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A journey through time on the Isle of Lewis

History is all around you on the Isle of Lewis, and no where more so than on the island’s west coast. The road along the coastline takes you though some stunning coastal scenery. But it’s also a journey through…

Borve Beach in the Outer Hebrides
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9 reasons to love the Isles of Lewis and Harris

Scotland’s islands have to be one of Britain’s best-kept secrets. I’d heard tales of the stunning beaches, breathtaking landscapes and unique culture you can find in the far north, all without even having to leave the country. I just…

Edinburgh on a budget

Visiting Edinburgh on a budget

The Scottish capital might be best known for its August festivals and Hogmanay parties, but Edinburgh’s got a whole lot to offer at any time of the year. There’s the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town with its cobbled streets,…

The Motel One Edinburgh Royal reviewed

Motel One Edinburgh Royal, reviewed

Normally when I’m on a city break I don’t spend much time in my hotel, and all I really need is somewhere clean, comfortable and central to sleep. I’ve tried the big brands – Premier Inn, Ibis, Tune Hotels,…

A weekend in Glasgow

A weekend in Glasgow

It’s might sometimes be overshadowed by its famous neighbour Edinburgh, but where Edinburgh is tourist central Glasgow has a grittier, more creative edge. This former industrial powerhouse has transformed itself into a city of culture. UNESCO City of Music,…

Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow
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Exploring Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow

One of the city’s most famous sons, you can’t go far in Glasgow without coming across the Art Nouveau style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Born in Glasgow in 1868, Mackintosh trained as an architect while studying art and design…

Trains at Paddington station

Budget train travel in the UK

Taking the train is one of the most relaxing ways to travel – and the UK has some stunning train routes. Think travelling over historic viaducts in the Scottish Highlands, weaving through cliffs and along beaches on the Cornish…

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
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Edinburgh Castle in Scotland // In pictures

Stumbling off the Caledonian Sleeper into a sunny Edinburgh morning, my first stop was the castle. Set at the end of the Royal Mile, it towers over the city from the top of volcanic Castle Rock, giving spectacular views…

The Caledonian sleeper train
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The Caledonian Sleeper: A night on the rails

There’s something romantic about a sleeper train. Being rocked to sleep then woken by your butler knocking on the door with a steaming cup of tea. Ok, well maybe there was in the 1930s, but is there still any…