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Set against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, The Witchery by the Castle offers a one-of-a-kind experience that blends 16th-century grandeur with contemporary luxury.

Originally a country house on the Duke of Roxburghe’s estate, the hotel has transitioned into part of the exclusive Destination by Hyatt collection, recently augmenting its historic charm with a 58-room contemporary wing and collection of modern self-catering cottages.

Join us as we chat with Clare Holohan, a passionate medical herbalist and forager who shares her journey of creating the book "Scotland’s Wild Medicine." From her personal background and motivation to the process of writing, our chat sheds light on businesses, collaboration, and the profound connection between nature and wellness. Learn about her insight into herbal medicine, foraging, and the transformative power of reconnecting with nature for better health.

Join us as we chat with Clare Holohan, a passionate medical herbalist and forager who shares her journey of creating the book "Scotland’s Wild Medicine." From her personal background and motivation to the process of writing, our chat sheds light on businesses, collaboration, and the profound connection between nature and wellness. Learn about her insight into herbal medicine, foraging, and the transformative power of reconnecting with nature for better health.

Join us as we chat with Clare Holohan, a passionate medical herbalist and forager who shares her journey of creating the book "Scotland’s Wild Medicine." From her personal background and motivation to the process of writing, our chat sheds light on businesses, collaboration, and the profound connection between nature and wellness. Learn about her insight into herbal medicine, foraging, and the transformative power of reconnecting with nature for better health.

Join us as we chat with Clare Holohan, a passionate medical herbalist and forager who shares her journey of creating the book "Scotland’s Wild Medicine." From her personal background and motivation to the process of writing, our chat sheds light on businesses, collaboration, and the profound connection between nature and wellness. Learn about her insight into herbal medicine, foraging, and the transformative power of reconnecting with nature for better health.

Through their work, Narture aims to showcase the talents of local artists and artisans, promoting their work and supporting their livelihoods. By intertwining food and arts, the collective intends to create unique experiences that engage both the senses and the community, attracting visitors and fostering cultural tourism in the process.

Join us as we chat with Anna Liebmann, a skilled basketmaker and willow grower based in Edinburgh, who passionately shares her journey into the craft. She meticulously grows and hand-cuts most of her own willow organically in South Lanarkshire and Edinburgh, creating a diverse range of handmade products. Her love for locally sourced willow and her profound connection to her materials make her an inspiring figure in the world of basketmaking.

In a recent interview, The Drystone Company showcased their expertise and passion for drystone walling, emphasising their commitment to creating beautiful, sustainable, and resilient outdoor spaces using traditional skills. The company's services range from designing and building drystone walls, structures, and features to restoring existing dry stone structures with beautiful photography and captivating stories to go along with each project.

Jude Ross turned her passion for sustainability, fashion and collecting souvenirs into a business venture during lockdown when she realised the scarcity of memorabilia from her favourite Scottish places. We chat with Jude about her inspirations, aspirations and the success of her circular business model, Kings

Named after the Gaelic word for the River Tay and the Sanskrit term for a sense of being, Tatha gallery offers visitors a unique and enchanting space to celebrate art in Scotland. With its abundant natural light, breathtaking views, and distinct gallery layout, Tatha creates an atmosphere that is both serene and inviting and we chat to owner Lindsay about how she achieved this.

Drawing inspiration from the breathtaking landscapes of her beloved Isle of Skye, jeweller, Heather McDermott shares with us some insights into her creative process, the balance between modern aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship, and her love for promoting Scottish makers. Join us as we delve into the world of Heather McDermott and discover the beauty she brings to life through her stunning jewellery creations.

We chat to Kelly Morrison, the author and creator of new book The Deeside Way- A Companion Guide about her passion and inspiration behind writing the guide. As well as discussing some recommendations for coffee stops and points of interest along the 41 mile route that capture the essence of the places traversed, delving into the history and heritage of each location.

We speak to Arran Botanical Drinks founder, Stuart Fraser about the captivating alchemy of foraging, brewing, and distilling, with locally sourced flavours curated in their botanical kitchen. Engage your senses with ingredients harvested from Arran's abundant landscapes, creating an unforgettable symphony of flavours.

Unearth Stirlingshire's hidden gems: 10 captivating experiences blending history, nature, and Scottish charm.

Discover Scotland's elusive European otters with photographer David Dinsley's expert guide on finding and capturing these creatures on camera.

Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of Seilich, where beauty and environmental stewardship seamlessly blend to create an award-winning natural skincare brand.

Discover the secrets behind Edinburgh's beloved sandwich shop, Albys, in our exclusive interview with founders Natasha and Matt. Learn about their inspirations, favorite flavors, and future plans for their growing sandwich empire.

Dive into 'The Banshee of Glenisla', a chilling piece of Scottish folklore. Journey through the winter landscapes of Angus Glens, haunted by ancient spirits.

Established in 1705, The Drovers Inn is said to be one of Scotland’s oldest and most haunted pubs.

In 1307, King Robert the Bruce begun to slowly win back control of Scotland through stealthy tactics and guerilla warfare

In January 1338, William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury, laid siege to the coastal stronghold of Dunbar Castle

By April 1746, a Jacobite army led by Bonnie Prince Charlie had marched from Glenfinnan down to Derby and all the way back north to Inverness.

The 16th-century Alloway Auld Kirk in Ayrshire is probably the most famous small church in Scotland.

The slender, elongated Loch Katrine is one of Scotland’s most enchanting locations.

7 interesting things you maybe didn’t know about Lewis and Harris

Cambuskenneth Abbey is an underrated gem from Scottish history.

Stirling Castle is a magnificent example of the power and ambition of the Stewart dynasty.

Grim events are scattered across Scotland’s history, with one of the most chilling being the murder of the young earl of Douglas and his brother at the Black Dinner in November 1440

North Aberdeenshire may be known for its cold and wind, but that doesn’t stop it from being beautiful!

As the festive season approaches, Christmas markets pop up across the country to bring a distinctly Alpine touch to our high streets.

From the Cairngorms National Park to the borders of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire has plenty to see, taste and explore. Whether you prefer to spend your time in five-star hotels, haunted castles or embracing nature – here are 50 things to do during your next visit to Scotland’s northeast coast.

Castle Tioram is perched on a tidal island in Loch Moidart, seemingly isolated at the end of a long and winding road.

The west coast of the Isle of Arran is littered with caves, but one entrance is much more elaborate than all the rest.

Made famous by Robert Burns, the Birks of Aberfeldy is a place of inspiration, full of soaring trees and tumbling waterfalls.

The small village of Falkland in Fife has seen a large increase in visitors in recent years due to its role in the TV show Outlander.

Kilmuir cemetery on the Isle of Skye is packed full of interesting gravestones, but there’s one that literally towers above the rest.

Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire is one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in Scotland.

There’s only a fraction of Kelso Abbey still standing, but at its peak, this was one of the most impressive buildings in Scotland

Once an impressive home, Old Castle Lachlan now stands as a lonely ruin, hidden away on the quiet side of Loch Fyne, part of Argyll’s secret coast

Meet Niall munro, owner of birch cafe in skye Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hi Niall, please tell everyone a bit about yourself and introduce the brand. Hi there, my name is Niall Munro…

Meet sara, owner of castaway Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hi Sara, please tell everyone a bit about yourself and introduce your brand.Hello, I am Sara and I live on the east coast of…

In the town of Largs on the Ayrshire coast, stands a strange monument poking 70 feet into the sky. This slender structure has become known affectionately as the Largs Pencil, built in 1912 to commemorate one of Scotland’s most pivotal events.

The largest island in the Firth of Clyde has plenty to see and do – it’s not known as ‘Scotland in miniature’ for nothing.

While other parts of Scotland might grab more headlines, a visit to Dundee and Angus should be at the top of anyone's list.

Packed full of ornate stone carvings and mysterious legends, Rosslyn Chapel is one of the most intriguing buildings in Scotland. Construction began in 1446, high up on a small hill overlooking Roslin Castle. Sir William Sinclair had grand plans to create an enormous, elaborate church that would be the envy of the Scottish nobility.

A guide to the best places to drink craft beer in Scotland. Find out which taprooms and craft beer bars you need to have on your travel list.

Scotland is, unsurprisingly, a popular place to use as a filming location, and you’ll likely have seen it featured in some of your favourite films and tv series over the years.

Nicknamed the “Queen of the Hebrides”, Islay remains one of the most popular islands for visitors to Scotland

Situated in a remote northwest corner of Sutherland, Sandwood Bay is one of the most sensational beaches in Scotland.

There are plenty of green spaces dotted around Edinburgh to choose from so here are just a few of our favourite places to enjoy a picnic.

There has been a fortress guarding the crossing towards Kerrera where Dunollie Castle now stands for at least 1300 years

All along the Caithness coastline, soaring cliffs are punctured by deep, piercing inlets. With the wild North Sea crashing against jagged rocks, even these narrow gaps could be a godsend for fishing vessels.

Where to eat in Stonehaven Written by Colin Fraser The stories of towns in decline are never far from our ears here in the North-east of Scotland but when it comes to Stonehaven, it’s quite the opposite. When you’re on…

Steeped in history and charm, Edinburgh’s city centre is generally at the top of every first-time visitor’s list of places to explore and as a result, it can get pretty crowded.

Corgarff Castle might seem isolated and lonely in remote Strathdon, but this little tower guards a vital route between Aberdeenshire and Speyside. Instantly recognisable with its pure white, star shaped wall, the castle holds over 400 years of stories that are almost as wild as the landscape itself.

Perched on a cliff near Skye’s most northerly point, Duntulm Castle has a fascinating
reputation.

Scotland came out on top at the Estrella Dramm National Restaurant Awards, with five eateries appearing on the prestigious 100 Best Restaurants List

Edinburgh is known for its rich and intriguing history so it's fitting that the city is filled
with a range of wonderful museums dedicated to its colourful past

Despite the name, Dalkeith Palace was never a permanent home to monarchs, but this country mansion still has plenty of royal connections.

Once the luxurious playground of Scottish royalty, Linlithgow Palace is now a ruined memorial to its former glory.

Where to go for ice cream in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Written by Colin FraserThe summer sun has made an early appearance seeing the masses take to their picnic blankets at beaches, river banks and parks across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. With…

The largest and most northern of Scotland’s major islands, Skye’s picturesque natural beauty draws thousands of visitors to its shores every year. And when you’re finished exploring the fifty miles of the island, you’ll want something delicious to eat and something hot to drink

Once the luxurious playground of Scottish royalty, Linlithgow Palace is now a ruined memorial to its former glory.

Meet Textiles Designer Jonny MacKinnon Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hi Jonny, can you please introduce yourself and your business to our readers? My name is Jonny MacKinnon, I’m a 33yr old woven textile…

A top picks guide to cafes and restaurants to see you through breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in Inverurie.

Move over breakfast – brunch is now the most important meal of the day! And Glasgow, the café mecca it has now become, has plenty of spots to indulge.

Tucked away on the Angus coast, Arbroath Abbey is best known for the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath over 700 years ago

Meet Scottish Sustainable Skateboard Designer Danny Aubrey Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hi Danny, can you please introduce yourself and your business re:ply to our readers? Hi! I’m Danny Aubrey and I’m the founder…

There's been a burst of new food developments over the past few months. Get up to speed with the new restaurants, cafes and news in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Timeless streets intertwine with family memories. In this guide, slow travel writer Laura Anne Brown shares the corners of Culross you shouldn’t miss.

It might be the ancestral home of Clan Campbell, but the perfectly symmetrical Inveraray Castle looks more like a French chateau than an ancient Scottish stronghold

In 1954, the youths of Glasgow were gripped in a strange mania. Children of all ages were prowling around the city’s Necropolis with makeshift weapons hunting for the Gorbals Vampire.

In 1954, the youths of Glasgow were gripped in a strange mania. Children of all ages were prowling around the city’s Necropolis with makeshift weapons hunting for the Gorbals Vampire.

17th century Scotland was a dangerous place, not only due to religious strife and violence but also the hundreds of ruthless witch trials.

Once one of the most impressive fortresses in Scotland, Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is now a ruined shell clinging to the Caithness cliffs just north of Wick.

meet craig & noru, co-owners of pixel spirits Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hi Craig & Noru, please introduce yourselves and what it is that you do?We originally met when living and working in…

Coffee lovers will be glad to hear that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has some incredible coffee houses under its belt. Here's your must visit spots for great coffee (and great cake) in North-east Scotland.

The Old Man of Storr is one of Skye's most iconic landmarks and most popular hikes. It’s no surprise that more than one folk story has grown around this uniquely shaped pinnacle of rock.

Meet Stephanie Lothian, co-owner of williamstone farm steadings Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hi Steph, can you please introduce yourself and The Barn to our readers? Hi, my name is Steph and together with…

Whether you're craving a cheese toastie or a sandwich of skyscraping stature, here are some of the best places in Aberdeen to grab an epic lunch.

Meet Jeweller and Silversmith Megan Falconer Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Megan runs a jewellery and silversmithing business from her workshop at Deemouth Artist Studios in Torry, Aberdeen. Hi Megan, can you please introduce…

Glasgow has thousands of sights to offer, but how do you find the hidden gems? Around every corner, in every neighbourhood, there’s something special to discover

April is here and brings with it a month full of events and special events.

The red sandstone halls of Arbroath Abbey have been resolute witnesses
to some of the mightiest figures of medieval Scotland

Loch Maree in the northwest of Scotland is one of the largest and most beautiful stretches of water in the country

It truly feels as if spring has sprung in Edinburgh! Spring blossoms are in full bloom and we’ve already been blessed with several days of beautiful warm weather and sunshine.

meet illustrator emily hogarth Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories ‘making the everyday magical’ Hi Emily, can you please introduce yourself and what you do to our readers? Hello, I’m Emily and I live just…

The days are stretching and that means one thing, exploring! Ballater is a prized spot to visit in Royal Deeside in the surroundings of countryside, royal heritage and plenty of food spots.

Kildrummy Castle is known as the noblest of northern castles, living up to that reputation even in its ruined state

The Banffshire Coast is full of undiscovered gems. With beautiful sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and even a castle built into the rocks.

The change in season has brought plenty of new food and drink spots to explore in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Find out what awaits your taste buds in my highlights of new arrivals.

meet anna low, co owner of foyers lodge Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their storiesTogether with her husband Phil, Anna co-owns and manages Foyers Lodge, a small boutique hotel overlooking Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.…

With its narrow passages and 17th century cobbled streets, Culross in Fife has become a popular tourist destination.

Extending across ninety-one miles from St Cyrus to Logie Head, the Aberdeenshire coastline connects sandy bays with rugged cliffside. Considered an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that has preserved the beautiful historic harbours that flourished in centuries prior, it’s also home to many charming villages that are well worth a visit. Here are our favourites.

meet sustainable florist hollie berries Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hollie is the owner of Hollie Berries Flower Studio and Cutting Garden, which is a sustainable floristry business run from her studio workshop in…

With National Pie Week in full swing, here's some of my top picks for grabbing a substantial pie in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Meet abstract painter Jemma Craig Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their storiesJemma Craig is an abstract painter based in Edinburgh. From a hobby to making bespoke art to match clients' homes, we spoke to Jemma about…

The third most populous city in the UK, Glasgow is a treat for architecture buffs. From medieval ruins to Victorian and Edwardian Gothic masterpieces to contemporary design

The first official month of spring is here! After battling several storms last month, it’s glorious to see the lighter evenings and the emergence of daffodils as a reminder that winter will soon be behind us.

Interview With KATE & JACK, THE FOUNDERS OF WE ARE MAKERS. Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hi Kate & Jack, thank you for taking the time to share your story with us. First of…

March is here and bringing with it is a jam-packed calendar of events. From the stage to the screen and crafts to food markets, here's what's happening across North-east Scotland this month.

Hidden deep in the Fife woodland, Crawford Priory is one of the most intriguing ruins in Scotland.

Drum Castle looks a little odd compared to other Scottish castles. Over the last 700 years, this Aberdeenshire stronghold has developed, grown and adapted to include a medieval tower, Jacobean mansion and Victorian extension.

There is little left to see today but Dunbar Castle was once among the strongest fortresses in Scotland. In 1338, with Patrick Dunbar away fighting with the Scots army, William Montague the Earl of Salisbury saw his chance to capture this strategic stronghold.

The Thanes of Cawdor had lived in the area for centuries but around 1370, William Calder decided to build a new tower. The only problem was that he couldn’t decide where.

With National Bread Week well underway, here's some local bakers batching up quality bread in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The highest mountain in Scotland attracts over 125,000 hikers and climbers every year to experience its wild character.

Poking out into the water, on a rocky peninsula, lie the sprawling ruins of Urquhart Castle. These tumbled down walls are packed with stories of conflict going back over 1500 years.

Poking out into the water, on a rocky peninsula, lie the sprawling ruins of Urquhart Castle. These tumbled down walls are packed with stories of conflict going back over 1500 years.

Interview With Graham Logan Jura Distillery Manager In Collaboration with Jura Whisky Hi Graham, first of all, please introduce yourself and tell us what brought you to Jura and how did you end up in the whisky industry? It was…

ust off the north tip of Jura, the world’s third largest whirlpool roars in the Gulf of Corryvreckan.

Jura is well known for its abundance of deer; the name of the island is even believed to come from the Norse word for them.

Meet Elaine, owner of Camella Crafts In Collaboration with Jura Whisky Hi Elaine, thank you for taking the time to speak with us, can you please introduce yourself and Camella Crafts to our readers?I am Elaine Campbell, and I am…

Meet Konrad, owner of The Whisky Island Gallery and Studio In Collaboration with Jura Whisky Hi Konrad, can you please introduce yourself and ‘The Whisky Island Gallery & Studio’ to our readers?I’m a documentary, portrait and whisky industry photographer based…

Interview With charlotte and michael, founders of deer island distillers. In Collaboration with Jura Whisky Hi Charlotte and Michael, thank you both for taking the time to share your story with us. Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?Hi, ok…

The foreboding Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye has been home to Clan Macleod for the last 800 years. Throughout those turbulent centuries, this fortress has guarded the clan’s most valuable treasure.

There are few places in Scotland as photographed as the Three Sisters of Glencoe. Some visitors may have no idea of the tragedy that unfolded nearby.

Tucked away on the remote southwestern coast of Hoy, Orkney’s ‘high island’, is one of Scotland’s greatest hidden gems – Rackwick bay.

Gight Castle isn’t on the regular Aberdeenshire tourist trail. Hidden away down a long forest path and practically swallowed by nature

The trail includes six World Heritage Sites, three Creative Cities: Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, two Biosphere Reserves, and two Global Geoparks.

We're graced with plenty local pizza makers here in the North-east, all serving epic pizzas in with signature twists and secrets to stand out. Find out where to grab your perfect slice of pizza.

One of the remote islands found in the Inner Hebrides, Jura is one of Scotland’s natural hidden gems

The days are slowly lengthening, temperatures inching up, and snowdrops are peeping their heads above ground, reminding us that Spring will soon be on its way. In the meantime, February promises a range of wonderful events in Edinburgh.

With Veganuary nearly at a close, I’ve muddled together a few suggestions of eateries that go the extra mile for the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

If you were to try and distil the Scottish Highlands down into a small area, taking the warmness of the people, the epic landscapes and incredible food, the result would be something very similar to the Isle of Skye.

2021 appeared to be the year of food and drink but 2022 is shaping up to be an equal rival with these new developments I have on my radar for this year.

Loch Coruisk is a strikingly beautiful freshwater loch located remotely on the south-west coast of the Isle of Skye.

A mere 90 minutes away from Inverness, the drive to Torridon is almost an attraction in itself.

he castle may have stood stalwart against attack, but its garrison of sixty fell to the three-thousand strong forces of the English king; another move made in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Happy New Year! The arrival of January sees Edinburgh swapping twinkly lights and Christmas decorations for glittering frosty mornings and the promise of snow.

From classy to casual and quirky to timeless, Aberdeen is lined with bars offering your perfect serve to be sipped in the city.

Aberdeen's ancient Merchant Quarter (otherwise known as The Green) is never far from making a lasting impression with its five glorious eateries pinned on its relatively small footprint.

From pantry fillers to last minute Christmas day table additions and treats ready to be scoffed as soon as they’re unwrapped, here’s a few ideas to give this year’s gift list a festive Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire twist.

In the far south of the Outer Hebrides, Kisimul Castle has dominated Castlebay on Barra for at least 600 years

In 1296, Edward I of England effectively ‘conquered’ the Kingdom of Scotland, rendering it a province of England with little autonomy of its own.

Shetland is often dubbed as the UK’s final frontier, the very farthest reaches of a country governed from the urban centres of London and Edinburgh.

Tempt me with anything of the sweet variety and I'm anybody's. Icing topped sponges, sticky cinnamon buns, elegant cupcakes and picture-perfect patisserie, there’s plenty to fill your boots with in the city and the shire.

In the 15th Century, the Earl of Argyll requested special permission from King James
IV to change the name of this tower to Castle Campbell

Scotland's archaeology spans over 7,000 years, and with everything from Neolithic villages, Iron Age brochs, Bronze Age houses and an invasion of Vikings and Norse settlers, you're sure to find a site to whet your archaeological appetite.

Nestled among the rolling green hills of Scotland’s south-west, Dumfries and Galloway is something of a hidden gem.

Bordering the City of Edinburgh, the Lothians and the North of England, the Scottish Borders is home to plenty of beautiful beaches.

Autumn can be a frustrating season for parents as Scottish weather often dictates whether time is spent indoors or out, and the usual outdoor playground can quickly become off bounds.

From former retreats for kings and queens to newly refurbished medieval battlegrounds, there’s a castle hotel for every taste – and here are our top picks:

New eateries, refreshed menus, revamped facilities - I’m all ears. So this week, I’m bringing you a taste of a handful of new developments over the past few months.

Dumfries and Galloway have so many historical places to visit, most of which are also set in the beautiful scenery, which makes this area perfect for both history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Autumn has arrived in the capital. Temperatures are beginning to drop, nights slowly close in yet with trees bursting into beautiful russet tones and their golden leaves strewn across city pavements, it’s an incredibly beautiful time to be in Edinburgh.

Hello there! Welcome to what I hope will become your go to resource when you’re looking for some tasty (and at times downright filthy) food in Glasgow.

One of Scotland’s largest and most impressive 13th century castles, Bothwell
Castle is the grandest piece of secular architecture in Medieval Scotland

Doune Castle has long captured the imagination, starring as a location in dramas such as Game of Thrones, Outlaw King, Monty Python, and Outlander.

Scotland is home to thousands of picturesque villages and towns, from seaside retreats to rural, countryside spots remote from the bustling nearby cities.

Whether you’re looking for a spin on the traditional or a quirky coffee house to while away an afternoon, here are some of the best places in the county to eat.

Loch an Eilein – Gaelic for ‘loch of the island’ – is an incredibly atmospheric place.

Lying on the borderland between Scotland’s central belts and the Cairngorms, Perthshire has earned the title of gateway to the Highlands

f you’re ready to brave the colder weather and experience the majesty of Scotland in winter, here are some of the top places to stay, wherever you decide to visit.

Scotland’s long history has long been intertwined with religion, and though – like much of the UK – the nation is increasingly secular, many of the monuments built in previous centuries remain standing.

The wonderfully named Killiecrankie is a beautiful, wooded gorge, perfect for
exploring on an autumn day when the leaves are turning red and gold.

The wonderfully named Killiecrankie is a beautiful, wooded gorge, perfect for exploring on an autumn day when the leaves are turning red and gold.

When it comes to the history of Scotland, there are few places as important as Stirling. Positioned at a crossing point in the River Forth, its known as the Guardian of the Highlands for a reason.

Lace up those walking boots and don’t forget the snacks – Scotland is full of scenic long-distance walks that’ll take you to some of the most remote and most beautiful parts of the country.

Found between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth is Fife – or, as it’s more famously known, the Kingdom of Fife.

From dramatic coastlines to spectacular hill climbs, Aberdeenshire is filled with incredible walks suitable for children! We have put together a range of brilliant walks with options for children of different ages and abilities.

The imposing mass of Hermitage Castle has changed greatly since the 13th century.

Autumn has arrived in the capital. Temperatures are beginning to drop, nights slowly close in yet with trees bursting into beautiful russet tones and their golden leaves strewn across city pavements, it’s an incredibly beautiful time to be in Edinburgh.

Scotland shines in Autumn, so we’ve gathered our top ten places to visit where you can experience the best of Scotland's beautiful autumn scenery.

This article highlights just a few of the possible places on offer to spend an unforgettable weekend away.

The castle was built by the Sinclair family not long after the 1303 Battle of Roslin. While the exact details of the battle are debated, it’s believed that a small force of Scots rode through the night to surprise an English army camped in Roslin Glen.

The Grey Mare’s Tail is an elegant, tumbling waterfall on the edge of Dumfries and Galloway. Cascading down 60 metres of rockface from Loch Skeen above, the water splits the landscape in two.

We’re spoiled by 165 miles of stunning shoreline here in North-east Scotland and taking it that step further, are the glorious places to dine along the way.

Settled along the Banffshire Coast, Aberdeenshire has getaways for every kind of traveller – whether you want an exciting city break or a chance to get back in touch with nature

Sitting elegantly on the Ayrshire coast, Culzean Castle doesn’t look like your typical Scottish fortress.

In Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire we are truly spoiled with stunning locations. From grand castles to historic fishing villages, rugged countryside to chilling clifftops, it’s really no surprise that the North-east has acted as the backdrop to star-studded movies and inspired legendary storytellers.

Spanning over 6000 miles in total, the Scottish coastline is an incredibly varied area to discover

Spanning over 6000 miles in total, the Scottish coastline is an incredibly varied area to discover

These outdoor street food scenes offer new and growing businesses a launch pad into the market, giving space to make their mark and flourish in the city.

Often referred to as Edinburgh’s “other” castle, Craigmillar deserves much more recognition than that

Shetland’s broch sites are incredible, and discovering them is great fun, yet, even today, the brochs ask more questions than they answer.

The sheer number of castles scattered across every part of the Scottish landscape is astounding

Whether it’s a punchy IPA, a lip-piercing sour or a stout as dark as night, pint glasses are spoiled by the local breweries that pin Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a craft beer destination to be envied.

Standing proudly on its rock on the Isle of Mull, Duart Castle is the ancestral home of Clan MacLean. In one of the castle’s darkest chapters, it was the scene of two ruthless, attempted murders between a husband and his wife.

Our selection of companies that roast and sell their own coffee is sure to give you a hankering for a perfectly brewed cup – and now you’ll know just where to find it.

Capturing the hearts of royalty for centuries, the Royal Deeside is nestled between the grand city of Aberdeen and the rolling wilderness of the Highlands.

The Deeside Railway officially opened on the 7th of September 1853, having first been proposed eight years earlier.

From cosy coffee shops to heart-warming comfort food and hide-aways nestled in scenic views to mighty feasts, Banchory really does have it all.

Like the guiding beams they cast out, lighthouses can lead visitors through the pages of Scottish history.

Fish and chips – they are an institution wherever you go in the United Kingdom, but particularly in Scotland. Thanks to its international reputation for high-quality fish, there’s nowhere better to get a comforting slice of the country than at a fish and chip shop.

Edinburgh is a city of contrasts with the elegant straight lines of the Georgian New Town just a short stroll from the dark, narrow closes of the Medieval Old Town

Jane Hunter is a visual artist based in Paisley whose work is inspired by the land and seascapes of Scotland. Ahead of her latest exhibition, we spoke to Jane about paint, process and place.

On the banks of Loch Awe sits one of the most peculiar churches in Scotland. Designed and built by Walter Campbell, a visit to St Conan’s Kirk will take you on an extraordinary journey through almost every era of Scottish architecture.

One of the most spectacular locations of the Western Isles are the ancient Calanais Standing Stones.

Fyvie Castle is undoubtedly grand and impressive, but that elegance masks a tragic past.

Today the Bass Rock is best known as home to huge colonies of seabirds and one of the wonders of the wildlife world. Travel back to long before this volcanic plug was a tourist destination, and you will discover it had a very different purpose.

There’s so much to see and do in Edinburgh’s city centre, however, if you’re a local whofancies a change of scene or a visitor who would rather avoid the city’s busier, more well-known attractions, Newhailes Estate is a lovely option for a countryside day trip.

Today the Bass Rock is best known as home to huge colonies of seabirds and one of the wonders of the wildlife world. Travel back to long before this volcanic plug was a tourist destination, and you will discover it had a very different purpose.

This article explores 16 of these stunning locations that any visit to the capital is incomplete without.

A true icon of the Orkney islands - The Old Man of Hoy rises defiantly from the churning blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

A true icon of the Orkney islands - The Old Man of Hoy rises defiantly from the churning blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Discover things to see and do in this Aberdeen City guide for Summer 2021 with Visit Scotland, as part of their campaign Hame Town Tourist.

Natalie is the owner of Village Green, an online homewares and lifestyle shop specialising in handmade practical items for the home and individual, created by skilled craftspeople living locally.

The ruins of Ardvreck Castle stand like a sentinel keeping watch over the icy, black waters of Loch Assynt.

Scotland’s railways are something to behold. Britain’s capabilities in rail travel have spanned centuries and often been viewed by the world as innovative and exciting.

Sligachan on the Isle of Skye is a magical place. It’s not just the iconic Sligachan Bridge with its spectacular views of the Cuillin Hills, the real magic is in the water that flows beneath.

Scotland is home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, from loch to heath to wildlife. But its collection of naturally made waterfalls are not just stunning

With its deep pools and three cavernous chambers, it’s no wonder that Smoo Cave has become a popular stop on the North Coast 500. The cave plays host to thousands of tourists every year but back when this was a quiet, isolated spot in a remote corner of Scotland it welcomed a very different kind of person – The Wizard of Reay.

Perched high on the cliffs with commanding views over the Firth of Forth is the mighty Tantallon Castle. With its twelve-foot-thick curtain wall and six storey height, this was a castle built to impress and intimidate.

Castles and ghosts go hand in hand. There can’t be many in Scotland that don’t feature some kind of spectral figure from the past. Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire is lucky enough to feature both a White and a Green Lady ghost.

Perched high on the cliffs with commanding views over the Firth of Forth is the mighty Tantallon Castle. With its twelve-foot-thick curtain wall and six storey height, this was a castle built to impress and intimidate.

Sitting in the shadow of the Pentland Hills, the Secret Herb Garden stretches out over seven acres and is home to a beautiful shop, cafe, rose garden, fairy wood, several vegetable gardens, beehives, plus it’s the only gin botanical garden with a distillery in the UK.

Castles and ghosts go hand in hand. There can’t be many in Scotland that don’t feature some kind of spectral figure from the past. Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire is lucky enough to feature both a White and a Green Lady ghost.

Lying off the storm-battered coast of Orkney’s West mainland, the Brough of Birsay juts out boldly into Atlantic Ocean’s churning waters

Sitting on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Jupiter Artland is a spectacular hidden gem set in over 100-acres of meadow, woodland and indoor gallery space.

Castles and ghosts go hand in hand. There can’t be many in Scotland that don’t feature some kind of spectral figure from the past. Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire is lucky enough to feature both a White and a Green Lady ghost.

Glen Dye estate sits on the banks of the River Dye, where conifers tumble onto moors patterned with cloudscapes. Get creative, explore the outdoors and settle into the local community on one of its new screen printing weekend workshops.

A trip to the Scottish Borders isn’t complete without stopping at one of the four medieval abbeys

Laura is the owner of The Dundonald Guesthouse and Cottage set within the historic conservation village of Culross, Fife.

Rooted is a botanical emporium specialising in indoor plants and botanic based items and beautiful things to enhance life, in Aberdeen City.

Karen opened independent homeware and lifestyle store Hoos, in the West End of Glasgow back in 2016. Stocking a unique curation of goods, from Nordic design houses to beautifully crafted pieces by local artisans.

A trip to the Scottish Borders isn’t complete without stopping at one of the four medieval abbeys

This spectacular display of violence climaxed with the dramatic burning of Elgin Cathedral, the centre of the Moray Church.

St Monans Church is located in the picturesque village of St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife.

Kilmartin Glen is renowned for its striking Bronze Age and Neolithic remains, from burial cairns to carved rock, forts and more

The 2nd Marquess of Bute built the first Mount Stuart House near Rothesay on the Isle of Bute in 1719

This spectacular display of violence climaxed with the dramatic burning of Elgin Cathedral, the centre of the Moray Church.

What remains of Clunie Castle sits upon an islet amid the water-filled bowls of the nearby loch.

Mystical and moody, surreal and twisted, but above all hauntingly beautiful, The Quiraing is an area of enormous landslip.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct stretches 416 yards along an elegant curve rising 100 feet above the head of the River Finnan Valley in Inverness-shire.

While Scotland as a nation is rightly proud to claim Robert Burns as their own, it’s the south-west county of Ayrshire which has the deepest and strongest connection with the National Bard

The seaside villages of Fife are some of the prettiest in Scotland. Beautiful beaches, historic harbours and ruined castles make for a charming coastal kingdom.

The vast array of unique and varied habitats spread throughout the Scottish mainland and its islands means a plethora of rare, beautiful and curious creatures can be found burrowed in undergrowth, perched on a mountainside, soaring the skies, prancing across open moorland and diving among the waves.

The vast array of unique and varied habitats spread throughout the Scottish mainland and its islands means a plethora of rare, beautiful and curious creatures can be found burrowed in undergrowth, perched on a mountainside, soaring the skies, prancing across open moorland and diving among the waves.

The Cairngorms boasts some of Scotland’s most beautiful walks. From mountain crags to lock shores, the area has a lot to offer.

The building is home to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery which opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery.

Becca Flory has recently started a business called The Little Travelling Bookshop. Becca is converting a vintage van into a small bookshop and unique events space that will travel to communities all over Scotland.

As you walk down the Royal Mile, from Edinburgh Castle, you’ll find Dunbar’s Close on the left-hand side once you enter the Canongate.

Ellys May Woods is a silversmith and jeweller based in Linlithgow creating pieces inspired by architecture throughout Scotland.

Pitched up in the north-east corner of Scotland, Aberdeenshire is anything but an isolated backwater.

Kirsty, owner of KJA Studio is a full time ceramicist creating functional stoneware ceramics.

Kirsty is also the co-owner of a new venture called The Clay Coven studio based in Edinburgh.

Laura is the founder of Laura Thomas Co. A luxury lifestyle brand supplying Scents, Textiles and Homewares with with a focus on reducing environmental impact, inspired by nature and coastal living in Scotland.

Log cabins are a wonderful way to experience the spectacular beauty that Scotland has to offer first-hand.

Caitlin Hegney is a jewellery artist creating handmade silver and wooden jewellery that resonates with the ancient past.

Things to do on the Isle of Skye The second largest of the Scottish islands, the Isle of Skye was bestowed with the Old Norse name sky-a – ‘cloud island’ – by the Vikings, an allusion to the mysterious mists…

Tori Gray is an illustrator and printmaker who also owns her own shop in South Queensferry called Harbour Lane.

Angus is an artist and craftsman living in Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park. This is where you will find him painting landscapes, making ceramics, printmaking and making jewellery.

Tower O'Ess is a luxury self catering highland retreat perfect for couples and nestled on the edge of the Glen.

Helen runs her artisanal company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, called Dook. She makes salt soap in small batches using organic ingredients, essential oils and natural colours.

Fergus and Angie are a mum and son duo who run their family business Cairn Candle Company. They hand craft earth-first luxury candles from their home in the Cairngorms.

Natalie is the designer behind the brand Nebo Peklo based in Glasgow, illustrating maps and buildings in the city.

Frieda is a self-taught fibre artist living and working in the North-East of Scotland.

The Lazy Duck is a year round eco-holiday destination in the Cairngorms National Park.

Jennifer Pearson is the founder and owner of ÒR in Portree on the Isle of Skye. Jennifer also designs and makes jewellery.

Helen Ruth Scarves is a luxury accessories brand based in Aberdeen. Helen applies her illustrations to fabrics turning them into wearable art works.

Catherine creates knitted fabrics for interiors that embrace the spirit of surprise and spontaneity on the North West Coast of Scotland.

Catherine creates knitted fabrics for interiors that embrace the spirit of surprise and spontaneity on the North West Coast of Scotland.

Laura makes handcrafted waxed canvas bags inspired by her sense of adventure and the outdoors, from her studio in Aberdeen.

During the past three decades, the Stockbridge Duck Race has become one of the most eagerly anticipated charity events in the city

Located just south of Edinburgh’s Old Town, adjacent to Greyfriars Kirk, the National Museum of Scotland fuses the antiquarian and cultural collections of the Museum of Scotland

Stockbridge is more than just a suburb of Edinburgh, as this collection of fascinating facts demonstrates!There was indeed a bridge in Stockbridge.

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Today, the Stockbridge Colonies are afforded listed status, protecting them as a key element of Edinburgh’s social history.

Only a five-minute walk from Princes Street, Dean Village is a strikingly beautiful sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Walking through the Edinburgh suburb of Stockbridge today, you’re bound to sense the strong Bohemian atmosphere.

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There aren’t many places which can boast all of these – and more besides – but Scotland’s stunning Aberdeenshire offers them all in abundance.

The history of Scotland is fascinating and complex. Here we delve briefly into the history of Scotland from the Roman occupation to modern times.

Edinburgh Castle was once home to an elephant. In 1838, the 78th Highlanders returned to Edinburgh Castle after a long posting in Sri Lanka with an elephant in tow. While staying at the castle the elephant soon developed a taste…

The world’s one and only knighted penguin lives at Edinburgh Zoo His name is Sir Nils and he resides with the rest of the colony in Penguins Rock in Edinburgh Zoo. The King penguin’s role includes inspecting the Norwegian Guard…