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What is ‘A Year in the UK & Ireland’?

  Throughout 2015, GKM went on a journey across the UK and Ireland. We kayaked in Scotland’s icy seas, braved winter on clifftops in ...

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Why your travels need a digital detox

Author: Emma Higgins  //  June 16th 2016   Travel has never been easier than it is today. New flight paths are opened up every week, ...

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Cooking Class in Porto: An Evening with Taste Porto

Author: Emma Higgins  //  In collaboration with: Taste Porto  //  June 2nd 2016   As a keen cook, there’s nothing more exciting to ...

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How to Rock a Road Trip

  In 2015, we drove more than 5,000 miles across the British Isles to put together our print journal A Year in the UK & Ireland. Needless ...

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Alternative Porto City Guide

  On first glance, Porto is pretty as a picture. The city centre is full of charming higgledy-piggledy buildings, decorated with ornate tiles ...

How to be a mindful traveller

  Travel and mindfulness go hand in hand. When we're experiencing new places, our minds are exposed to new sights, sounds and smell, so we're ...

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London: Lido Swim and Campfire with Secret Adventures

Author: Emma Higgins  //  May 4th 2016   Against the black night sky, the water of London Fields lido glowed a luminous blue-white. ...

Wild Swimming in England: A First-Timer’s Experience

Author: Emma Higgins  //  April 19th 2016   I never pictured myself walking down a towpath on the outskirts of Oxford on a Sunday ...

Alternative Oxford City Guide

  You’ve been punting. You’ve gawped up at spires and strolled through quads. You’ve visited the Ashmolean. Perhaps you’ve knocked ...

8 Best Boutique B&Bs in Southwest England

  With some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the UK and green rolling hills inland, southwest England is one of the best places in ...

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Visiting Cornwall: Recapturing Childhood Memories in Looe

Author: Emma Higgins  //  March 27th 2016   Almost everyone has one special place they visited as a child time and time again – a ...

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Travel Guide: 14 Best UK Beach Breaks

  Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, us Brits. We've been flocking to the coast for our holidays for over 100 years, and while the old ...

Wales: A Weekend in the Brecon Beacons Itinerary

  Characterised by vibrant green vistas in summer, rugged brown scenery in autumn, and snowy wonderlands in winter, the Brecon Beacons is one ...

Why Adventure is at Your Fingertips Right Now

Author: Emma Higgins  //  March 3rd, 2016   Last week I was in London and the sun was shining, so I decided to take a walk. I set out ...

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Hiking the Peak District: Indomitable Mam Tor

Author: Emma Higgins  //  March 1st, 2016   I stood at the bottom of the mount and traced my eyeline along the path that ran uphill from ...

Alternative Dublin City Guide

Author: Emma Higgins  //  February 25th 2016   Bursting with Irish charm and a laid-back, effortlessly cool atmosphere, Dublin is a ...

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Days Out in Donegal: Visiting Glenevin Waterfall

  The crisp breeze moved moisture through the air, covering my coat in a film of water without me even noticing. No one was on the trail with ...

Walking the Causeway Coast Way in Northern Ireland

Author: Emma Higgins  //  In partnership with: Ireland Ways  //  January 26th, 2016   I checked weather reports days ahead of time. ...

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Ireland Itinerary: A Weekend in Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Author: Emma Higgins  //  January 19th, 2016   White houses are dotted all over the verdant patchwork landscape, some in rows and others ...

Discover Islay: The Single Malt Whisky Wonderland

  When I arrived on the Scottish island of Islay, I didn’t know a thing about making whisky – but that’s not the case for many people ...

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GKM Guide to Travel Planning: 9 Steps for the Best Trip Ever

  Sometimes the anticipation for a journey can match the greatness of the voyage itself. Other times, a destination can blow all your ...

Wild Islay: Photos from the Queen of the Hebrides

  As an island with no less than eight distilleries, Islay draws in thousands of whisky fanatics every year. Here you’ll find people from ...

Kayaking in Scotland: A Weekend with Sea Kayak Arisaig

  The west coast of Scotland is a playground for the outdoor adventurer. Never-ending rolling hills, craggy coastline, and deserted beaches ...

Days Out in Scotland: Rogie Falls in Ross-shire

  The air hung still; cool and crisp. It was October and autumn was in full swing in the Highlands: the landscape was covered in dense layer ...

Alternative Glasgow City Guide

  Gritty, grounded and a true Cinderella’s story, Glasgow doesn’t get half as much credit as it deserves. Years of industrial decline ...

In Pictures: Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park in Autumn

  It was as if King Midas had brushed his fingertips along the treetops. The leaves were a radiant, blinding shade of gold, and it was this ...

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Slow Travel: Time Out in Angus, Scotland

  Sometimes house sitting can take you to the strangest of places. I’ve been looking after people’s pets and homes as I travel for around ...

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Travel Gear Review: Autumn in Scotland with Sprayway

  Scotland in autumn is a vibrant blend of colour: dazzling golds, burnt oranges, muddy browns, deep greens, and slate greys. For that ...

A Food and Drink Guide to Chorlton in Manchester

  I love suburbs, and Chorlton in Manchester is a fine example of such – everything you could possibly need without having to venture into ...

Days Out in England: Marvel at Little Moreton Hall

  “Little Moreton Hall has been an accident waiting to happen for over 400 years.” Comforting words from Jane the National Trust ...

Highlights of Anglesey: An Island Escape in Wales

  Located off the northwestern tip of Wales, Anglesey is the country's largest island. A blend of undisturbed beaches, green fields and ...

In Pictures: Powis Castle in Wales

  Built using bold red brick, with a waterfall of ornate gardens flowing down the hill at its feet, Powis is a mighty sight to behold. ...

Wild Camping in Norfolk and Suffolk: A Three-Night Adventure

  In July 2015, I decided to spend three nights solo wild camping in Norfolk and Suffolk. I had a car filled with provisions, and no plan as ...

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9 of the Best Indie Cafés in North England

  Independent cafés are making waves throughout the UK, and more are popping up in its biggest cities than ever before. These nine cafés ...

Maximise Your Travel Mindset: 6 Ways to Be an Every-Day Explorer

  Sometimes the desire to travel can become overwhelming. Those of us bitten most severely by the travel bug can fall into slumps of ...

Highlights of Suffolk: Britain’s Little-Visited County

  Despite being under three hour's drive from London, the east England county of Suffolk is visited by far fewer people than you'd imagine. ...

Southwold Pier: The New Spirit of the British Seaside

  Deck chairs, buckets and spades, donkey rides on the beach, and piping hot fish and chips – for many people in the UK, these are images ...

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How to Embrace Slow Travel When You Work Full Time

  Those of you who read lots about travelling will no doubt have come across the term ‘slow travel’. It’s used to describe ...

Discovering English Wine: The Story of Three Choirs Vineyard

  “We make use of this area’s microclimate, and we've tweaked our techniques over the years. You see the high hedges over there? Even ...

An Ireland Road Trip: Falling For the Emerald Isle

  Now that I’ve visited Ireland, I can see why everyone says it's best discovered by car. The freedom driving gives you to explore its ...

Day Trips from Dublin: Exploring the Seaside Town of Howth

  I walked along the pier listening to the jingle-jangle of boats bobbing on the shallow waters. A few hundred metres away was a busker with ...

Driving Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

  Every weather report on the radio said the same thing: strong winds and heavy rain. Warnings were going out across the country to advise ...

Killarney National Park: The Gap of Dunloe in Pictures

  A steady thud-thud-thud of my walking boots on the road was my soundtrack for this walk in Killarney National Park. The monumental, ...

Visit West Cork: Glamping & Hiking at Top of the Rock

  From the outside, they resemble upside-down arks. Golden, tactile wood lines the entrance, and sandpapery tiles protect the roof. A fresh ...

County Wicklow Photos: Snapshots of The Garden of Ireland

  I was told that County Wicklow is nicknamed 'The Garden of Ireland' on the day that I arrived, at the very beginning of my road trip ...

Day Trips from Dublin: Discovering Killiney and Dalkey

  Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse, and Trinity College Library – images that spring to mind when picturing Dublin. During my recent ...

Unique Accommodation Ireland: Gypsy Caravans in Wicklow

  It was morning, and light was just starting to peep through the tiny gaps in my curtains. I was curled up in my duvet, awake enough to know ...

Hiking in Wicklow: Exploring Ireland’s Longest Glacial Valley

  About half way through the hiking trail, I came to a clearing and looked down across the valley. On the hill opposite me there was a ...

Dublin’s Creative Quarter: Where Community & Innovation Rule

  On the morning I was due in Dublin’s Creative Quarter, I got lost. I arrived in the city centre and wandered around trying to find the ...

Dartmoor in Pictures: 12 Photos of Vast and Silent Spaces

  "Look at the noises on the moor at night. There's not a man would cross it after sundown if he was paid for it. Look at this stranger ...

30 Tips on Saving Money for Travel

  I am a thrifty person – it's always been that way in my family. My Mum brought me up to know the value of money, and how far a good ...

Visiting Dartmoor: The People’s National Park

  Wind whipped strands of hair around my face as I stood high up on Pew Tor, a hill in Dartmoor National Park. I was between two towering ...

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7 Reasons Why Travel Planning Should Start with a Map

  I always begin the travel planning process with a map. If I'm thinking of travelling in the UK, I'll refer to my grandfather's complete ...

Wild Camping in England: Sleeping Alone in the Forest

  My eyes snapped open when I heard a screech. Or was it a howl? I had been asleep beforehand, so couldn't tell if I had just dreamt ...

Photo Journal: 21 Film Photos of Bath, UK

  There was something gleefully childlike about taking photos of Bath with a film camera - like I was 11 again and my parents had given me a ...

The Ultimate Guide to Jane Austen in Bath, UK

  I stood on a hill overlooking Bath, and picked out the places that Jane knew well. Straight ahead of me towered Bath Abbey and next to it ...

How to Use Instagram to Plan Your Travels

  You may have trawled Instagram for food and fashion ideas, but travellers are now increasingly looking to this social network to plan their ...

Shopping in Bath: Interview with The Foodie Bugle

  My attention was grabbed by the green leaves piled in bowls that were sat on the corner of a table in the window display. On the other end ...

A Guide to Tea Rooms & Afternoon Tea in Bath

  One of the most famous stereotypes about Britain is that we're all a bunch of tea fanatics. While we like to argue most stereotypes about ...

Photo Journal: Around Oxford

  I have deep roots with Oxford. I was born there, and although I've never actually lived in central Oxford, I do feel a strong sense of ...