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By Tim Ensworth | isle of iona and scottish highlands

Five gorgeous short hikes in Europe

The ‘man who hiked the world’ is an Instagrammer from London who travels the globe in search of great walking routes. Here he picks his favourites in Europe, all under five hours<p>• Tell us about your favourite easy hikes in Europe in the comments below<p>Each of these five short hikes is an …

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A Guide to the Islands of Scotland

Scotland is known for many things: romantic castles, the formidable Highlands, kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster, among many others. Whether for the …

Scotland

Best Photography Locations on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye is a popular place these days, and for good reason, it’s a fantastically beautiful place with plenty to see and do. From a …

A Trip to St. Kilda, Scotland’s Lost Utopia in the Sea

In 1877, George Seton, a visitor to the tiny Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda, observed that the men living there had an unusual physiological characteristic. “The great toes of the cragsmen are widely separated from the others, from the circumstance of their frequently resting their entire weight …

10 of Scotland’s most magical white sand beaches, in honour of St Andrew’s Day

Scotland's stunning locations include far more than just mountains, lakes and rivers – here's our pick of 10 of the country's finest white sand …

Skye’s Viking shipyard and canal to be deemed historic monument

Archaeologists had long pondered over this waterway, which linked an inland loch to the sea.<p>Only in the new millennium did they discover remnants of …

8 of the most scenic roads in the UK

Author: Bryn Davies<p>SHARE ON:<p>Over the past few years I have had the great pleasure of travelling extensively around the England, Scotland and Wales, …

Puffins on Staffa

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Top 10 walks on Skye

From gentle strolls along Skye's stunning coastline to scrambles up the Cuillin – the most rugged and challenging mountain range in Britain – walkers are spoilt for choice on the island. Experts from Walkhighlands choose their favourites<p>• Top 10 walks in Lochalsh<p>• Know a great walk in the area? Add …

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 …

Scotland

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 …

Scotland

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 …

Ireland

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 …

Scotland

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

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 …

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

Rights & Freedoms

The Best Photography Locations along Scotland’s North Coast 500

Hey! Have you heard of the North Coast 500? Well, if not, it’s an epic scenic drive around the northern coast of Scotland, starting from Inverness in …

Scotland

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 …

Scotland

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 …

England

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 …

Aberdeenshire

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 …

Scotland

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 …

Scotland

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 …

Scotland