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The hidden Scottish Highlands

Hikers roam freely in this glacier-carved land of lonely sea cliffs, winding trails and breathtaking views.


On the hunt for dinosaur eggs in Mongolia's Flaming Cliffs

In the South Gobi Desert, some of the world’s most fascinating prehistoric wonders are at visitors’ fingertips – sometimes literally.<p>I knew that I probably wouldn’t find any dinosaur eggs – that the best and perhaps sole specimens had been carted away on camelback almost a century ago. But that …


The ancient cities of Sri Lanka

Travellers are flocking to Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, home to frolicking monkeys, giant Buddha statues and 1,500-year-old palaces.

South America

Our favourite images of the week

A montage of the most breathtaking travel images from around the world, including the Trans-Amazonian Highway and the Skyline Trail in Canada’s Jasper National Park.


The last unexplored side of the Serengeti

Off-limits for more than two decades, eastern Serengeti's remote Soit Le Motonyi region is newly accessible to visitors – and quickly gaining a reputation as a hot spot for big cats.<p>Wildlife-rich Serengeti is deservedly Tanzania's most popular park, but with that celebrity comes a catch: crowds. …


Exploring Switzerland’s green legacy – on foot

One hundred years after the creation of the country’s first – and only – national park, Switzerland’s conservation efforts are anything but idle.<p>In 1914, Switzerland stamped itself as a leader in European conservation, creating the first national park in the Alps, and the first on the continent …


The 10 Best Beaches in The World

From Hawaii to New Zealand, the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world.<p>From Hawaii to New Zealand, the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world.

Meeting Paddington's relative, the spectacled bear

They may not wear blue duffel coats and endearingly large red hats, but there is a certain cuteness to the spectacled Andean bear to be found in deepest, darkest Peru.<p>The cuteness lies in those distinctive semicircular creamy white markings around the eyes; there is a cuteness, too, in their modest …

South Asia’s new adrenaline capital

Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands – a patchwork of waterfalls, craggy peaks and tropical jungles – is challenging Asia’s other great adventure capitals, including Pokhara and Leh.<p>It was 6 am and there was not another person in sight. The first rays of dawn split the thin vapour of clouds and I could …

Asia Travel