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Hiking the West Highland Way: Seven-day, 96-mile hike starts in the rolling lowlands near Loch Lomond

The spirit of Rob Roy MacGregor was palpable as we gazed over the highlands where he roamed and did battle with the English some 300 years ago. …

Hiking

Ireland vs. Scotland: Which Destination Is Right for You?

We've pitted a fair number of destinations against each other in the past -- and next up is Ireland and Scotland. Choosing between these two places …

Burford is One of Britain's Best-Kept Secrets

A couple hours west of London, you find a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" called the Cotswolds.<p>To many, the Cotswolds are …

Lady’s Legendary Scotland Road Trip Itinerary

Maybe it’s the American in me, but I like a good road trip. And while a lot of places in the UK are easily accessible by train, driving allows me to …

European Travel

A 2 Day Itinerary For Glasgow and Loch Lomond

Jess and I were recently invited to visit both Glasgow and the nearby national park called Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. Despite having been based in …

National Parks

What to Do in Scotland: Your Perfect 8-Day Itinerary

<i>Days 1-3: Edinburgh</i><p><i>Day 1</i><p>Whether you’ve taken the train in from London or you’re alighting from the airport bus, arriving at Waverly Station is a …

Party in the sea – between the Isles of Scilly

The Low Tide Event is the ultimate pop-up, a mini festival held only twice a year when the sea recedes far enough to expose a sandbank linking Tresco and Bryher<p>“After all,” says Diana from Devon, “it’s not every day you get to walk on water.”<p>In fact, here in Cornwall’s idyllic Isles of Scilly, 28 …

Cornwall

Scotland's Isle of Skye Has a Whole Village for Sale

Consider it the ultimate Highlands escape.<p>Dramatic landscapes, majestic castles, unparalleled whisky—there’s a lot to love about Scotland. So what if you could own a little slice of it yourself? If you dream of owning a <i>very</i> remote holiday home (and have $1.6 million to spare) then you’re in luck, …

Castles

A Weekend In Edinburgh - How to Get the Best from Your Trip

Scotland’s capital is one of the most captivating places in the UK, with a whole host of attractions to keep you busy. There are world-class museums, …

This Seaside Town in England Is a Food Traveler's Dream

There's so much more than fish and chips.<p>Cornwall, you have to get lost—desperate and borderline panicky, ready to give up and go home—to let the food magic find you. You also have to cast aside your notions of what a restaurant should be. Because in this ocean-flanked southwestern tip of England, …

In search of tranquility, a solo cycler travels Nova Scotia

Waking just after sunrise, I slipped out of the rustic old house where I’d spent the night, rolled my bike down a dirt driveway, and pedaled east. It …

Strong and stable: The world's 7 most inspiring rocks

Shaped by natural forces over the millennia, these extraordinary rocks touch our souls and gently remind us of our place in the world<p>1: Delicate …

Modern Diplomacy - Modern Diplomacy

Let’s move to Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute: ‘The air seems to sparkle’

I’m surprised more artists haven’t settled here, but a quick eye on local history shows they were beaten to it by Johnny Posh<p>W<b>hat’s going for it?</b> There’s no escaping the waters in Helensburgh. They’re in front of you (the Clyde), to the side (Gare Loch) and behind (Loch Lomond). So much liquid does …

United Kingdom: Budget Travel

Generally, the United Kingdom can be more expensive place to visit than many other European destinations. This is partly that the average salary in …

Navigating Norfolk’s hidden creeks and salt marshes – in a 1950s whelk boat

All we can hear is the sloosh of water and the flap of sail and rope on polished wood<p>We sweep round a bend and the historic warehouses of Wells harbour draw nearer. We’ve not passed a boat all morning<p>We’re sailing across a sandy-coloured sea. Seals pop up around our little crab boat and then …