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Travel Ideas

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest, chosen by our team of professional travel journalists.

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I find the northwest corner of this country is a curious mixture of three distinct areas. In the far north stands the Lake District, a hilly and desolate area until tourism took root belatedly in the early nineteenth century. Then in the far west rise the hills and mountains... more

The history of the Scottish Highlands has a very different narrative from the rest of Great Britain, even from the rest of Scotland. The clans ruled this rugged landscape for centuries, based around powerful families like the Mackenzies, Urquharts, Campbells and Frasers,... more

Five of the Best Hotels for Surfing

Make waves this summer with a British beach break that incorporates some watersports. Whether you are a beginner or a surfing enthusiast, the best resorts offer lessons, equipment hire and plenty of spots to surf, whatever the weather. Surfing schools provide a beginner's... more

She carried you for nine months, she endured sleep deprivation, recorder concerts and, later, a whole world of horrendous hormonal abuse...so it’s only fair that - at least once a year - you say a big thank you to your mum! Book her into one of the sumptuous spas below and... more

No, not spas where you can have a relaxing time with a teenage heart-throb Vampire, but spas which have special deals so you can drop by for a few hours after work and enjoy an evening indulging in your favourite spa activities. Perfect for the dedicated spa-goer who's busy... more

Great places to stay along the South West Coast Path

Leaping over boulders, ducking under low-growing trees and splashing through muddy paths; the 5.3 mile ‘assault course’ (as I have dubbed it) from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove on the Cornish coast demands a bit of grit and determination, not to mention a pair of good boots.... more

Family holidays mean excitement, adventure, exploring new places and – above all – having fun. A modern family holiday doesn’t simply mean mum, dad and kids. According to the latest industry research, the current trend is multi-generational holidays in which parents are... more

Britain’s culinary landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade or so. Although London remains the country’s food epicentre, you’ll now find equally exciting and innovative cooking further afield. Gastronomic restaurants use the finest ingredients, cook them with... more

Ten of the Best Dog-friendly Self-Catering Properties

Why not take a holiday with your four-legged friend? From stylish contemporary pads to cosy farm cottages, there’s plenty of self-catering accommodation across Britain where responsible owners and their amiable pooches are welcome. Some properties have resident dogs that... more

Travel through Hampshire, Dorset and Devon and you rapidly leave behind those seaside resorts that owe their existence to day-trippers from London. Christchurch, Lyme Regis and Torquay are old coastal settlements along what has chosen to promote itself as the English... more

Take the kids to a historic house? Are we insane? Far from it, for while there may well be stuffy stately homes where children are as welcome as the plague, a new breed of enlightened custodians are doing everything they can to entice families to visit. The best serve up a... more

Robert Louis Stephenson described wine as “bottled poetry”, and there are many occasions when you want to indulge in some fine wine to accompany your meal. Only a few restaurants have the inclination and resources to invest in a really top cellar, and for wine-lovers such... more

The British seaside holiday was invented on the south coast of England when George III’s family, and then the aristocracy, left London to go seabathing for their health. Once a new fashion had been created, the middle and working classes followed in full force as railways... more

The UK has many beautiful gardens and woodland for the nature-lover to delight in, but what could be nicer than to wake up and find such beauty right outside your window. I’ve picked just a few of them for you – from a Georgian town house or manor house to a converted farm... more

As one of Britain’s most-loved holiday destinations, Cornwall lures flocks of families to its sandy beaches, rugged coastline and rolling moors. And where once the bucket-and-spade brigades were put up in chintzy cottages and dowdy hotels, these days there’s a choice of... more

If you’re in search of a weekend destination for lusty debauchery and, perhaps even the first flutters of love – Edinburgh can provide. This city is sexy: from the dramatic silhouette of the old town dotted with medieval turrets and spires, and the fairytale castle perched... more

It’s not too late to take a break this Easter, there are still some charming self-catering properties available to book while school is out. Plus, there’ll be plenty of fun for all the family wherever you choose to go. For Easter marks the beginning of the holiday season -... more

From the game’s earliest days golf has been as much to do with food and drink as it has been about the game. Scarce wonder then that the victorious professional golfer at the Open championship walks off with a claret jug. And at amateur level golf is a most companionable... more

Come February 2014, that first soul-reviving, glimpse of spring can be galvanised by a delicate snowdrop - transforming a sparse winter woodland floor into a beautiful sea of white. Dusk and dawn create the perfect light to see snowdrops in all their glory, perfect for... more

The sea, the sea… the fresh air, sound of soft breaking waves and horizons stretching out as far as the eye can see are simple pleasures so often wrapped up in the spa dream. The joy of being near the coast is a sentiment not lost on the many spas in Britain who are lapping... more

Plan your weekend now! It's the only way to get through the week...... more

It’s been a busy year for Britain’s Finest already and we have welcomed lots more lovely hotels into our family of fabulous accommodation. From grand Victorian establishments overlooking iconic capital city architecture to eco-friendly estates nestling in idyllic rural... more

Well done! You’ve managed to make it through a long, wet, wine-less January - leaving one more miserable month of winter to endure. Before you slink off to the sofa in your onesie, why not book yourself in for a little soul-reviving pampering sesh. From treetop treatments to... more

The origins of Valentine’s Day go back to the Middle Ages where the tradition of courtly love flourished. The colour red has become symbol of love, as have chocolates and roses. Valentine gives lovers the opportunity to express their feelings, and is probably the most... more

Calling all single ladies, this year we are reclaiming Valentine’s Day. My alternative guide to February 14th features everything from flowers and chocolates to diamonds and champagne... even Brad Pitt has wangled his way in. So forget the riveting night of television you... more