Cultural

7 Things to do in Scotland’s Highlands

Scotland is known for many things, Irn Bru, rain; it is also a fantastic place for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits.  With a countryside rich in everything from towering mountains to crystal-clear lochs, Scotland’s Highlands boast some of the most impressive scenery in Europe.  With a varied national geography running from the lowlands on the English border to the stunning Highlands.  Up north you’ll find everything from mountain ranges for snow sports, sweeping lochs from watersports, and no shortage of stunning scenery for trekking through, mountain biking across and generally marvellin Read more about 7 Things to do in Scotland’s Highlands

Explore the Emerald Isle

Beyond the stereotypes, Ireland and Northern Ireland are as characterful and fascinating as is any of their most colourful depictions. Take the time to explore; away from the city centres lie dramatic scenery perfectly suited to outdoor action and water sports, plus isolated secret spots to rival anywhere in the world.  Whether it's escaping to Kerry's coast or marvelling at the Giant's Causeway, there's a host of unforgettable experiences in store Here's our pick of the highlights. Read more about Explore the Emerald Isle

7 Things to do in Sri Lanka

There is only one Sri Lanka. This teardrop island  off the south of the mighty subcontinent really packs a punch. But which of its many marvels should make it on to your must-see list? 

TRAINlOURNEY THROUGH TEA COUNTRY

The train journey between Kandy and Ella is arguably one of the world's most scenic offering spectacular views from grand 19th Century bridges that stitch together verdan hill country and rolling, mist-shrouded tea plantations. Aside from the views it also  offers a great window into Sri Lankan life. Read more about 7 Things to do in Sri Lanka

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Visit The Baltic Coastal Town of Gdansk, Poland

An industrial port on the edge of the Baltic may not sound like an ideal spot for a mini break, but with his cobbled streets and pastoral coloured Flemish buildings, Gdansk is full of surprises. And right now, is the time to go, before it starts attracting anywhere near the hefty number of visitors Polish hotspot Krakow does. From a tourist’s perspective, it still feels almost undiscovered. Read more about Visit The Baltic Coastal Town of Gdansk, Poland

Explore Egypt’s Saharan Wild Western Desert

It's not a pretty sight. The stark landscape of Egypt's desert burns my retinas, forcing me to squint as I scan the quivering, molten, 40°C scene before me. Besides my two friends, our jeep driver, there's not a soul around, nor is there a signal that life could survive here - even if it wanted to. Instead, ochre sands meet dark smatterings of iron ore from the region's volcanic rock formations. It's a surreal corner of the earth almost entirely untouched by mankind. Read more about Explore Egypt’s Saharan Wild Western Desert

Get a Taste of Japan, Visit the Cities of Niigata and Tsuruoka

On the north-east coast of Japan, where mountains roll into rice fields and waves crash on sandy shores, two historical cities stand out for their gastronomic delights. Harbour side Niigata and mountainous Tsuruoka - located in the Tohoku region of Japan, a few hours from Tokyo by train - have a very different culinary style, but both approach cuisine in a way that celebrates the farmlands, oceans and mountains that surround them. The cities may  be 140km apart, but their commitment to the country's natural abundance unites them in reputation: as true culinary capitals of Japan. Read more about Get a Taste of Japan, Visit the Cities of Niigata and Tsuruoka

Discover Armenia's Gastro Scene

Offering everything from meat-topped flatbreads to flavoursome cheese, Armenia's divers and exciting cuisine deserves a place on the on the global gastronomic map. This country draws on culinary influences from all over Europe, the Middle East and the Levant to serve up a menu of mouth-watering dishes - think harissa, a savoury chicken porridge; manti, a delicious baked dumpling; or ghapama, a pumpkin stuffed with boiled rice, dried fruits and nuts. A nation of food-lovers, Armenians attach great value to ancestral recipes and home cooking, so travellers should make sure to come with open minds and empty stomachs. Read more about Discover Armenia's Gastro Scene

Spend the Weekend in Bergen, Norway

Life in Bergen has always been defined by the sea. Lying on the southern part of Norway's fjord-speckled western coast, the city descends from the seven mountains that frame it to meet a dramatic, fractured coastline of inlets and islands.  It's impossible to detach Bergen's existence from its seafaring past and present. Today, visitors flock to see the medieval harbour front, Bryggen, which sprung up in response to a flourishing codfish industry - one that saw Bergen become Scandinavia's largest city in the 1600s. Read more about Spend the Weekend in Bergen, Norway

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