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Hotel review: Scotland’s Banchory Lodge lies on the banks of the River Dee to the east of Balmoral

Given that A-roads in Scotland can be so narrow they have passing places, you can imagine just how rustic B-roads there can get. I turned onto one in the Cairngorms National Park on a Friday evening recently and didn’t see another car for half an hour – and passed through woodlands so ancient and pristine[read more]

Following in the footsteps of Bond and Bono along the French Riviera, from Monaco to Cap Ferrat

Somerset Maugham, somewhat bitterly, once described Monaco as a sunny place for shady people. While it is true that it is used as a tax haven by oligarchs and tycoons, the description is unfair.  Monaco is a constitutional monarchy that has been run on and off for over 700 years by the House of Grimaldi,[read more]

Stark photo series captures the discarded statues of Soviet leaders   

Statues of former Soviet leaders that once sat proudly in city centres have been discarded in private parks, isolated forests, empty fields and behind old buildings. And their plight has been documented in a project by American photographer Matthew Moore. His stark series includes an image of the heads of Lenin and Stalin on a[read more]

Staycation travel: A review of the second Nobu hotel to open in London

The Inspector checks into the second Nobu hotel to launch in London and is very impressed (but warns that you’ll need deep pockets for the restaurant)  There are 249 rooms, with The Inspector checking into one on the 10th floor, with a private balcony  Facilities at the hotel include a Pilates studio and a first-floor[read more]

The 20 most Instagrammable restaurants of 2021, according to Tripadvisor reviewers

Want to pimp up your Instagram feed? Then take a seat at any one of these stunning restaurants and snap away. They are the most Instagrammable restaurants in the world, according to the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Restaurants Awards, with the 20 dining spots showcased here making up the ranking for[read more]

The ultimate hotel staycation city break? A night at the ultra-luxury Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park…

Sun, swim, spa and be spoilt – all without going through customs. It might seem an impossible dream, but with the uncertainty surrounding holidays abroad a break within these shores is looking ever more attractive. With everyone fighting for space at UK seaside resorts, maybe now is the time to think about a city break[read more]

A world cruise AND a long-haul land tour. The hybrid breaks that are two trips of a lifetime in one 

Cruises are a brilliant way to taste a cocktail of destinations as you relax between ports, while a land tour will give you an in-depth experience of a country or region. Now that we can set sail again, both are on the cards, so which should you choose? Thankfully there is a third option: a[read more]

Travel chiefs demand Boris Johnson ditch traffic light system

Travel chiefs today warned European hotels are rejecting holiday bookings from UK travellers for August because they fear they will just cancel as the Government faces growing calls to scrap its chaotic traffic light rules.  The sector has repeatedly warned the current system is hitting consumer confidence and there are now claims that hoteliers on[read more]

Swinging along to Northern Ireland for a magnificent golfing getaway, from Dungannon to Portrush

Swinging along to Ireland for a golfing getaway road trip that takes in three world-class courses (and no teeing off with time-consuming Covid tests!) Northern Ireland is an easy journey and no quarantines or PCR tests are needed Dungannon Golf Course, Portrush and Lough Erne are all spectacular courses All can be enjoyed on a[read more]

Beat the heat with our guide to the top wild swimming spots across the UK

We’ve waved goodbye to lockdown and the timing couldn’t have been better (or worse, depending on how you see it) as temperatures soared. Beaches were packed and pools, lidos and leisure centres booked up, but some of the country’s most beautiful areas for wild swimming remained primarily the preserve of those in the know. So[read more]