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 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
When was the last time you took a trip in the UK? Chances are, you’ve been abroad more recently than you’ve walked on a British beach or explored one of our homegrown national parks.
There is a misconception that travelling in the UK is too expensive, too rainy and too dull to be worth the effort.
But I entirely disagree, and so I jumped at the chance to write the content for the Guardian’s interactive travel guide to the UK by rail, in association with ATOC.
Visit the site here, pop in your postcode and find out where you could travel to by rail and for how much.
The guide celebrates the launch of the Two Together railcard, which gives two people who travel together a third off their rail fares. Sounds like an excuse for a UK adventure to me…
I visited Swansea earlier this week to research articles for Discover Britain, About.com and Cool Places. I stayed in Dylan Thomas’s birthplace, had dinner with a view at Grape and Olive and went indoor surfing at the LC2.
Read about what I got up to on Storify here and look out for my other articles soon.
Over the past few months I’ve been researching the very best family days out around the UK for the Guardian and Hyundai.
For January and February I recommend a visit to the new visitor centre at Stonehenge (see my post on this here), a visit to Maeshowe in Orkney and the British Athletics International Match in Glasgow.
Read more about these, and the others that made my top ten, on the Guardian website here.
Back in April I was lucky enough to be one of the very first to try the new mile-long zip wire at Zipworld in North Wales. Watch my video about the experience here.