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The best beaches in Orkney and the Outer Hebrides

These Scottish island chains are home to some of the most spectacular sands in the UK.

Río Coco, Nicaragua, designated as first UNESCO Geopark in Central America

The Río Coco Geopark, in Nicaragua, has become the first UNESCO Geopark in Central America, and only the eighth in Latin America. The Nicaraguan Geopark, in Madriz in the north of the country, is one of 15 new designations of significant sites across the world, such as in the UK and Canada. Before the announcement […]

The Travel Writer’s Bookshelf: books with great plots

Travel-writing expert Jonathan Lorie shares some more of his favourite travel books.

Waterfalls, saffron and long lost civilizations: discovering northern Greece

Greece is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, yet the country’s north remains fairly off the beaten track.

Messing about on the water: an interview with Lizzie Carr

We chat to top paddleboarder Lizzie Carr about the sport’s dramatic rise in popularity.

Walk of the Week: the Macclesfield Canal and Middlewood Way

Explore one of England’s ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns on this delightful 2½-mile circular route. 

The best little-known lakes in England

Discover our favourite bodies of water away from the Lake District.

The Gentleman Pirate of Barbados

Stede Bonnet (1688-1718) was an unlikely Barbadian pirate because he was a wealthy landowner of a 400-acre estate southeast of Bridgetown. For some unexplained reason, and despite his lack of sailing experience, he abandoned his wife, children, land and fortune, and turned to piracy in 1717. It was rumoured he had marital problems, or he […]

Exploring France away from the crowds: a summer holiday in the Vendée

This French region has all the ingredients for a classic family holiday.

Beards and Bims – the naming of Barbados

Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos ‘discovered’ Barbados in 1536, and it was he who named the island Los Barbados, which means ‘the bearded ones’.