• Viewed from afar it's a lazy assumption that Australia is a cultural desert plagued by flies.  Sydney in particular is an artistic centre, a world city that crackles with the creative energy of the New World.  Here's a few sights and sounds to take in while you're in town.

  • Epic coastline and wild countryside combine with a profound sense of history and identity to enrich any walking exploration of Wales.  Here's a just of few top picks from the multitude of strolls and hikes on offer.

  • Easter isn't just for children.  Factor in the free time off to enjoy early spring sights and events around the UK.

  • Despite the best efforts of manufacturers to convince us otherwise, Easter is not a festival of hollow chocolate eggs.  Instead, celebrate early spring and factor in the extra time off to get out and about in the UK with the family


  • I FIRST visited the Hebrides more than 25 years ago on a week-long midwinter trip to South Uist, most memorable for the 100mph gales blowing sheep past the windows of our rented cottage.

  • It's a case of mud, mud, glorious mud for participants in next month's Mud Rush, which aims to raise funds for people with sight loss.

  • Nestled in a large meadow half-encircled by the River North Esk near Dalkeith, Melville Castle wears its history well.

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