Early on my first morning at Chaserstatt hotel I’m woken by the gentle sound of cow bells. Set 5000ft up in the Binntal, an Alpine valley in the Swiss canton of Valais, the hotel enjoys sweeping views down to the town of Ernen far below, while the owners of the bells – beautiful brown cattle – graze close by on their summer pastures.
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Be flexible on dates Flights are often cheaper on the day’s people prefer NOT to fly, like weekdays. Always be sure to tick the 'flexible on dates' box when booking - as it'll allow you to see which dates around your chosen time are cheapest.
To many people Dumfries and Galloway is just that region that you bullet past on the motorway on a dash between Scotland and England. I’ve been guilty of that too. If you stop off, though, and make some time Scotland’s southernmost region is a real charmer alive with epic ruined abbeys, superb local produce, sweeping sandy beaches, gorgeous scenery and some great places to stay.
Hi everyone! If you enjoy nothing more than heading off on holiday, or just enjoy an occasional night or two away, we are going to get on well, writes Robin McKelvie.
Karen Bowerman visits the restored Ashford Estate in Cong, County Mayo, Ireland, for a fairytale weekend away
The beach vendor sets down a thick bamboo cane, laden at either end with heavy hanging baskets of mangoes and coconuts, which she has been balancing on her shoulder.
The area around the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is teeming with history and full of surprises, as Caroline Lindsay discovered on a recent trip.