Road trip: Scottish Highlands

Scotland’s North Coast 500 is one of Britain’s most famous and remote road trips. Tracing the coastline of the Highlands, it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful routes in the country, with unmissable roads trailing through an utterly spellbinding landscape. Inverness Inverness marks the start, and end, of your Highland adventure. Sat on the river Ness, it’s a picturesque starting point with a …

Secret guide to: Tuscany

Tuscany is quintessential Italy, a distilled version of the charms and passions that make the country so unique. Rolling valleys offer up vineyards of international renown, interspersed by a network of startlingly original medieval towns. Straddling the hills, they sit resplendent in the glowing Tuscan light, inviting any traveller to explore their labyrinthine streets to find hidden enotecas, trattorias, and artisan workshops. Renaissance splendour resides …

The UK’s best National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The curious Isles of Scilly, romantic Cotswold towns, picturesque Lake District pools… memorable sights are not hard to come by in some of the UK’s most awe-inspiring and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These are grand and compelling lands to tick off your travel bucket list as you make your way across the country, journeying from England’s southernmost coast up to …

11 amazing things to do in Sri Lanka

Located just off the southern coast of India, the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka is festooned with diversity. This balmy paradise boasts myriad charms, encompassing everything from ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites and wildlife-rich national parks to luscious country landscapes and idyllic golden-sand beaches. Whether you’re elephant-spotting, heading out on a tea trail or surfing wild waves, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best ways …

Secret guide to: Lombardy & the Italian Lakes

Medieval towns dot a landscape of vast, crystalline lakes. Lombardy and the surrounding lake region are framed by the dramatic fall of the Alps, creating stunning scenery that leaves any visitor breathless. Whether it’s the draw of Lake Como, which has attracted its share of celebrities and jetsetters, or exploring the medieval citadels of Bergamo or Mantua beset with lavish Renaissance architecture, the region is …

Secret guide to: Iceland’s Ring Road

Iceland positively encourages intrepid exploration – head into the hinterland for surreal volcanic landscapes and craggy peaks that shelter cascading falls. Luckily for you, Icelanders built a vast road network that circles the far reaches of the island. Aptly named the Ring Road, it circles the outer edge offering access to a host of breathtaking sights. Discover steaming landscapes straight from a sci-fi movie, dramatic …

Secret guide to: Iceland’s Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is the best way to see inspired landscapes just a short drive from Reykjavik. Catch the rift between the American and Eurasian plates before heading to hot springs and explosive geysers. The Golden Circle harbours a diverse and unforgettable collection of natural wonders, completing any stay in Reykjavik. There’s a host of tour operators that offer this service, or you can hire …

My city: Reykjavik

Our ‘my city’ series puts a new perspective on some of our favourite places, as we catch up with creative residents, asking them to divulge their best kept secrets. From their favourite cheap eats, to their go-to coffee spot, there are plenty of hints and tips on how to stay like a local. We’re heading to Iceland‘s Reykjavik, where we catch up with jewellery designer …

Five unmissable ways to make the most of Margate

Eight years ago, the then-forgotten town of Margate wouldn’t have even made a blip on travellers’ radars. Today, this seaside resort couldn’t be further from its days of dereliction. A massive regeneration project started in 2011 has planted this colourful, unhurried spot firmly back on the map as a must-visit destination for art, independent shopping and local gastronomy – all within easy reach of London. …

An outdoor-lover’s guide to the glorious South Welsh coast

The gorgeous South Wales coast has an otherworldly edge to it that rivals even the prettiest of far-flung seaside escapes. It’s heaven on earth for lovers of nature and the great outdoors, thanks to its abundance of beautiful Blue Flag beaches, cherished National Trust treasures, quaint fishing towns and wonderful wildlife. The ‘land of mystery and enchantment’ remains unspoiled, and we’ve rounded up the best …