Posts by Robin McKelvie

Biography for Robin McKelvie

Robin McKelvie (www.robinmckelvie.com) is a Scottish travel writer, broadcaster and blogger who has been covering his native land since the 1990s. A member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, Robin is the author of a number of guidebooks, including National Geographic’s Scotland guide. He regularly contributes to a variety of newspapers and magazines across five continents, such as the Times and the Scotsman, as well as doing travel slots for BBC radio. Robin can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/robinmckelvie.

  • 5 Reasons to Visit Glasgow in Spring

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    It’s time to kick off all that lazy winter slumber and start seriously getting into spring. The bulbs are breaking through and the buds are back on the trees so it’s a great time to explore Scotland and the country’s nature as it springs back into life as the frosts ease. You might think spring is …

  • 4 Reasons to Visit Oban Year Round

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    Oban is a place many people associate with summer, with enjoying fish and chips while they wait for a CalMac ferry and the seagulls squawk above. I’m a massive fan of Oban, though, and I reckon this Argyll resort town is a real year round charmer too. Many people think of Oban as somewhere you …

  • Cairngorms Winter Top 5

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    The Cairngorms National Park is easily the largest national park in Britain, extending over 1,400 square miles. That is an awful lot of space, a glorious wildscape that really comes into its own in winter as other parts of the country go into hibernation. The Cairngorms are a truly epic landscape, …

  • Top 5 Winter Delights in Edinburgh

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    It’s winter so that means that it’s time to hibernate. Just curl up and wait for the distant spring to make an appearance. Right? Wrong! So wrong as this is when Scotland’s capital really steps into top gear with a flurry of festivities, cosy pubs and wintry walks, with an award-winning youth …

  • 5 Reasons to Visit the Great Glen in Winter

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    The Great Glen has always fascinated me as one of the world’s great geological fault lines, a hulking great cut right through the nation from Fort William on Scotland’s Atlantic Ocean coast to Inverness on the North Sea. What always amazes me is that while it is busy with tourists during the summer …

  • An Autumn Adventure

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    It’s that time of year again when the long nights of summer start to draw back in and a chill returns to the night air. It’s not a time for you to start to hibernate, though, as autumn is a brilliant season in Scotland to enjoy the country’s bountiful wildlife. When the leaves start to turn …

  • Top 5 Arran Hikes

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    Scotland is a world-class destination for hiking, whether you’re into climbing up small hills or massive mountains, or even just enjoying a coastal stroll. This vast country boasts myriad choices for those with the right clothing, a map and a compass, which can make it hard to choose where to go …

  • Top 5 tips for Walking the West Highland Way

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    As a travel writer I’ve been to over 100 countries and have been lucky enough to get out on hikes on six continents. I honestly reckon that Scotland’s very own West Highland Way is right up there as one of the finest walks in the world. I’ve done the whole route and also lots of sections at …

  • Summer Top 5

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    Looking for inspiration for a brilliant break in Scotland this summer, but just confused by how much choice this vast country with its 800 islands and over 10% of Europe’s coastline offers? Don’t despair just yet – book a SYHA youth hostel and you will have a great base for your holiday, as well as …

  • Robin's Top Seven Reasons to Visit Islay

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    Love whisky? Then you’ll love the Inner Hebridean island of Islay! This bijou Atlantic charmer boasts no fewer than eight whisky distilleries, with plans mooted for three more! Islay lives and breathes whisky and offers for me the finest whisky touring experience in Scotland. I’ve just been back to …

  • Beyond the Bonnie Bonnie Banks

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    There is no doubting that Loch Lomond is a scenic wonder. It may already be popular amongst day tripping Glaswegians, but I think Scotland’s largest loch is actually seriously underrated. If you’ve never really spent time in this gorgeous corner of the country, or just not been for a while, join me …

  • Top 7 Family Friendly Attractions in Glasgow

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    Even though I live in Edinburgh I’m not one of those Scots who think that you have to choose between the nation’s two largest cities. To me they are both world-class destinations that are brilliant for families. Join me now as I share with you my favourite seven family friendly attractions in …

  • Outdoor Capital in Winter

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    Love mountains? Love winter? Love getting active swathed in epic scenery? Well, you’ll love Fort William and the Lochaber region in winter. I’ve travelled to over 100 countries as a travel writer and, for me, the Outdoor Capital of the UK is hard to beat for a snow-laced adventure, whether you want …

  • Winter Festivals

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    Well Winter is officially here, but no it’s not time to hibernate quite yet. Not when a flurry of festive festivals are rampaging their fun filled way through Scotland. Join me now as I take you on a six stop tour of belly-and-heart-warming festivals guaranteed to lift your mood, get you in the …

  • Historic Locations

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    Whether you are beguiled by the romance of the failed Jacobite rebellions, the epic battlefields of the Braveheart days or the glory of Edinburgh during the Scottish Enlightenment, Scotland is a country awash with history. And the good news is that there are a flurry of hostels that give you easy …

  • Family Trip to Edinburgh

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    As a travel writer I’ve visited over 100 countries and many more cities. I’m proud as a Scot to say that Edinburgh stacks up against any of them. What many people don’t realise is that as well as being great for a romantic escape for two or as a party place, it’s also ideal for families. So join me …

  • Cairngorms

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    It is hard not to get the urge to hike up a hill, swing yourself around on a mountain bike or throw yourself into a frothing river rapid at the SYHA’s Cairngorm Lodge. It is an infectious urge when everyone else at breakfast is getting geared up for a big day exploring the Cairngorms National Park, …

  • Foodie Arran

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    If you’re a keen foodie you will no doubt know that this year has been designated the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015. To celebrate this foodie fiesta I grabbed my bike and headed ‘doon the watter’ to the Isle of Arran. You can cycle around this compact island in a day, but I recommend you …

  • Over the Sea to Skye

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    Love the great outdoors and getting active amongst Scotland’s glorious sweep of scenery? Love Scotland’s islands, but just not sure which one out of the 800 or so to visit? Then join me now as I delve into the SYHA hostels on the Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides. Here the ace …

  • Outlander

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    Call it Scotland’s Game of Thrones or the biggest thing since Braveheart. Call it what you will, but there is no doubting that Outlander is a major TV phenomenon that has already swept across North America and has just enjoyed a massively successful first series in the UK on Amazon Prime. Join us …

  • Robin McKelvie Begins His SYHAdventure

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    Hands up if you presume that ‘youth’ hostels are just for young people? Hands up again if you fear you still have to perform chores at Scottish youth hostels? And a last hands up if you think the nation’s hostels are all just about sharing old-style dormitories? Well, I have to confess, until all …