Category: Travel

Surfing in the Philippines: Riding the Cloud 9 in Siargao

Before arriving in Siargao in the southeast of the Philippines, I’d spent the previous three months travelling and surfing around Australasia and Southeast Asia taking in popular hotspots like Bali and Australia’s Gold Coast, but every now and then I heard a whisper. Siargao: one of the top 10 surf sites in the world In everyday parlance, “on Cloud 9” means feeling elated,...

Travel Guide: Northern Ireland and Game of Thrones

Northern Ireland has become a mecca for Game of Thrones fans-which doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of earthly delights for those who can’t tell a Dothraki from a dragon. Last year, when I broke my leg and was stuck in bed for three months, the one thing that got me through was watching HBO’s Game of Thrones. The show’s legions of fans knew...

On the Road: The Tour de France

This summer the world’s most famous cycle race pedals off from Dusseldorf on 1 July. For the next three weeks, elite cyclists will compete stage by stage as they loop around Germany, Belgium, and France. Glory awaits whoever crosses the finishing line first in Paris on 23 July. All those who come behind can at least say they completed...

Beirut: More Armani then Armageddon

On his intrepid trek in the Levant the acclaimed writer William Dalrymple describes his crossing from Syria to Lebanon in 1994, just four years after the end of the civil war. Struck by signs of a glitzy lifestyle already springing up beside bombed-out Beirut skyscrapers he writes, in his compelling travelogue, From the Holy Mountain: Things have of course...

Britain’s Best Manor Houses to Visit within 90 minutes of London

England is truly a magnificent keeper of its heritage, one that lives in the bricks and mortar of these amazing manor houses. And you can visit them. If only walls could talk: Ightham Mote, Kent Six miles south of Sevenoaks, this 14th-century moated manor house is one of the Garden of England’s hidden gems. A former home to Medieval knights...

The Stately Homes of Northamptonshire – Plus a Surprise or Two

As the winter months give way to the sunny days of summer, England’s green and pleasant lands have so much to offer. One in particular is Northamptonshire, a smudge of land in the East Midlands just an hour or so from London, with lush rolling landscape and more historic stately homes than any other region in England. But it is...