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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 …

Scotland

Top 10 walks in the UK

Rugged coastline, verdant fells or snowcapped mountains - grab a map, pull on your boots and discover the UK's most wonderful walks. This excerpt from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences shows you where.<p>Southern Upland Way<p>At 340km this coast-to-coast path across southern Scotland isn’t the …

Top 10 hotels, B&Bs, hostels and campsites on Skye

Skye's amazing scenery deserves amazing places to stay. Here's our pick of the best hotels, B&Bs, campsites and hostels Top 10 places to stay in Lochalsh • Know a great place to stay in the area? Add your recommendation in the comments below<p>Napier Cottage, Isleornsay<p>This purpose-built luxury B&B …

Top 10 walks on Skye

From gentle strolls along Skye's stunning coastline to scrambles up the Cuillin – the most rugged and challenging mountain range in Britain – walkers are spoilt for choice on the island. Experts from Walkhighlands choose their favourites<p>• Top 10 walks in Lochalsh<p>• Know a great walk in the area? Add …

Britain’s best one-day walks

For such a small island, there’s a lot of Britain to explore. Yes, you could drive across it in a day – but then you could also spend several lifetimes walking its paths and absorbing the essence of each hill, dale and cove.<p>With well over 240,000km (150,000 miles) of off-road paths, more than …

Britain's best picnic spots

Hiking

The best quiet beaches in the UK: experts share their secrets

Don't fancy sharing your patch of sand or shingle with hundreds, if not thousands, of other sunseekers? Then check out these lesser-known beaches, tipped by those in the know<p>Not everyone was glued to the tennis on July 7. As Britain basked in glorious sunshine, thousands of us missed out on Andy …

Cool holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye, Scotland - in pictures

As well as the traditional cosy cottages you'd expect to find on the beautiful island of Skye, there are also a surprising number of cool contemporary properties with impressive eco credentials

Ratatouille With Fried Eggs Recipe

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients1 medium-small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups_1/2 cup olive oil, divided1 small onion, finely chopped …

Recipes

Europe's Most Beautifully Precarious Villages

Europe is home to some of the world's most enchanting villages; small, rustic towns where time seems to slow down and travelers can explore narrow streets, ancient buildings, and farm-fresh country taverns to really soak up the local flavor. Europe is also home to some of the most unusual villages …

Italy

Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Flawless Dream Home: Two Storey Promenade Residence by BGD Architects

The Promenade Residence is a two-storey luxury home envisioned as the perfect “resort-like” house. The project was designed by BGD Architects in …

Great British bike rides: the Cotswolds

<b>Distance:</b> 83 miles (134km)<b><br>Grade:</b> difficult<p>Malcolm "the Map" – my cycling club's president – knows every single cycling nook and cranny within 100 …

Cool holiday cottages in Shropshire – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/may/10/cool-holiday-cottages-shropshire-in-picutres<p>720<p>Historic, mainly rural Shropshire has an …

Wild swimming in the UK: 10 top spots

Goldiggins quarry, Minions, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall<p>This spring-fed quarry lake is the perfect suntrap. The beautiful jade water glistens within a rocky …

What’s On This Weekend: 10-12 May 2013

Please note this blog is no longer active. This post was last updated 3 years, 9 months ago and may contain out of date prices, opening times, links …

London May 2013: Events, exhibitions and best things to do

<b>London weekend weather forecast</b><p>There's an unsettled weekend in store for London. Expect drizzle on Friday and heavy rain overnight and on Saturday. Sunday will be dry and brighter, but windy.<p>This London weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget<p>Here are a few events to help you …

England

Summer Movie Preview 2013

Men of iron, steel and adamantium (hey, Wolverine) ride herd on a season that leaves audiences high and critics puking<p>Don’t kid yourself. you know …

Helen Mirren