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The Isle of Skye – Scotland’s Crown Jewel

Over time, Skye has had different historic influences. It was first occupied by Gaelic speakers from Ireland during the prehistoric era. Then it was ruled by Norsemen from 9-12th centuries. Once it was controlled by Scotland, the MacLeod clan occupied Dunvegan Castle as their primary seat on Skye. Culture on Skye primarily comes from fishing and crofting communities who suffered

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Isle of Coll – Scotland’s Dark Sky Location

Coll is one of Scotland’s smaller inhabited islands with less than 200 residents, only thirteen miles long and a maximum of three miles across. It’s an unspoiled island with plenty of rugged coastline and sandy beaches waiting to be explored. If you’re taking an island-hopping trip around the Hebrides, it’s not one to be missed. One of the best attractions

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Scotland’s Isle of Arran – Incredible Culture, and Sprawling Sandy Beaches

Arran is another of Scotland’s beautiful West Coast islands. It’s one of the larger islands, stretching 20 miles and sitting at an average of 9 miles wide. While you can take a day trip to Arran and there’s a regular ferry service, it’s better to take at least a couple of days to truly enjoy the entire island. If you’re

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Touring Orkney, Northern Scottish Islands Rich with History

Orkney is an archipelago of islands sitting just north of the Scottish mainland. Despite being so close to Scotland, they are steeped in their own culture and history. There are Viking ruins dating back centuries, and they’ve even been under Norwegian rule before. The islands were instrumental during both World Wars, and their waters still contain the evidence. The coastline

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Exploring Britain’s Most Northerly Place – The Shetland Islands

Despite being part of the UK, when arriving in Shetland, you’re instantly reminded that the island’s history is rooted in Norse culture. The capital town Lerwick lies closer to Bergen, Norway than it does to Edinburgh. There are Viking influences all over the islands, from the place names to the festivals. The whole of Shetland has been designated a UNESCO

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The 10 Most Amazing Coastal Walks in Scotland

With a vast expanse of incredible coastal scenery that includes spectacular cliff formations, mountains and sandy bays, the 10 walks listed in this article arguably pass some of the most amazing Scottish coastal landscapes. Although these 10 walks provide some rather spectacular views, they are by no means the limit as to what Scotland has to offer – many other

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Britain’s Top 100 Outstanding Lighthouses

The coastline of the United Kingdom is one of the country’s most prominent features, having contributed greatly to British heritage and culture. The UK’s maritime exploits in past centuries have been significant in regards to trade, transport and war, and lighthouses together with their keepers have played a critical role in ensuring the safety of ships throughout. There are more

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Dover to Dundee: A coastal tour of British culture

Top coastal museums and galleries Historic Dockyard Chatham Chatham – Kent – England Based in the charming ex-military town of Chatham, Kent, this 18th-century dockyard museum is still home to many historic Royal Navy warships. Whilst the ships are no longer in use they remain a powerful symbol of when Britannia ruled the waves and places like Chatham docks played

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Did you know – 100 Interesting Facts about the British Coast

How well do you know the British coast? Below you can find 100 informative and interesting facts to test your knowledge about the British coastline and learn about it. Hadrian’s Wall was 73 miles long One of the UK’s most famous landmarks, Hadrian’s Wall stretched almost from coast to coast when it was finished, marking the northern frontier of the

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The Islands of Britain – Where they are and Why they are Interesting

Although Great Britain is a large island, there are thousands of significantly smaller islands that are located away from the country’s coastline – some of these are rather close to the shoreline, whereas others are tens (and even hundreds) of kilometres away. This article covers the largest of these islands, including both individual isles and archipelagos. Many of these islands

Plockton – “The Jewel of the Highlands”

Plockton is often referred to as the Jewel in the crown of Scotland, and it is easy to see why This charming lochside village is 76 miles north-west of Fort William on the west Scotland coast and is sheltered by Inner Sound and faces away from the prevailing wind, is further protected by the mountain behind it.  The climate is

Rockcliffe – Once an Important Gold, Silver, Iron and Copper Working Location

Rockcliffe lies on the east side of the River Urr estuary and has a natural tidal causeway to Rough Island, a bird sanctuary owned by the Scottish National Trust.  It is located approximately twenty miles from Dumfries and six miles from the nearest town of Dalbeattie.  Rockcliffe is one of the small seaside villages that spread out along the stretch

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Britain’s Top 100 Outstanding Lighthouses

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