Royal Road Trip: Follow the Tragic Trail of Mary Queen of Scots

    Linlithgow PalaceDrama and tragedy! The turbulent life of Mary, Queen of Scots was made for the big screen, and the new movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie has renewed an interest in one of history's most fascinating figures. 

    The true story of Mary Stuart is certainly stranger than fiction, and can be brought to life on a trip around the historic sites associated with her life. Join us on a journey through Scotland in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots ...

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    2018 Photo Competition (Walking Holidays) - Vote Now!

    Dingle Way

    After much deliberation in the Absolute Escapes office, we’re delighted to announce the six finalists in our 2018 Photo Competition - Walking Holidays category.

    Please help us choose this year's winner by voting for your favourite photo ...

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    2018 Photo Competition (Self-Drive Holidays) - Vote Now!

    Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

    The six finalists in our 2018 Photo Competition (Self-Drive Holidays) have a strong island-focus, with four entries coming from Scotland's beautiful islands, including Orkney, Skye, and Harris.

    Please help us choose this year's winner by voting for your favourite photo ...

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    Outlaw King: Follow in the Footsteps of Robert the Bruce

    Robert I statueThe latest Netflix blockbuster Outlaw King focuses on the trials and tribulations of legendary Scottish King Robert the Bruce, who led his country through the Wars of Independence against England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

    Beyond the drama, what's the true story of Robert the Bruce? Our blog explores the fact beyond the fiction, and how you can follow in the footsteps of Scotland's warrior king ...

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    9 Amazing Hikes in The Cairngorms National Park

    Green Lochan

    Right in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, The Cairngorms is the largest national park in the UK and is absolutely packed full of adventure and opportunity. Here you will find vast mountain plateaus, dramatic cliffs plunging into shimmering lochs, and ancient forests - all home to some of the most spectacular wildlife in Scotland.

    From gentle lochside circuits to exhilarating mountain hikes, our blog explores the best walks in the national park ...

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    Ghosts & Grave Robbers: The Darker Side of Scotland's Famous Sites

    Eilean Donan Castle

    Scotland is a nation of storytellers, and throughout the centuries, terrifying accounts have persisted of unexplained sights and sounds.

    Each of our world-renowned historic sites has a story to tell, from haunted castles, ancient standing stones, and a creepy capital city. Join Jason from the Absolute Escapes team on a trip around the darker side of Scotland's famous sites ... if you dare.

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    Discover John Muir's Secret to a Happy Life

    John Muir statue at Yosemite National Park

    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - We could learn a lot from John Muir!

    Explore the fascinating life of "The Father of National Parks" and discover the John Muir Way, a 134 mile (215 km) walk across the country of his birth ...

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    Royal Reservations: The 10 Best Scottish Castle Hotels

    Culzean Castle Hotel

    Not only can you visit amazing castles in Scotland - you can also stay overnight in them!

    After a day of sightseeing, relax by a roaring fire with a whisky in hand in these amazing Scottish castle stays ...

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    7 Incredible Mountain Walks in Scotland

    James on the Skye CuillinConquering all of Scotland's Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft) is an unbeatable way to experience Scotland's finest scenery. The only trouble is there are 282 of them!

    Our resident 'Munro-bagger' James Fathers recently climbed his final Munro, marking an incredible achievement undertaken over eight years. Discover James's seven favourite climbs in our latest blog ...

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    Why Your Next Adventure Should be a Pilgrimage Walk

    Pilgrim's Path to Holy Island

    Pilgrimage walks have been experiencing a revival recently, both in the UK and further afield. Whilst some of these trails grew organically from religious roots, a large number are non-religious and cultural, aiming simply to connect people through walking, nature, and local hospitality.

    Megan Bruce from the Absolute Escapes team explores her favourite pilgrimage walks in the UK ...

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