My favourite country to visit in the whole world is Scotland and am currently writing a book about my 2017 journey around the country.
On my travels I stayed in some truly exceptional places, from cosy inns to full-on luxurious five-stars, and I was delighted to share some of these with Times readers today, in my 20 best places to stay in Scotland feature.
Look out for my book soon!
The UK has never had a rival to America’s Route 66 or to Australia’s Great Ocean Road – until now, that is.
The North Coast 500 loops around the far north coast of Scotland, starting and ending in Inverness. It runs for around 500 miles, through epic Highland scenery and past fantastic seafood restaurants, pubs and distilleries. It’s even home to the world’s best hot chocolate.
I’ve driven the North Coast 500 a few times now and it is one of my favourite road trips anywhere in the world. I was delighted to write about it for the Sun’s Fabulous magazine recently. You can read my piece here.
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.
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…
I love the UK. Despite travelling to dozens of countries every year I always enjoy travelling around our islands the most. There is no place like home, after all – especially when that home is full of beautiful, unspoiled secrets.
Yes, much of the UK has been well and truly discovered, but there are still plenty of hidden corners and unsung isles. I unveiled some of my favourites for Rough Guides recently. Read my feature on the best 8 unknown UK islands to discover a few more of the British Isles’ secrets.
Earlier this year I spent a week cruising the Scottish Hebrides on the Queen’s favourite ship, the fabulous Hebridean Princess.
I visited Plockton where I found the largest prawns I’ve ever seen, the beautiful isle of Skye and the incomparable Outer Hebrides, where I hiked on Lewis and cycled across Harris.
My itinerary was one of Hebridean Cruises more active Footloose itineraries and it certainly kept me busy!
Read all about what I got up to on my cruise in the July 2nd issue of TTG.
Last summer I embarked on a cruise with Majestic Line around the Scottish Isles. I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of different scenery, seafood and even sunshine on offer and returned with a camera full of pictures and a head full of beautiful Scottish memories.
Read my feature for Woman’s Own on this wonderful cruise here.