• Here's your essential guide to getting the best out of a city-break in Rome.


  • It took 18 months for the scars on Adam Walker's belly to fade after he was stung off Hawaii by a Portuguese man'o'war.

  • We drive through the headstone-studded battlefields of France towards the sunny south, to the stunning region of the Dordogne with its lazy rivers, fairy-tale castles and golden fields of tobacco and maize, a burnished chequerboard gracing the banks of the River Vezere and the yawning coils of the River Dordogne.

  • A historic stopping-off point for coaches from Kelso to Edinburgh, the Lodge at Carfraemill is now a welcoming hotel that provides a base for exploring Lauderdale, visiting nearby Thirlestane Castle or indulging in a range of outdoor activities in the area.

  • Perthshire will be a-buzz with golf fanatics as the Ryder Cup soon descends on Gleneagles, but the area has much to offer those less than absorbed by the sport, including a two-hour trip through its heart, from Auchterarder through Pitlochry and Blair Atholl.

  • Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland

  • Driving through England we take the motorway, speeding past Stratford, cruising towards Oxford, the windows half down to off-set the blistering late summer heat.

  • On a warm, wet day not so very long ago I took a walk around St Cuthbert's Cemetery in Edinburgh.

  • IT is only after about an hour of cutting dulse off the rocks and kelp it clings to that I realise the other harvesters around me are snacking on it.

Homes & Interiors/Gardens

  • MY husband and I viewed this garden flat in Edinburgh's west end on a miserable November day.

  • Plant species cannot predict the future but they rely on a large pool of genetic characteristics that allows them to adapt.

  • WE know bees, hoverflies and other insects provide a welcome sight for gardeners in spring and summer, but these valued species need protection in the winter.

  • Until well into the 19th century, most of mainland Europe was predominantly rural, and most people's roots are in the countryside.

  • The sun has worked wonders in the herb garden this year.

  • Designing and decorating my new home has refreshed my understanding about many of the processes which I go through with my clients, and principal amongst these has been working with colour.

  • These are the last few weeks of the tomato harvest, so how do you make the most of what remains?

  • We found this place - in Tighnabruaich - 10 years ago.