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In his first column, Grandad Haggis reviews his stay at the Portavadie Marina, an idyllic spa retreat situated on the eastern shores of Loch Fyne. Just a scenic 2-hour drive away from Glasgow, this acclaimed modern spa resort is centred around a charming marina. Offering a variety of lodge and studio apartment accommodations, along with …

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We visit Glencoe several times a year, and it never fails to take my breath away. I remember my first drive through the glen, and how I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the window as the dramatic filmroll unfurled in front of me; towering mountains beatened and blackened by the elements, the only colour …

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Historians say that Stirling was the broch that tied the Highlands to the Lowlands; and that “he who holds Stirling, holds Scotland.” Stirling is a city with an extraordinary history. It’s the place where the impossible beat the possible; Highland clans outnumbered and lacking modern and far superior weapons slaughtered modern English armies, sending the lucky …

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Stirling is a city I visit often. Home to some of Scotland’s most important history, this city has witnessed it all. From Robert the Bruce and William Wallace to Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie- almost every prominent figure has been drawn to Stirling in one way or another. In this guide, I’m …

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Once home to a Scottish poet, Morebattle is a sleepy village that would often remain undetected would it not be for the long-distance trail that runs through the middle of the village. In this edition of Secrets of Scotland, I’m sharing the history of this quaint village and some things to do in the area. …

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Cessford Castle is a ruined 15th-century castle located in the bonnie Scottish Borders. Located just 8 miles from the Scottish/English border, Cessford Castle was a strong, defensive castle, and was once the seat of the Ker family. In this edition of Secrets of Scotland, I’m talking about the history of the castle and tips for visiting. …

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