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Days out in Scotland: Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire

Dunkeld is a small picturesque and prosperous town in Perthshire that is worth a visit for a few hours. Among the mostly independent cafes, shops and restaurants there's a butcher, a fantastic hardware/kitchen shop called Kettles,a few antique shops and a couple of small galleries. In the centre there is also a smoke house where you can get your day's catch of salmon smoked - both salmon and trout are also ...

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Day Trips in Scotland: Loch Leven

In London you are never more than seven feet away from a rat. In Scotland it seems you are never more than seven feet away from one of Mary Queen of Scots' prisons.  Although it probably wasn't much of a consolation at the time one of her prisons had beautiful views of Loch Leven; the destination for our latest day trip.   This is the largest of Scotland's lowland lochs and is a 20 min ...

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Day Trips from Edinburgh: South Queensferry

Just 20 minutes north west of Edinburgh is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Forth Rail Bridge, an engineering masterpiece finished in 1890. The bridge can be viewed from South Queensferry, a historic, picturesque waterside town with period architecture and some good places to eat.  If you're looking for a day trip from Edinburgh then its an easy drive, bus journey or you can catch the trai ...

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Day trips from Edinburgh; daycations from the Festival

Beautiful as the city of Edinburgh is, you may still want to venture out of the centre, especially during the Festival in August when everywhere is full to bursting.  During August Avocado Sweet will be bringing you some ideas to avoid the crowds as part of its day trip column.  Our first trip is to Portobello, written by Portobello resident Claire Simpson.  Originally from Edinburgh, Claire moved back from ...

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