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15 extraordinary things to do in Scotland

<b>Isle of Skye - swim in fairy pools</b><br>Walk to the series of pools and waterfalls near Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye. Look through the clear emerald water for the underwater arch between the two top pools. If you are feeling energetic, continue into Coire na Creiche on a five-mile circular walk that …

Scotland

The best hostels in London

An expert guide to the best hostels in London, including the best for clean, secure dorms with lockers, private rooms with en suites and televisions, buzzing bars, restaurants serving cheap food, 24-hour reception, and outdoor terraces, in areas including Soho, The City, Kensington, King's Cross, …

England

Is Sheffield Britain's most underrated city break destination?

According to a new survey by TripAdvisor, Sheffield is the place to head this bank holiday weekend for the best-value UK city break. A three-night escape for two people costs an average of £706 – that's including hotel, sightseeing and meals – making it the cheapest in Britain. A break of the same …

Jarvis Cocker

Expert guide to Oxford

When to go<p>There is no best time to visit Oxford, as every season has its charms. In early spring the trees of North Oxford drip with blossom, though May is when Oxford perhaps looks her loveliest. The trees are in full leaf, the students are in celebratory mood and the famous “Bumps” (boat race) is …

Travel

Expert guide to Yorkshire

Where to go<p>Yorkshire’s national parks are a must visit: the Dales, the Peaks and the Moors. Its coastline is similarly breathtaking, in particular the cluster of craggy stone-built villages north of Scarborough.<p>For shopping, visit Leeds; for history, visit York; for culture, visit Hull; and for …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

Hair Care Crisis: "Shampooing" Circa 1883 --> http://on.apttherapy.com/nzcR19 It seems that doctors of the day had come to the conclusion that shampooing was "extremely injurious to the health, and especially apt to produce diseases of the brain." The claims were that it not only irritated the eyes, but caused deafness and insanity.

Priory Bay Hotel

Seaview, Isle of Wight, England<p>There’s a sense of serenity at the Priory Bay Hotel, which lingers from centuries past, perhaps when a monastery stood on the site. It also has a private beach, a gorgeous sandy bay where you’ll feel you have been cast away on a desert island.

Travel

Pay what you want at a Paris hotel

Running until 10 August, a new initiative allows guests to stay the night, and decide afterwards how much they feel their stay was worth.<p>France ranks as the world’s most popular tourist destination, with around 33 million visitors coming to Paris annually. As such, demand for hotels – and prices – …

France

Fringe benefits to Edinburgh’s festival season – city highlights

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicks off this week. In between all the comedy, cabaret and theatre, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Here’s a taster from Herb Lester’s new guide to the city<p>The Fruitmarket Gallery<p>Since it opened in a former fruit and vegetable market behind Waverley railway …

Passengers are being told they have to fly without their luggage as Gatwick Airport struggles to cope with a baggage handling crisis that has caused chaos for thousands. The airport is bringing in its own staff to help with the luggage crisis

Passengers are being told they have to fly without their luggage as Gatwick Airport struggles to cope with a baggage handling crisis that has caused …

16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

Reduced sea ice allowed the buildup of huge waves in the Beaufort Sea.<p>Sixteen-foot waves are buffeting an area of the Arctic Ocean that until recently was permanently covered in sea ice—another sign of a warming climate, scientists say.<p>Because wave action breaks up sea ice, allowing more sunlight …

Global Warming

Britain's hidden urban attractions

England

Glasgow hostel's owner extraordinary Facebook rant

For many businesses, social media is a crucial way to connect with customers and encourage them to come back.<p>That’s the theory, at least. But one hostel owner in Glasgow took a rather different approach on Facebook this week.<p>It’s a busy time in the city at the moment with the Commonwealth Games in …

Commonwealth Games

Top 10 craft beer pubs in Edinburgh

Drinking late is as much a part of the Edinburgh Fringe experience as its theatre, music and comedy. As the festival starts, Tony Naylor searches out the city’s best craft beer bars<p>Bow Bar<p>It may look like a classic old-school Edinburgh pub (it is, in fact, a painstaking, late-1980s recreation), but …

Europe by bike - in 1933

The following is an edited version of Marion Littler’s travel diary, which describes a cycling tour of Europe taken with her father in 1933. The words of Marion, who was 19 at the time, provide a touching (and often amusing) insight into the strong bond that existed between the intrepid pair, and a …

France

Paris hotels: the new seven wonders

France

What on Earth happens to lost luggage?

It’s one of a traveller’s worst nightmares - being the last person at the airport conveyor belt and coming to that slow realisation that your bag isn’t coming.<p>Such a sensation was felt by hundreds of holidaymakers departing Gatwick Airport last weekend, after a system problem meant a number of bags …

Latest Stories

The Magazine<p>Our iconic magazine is available in both print and digital editions.<p>The Store<p>Your online purchases help fund our nonprofit mission of research, education, conservation, and exploration.<p>Expeditions<p>Travel the world on our guided wildlife safaris, expedition cruises, and more.<p>National …

Astronomers Puzzle Over New Breed Of Massive Stars

Like fireflies sparking on a hot August night, the universe’s most massive stars run the gamut of their lives in a cosmological blink of an eye.<p>The most massive stars known — the rare, hot O3 spectral type — burn through their hydrogen in something like a million years. Many morph into even rarer …

Five reasons to visit Rotterdam

Rotterdam is your typical second city. While second cities might often be disregarded in favour of just checking out their popular counterparts (Amsterdam, we’re looking at you), to do so is a travel faux pas. Second cities are generally self-assured – existing for themselves and not just for …

Travel news roundup: wilderness Scotland and visa-free Kazakhstan

Plus: What's cooking in Copenhagen, dinosaurs at the Eden Project and foot-pampering on the move in Japan<p><b>Escapism</b><p>This new, romantic one-bedroom lodge on Scotland's remote Knoydart peninsula is accessible only by foot or boat. Knoydart Hide, near Inverie, offers sleek accommodation in an unspoilt …

Stash of coins in a cave could be an Iron Age Isa

History Underground: Egyptian Archeology

“From Cairo, it’s only about three hundred miles to Abydos, in Upper Egypt,” begins Peter Hessler’s article about the current state of Egyptian archeology, “The Buried,” in this week’s issue of the magazine. Hessler goes on to explain that Abydos><p>was the cradle of Egyptian civilization, and the …

HD Photo of the Day: A Killer Seafood Platter From Fenton's in Dingle, Ireland

After making the requisite joke's about how funny Irish city names like Dingle sound to Americans (<i>ah, to be single and mingle in Dingle</i>) we walked down the quaint, pub-lined street of the small seaside fishing town on the West coast of Ireland to Fenton's, a restaurant with a description that …

Homes of Neolithic builders recreated at Stonehenge

Five Neolithic homes have been constructed at Stonehenge to help reveal how those who built the famous stone structure would have lived 4,500 years …

National Geographic Travel

A tour of Yorkshire: a travel guide

As Yorkshire gears up for the start of the Tour de France this Saturday, we round-up the best bike rides, campsites and hotels, where to taste its famously good food and enjoy a perfect pint<p>As if Yorkshire needed putting on the map, this Saturday will see all eyes drawn to God's Own Country as …

What’s on in London in summer 2017

Something magical happens when the sun flickers into the British capital’s sky. Londoners starved of vitamin D emerge across the city, with parks, pavements and pubs filling up with convivial drinkers, and smiles spread across once-tight lips. Summer is prime tourist season, but the atmosphere and …

Telegraph Travel Awards 2014: win a private jet trip to Jersey

<b>Private Jet Trip, Jersey</b><p><b>£8,500</b><p>A private jet to Jersey for four people for a unique “three-course three-venue” Michelin star lunch, with PrivateFly (privatefly.com) and Luxury Jersey Hotels (www.luxuryjerseyhotels.com), including private transfers in Jersey, all food and wine.<p><b>The prize</b><p>PrivateFly …