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By Tim Ensworth | isle of iona and scottish highlands

Mull islanders launch appeal to buy up neighbouring Ulva

Scottish ministers have blocked £5m sale of tiny Hebridean island to allow community to organise bid<p>Islanders on Mull will launch a worldwide appeal to help buy the tiny Hebridean island of Ulva after Scottish ministers stopped its owner selling it for as much as £5m.<p>The appeal is likely to include …

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Travels with my dad: a bothy-to-bothy hike in north Devon

Our writer is keen to try a hiking route between two of the National Trust’s new camping bothies in north Devon, but is unsure how her recently retired father will take to staying in a ‘stone tent’<p>‘Are we nearly there yet?” The much-dreaded phrase came loudly from over my shoulder as we edged …

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Your pictures of Scotland: 22-29 September

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 22 and 29 September. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or via Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics<p>Elaine Summers enjoyed some unique views when she got the chance to make a trip to the top of the Forth Railway Bridge. It was a day to …

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5 of the most beautiful British islands to visit this autumn

Photographer captures their stunning landscapes...<p>The autumn leaves are falling, mornings have a new crisp edge, and the British landscape is turning …

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Backpacking the Skye Trail | The Great Outdoors

21st September 2017<p><b>Few backpacking routes offer such varied rewards as this week-long walk through the Winged Isle</b><p><i>Words by Alex Roddie / Images by</i></i> …

Scotland has been voted the world’s most beautiful country – here’s why

If the blue (if chilly) waters of Calgary Bay don’t charm you, perhaps the delicious dread of Glencoe will. As Scotland tops a poll as the most stunning place on the planet, a local suggests the sights for which eyes were invented<p>A delightful mix of smugness and lack of surprise is being felt …

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Journey to St Kilda

Sailing to the most remote of the Hebrides, St Kilda, was the stuff of legend for the young <b>Martyn Murray</b>. As an adult, he decided to take on the …

Sailing

Hirta Island Ghost Town

The last inhabitants of one of the U.K.'s most remote islands were evacuated in 1930.<p>Though St Kilda had been inhabited for more than 2,000 years, …

The abandoned island you can visit just one day a year

Abandoned in the 19th Century after a plague epidemic, the isle of Eynhallow remains a time capsule in Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands.<p>At 19:30, the ferry left Tingwall Jetty with little indication it was sailing to a place where time stopped long ago. Ahead, on the cusp of the horizon, a …

Archaeology

A Brief History of Eilean Donan Castle

Scotland is full of castles, from the grand (and still lived in), to evocative ruins, now haunted by birds, beasts, and the ghosts of the past, there …

One of the most important buildings in history of Christianity discovered off Scottish coast

Archaeologists have located one of the most important buildings in the history of Western European Christianity – but it’s not a vast cathedral or an …

Scotland's rocky road: a journey to the edge of Lewis – a photo essay

Photographer Murdo MacLeod makes one of the world’s most spectacular and remote road trips, taking in wild landscapes, ancient ruins and enduring traditions on his way to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides<p>The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, starting with the A858 in Carloway and …

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Giclee Prints - Original Art by Glencoe based artist, Caroline Cooke

These giclee prints of Caroline's work are available for purchase. Please note that postage prices quoted are for UK delivery only. Please contact …

An entire village in Elgol on the Isle of Skye could be yours

The picturesque settlement in the Inner Hebrides includes four thatched stone cottages<p>If you're looking for complete peace and quiet against a …

Moss and heather help contemporary hut blend into Scottish landscape

The Culardoch Shieling joins the ranks of a number of attractive mountain huts and cabins we've seen of late, including Norway's Cabin Ustaoset and …

Architecture

Eigg, Britain’s most eco-friendly island

The small Scottish isle is a world pioneer in sustainable living. It’s also a tranquil spot to kayak, cycle and sail, with spectacular views to some of Scotland’s other beautiful islands<p>There’s something particularly satisfying about observing an island from the summit of its very own mountain. As …

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10 of the best wild camping sites in Scotland

Scotland offers idyllic wild camping, with spaces beside some of the UK’s loveliest beaches, lochs and mountains. We pick 10 of the best from Wild Guide Scotland<p>Scotland is famous for its scenic wild places and uplifting sense of remoteness. With the exception of the recent bylaws banning wild …

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20 of Scotland’s best hikes, from one-day walks and family trips to epic adventures

Few countries can match Scotland’s dramatic landscapes. Get your walking boots ready for these 20 greatest hikes, including best coastal walk, top …

Walkin' the Ring of Steall [August 7, 2014]

Bothy-bagging: Scotland's best-kept secrets revealed

<b>Bothies - remote shelters in the wilderness where walkers can spend the night free of charge - have long been one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. A new book has revealed the location of 80 of the mountain huts.</b><p>For more than 50 years the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has maintained an eclectic …

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Five of Scotland’s best bothies

A stay in a historic building with amazing views and convivial company sounds enticing – and even better when it comes free of charge. The author of the new Bothy Bible shares his favourites<p>In some of Scotland most spectacular wildlands and best long-distance trails, bothies are often a challenge …

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An 'Arctic' safari in the Scottish Highlands

Winter in the Cairngorms national park can turn positively Arctic – perfect for Kari Herbert to give her young daughter a taste of the polar conditions, and creatures, she enjoyed as a child in Greenland<p>The temperature is below zero and a bitter wind is tugging at our clothes. In the distance, the …

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Scotland Is Taking Over The Country’s Ferries And Creating A National Ferry Service

By taking over ferries from private operators, the country wants to ensure that they remain a truly public transit option.<p>As an island nation, Scotland relies pretty heavily on ferry service. But as it stands, Scotland’s network of ferry providers is extraordinarily complex: One provider, …

The ghost town surrounded by ocean

The most remote of the British Isles is home to northwest Europe’s largest seabird colony, cliffs taller than the Empire State Building – and to one of the world’s eeriest ghost towns.<p>There are few places left in the world – particularly in Britain – that remain so isolated, so inaccessible, that …

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9 Surreal Sights in Scotland You Can't Miss in 2017 Photos | Architectural Digest

The northernmost country in the U.K. features some of the most magical rivers, lakes, beaches, and craggy peaks on the planet<p>1/9<p><b>Fingal’s Cave</b><p>2/9<p><b>Isle of Iona</b><p>3/9<p><b>Isle of Skye</b>

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Britain's Mountain Challenges: Aonach Eagach

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Three striking weather events photographed in Glen Coe

<b>Three eye-catching weather events have been captured in one photograph in the Scottish Highlands.</b><p>The image taken by Katherine Fotheringham shows a fog bow with a brocken spectre and cloud inversion.<p>She captured the weather events while walking up Beinn a'Chrulaiste in Glen Coe on Sunday.<p>The …

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