I first went to the Channel Islands as a child and I remember being blown away by them – especially Sark, with its horse and cart rides and its bicycles.
There are no cars on Sark. But there are fabulous hotels, an abundance of fresh lobster and numerous secluded beaches to explore.
I returned to Sark to write an article the Times on how best to spend a weekend here. Check it out 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.
I grew up in a small town in Wiltshire called Devizes, a little-visited place that has far more to offer than it might first appear. There’s a brewery for a start. And a canal with one of the world’s longest lock flights. Plus an ancient market square and a museum that is a world leader in Bronze Age exhibits.
I have been lucky enough to write about my hometown several times now and most recently had a feature published in the Guardian to coincide with the town’s very first boutique hotel, The Peppermill, opening.
Read this feature on the Guardian website.
Many thanks to Visit Wiltshire for assisting with this trip.
I love travelling in Britain – and I especially love a road trip. So I was delighted to be asked to offer some of my best itineraries and tips to the Guardian, for their Open Road project, in associated with Enterprise.
I gave my thoughts on everything from the best picnic spots and the quirkiest places to stay to the ideal road trips for golfers and the best way to explore the Scottish Highlands.
Read my recommendations at the links below:
Top ten picnic spots
Top ten scenic drives
Top ten quirky places to stay
Britain’s best beaches
The best itineraries:
For bargain hunters
Driving the Pennine Way
Driving the Causeway coastal route
Along the way:
Best road trip playlists
Best boredom busters
Best child-friendly pit stops
In June, I sailed out from Oban on Scotland’s west coast, to St Kilda, the furthest outpost of the United Kingdom.
It was an adventure – the biggest one I’ve been on in the UK – and I will never forget the sheer excitement of arriving in Village Bay, the jagged rocky landscape rearing above me, the puffins wheeling above my head.
I wrote about the experience for About Travel. You can read about my voyage to the islands with Hebrides Cruises as well as my thoughts on walking on the main island of Hirta.