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The Scottish Trossachs: a winter paddling challenge

Forest Holidays Cottage Strathyre

The Scottish Trossachs – and a winter paddling challenge Just 30 miles from Glasgow, The Trossachs is a secret the canny Scots have kept to themselves. While bus-loads of tourists puzzle out the likelihood of a monster in the depths of Loch Ness, and everyone leaving Glasgow seems to head straight up the A82 for the […]

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In Search of Spontaneity on an Edinburgh Scooternany

RSA Edinburgh at Night

In Search of Spontaneity on an Edinburgh Scooternany We begin 2014 with an unusual spontaneous travel challenge for a family; an impromptu trip to the aftermath of one of the biggest New Year parties in the world, in Edinburgh. You may know lastminute.com are looking for a Spontaneity Champion for 2014, offering a prize of […]

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Family Sailing: 4 Great Places to Learn to Sail

Family Sailing in Scotland, rouding Cumbrae

Family Sailing: 4 Great Places to Learn to Sail Have you ever considered sailing off into the sunset with the kids? So what if you can’t tell your “lee ho” from your “ready about”… don’t let that put you off. Like anything, it just takes tuition and perseverance to pick up the necessary skills and […]

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Road Trip Adventures 6: Edinburgh

Avis asset Edinburgh Map

Road Trip Adventures 6: Edinburgh This is the sixth post in our series of Adventure Ideas for European family road trips, brought to you in conjunction with Avis Car Hire. This time we’re exploring a little closer to home, across the border in Edinburgh. Personally I think it’s one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities that ever graced the […]

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Och Aye the Pool. A taste of summer at Gourock Pool

Spectator at Gourock Outdoor Pool

Och Aye the Pool. A taste of summer at Gourock I’m up to my neck in hot water. Hot salty water. Floating effortlessly under a summer sky. It’s a perfect Sunday morning and I am floating free; free as the gulls above as they drift upon the sea breeze. Welcome, dear reader, to the Lido […]

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Adventures for Men: One to One Father Son Adventures

Father helps son jump between rocks

Adventures for Men: One to One Father Son Adventures A new business venture is setting out to transform the relationships of fathers and sons. Using the Scottish outdoors as a playground, Adventures for Men will give lads and dads the encouragement and space to get to know each other better and build the foundations for […]

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Do you speak Arranish? Cycling around Arran

Cycling on Arran Scotland

Do you speak Arranish? Cycling around Arran “See you on Tuesday then. We do a great Scottish breakfast,” says the man at the other end of the phone at a guest house in Arran’s Blackwaterfoot. I tell him I’m looking forward to it as I’m partial to a bit of lorne sausage. There is silence. […]

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High and dry at the end of our family sailing school

Sailing an uneasy partnership

High and dry at the end of our family sailing school Life on the ocean waves Day 5. High & dry in Largs Day 5 is cancelled. Well all tuition and sailing are anyway. Breakfast is however served in the marina café. Scottish sausage, bacon and eggs. It’s never tasted so good. Over coffee Simon […]

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Titanic?? We’ve all got that sinking feeling

RNLI rescue - boarding the yacht

Titanic?? We’ve all got that sinking feeling A life on the ocean waves: Day 4 Portovadie – Largs Stuart and I sneak off to the posh toilets for a shower, and then back to the bar for an early morning coffee, leaving the two instructors to babysit. When we come back there is breakfast on […]

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You seriously expect me to take the helm? At Portovadie

Portovadie Marina, Scotland

You seriously expect me to take the helm? It’s day 3 of our Scottish learn to sail experience and we’re off to Portovadie Marina. And just as I am starting to relax, safe in the knowledge that it’s Stuart that’s training to be a skipper and not me, I find that I am asked to […]

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