Robin McKelvie

Travel writer

Robin McKelvie has been travel writing since 1995 when he ventured from Uphall Station to Hong Kong by train. After two decades exploring he still “finds Scotland the world’s most remarkable country”. The author of 30+ guidebooks, thousands of articles for magazines and newspapers across five continents and a regular broadcaster, Robin lives to travel. Especially around his native land. Follow Robin in the Sunday National and on Twitter.

Robin McKelvie has been travel writing since 1995 when he ventured from Uphall Station to Hong Kong by train. After two decades exploring he still “finds Scotland the world’s most remarkable country”. The author of 30+ guidebooks, thousands of articles for magazines and newspapers across five continents and a regular broadcaster, Robin lives to travel. Especially around his native land. Follow Robin in the Sunday National and on Twitter.

Latest articles from Robin McKelvie

TRAVEL Robin McKelvie: The diverse Scandinavian joys of Stockholm

SCANDINAVIA overflows with great cities, but if I’m forced to choose one it’s always Stockholm. I’ve just been back for the fifth time and found it more thrilling than ever, with an upcoming district really making the grade and a burgeoning and diverse food scene that rivals Copenhagen.

TRAVEL Munich has much more to offer Scots than football and beer

AS a Tartan Army foot soldier, it’s always a joy to be welcomed into a city far from home. Munich played a brilliant host earlier this month, so I decided to stay on after the game to give something back, sharing the joys of a city that stacks up superbly for a break, with some old favourites and a remarkable emerging district that was much beloved by Freddie Mercury.

TRAVEL Small-scale cruising in Scotland shows how tourism can work for everyone

THERE was understandable controversy recently when a large cruise ship reportedly barged in – off-itinerary – into St Kilda. There is another side to Scottish cruising, though, with a wee flotilla of small ships easing around the west coast with a lighter touch that opens up this spectacular part of the world and benefits local communities. These cruises offer a unique window into our Atlantic littoral, which I’ll share with you.

TRAVEL Seeing the Hebrides in royal style on the Hebridean Princess

‘THERE is just no other ship in the world quite like her,” beams proud captain Richard Heaton as we ease out of Oban Bay aboard the Hebridean Princess. “She is a glorious piece of maritime history that celebrates her 60th birthday this year. All of our guests love her. She is the ideal way to cruise the Hebrides and fits in so perfectly with the isles.”

TRAVEL Robin McKelvie: An alternative Paris theme park holiday at Parc Astérix

‘WELCOME to our park,” beamed the hotel receptionist at our sprawling French theme park. “We like it when people from Scotland choose to come here and they always have a great time.” This is not the Parisian theme park most people think of though. We were not at Disneyland Paris, but its homegrown sibling – Parc Astérix.

Robin McKelvie: A two-day stroll through the City of Light

THERE is something about Paris. There must be, as it’s the continental European city I’ve travelled to most. Grab comfy shoes as I’m going to share with you some of my favourite sides of the French capital on a two-day walking tour, as well as tips to make the most out of Paris.