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Flying to Barra

“Boarding pass?”<p>I dug the card from my bag and handed it to the woman at the shop in the Glasgow Airport—her nametag said “Lauren”, her straight brown hair fell to her shoulders, and her nose was pierced with a barely-there gold stud.<p>“Where you flying to?” she wondered aloud, but I only stared back …

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A road trip through Scotland's intoxicating Isle of Skye

Like the finest single malt whisky, the Isle of Skye is an intoxicating distillation of all that is great about Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Its dramatic landscape embraces everything from bleak, wind-scoured mountains to sheer sea cliffs and edge-of-the-world, seashell-strewn beaches. Throw …

A Scottish-style safari

Imagine the comical mating ritual of the capercaillie bird, the flash of a red squirrel sprinting by and the grunt of a reindeer -- all set against the backdrop of an ancient Caledonian forest, remnants of a landscape that once covered the British Isles.<p>Cairngorms National Park is nearly 4,500 sqkm …

Bike touring Scotland, on road and off

Ask most seasoned cyclists for the attributes of ideal touring country and they will probably tell you quiet roads, plenty of places to camp, spectacular natural scenery and – if your legs are up to it -- a few challenging hills. Add whisky distilleries, the odd ancient castle and some of the …

Exploring Scotland by road

Scotland offers a heady mix of rugged scenic beauty and historical delights. Whether you're up for urbane city pastimes, outdoor activities or sampling the fresh local food and drink, two weeks is ample time to hit the highlights - depending on your mode of transport. There are good bus and train …

24 hours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a walking city – one that repays those who tramp its cobbles with stately Georgian grandeur. So with 24 hours up your sleeve, where would you go and what can you see?<p>Morning<p>Head over to Valvona & Crolla for breakfast. This Italian delicatessen is an Edinburgh institution. Counter staff …

Scotland...More Than Just The Loch Ness Monster

In an effort to explore as much of the UK as possible during my time here, I decided to take a weeklong journey to Scotland. Looking to have a low-budget week away, my companions and I did everything as cheaply as possible, hence the nine-hour Mega Bus ride on Friday afternoon that cost 10 pounds …

Ancient Astronomical Calendar Discovered in Scotland Predates Stonehenge by 6,000 Years

A team from the University of Birmingham recently announced an astronomical discovery in Scotland marking the beginnings of recorded time.<p>Announced …

Robin Robertson's favourite beach: Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

When we talk of great Scottish coasts we're usually thinking about the west: the hundreds of islands and the intricately-jagged mainland shores where each new landfall has its own unique beauty. Nearly 70% of Britain's coastline is Scottish, so it's little wonder there's such variety – from the …

Scotland

Despite its small size, Scotland has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, lonely landscapes, spectacular wildlife, superb seafood and hospitable, down-to-earth people.

Watch How to Sauce a Plate in One Fell Swoosh

Watch how to plate like a pro, with swoosh of sauce on the side, in a Bon Appetit Instagram video<p>Yesterday, in the first of our series showing you how professional restaurant cooking techniques are done though the magic of Instagram videos, we shared a surefire technique for quick-pickling almost …

The World's Quirkiest Beaches (PHOTOS)

On this, National Relaxation Day, we thought it appropriate to find some of the most unusual beaches around the world.<p>From beaches with colorful sand to odd shapes lining the shore, here are nine quirky beaches around the world that are worth a visit.<p><b>Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California</b><p>Located in …

A Bedouin’s trail through Petra

See a different side to Jordan’s most popular attraction, following winding back roads and worn rock-cut staircases to rarely-visited monuments and panoramic vistas.<p>Once the capital of the Nabataean Arab's trading empire, with its giant temples and tombs chiselled out of swirling raspberry-ripple …

How to Save Money to Travel the World

What if you could quit your job and travel the world? If it sounds crazy, that's because it kind of is. But it is also something that more and more Americans are doing as they grow tired of the daily grind and decide to ditch everything to travel instead. That is exactly what I did two years ago, …

6 Amazing Hotels in Caves

One way to beat the heat this summer: Hide out in a cool cave hotel, no a/c required.<p>By Clarke Humphrey, Condé Nast Traveler<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Cave Hotels<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World<p>Hot New Hotels Under $300<p>We Dare You to Walk Across these …

Where to Go for Romance and Health in the British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort & Spa, a private isle in the British Virgin Islands, is set on 1,800 tranquil acres and includes five pristine beaches and a marina. Accommodations range from villas to junior suites and ocean view rooms. If you're looking for a place to completely disconnect and rejuvenate in a …

Follow Favorite: Places to Go Before You Die

More than 1,400 pinners around the world contribute to this insanely inspirational board. The classic idea of a travel bucket list is at work, …

Niagara Falls from Every Angle

There are higher waterfalls than Niagara Falls, sure. But the width and incredible volume of the waterfall that straddles the border of Canada and …

5 Reasons to Visit the Dordogne

La Belle France isn't the world's number one travel destination for nothing. But with such a plenitude of riches, how does one begin to choose? Here …

Paris Opens Pedestrian-Only Stretch of the Left Bank

If you thought drinking wine along the Seine was fun, how about a private party in a teepee? Thanks to a plan initiated by Mayor Bertrand Delanoe of …

Stunning Domaine de la Baume Hotel Opens in Provence

If you’ve ever wanted to pretend like you’re retreating to your gorgeous villa in Provence, now’s the time. Just last week, Domaine de la Baume, a …

Undiscovered France: Where to Go Next

With Paris’s many seductions, the stately Loire Valley, picture-perfect Provence, and the dazzling Côte d’Azur it’s no wonder much of the rest of …

Bora Bora’s Dreamiest Overwater Bungalows

When traveling to a dream-list destination like Bora Bora, you want to choose the right resort, particularly since your room will likely cost upwards …

The Cheese-Lover’s Guide to France (with Map!)

"Each sort of cheese reveals a pasture of a different green, under a different sky," writes Italo Calvino. I like to think of his words as I curl my …

How to Eat Like a Local in Greece

Every summer, urban Grecians migrate from the mainland to many of the country’s mythical islands. Here, away from the chaos of the cities, Greeks …

4 US Road Trips to Take Before You Die

There’s no better way to discover America than by criss-crossing the country via its most iconic highways. Whether you have fast wheels or an RV, …