From wintering wildfowl to cliff-breeding summer sea birds, Scotland is a year-round wildlife destination  – all you need is a bit of patience and a pair of binoculars. While the region’s vast tracts of moorland and forest support a relatively small human population, they harbour a surprisingly healthy quota of mammals and birds. Herds of red deer roam the hillsides, while buzzards and eagles patrol the skies. Out at sea, the west coast, in particular, is one of the best places in the world to spot marine mammals, from the humble porpoise to the humongous humpback whale.

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8 alternative UK winter breaks

8 alternative UK winter breaks

The UK gets pretty grim during the winter, with its dark, early nights and splutteringly cold weather. But if you can’t wait until spring to start having fun …

06 Nov 2017 • Greg Dickinson insert_drive_file Article
Sipping Speyside: on the whisky trail in Scotland

Sipping Speyside: on the whisky trail in Scotland

Whisky is much more than Scotland’s national drink – it’s blended deep into the country’s history and culture. Donna Dailey learns more and discovers th…

18 Oct 2017 • Donna Dailey local_activity Special feature
The most beautiful places in Scotland – as voted by you

The most beautiful places in Scotland – as voted by you

It was only a matter of time before word got out. That Scotland, with its full-figured glens, heathery hills and castle-topped crags, is one of the most beautif…

04 Oct 2017 • Mike MacEacheran camera_alt Gallery
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