Standup paddleboarding off Scotland’s wild west coast

A new SUP and digital detox break on this beautiful coast means switching the smartphone off and focusing on the meditative pull of a paddle and the rhythm of the sea

Valletta on view: Malta’s capital shows off its cultural side

With a new flagship gallery and music galore, the 2018 joint European Capital of Culture is putting on more than enough exciting events to shake off its pretty-but-sleepy tag

A local’s guide to Australia’s Gold Coast: 10 top tips

As the Commonwealth Games get under way in this sunny Queensland city, an insider offers tips on what to see and do – and where to eat and drink – away from the sporting action

A wander near Ronda: Spain’s empty quarter

Andalucía’s first parque natural is pretty unknown, yet Sierra de Grazalema is a stunning wild place of peaks, gorges, hilltop villages and vultures

Younger at heart: Madeira’s makeover

Madeira is known for its year-round warmth and relaxing vibe. But visitors are now going there in search of thrills

From friendly locals to Harry Potter’s house: a brief guide to Lavenham

The Suffolk town’s beauty apparently saved Andrew Lloyd Webber from thoughts of suicide. What makes it so special?

How to ace your Hong Kong flight stopover

The airport express train takes less than 25 minutes to the city centre, so with hours before your next flight there is time for a flying visit to cafes and sights – and maybe even some shopping.

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland