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Insider Guide to Orkney

For today’s visitors, Orkney is a charming and beguiling place; charismatic, enthralling, enlightening, and tantalisingly close to the Scottish mainland, just 10 miles away.

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Up Helly Aa

A hundred years from now, Shetland’s fire festival, Up Helly Aa, will be the stuff of legend; a litany of morphed tales of Viking lore handed down over the generations

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The Principal Edinburgh

Things have changed since I last stayed at 19-21 George Street. The former George Hotel is now The Principal Edinburgh and its facelift is looking good.

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Grant Arms Hotel

One ‘word’ admirably sums up the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey – WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get. There are no pretensions here, just the welcoming and quiet efficiency of a mainstream 3-star Gold hotel and restaurant.

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Cringletie House Hotel

Cringletie House Hotel is about time out, a little self-indulgence in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere without the weight of impersonalised ritual that is a feature of so many hotels and restaurants.

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Isle of Eriska Hotel Hilltop Retreats

The emphasis on the Isle of Eriska is away-from-it-allness, luxury and seclusion. The Hilltop Retreats allow self-catering, if that is your preference, while the hotel oozes baronial good taste;

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