Activities

Exploring Scotland’s Glencoe

The most scenic.  The most dramatic.  The most romantic.  The most mysterious.  Whatever your definition of Glencoe, there’s a reason why it is one of Scotland’s best-loved and best-known glens. (A glen, in...

By yon bonnie banks: Exploring Loch Lomond

It seems criminal that I live in Edinburgh, a mere 60 miles from the start of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and yet I’ve barely set foot on ‘yon bonnie banks’. This isn’t down to some longstandin...

A guide to visiting the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy

I can vividly remember a period in my childhood when I was convinced that I was going to be an archaeologist.  It was probably when I was around eight or nine years old and got to study the wonders of Ancient R...

How to drive around Loch Ness in one day

At over 23 miles long, Loch Ness is the largest and perhaps best known fresh water loch in the Scottish Highlands.  With its dramatic mountain backdrops and depths of up to 750 feet, it's no wonder that this ma...

10 fun things to do in Seville

Ah, Sevilla.  It may not be big, but this is a city which packs a fair punch.  Its narrow cobbled streets encapsulate the very essence of Spanish culture.  Tapas bars spill out onto the streets; flamenco perfor...

24 Hours in Madrid

Okay, I get it.  24 hours is not a lot of time to get to know a city.  For many, it takes a full day just to begin to see the outline of the tip of the iceberg, let alone explore the darn thing.  That being sai...

Ten outdoor activities in and around Vancouver

Vancouver is my kinda city.  Why?  Because its as green as it is urban.  Sure it's got its high rises and cosmopolitan wares, but it's also got everything an outdoors enthusiast could wish for: Stunning mountai...

My Secret Food Tour of Rome

OK, confession time.  I’ve just returned from my first solo trip to Rome, and while I could write pages upon pages about how rewarding the experience was (watch this space!), there was one thought which terrifi...
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