Big Trip: Scotland

“Late summer and early autumn is glorious here, the landscape turning to russet and gold, the weather still warm (enough) and the crowds drifting away.” I didn’t visit Scotland until I was in my twenties, but the country leapt right into my heart and has now long been my favourite …

It’s hip to hike

“As a teenager I hated hiking but after my mum died in 2016, hiking became a means of keeping her close. It’s also the best way I know of connecting with nature, the ultimate restorer. I’ve tackled everything from heartache to grief with a romp in the British countryside.” When …

Get blown away by Tenerife

“The land is all shades of spice, from cinnamon to paprika, saffron to cumin.” Tenerife gets a bad rap. Yes, if you hit the resorts you’ll find high-rise hotels and English breakfasts, but explore just a little further and you’ll encounter dramatic volcanic landscapes, ancient fishing villages and fresh fish …

Weekend in Jerez

“There is, I am learning, a sherry for all occasions.” Last month I visited the city of Jerez, the home of sherry. Before my visit I was convinced that I didn’t like sherry. But then I found myself trying it with everything from jamΓ³n ibΓ©rico to chocolate cake, and I …