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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…



Rough Guides: 8 unknown UK islands

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.


Guardian articles: the best British road trips

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 tens:

Top ten picnic spots

Top ten scenic drives

Top ten quirky places to stay

Britain’s best beaches


The best itineraries:

For cyclists

For golfers

For bargain hunters


Top drives:

Driving the Pennine Way

Driving the Causeway coastal route


Along the way:

Best road trip playlists

Best boredom busters

Best child-friendly pit stops



Interactive UK travel guide for the Guardian

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…



UK family days out for the new year

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.