From the Big Five safaris in Africa to whale watching in Iceland, there are plenty of epic wildlife spotting experiences around the world. But Brits are in luck - we don't need to venture to the other side of the world in order to see exotic creatures. In fact, the UK is home to a host of incredible animals and birds including puffins, basking sharks, otters, dolphins and seals. Here we take a look at some of the adorable creatures to look out for in Britain, and the best places to go and see them. We've also taken a look at cheap accommodation nearby if you're planning to make a mini break out of it. Check out the best places to see wildlife in the UK... 1. Puffins at Treshnish Isles This small archipelago is part of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland, and is home to plenty of bird species, including puffins! You can take boat tours directly to the isles to go bird-watching and look out for the likes of guillemots, kittiwake, gannets and manx shearwaters too. One of the best … [Read more...] about Best places to see wildlife in the UK including puffins, sharks and seals
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Fancy getting in on this year’s Simplyhealth Great North Run action without breaking a sweat? Then watching the famous race from a prime vantage point along its route is the way to do it. Whether you’re going to support someone taking part in the world’s biggest half-marathon, or just want to catch a glimpse of some legendary athletes getting involved, the Great North Run is undoubtedly a spectator sport – with a ton of activities, entertainment and vantage points right along the runners’ route. The weekend kicks-off on Saturday, September 8 with the world’s biggest pasta party, the Great North 5k, the Junior and Mini Great North Run and the Great North CityGames, so make sure you pop down to soak up the atmosphere. Then the 37th Great North Run takes place on Sunday, September 9 where around 57,000 runners will tackle the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields . While the runners will be pounding the streets, there will be hundreds of … [Read more...] about Where is the best place to watch the Great North Run 2018?
The place was rammed. It was six deep at the bar, the counter was heaving with delicious morsels and the floor was littered with napkins and mussel shells. All signs of the perfect pintxo place. I shouldered my way through the crowd, and snaked my arm through a pair of punters at the front to stake my claim at the counter... then gestured behind me for my boyfriend James to join me. According to our guide on the previous night's food tour of San Sebastian, this was perfectly acceptable pintxo bar etiquette. We were in the Basque Country – the part of Northern Spain which has more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere in the world. But you don't need a film star's salary to enjoy good food in this neck of the woods. A pintxo crawl – moving from bar to bar, trying a different snack and a drink for a few euros in each place – is the way to go. Anyone who's been to Spain will be familiar with tapas – those tasty sharing plates that everyone loves. Pintxos – … [Read more...] about Best places to eat in the Basque Country including top restaurants for pintxos
Our experts offer a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England for family holidays and couples, and the best hotels to stay when there, in locations including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, London, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton. 1. Yorkshire Visitors flock to Yorkshire because there is no place on earth like God’s Own County. It considers its food and drink reputation as now the best in Britain. Yorkshire boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in the country (apart from the clogged streets of London and who wants to go there?). The sheer beauty of the county, sometimes as unexpected as a dilapidated mill chimney stabbing up through a leaden sky, has inspired generations of painters: from John Atkinson Grimshaw’s moonscapes to the Victorian artists of the Staithes Group to David Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds. The only downside for visitors is the secret is out. More than 40 million visitors now travel … [Read more...] about The 10 best places to visit in England
Why: “In winter’s deepest, darkest days, where should you go to unwind? To a working lighthouse in Donegal, of course.” Those are the words of Mark Keenan, Irish Independent Property Editor, who stayed at the restored, 200-year-old lighthouse keeper’s cottages at St John’s Point in Donegal. Over a couple of days, he caught his own pollock, strolled on empty beaches, and slept beneath the historic marine beacon sentinel. It’s just one of several lighthouse campuses you can now stay in, thanks to the Irish Landmark Trust’s Great Lighthouses of Ireland project (greatlighthouses.com). — PÓC Insider Tip: Bring the telescope — if clouds part, you’ll be treated to beautifully clear constellations. Details: 01 670 4733; irishlandmark.com; two nights from €471 in low season. 8. Aldridge Lodge Where: Duncannon, Co Wexford. Why: Is this the best-value B&B+D bundle on the island? Billy Whitty and Joanne Harding’s … [Read more...] about The Fab 50: Ireland’s 50 best places to stay for 2018