Hiking and foraging on the isle of Skye: piece for the Times

I called in to Skye briefly earlier this year on the Hebridean Princess. Despite the rain and the leaden skies I fell instantly in love.

I returned in September, this time to explore properly. I discovered that this breathtaking Scottish island has so much to offer, from challenging hiking to bountiful foraging, boat trips to remote lochs and seaplane flights above an otherworldly landscape.

Find out more about the isle of Skye in my piece for the Times, published in October 2015.


Cool Canaries: the 20 best boutique hotels

The Canaries are known for their large-scale resorts, all multiple swimming pools and vast buffets.

But the Canaries are also home to an increasingly eclectic range of boutique accommodation, from stylish haciendas with sea views to rustic inns surrounded by mountain peaks.

I was recently asked to compile a list of the best for the Times. Read my article on where to stay in the Canary Islands on Times Travel.


Total Guide to the Canaries: for Sunday Times Travel magazine

Since my first visit as a teenager I’ve never been able to understand why the Canary Islands get such a bad press. Why are they so often dismissed as just fly and flop when they are home to smouldering volcanoes, dripping rainforests, vast black sand beaches and some of the best seafood I’ve tasted anywhere?

Here’s hoping that the Sunday Times Travel magazine’s very first Total Guide to the Canaries will get more people onto planes and out to these fabulous islands.

Check out the guide, which I contributed to, in the current issue of the magazine or read a small taster online.

View of the keep from the outer bailey at Corfe Castle

UK and Ireland articles for Skyscanner

I’ve been around the globe many times, but the islands of Britain and Ireland remain my favourite place – bar none.

Epic castles, sweeping beaches, eccentric villages and pubs packed with character (and characters) – what more could you ask for?

Check out my guides to the best of the UK and Ireland for Skyscanner to get the best out of your next trip around these endlessly fascinating isles:

Top 10 UK villages

Top 10 UK castles

Top 10 Irish beaches

Top 10 UK walking routes

London’s best restaurants with a view 

More to follow…



Grown Up Guide to Western Australia for High 50

People say that Western Australia is the “real” Australia – and it’s certainly the state I’ve fallen most in love with.

So I was delighted to work with Tourism Western Australia on a project for High 50, putting together a series of articles introducing this fantastic destination’s adventures and vast landscapes to their readers.

Read my articles on the links below.

A thirst for adventure: five top WA adventures

48 hours in Perth

A foodie guide to Margaret River

Marine encounters: from whale sharks to manta rays

Five top treks: from flying across the Kimberley to cycling the Munda Biddi

Itineraries for the perfect trip: 4 days, 7 days and 14 days

A year-round destination: when to visit WA


Big Weekend in Dubrovnik: article for the Sunday Times

Dubrovnik has long been one of my favourite cities, its beauty unsurpassed by almost any other coastal city I can think of. It is hot though, and sometimes unbearably crowded.

You could go in the off season of course, but then you might find things closed. And what is Dubrovnik without a cold Karlovacko sipped at one of its infamous Buza bars post Adriatic dip? No, this is a city that remains at its best in the sultry summer. Here’s my guide to the perfect Big Weekend here, as published in the Sunday Times.


The Spanish costa you’ve never heard of: Times article

One of the countries I specialise in (and write part of the Rough Guide to) is Spain, and so I try to keep my finger on the pulse when it comes to new developments.

One of the most exciting for this year is the opening of Castellon-Costa Azahar airport, with direct flights from the UK starting up with Ryanair in September. These new flights will make Castellon, as well as the largely unknown (outside Spain) Costa del Azahar, more easily accessible to British visitors. So I went to see what the area had to offer, for the Times.

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