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The best time to travel to Scotland

With cultural cities, stunning wilderness and enchanting Highlands, Scotland is a dream destination. But with temperamental weather and crowd-drawing events, choosing the right time for you to visit is essential. Whether you want to heave into the crowds during Edinburgh’s festival season or escape to the wilds of the Highlands and islands, here’s our …

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10 greatest beaches in France

France is home to some of the best beaches in Europe. From the moody stretches of the northern coast to the wonders of Corsica and the sparkling idylls of the French Riviera there is no shortage of shores to explore and areas to uncover. Here are 12 of the greatest beaches to get you dreaming …

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Where To Try Bouldering

Climbing has become so popular it will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics. Bouldering, one of the climbing events you’ll see in the Olympic games, is when people climb to heights of 20ft or less without ropes or harnesses (safety mats are often used). Climb any higher without wearing …

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Where To Try Skydiving

Forget hang-gliding and paragliding – there’s nothing like the rush of jumping from a plane at 12,000ft. Just about anyone can tandem skydive, but sky surfing, wingsuit surfing and BASE jumping are best left to pros. Where to try it: choose an idyllic natural setting like Byron Bay, Australia (try Skydive Australia), the Swiss …

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Where To Try Cheese Rolling

Originating in Gloucester, England, in the 15th century, this injury-prone activity sees participants charge down a steep hill in pursuit of a round of cheese. Where to try it: Gloucester’s annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling is the world’s largest competition

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Treetop Walk Bavarian Forest, Germany

A marvel of German design, this visually stunning canopy walk consists of over 4265ft (1300m) of walkway winding up from 26ft (8m) to over 82ft (25m). Guests meander through multiple tree species before reaching the massive, 144ft-tall (42m) observation tower called Baum-Ei, the centerpiece of the experience. Guests, including those using wheelchairs or pushing strollers, …

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Best hotel spa – Villa Stéphanie, Germany

The 14-bedroom hotel is known for its health-conscious outlook. The spa at Villa Stéphanie is no ordinary spa, with 15 digital detox suites, treatments including Chinese medicine and dental surgery, as well as health and weight-loss programmes, It is easy to get to as well – direct flights from London …

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Best cultural haven – Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily

The hotel has its roots in literature with DH Lawrence’s famous Lady Chatterley’s Lover written during his stay at the hotel. Writer Truman Capote, who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s, also stayed at the hotel for two years. For normal guests, spend the night in one of the luxurious suites with …

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Best beach hotel – Hotel Excelsior Venice, Italy

A five-star hotel located on Venice Lido beach lido, it was the first location of the Venice Film Festival in 1932. Former guests include Winston Churchill as well as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and still attracts A-listers during the film event. It is a short walk to St Marks Square …

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Cycle the trail around Italy’s Lake Garda

A brand new way to explore Italy’s largest lake by bike is coming in 2021, and it’s a 140km-long trail that circles Lake Garda in the north of the country. The project, called Garda by Bike, has been constructed from both existing cycling tracks and newly built paths that will take you from Lombardy through Trento and the Veneto and …

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