Our tipsters try everything from a Peak District brewpub crawl to a beer in Ukraine named in ‘honour’ of Vladimir Putin
Islands, rivers, mountains and villages: holiday destinations from those in the know
Excerpt from the book Travels through History : Northern Ireland and Scotland Belfast and the Causeway Coast has been rated best region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. In September 2017, Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by a respected travel company, Rough Guides
Dunluce Castle dates from around 1500 when it was established by the MacQuillans on a rocky outcrop, jutting out into the stormy, grey North Atlantic Ocean. Around 50 years later, the MacQuillans were ousted by the MacDonnells, a family descended from the Scottish Clan MacDonald. The MacQuillans quickly became the dominant family of the area and who were in conflict with the surrounding families on a constant basis.
Their conflicts soon came to the attention of the English Crown, who were concerned about their growing power in the area. In 1584, Queen Elizabeth I sent Sir John Perrot, Lord Deputy of Ireland, to deal with the MacQuillans. Sir John successfully besieged the castle, but Elizabeth handed the castle back to “Sorley Boy” MacQuillan two years later, when he swore an oath of allegiance to her. “Sorley Boy”, meaning ‘Yellow Charles’ in Irish, repaired the castle with money obtained from selling some of the artefacts obtained from the wreck of the Girona. He also installed three cannons from the ship at the castle.
I have decided to try a new genre called Travel Poetry – I hope you like it.
Small squads of tourists heading to the palace in Kadriorg Park, each with a different photo to take,
It is a mini-Versailles according to the locals.
The President’s pink house is there for all to see
chatterers on seats,
beautiful blondes dressed in black without a hair out of place even in the breeze, sitting at cafes drinking lattes and being seen.
Trams dropping off tourists who ask is this the right place?
bright, bright sunlight illuminating the other half of my bench.
People asking is he writing about us?
Fountains playing that same endless game,
gardens reflecting in ponds, and
parents pushing strollers
This is Kadriorg Park.
A food tour of New York’s most multicultural borough revels in Latin American and Asian cuisine, but also highlights how gentrification threatens to end this riot of flavours
With the UK in the midst of a heatwave and the school holidays approaching, our lido expert, whose forthcoming book covers over 100 outdoor pools, picks 10 that are near or on the way to popular holiday hotspots
The Tate St Ives extension gives art lovers a perfect excuse to revisit this beguiling town