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Scotlands best Highland bothy weekend adventures

Explore some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland with this pick of wilderness walks from a new guide to routes that take in free bothies Eastern Highlands Lochnagar and Gelder Shiel Stable bothy from Balmoral Why do it? An adventurous round of Lochnagars awe-inspiring north-east corrie from Gelder Shiel Stable, with grandstand views of the crags towering over the loch that gives the mountain its nameDistance 13 miles; 6.5-8 hours over two days (in summer conditions)Grade Straightforward Rising nobly above Royal Deeside, on the edge of the sprawling Mounth…

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10 of the best pilgrim routes in Europe: readers travel tips

From marching with monks to heavenly Korean food, our tipsters have experienced joy spiritual and earthly on these venerable trails Winning tip: Pilgrims Way, Winchester to Canterbury A 10-day pilgrimage from Winchester to Canterbury, following Walking The Pilgrims Way by Leigh Hatts (Cicerone), included many ups and downs, both literal and emotional. There are many glorious parts of the walk, but the one that took my breath away was the hard push up Hackhurst Downs in Surrey, through a gorgeous yew-lined avenue, which then opened magnificently on to Blatchford Down.…

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Homage to the Scottish Highlands: walking in the Cairngorms

This week Scotland was voted the worlds most beautiful country by Rough Guides. It was no surprise to Christopher Nicholson, whos been enchanted by the Cairngorms since childhood. Plus 10 places to feed and is necessary to stay in the region You don’t need to visit a place to fall in love with it. As a small boy, growing up on the edge of London, I was captivated by the romance of the Highlands. The wild beauty of the glens and mountains offered a thrilling alternative to the straighten world…

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The best secret beaches, pubs and places to stay in the UK

For those who like to keep situations low-key, our columnists recommend lovely, quiet coastal blots, and cosy saloons and boltholes with superb views BEACHES Killard Point , Ballyhornan, County Down Walk out through orchid-studded pastures to reach this remote headland with sandy inlets and skylarks. Swim in crystal water with starfish and closes. You are on the Lecale Way, a little-known coastal roadway that retraces the remote western shore of County Down. Continue on to the south to find an island isthmus and a multitude of deep ducts known as…

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