Caledonian cruising: a boating break in scenic Scotland

A novice sailor finds herself at the helm of a 43ft motor launch cruising up the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness, fuelled by single malts, mountain views and hearty meals

‘Grandfather rented the rock for £1 a year…’ Why sailor Alex Thomson loves Jersey

The round-the-world yachtsman’s fondest childhood memories are of holiday trips to a tiny islet off Jersey – and grabbing live lobsters with his bare hands

Travels with locals: 10 great public transport rides

In many parts of the world, using public transport can be a more enriching experience for visitors than a guided tour or private car hire – but you might have to sharpen up your hammock-fixing and price negotiation skills. Our writers tell us about their favourite ways of getting around

Stocking Island, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Stocking Island can be seen from Georgetown the largest settlement on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Elvis’s water taxi heads over there on the hour, every hour, between 10am and 6pm from the government dock in Georgetown and the journey takes about 15 minutes depending on how choppy the sea is. TheContinue reading “Stocking Island, Great Exuma, Bahamas”

48 Hours in Old York

York will be hosting the Tour de France in 2014. If you prefer railways to cycling, visit the National Rail Museum. Walk the walls, take a boat on the river, see a statue of Constantine the Great, visit the Minster, have a beer and try to pronounce whip-ma-whop-ma-gate. Alternatively, read this article: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/48-hours-in-york-8465380.html

Sports the Olympics Forgot – Boats on Wheels, Lubeck

There are a number of races in each category for both men and women depending on a contestant’s age. The U-21 race is over 5 miles, the 21-30 race is for 7.5 miles, and the 31 and above race is a distance of 10 miles. In most years, the number of contestants in each category is between 750Continue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Boats on Wheels, Lubeck”