Glasgow feature for Going Places

Glasgow is a strong contender for my favourite city. I love its vibrancy, its Victorian and modern architecture, its sense of style – and, above all, its famously friendly people.

So I was delighted to return to the city this summer to write about it for Going Places, the in-flight magazine of Malaysia Airlines.

See a PDF of this article, with photography by Robin McKelvie, here.


My work in Sunday Times Travel magazine

My work has appeared in the last two issues of Sunday Times Travel magazine.

In the July issue I reviewed the chic Hotel Crayon in Paris and the stylish Clarence Hotel in Dublin as part of The 50 Best City Hotels in Europe feature.

In the August issue I reviewed two of Cornwall’s fabulous hotels, the Watergate Bay and the Idle Rocks for the Europe’s 50 Best Beach Hotels round-up.

Look out for more of my work, on Croatia and Australia, in future issues.

St Kilda

St Kilda: the islands on the edge of the world

I have just returned from my most epic trip of the year so far – sailing out to the UK’s most isolated islands, the St Kilda archipelago with Hebrides Cruises.

Just reaching these abandoned islands is a feat in itself. Read all about my journey through three days of Atlantic waters and Hebridean islands to reach land on Hirta here.

I was also lucky enough to spend a full day walking on Hirta. Read my article on this here.


Cape Greco Cyprus

Alternative Ayia Napa: my piece for the Guardian

Ayia Napa doesn’t exactly spring to mind when you think of relaxing beach breaks but this resort on the eastern end of Cyprus is popular for a reason – it has some cracking beaches. I headed out to Cape Greco, just outside the town, to explore this rarely visited rugged cape on the edge of Europe.

You can read my article on discovering Cape Greco on the Guardian website here.




The best of Cornwall: guides to the north and south coasts for the Guardian

One of my favourite trips in recent months has been the week I spent exploring Cornwall for the Guardian. I saw shiny new hotels, much-loved local restaurants and more perfect beaches than you could shake a beach towel at.

It was tough to narrow these down to my top picks, but you can read about my favourite places on the northern Cornish coast here and the southern coast here.





Wieliczka salt mine: my piece for Rough Guides

Last winter the British Guild of Travel Writers had its AGM in  Poland. As part of this we visited the Wieliczka salt mine, which dates back to the 13th century and features the famous underground salt chapel.

We also did the Miner’s Route tour of the mine, finding out what life was like for the people who mined salt here. You can read my article about this tour for Rough Guides here.

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