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Go wild in the country: eight new adventure tours in the UK for 2021

Go wild in the country: eight new adventure tours in the UK for 2021

Exploration once meant going to the other side of the world, but a host of travel companies are now championing local adventures right on our doorstep.

Paint the town: exploring the new arts scene in Derry

For years, Derry’s art scene was defined by the Bogside murals, famous for their depictions of The Troubles. But now a new, creative vibe is sweeping the city, ushering in a fresh array of murals, festivals and attractions.

NORTHERN IRELAND

UK escapes: what to do in Northern Ireland's County Antrim

With natural drama and world-famous whiskey, this coastal county is Northern Ireland at its rugged best.

How to experience Belfast's cultural scene like a local

The Northern Irish capital has blossomed into a true cultural hotspot, replete with bold street art, galleries and a string of hip boutiques.

Notes from an author: Wendy Erskine on cafes and culture in Belfast

In a city that’s no stranger to change and upheaval, there’s comfort to be found in the familiarity of the past.

Three outdoor UK adventures to embrace the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv

As winter sets in, the temptation to stay indoors grows. Break tradition this season, and do as the Norwegians do by embracing the outside world. 

Warrior queens, fairies and feuding clans: exploring legends on Scotland's Isle of Skye

For centuries, colourful tales have shaped the lives of those who call Scotland’s ‘Misty Isle’ home, and are still deeply intertwined with its soul-stirring landscapes.

SCOTLAND

How to spend a weekend in Fort William and Glencoe

In the shadow of Ben Nevis, the town of Fort William and the nearby valley of Glencoe offer a rugged springboard for outdoors adventures, with hiking, biking and Highland history all in easy reach.

Photo story: the celebrated seafood of Stonehaven, Scotland

Stonehaven’s glory days as a thriving fishing village may be behind it, but the culinary legacy of its past remains. Grab yourself a table with a sea view and tuck in to smoked haddock, award-winning fish and chips or fresh lobster. 

A traveller's guide to the Isle of Arran, Scotland

Soaring peaks, sweeping coastlines and wildlife at every turn — Arran truly lives up to its reputation as ‘Scotland in miniature’.

A neighbourhood guide to the city of Glasgow

From its underground clubs and centuries-old pubs to its street markets and museums, Glasgow spools out its charms and secrets in an unhurried fashion.

Crossing paths: Ireland and Wales unveil new walking routes

A series of routes across Wales and Ireland will celebrate a shared Celtic heritage and offer a range of off-piste adventures close to home.

What to do on the north Norfolk coast

With miles of wild, windswept coastline, seaside towns and fine local fare, the north Norfolk coast has rural, rugged charm in abundance. We look at the unmissable highlights, from hiking the Norfolk Coast Path to sailing on the salt marshes.

ENGLAND

The inside guide to York

Known for its medieval streets and iconic Minster, the ancient city blends its historical highlights with a thriving modern food scene.

How to explore King Alfred's Way, England's newest long-distance cycle route

After an adventure on home turf? Grab your bike and set off on one royally good new cycling route.

What to do on a family trip to the Isle of Wight

With vintage theme parks, beaches galore and gentle countryside, there’s no better place to head for a slice of holiday nostalgia. 

How to spend a weekend on the Cumbrian coast

Resist the lure of the Lake District and instead trace England’s northwest coastline by road or rail, savouring epicurean discoveries and sandy hikes along the way. 

Five experiential escapes in the UK for 2021, from castle stays to stargazing

One of the great lessons from last year was the importance of focusing on the experiences and adventures available to us on our on doorsteps. Here's some inspiration for 2021 getaways, from Nottinghamshire to Northern Ireland.

Awakening Celtic legends on a road trip along Wales' Coastal Way

Snaking down the western coast of Wales from the windblown Llŷn Peninsula in the north to the city of St Davids in the south, follow a path of Arthurian myth and Bronze Age mystery along Cardigan Bay.

WALES

What to do in the Elan Valley, Wales

By day or by night, this dramatic swathe of rural Wales offers plenty of ways to embrace the great outdoors.

UK escapes: what to do in Wales's Gower Peninsula

We list the best things to do in the Gower Peninsula, Wales, including the best restaurants and hotels, plus the best coastal walks, beaches and towns to visit.

A traveller's guide to Llandudno, North Wales

Stroll along the pier, take a tram up a mountain and search for dolphins on a weekend break in Llandudno, the 'Queen of Welsh resorts'.

A traveller's guide to Snowdonia, North Wales

It’s all about the outdoors in this wild Welsh region, whether you’re climbing Snowdon itself or paddling on rapids.

From my city to yours: legendary DJ Don Letts on London’s best musical hangouts

The Grammy award-winning musical maestro rose to fame after catalysing a fusion of the reggae and punk genres in 1970s London — and unifying their crowds. Here, he discusses the capital’s world-class music scene, and recommends his top hangouts.

Chefs Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick on their favourite Scottish seafood

Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick are founders of The Seafood Shack, a restaurant in the small fishing village of Ullapool on the northwest coast of Scotland, and co-authors of the book of the same name.

Where to eat in Cranborne, Dorset

Chefs and producers of all types flock to this Dorset village for the bounty of quality ingredients on its doorstep.

Britain’s songbirds are in decline — here’s how travellers can help

Songbirds have long been intertwined with Britain’s natural and cultural landscape. With spring in full swing, we celebrate the birds that serenade our streets and countryside, and take a look at the ways we can help to boost their dwindling numbers.

The eight best restaurants for outdoor dining in Glasgow

Boasting one of the most exciting food scenes in the UK, Glasgow has seen its restaurants adapt to cater to al fresco diners during the pandemic. Here, we look at eight of the best places to eat outside across the city.

The 15 best bars and pubs in London for outdoor drinks

From boutique cocktail joints to art-bedecked rooftop bars and leafy beer gardens, we round up 15 of the most atmospheric al fresco drinking spots in the capital — all now open for bookings.

Seven of England's best historic pubs

For hundreds of years, pubs have provided food, drink and entertainment to locals and weary travellers alike. Here are seven English favourites that have stood the test of time.

What to do in England's scenic Malvern Hills

Embrace the great outdoors in this corner of Worcestershire, where elegant towns and rolling hills sit side by side. 

Experts share their tips for exploring the UK by campervan this summer

From the best booking sites and resources to the UK’s most van-friendly touring regions, our guide to campervan travels is the perfect tool for anyone looking for a unique way to explore the country’s wilder corners.

Where to find the best breakfasts in the UK

From desi dishes in Birmingham to a sticky plum duck benedict in Newcastle, here’s our pick of the UK’s 10 best bets for a brilliant breakfast.

How the National Trust's 'blossom circles' will brighten the UK's cities

With rosier times ahead, the National Trust is planting thousands of blossom trees across the country as symbols of regeneration.

Win a 10-night island-hopping tour in Scotland

We've teamed up with McKinlay Kidd to offer an incredible 10-night adventure for two through the Western Isles.

Seven new adventures for 2021 around Snowdonia National Park

North Wales is taking its adventures up a notch — just in time for Snowdonia National Park’s 70th anniversary this year.

How to spend a weekend in Bakewell, Peak District

Base yourself in the Derbyshire town for a weekend of country estates, industrial heritage and rambles through a green and pleasant land alive with creative spirit.

What to do in Windsor, from regal attractions to riverside walks

This grand riverside town is the place to come for historic pubs, regal attractions and stunning countryside strolls.

What to do in North Devon, from world-class surfing to coastal hiking

This corner of the South West might be best known for its pounding surf, but beyond the waves there’s a wild landscape to discover that’s ripe for adventure.

The ultimate hotel guide to east London

Hip city hangouts, revamped Victorian landmarks and local character aplenty — memorable stays abound in the capital’s lively East End.

How I got the shot: photographer Simon Bajada on capturing the culinary culture of Stonehaven

The photographer was tasked with uncovering the history and culinary heritage of the Scottish town of Stonehaven on his latest assignment for National Geographic Traveller Food. We caught up with him behind the scenes to discuss methods and techniques.

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