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  • Kinloch Lodge Hotel a perfect base for exploring the wonders of Skye

    6 December 2013 1.30pm.

    Steve Bargeton weathers the rugged romance of the Isle of Skye — and samples a Highland welcome and some fine dining in one of the world’s top small hotels.

  • Everyone’s going on a summer holiday

    26 July 2013 4.49pm.

    Thousands of Scots will be switching on their out-of-office messages and packing their bags. Today is predicted to be the busiest travel day of the year in the UK as hordes of us head off on our summer holidays. More than 300,000 people are expected to go through London’s airports and Eurostar destinations.

  • A North Sea hop, skip and a jump to the Netherlands

    30 June 2012 7.58am.

    Until recently, whenever I thought of the Netherlands I thought of tulips, flat countryside and Amsterdam, writes William Lockwood. Occasionally I thought about the Cruyff turn. However I was vaguely aware of a nation that extended beyond that, so when the chance came up to see some more of it I grabbed it.

  • Everest adventurer Doug Scott to give lecture

    10 October 2011 5.50pm.

    Climber and explorer Doug Scott will take part in a fund-raising lecture at Kirkcaldy's Adam Smith Theatre on Sunday, October 30.

  • Lisbon: White city charms

    6 August 2011 2.48pm.

    Lisbon is an established favourite with holidaymakers, and Stewart Lloyd-Jones took a trip there to check out the Portuguese capital's delights.

  • Review: Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa, Northumberland

    16 July 2011 11.21am.

    Grant Reid takes the time to explore one of those places you always see signposted while driving somewhere else and finds there is indeed plenty to amuse off the beaten track...

  • Bike accident leaves Courier photographer with trans-Europe quandary

    2 July 2011 4.18pm.

    A tumble on the roads of Croatia has brought a painful halt to Courier photographer Kim Cessford's enjoyment of a Top Gear-type challenge across Europe.

  • Fantastic Finns, super Swedes — A Baltic adventure

    4 June 2011 10.34am.

    In the inimitable words of Monty Python: "Finland, Finland, Finland, The country where I want to be, Eating breakfast or dinner, Or snack lunch in the hall." It was with this level of searing cultural insight that William Lockwood stepped off the plane in Helsinki, ready to tackle whatever hurdles the country could throw at him, with a taste of Sweden thrown in for good luck.

  • St Andrews ranks highly in TripAdvisor visitor survey

    7 May 2011 2.30pm.

    A remarkable few days for St Andrews was topped off when it was unveiled as one of Britain's 10 most popular retreats.

  • The Hideaway Experience: another world on your doorstep

    2 April 2011 1.29pm.

    Sometimes a little deception is no bad thing. Well, it was in my case recently when the opportunity arose to test drive something new in the shadow of the Sidlaw Hills, just outside Dundee.

  • VisitScotland campaign to help Angus and Dundee make a splash

    21 March 2011 5.17pm.

    A multi-million-pound investment by VisitScotland will promote Angus and Dundee as "an amazing holiday destination."

  • Enjoy the magic of the Misty Isle at Skye's Kinloch Lodge

    14 March 2011 2.49pm.

    Mist-covered mountains, wild seas and dramatic ruined castles drenched in history make the Isle of Skye one of the most romantic getaways that Scotland, and indeed the world, has to offer. But perhaps nowhere encapsulates the romance of the Misty Isle more than the luxurious hideaway Kinloch Lodge — the island's only Michelin Star establishment. Michael Alexander travelled north to find out more.

  • Thrilling Western Isles descent is a Barra-full of excitement

    23 January 2011 2.10pm.

    What do Barra, Honduras and Guatemala City all have in common? They are all in the top 10 scariest airports in the world - but in another survey, Barra was voted in the top 10 'inspirational approaches'.Michael Alexander recently spent a family holiday on Barra and found out for himself whether it was scary or inspirational.

  • Muscle man Jamie Barr has a strong pull on Germans

    12 January 2011 8.02am.

    A Fife muscle man is providing a strong pull for Germans to come to Scotland.

  • Autumn gold in Scotland

    10 October 2010 2.04pm.

    Scotland in the autumn is a pretty special place. The tourists have gone home, the weather's still quite good, and you can sometimes feel you have the whole country to yourself. Jack McKeown spent a few days touring some of the highlights.

  • Boatel your friends — hearty good fun aboard the Four Sisters

    15 August 2010 3.39pm.

    Ahoy, me hearties! Mike Donachie and family enjoyed a short break with a difference aboard Edinburgh's Four Sisters Boatel, which is billed as Scotland's only "floating hotel." Dragging along his wife and two young children, he filled the car with babycare junk and was already misusing nautical terms before they hit the motorway.

  • Beauty in the Eyemouth at Gunsgreen House

    1 August 2010 7.10am.

    With 'staycations' on the rise, Richard Watt beholds a Scottish beauty — Eyemouth.

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