Upon reaching Marwick Head - a beautiful tower situated atop impressive cliffs - we walked along the cliff tops in...
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36 Northton, Isle of Harris HS3 3JA, UK
Nestled in the tiny village of Northton on the Isle of Harris is a local culinary secret: Croft 36. For Harris holidaymakers who feel like a treat, Croft 36 operates as a catering business delivering fresh seafood meals to their vacation location,...
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Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
We arrived at Loch Lomond after a long drive from Edinburgh. The sun was starting to set and storm clouds were rolling in. The blues on the water and in the sky were amazing.
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Old Man of Hoy, Stromness KW16 3NJ, UK
Since we saw the pictures of The Old Man of Hoy for the first time we were dreaming to go there. Towards to the end of your 3 miles hike from Rackwick suddenly you see the Old Man rising behind the cliffs far away. When you get closer the scene is...
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River Sligachan, Isle of Skye, UK
Our guide warned us about the freezing water before we left the warm surround of our tour bus. That was of course after he had also told us that the 'Fountain of Youth' so sought after my humanity since time immemorial, was just outside our window...
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Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye IV47 8TA, UK
Hidden amongst the scenic mountains nestled below the staggering Cuillins, are magically enchanted waterfalls and crystal clear pools of water. Progressively more beautiful the further down you hike. The scenery itself will entice you to take a...
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29-31 Abercromby Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, UK
Whisky connoisseurs can sample more than 40 single-malt scotches as their vintage carriages slice through the Scottish Highlands. The veranda of the Edwardian-style observation car offers a relaxing retreat after such activities as private...
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Isle of Islay, UK
The southernmost island of Scotland's Inner Hebrides, Islay is known for its whisky, specifically smoky, peaty whisky. It also has lovely beaches (worth checking out if the weather cooperates) and a mostly flat landscape ideal for cycling.