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A day on La’al Ratty – Finally

In a quiet valley in the heart of the Lake District, a little steam train puffs through the fells. La’al Ratty travels from the coast at Ravenglass to the green paddocks at Boot. And you know how I love trains…

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From the bridge: Ireland to Wales

For a man in charge of guiding a 202m ship out of a very tight berth, Captain Richard Davies is extremely at ease. Especially since he’s surrounded by a bunch of bloggers and their cameras. Nothing like an audience to put on the pressure.

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Escaping the real world: A night at Black Sail

Accessible only on foot or bike, YHA’s Black Sail hostel is something of a Lake District treasure. While the traditional philosophy of hostelling has modernised, Black Sail is a beautiful, remote exception where guests eat together, wash up their own dishes and enjoy each other’s company in the middle of nowhere.

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Hidden Gems: Glasgow’s Second-Hand Bookshops

Just a couple of turns from the student-riddled streets near The University of Glasgow sit three second-hand bookshops to excite any bibliophile. Edinburgh might be the literary centre and Wigtown in the south-west has the title of Scotland’s National Book Town, but Glasgow has a few gems of its own.

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Five Great Cafes in Europe

Europe has a fabulous cafe culture. Just think of Paris where sitting at small table, sipping an espresso and watching the world go by is a thing! I love discovering great cafes when I travel. Here are some of my favourite finds.

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Cafes in Glasgow

Glasgow might not be the first place you think of when it comes to finding a good cup of tea in the UK, but there are some great cafes worth checking out.

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The Shop With No Keeper

Visiting the Honest Shop in Coniston is like stepping back in time – back to an era when dinner was always homecooked and your clothes home made.

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In Pictures: Edinburgh’s Old Bookshops

Edinburgh has produced and inspired some of the UK’s best-known writers. Trade at cafes such as The Elephant House went through the roof when people found out J K Rowling sat at its tables to write the first Harry Potter novel. Fans pay…