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The 20 best grand British seaside hotels

The 20 best grand British seaside hotels

Once upon a time, there was nowhere so redolent with glamour as a Great British seaside hotel in the summer season and – for a while – the Grand Hotel in Scarborough led the pack. The Grand opened in 1867 and was reputedly Europe’s largest hotel. Yet recently, one mayoral candidate branded it “the shame...

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Scotland’s 10 greatest islands

Scotland’s 10 greatest islands

Arran sports two distilleries (a brace of breweries too), plus a great butcher, baker, ice-cream maker, and even a chocolatier. It’s the only island with all of Scotland’s wildlife Big Five (red deer, seals, otters, red squirrels and golden eagles). You can cycle round it in a day.  Where to stay The Auchrannie is the...

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The best places to go fossil hunting in Britain

The best places to go fossil hunting in Britain

Crail Harbour Gallery and Tea room is a characterful café with sea views (01333 451896; crailharbourgallery.co.uk) .  UK Association of Fossil Hunters occasionally runs guided fossil walks at Crail and other locations around the UK (ukafh)  Best find? Hard to beat those track marks of the giant centipede.  Boggle Hole, Yorkshire A one-mile hike south...

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The 20 most beautiful seaside villages in Britain

The 20 most beautiful seaside villages in Britain

There’s just something about the British seaside – we do really love to be beside it. Even in an era of cheap and easy flights to hot and sandy places, the idea of hanging out on the UK coast still manages to exert a strong pull. Specifically, in its little villages. Spots that don’t have...

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The perfect UK holiday for every month of the year

The perfect UK holiday for every month of the year

This venerable event is one of the UK’s most extensive hike-fests, and the 2024 programme includes dawn chorus strolls, walks and riverboat trips, as well as haiku-writing hikes, and ambles on Orford Ness (lovely for walking in early spring, too, and this month worth pairing with nearby Halesworth’s theatrical INK Festival, finishes 14 April; inkfestival.org). ...