Travel and Holidays

Shearings Gold Hits Tour

Daniel O’Donnell
Gold Hits Tour 

Daniel O'Donnell Gold Hits Tour

Daniel O’Donnell has been entertaining legions of fans for almost four decades and he’s taking his greatest hits on the road in October, you can be there with Shearings!

The Daniel O’Donnell Gold Hits Tour will feature songs from The Gold Collection, with tracks from across his recording career. Mary Duff, Daniel’s long term singing partner will accompany him on stage as he runs through hit after hit from his back catalogue.

The pier at Eastbourne, Sussex, illuminated at twilight on a perfectly clear summer evening

Enjoy a superb performance in Llandudno and Eastbourne, with the fantastic inclusions that Shearings are known for. Travel on a 5-day tour to either destination, with half-board accommodation at either the Bay Marine or County Hotel in Llandudno or the Bay Burlington Hotel in Eastbourne. That means cooked breakfasts and three course evening meals on each day of your tour and the chance to enjoy Daniel O’Donnell in one of Britain’s finest seaside resorts.

Choose the South Coast in pretty Eastbourne, which has a number of attractions in town including Redoubt Fortress and the town pier. Walkers will love the dramatic South Downs which stretch west from the town, including one of its most famous points, Beachy Head, which is a wonderful hour and a half walk from the hotel you’ll stay at.

Eastbourne Pier

These, along with many of Shearings’ UK breaks include excursions to really make the most of your time away. From Eastbourne you’ll enjoy two trips, both of which are ideal for history buffs. You’ll discover Battle, a town which grew up around Battle Abbey, the site of the Battle of Hastings. The High Altar here marks the point on the battlefield where Harold Godwinson was killed and William the Conqueror claimed his throne. You’ll also have the chance to visit Worthing, and Arundel which has a magnificently preserved medieval castle and cathedral.

If you choose to see Daniel O’Donnell in Llandudno you’ll enjoy the stunning North Welsh coast. In town, head out to the end of Llandudno Pier for superb views of the bay and enjoy attractions like the Home Front Museum and the pretty Holy Trinity church. The Great Orme dominates the skyline here and from the top you’ll have amazing views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia on a clear day. Choose between the cable car and tramway to the top, or walk if you’re feeling fit!

Again you’ll enjoy excursions on these breaks. Nature lovers will be particularly pleased as selected tours include entry to Bodnant and Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, in the fabulous settings of Snowdonia and Anglesey respectively.

Shearings have a great range of other event breaks across the UK throughout the year, with some superb choices this summer. Discover a bit of pomp and ceremony and fantastic choreography at the Edinburgh Tattoo or the Cosford or Eastbourne Airshows.

See the great British countryside at a range of flower shows including Chatsworth and Tatton Park or at Countryfile Live in the superb estates of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.

You can enjoy all the absurdity of Gilbert & Sullivan at the festival devoted to their work in Harrogate including the chance to discover historic York on an excursion. Discover the thrill of a British Grand Prix break, with tickets to the qualifying and main race day included in your tour. This year’s race could be especially historic as Lewis Hamilton vies to become the first driver to win six British Grand Prixes on his way to attempting to win three consecutive Driver’s Championships for the first time in his career.

You can even enjoy some great events across Europe and the world with Shearings. The Grand Prix experiences continue in Abu Dhabi and Singapore later this year, while in 2020 you can experience the astounding once-a-decade performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

See the entire range of Shearings holidays available at Shearings.com

West Coast Cruises

Princess Cruises Announces ‘West Coast’ Sailings

Princess Cruise to San Francisco

Princess Cruises has announced its largest ever west coast deployment for 2020-2021, to destinations including Hawaii, the California coast and Mexico. The voyages depart from September 2020 to May 2021 and are on sale now.

Hawaii

A range of Hawaii options are open to guests, with roundtrip cruises available from four ports – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver – and sailings to destinations including Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Hilo.

New for the season are two 16-day cruises from Seattle on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess. Star Princess (roundtrip Los Angeles), Ruby Princess (roundtrip San Francisco) and Grand Princess (roundtrip Vancouver) will also sail 15-day Hawaii cruises.

Emerald Princess and Star Princess will offer a 28-day Hawaii and Tahiti cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles, featuring visits to Tahiti, Moorea and an overnight stay in Bora Bora, plus Pago Pago and Samoa in addition to the Hawaiian Islands.

During days at sea, guests can experience the Hawaiian and South Pacific cultures onboard with activities including lei-making, ukulele playing, hula dance lessons and Polynesian language classes.

California coast

A variety of voyages along the California coast will be available including seven-day cruises from Los Angeles on the 3,560-guest Royal Princess and seven-day cruises from San Francisco on Ruby Princess and Star Princess. Guests can experience coastal towns and cities including Astoria, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. A Grand Princess 10-day option from Vancouver also includes stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Guests can choose from seven-day Pacific wine country cruises sailing between Los Angeles and Vancouver, which highlight the wine regions along the coast. Shorter, one-to five-day cruises are also available. Royal Princess’ sister ship, Regal Princess, will make her west coast debut with seven-day Pacific wine country cruises to San Francisco, San Diego and Astoria.

On land, Princess Cruises has developed exclusive culinary shore excursions in Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada, as well as trips to the California wine country, visiting local vineyards and winemakers throughout the region.

Mexico

Royal Princess will offer 25 cruises to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, including seven-day options to destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Shorter, five-day sailings to Cabo San Lucas are also available with an overnight stay so guests can spend more time in port.

Ruby Princess will be based in San Francisco and depart on three 10-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera from the port of San Francisco including a sailaway under the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition Emerald Princess and Star Princess will sail on five, 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez voyages, visiting Cabo San Lucas (overnight), La Paz, Loreto and Puerto Vallarta, roundtrip from Los Angeles.

Princess’ ships in Mexico will offer locally-inspired food and drink with menu items such as ceviche, tacos and mole, as well as margaritas and a premium tequila tasting. Meanwhile younger cruisers can enjoy Mexican arts and crafts while learning about the traditions and customs of the places they’ll visit.

Example sailings

Princess Cruises is offering a 15-night Hawaii Islands sailing on Ruby Princess, roundtrip from San Francisco. Departing November 23, 2020 ports of call include Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai (Nawiliwili), Maui (Lahaina) and Ensenada. Prices from £1,389 per person, with up to $200 onboard spending money per person, a complimentary bottle of wine and free speciality dining.

Princess Cruises is offering a 7-night Classic California Coast sailing on Royal Princess, roundtrip from Los Angeles. Departing October 31, 2020 ports of call include San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego and Ensenada. Prices from £779, with up to $125 onboard spending money per person, a complimentary bottle of wine and free speciality dining.

Princess Cruises is offering a 7-night Mexican Riviera sailing on Royal Princess, roundtrip from Los Angeles. Departing January 9, 2021 ports of call include Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Prices from £689 per person, with up to $125 onboard spending money per person, a complimentary bottle of wine and free speciality dining.

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, call 0344 338 8663 or contact your local travel agent.

luxury holiday in Madrid

A ‘Garden-Inspired’ Retreat in Madrid

Ginkgo Sky Bar at Plaza Espana

Located in the centre of Madrid, VP Plaza España is a luxury hotel that is characterised by its unique design concept and its garden-theme offering an oasis of calm in the Spanish capital.

In keeping with VP Hotels defining characteristic whereby all properties feature an interior garden, dramatic greenery is displayed throughout the Madrid property from the basement, right up to the 17th floor.

On the twelfth floor, the Ginkgo Restaurant and Sky Bar is inspired by the extraordinary strength and character of the ancient Ginkgo biloba tree, undoubtedly one of the most distinct and beautiful of all deciduous trees and one of the world’s oldest species, rich in antioxidant properties.

Characterised by rich green fan shaped leaves, Ginkgo Restaurant and Sky Bar is punctuated with palms and tropical foliage, whilst the cocktail bar includes a dramatic green backdrop made of lush vegetation.  Outside, the spectacular terrace offers 360º views of the Royal Palace and a refreshing glass-bottom pool, bordered with a panel featuring a distinct lily pad design and leading to a dramatic 25m metallic waterfall sculpture tumbling from the bottom of the swimming pool to the ground floor of the property.

Adjacent to the entrance, the hotel features BOTANIA from the prestigious Larrumba Group which has a garden patio and an interior dining space featuring hanging plants and dramatic potted palms, adding a tropical element to the dining experience.

For true relaxation, Biloba Spa at VP Plaza España Design offers a range of treatments featuring Parisian skin care brand Carita which combines the finest and purest ingredients to create exceptional beauty products. Services range from calming facials to deep-tissue massage, wraps and peels, as well as dedicated treatment for males such as the energising and reparative ‘purifying skin care for men’.

Double rooms at VP Plaza España are priced from €220 on a room-only basis. Breakfast is an additional €29 per person.

For more information or to book, please visit www.plazaespana-hotel.com

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June Prize Draw

Win a Three Night Break for Two to the Isle of Man with Silver Travel

Win a Fabulous Three Night Short Break for Two to the Isle of Man in the June Prize Draw with Silver Travel

Win an extraordinary 3 night short break for two to the Isle of Man. Visit the island that reminds you how life should be – relaxed, friendly, interesting and hassle-free; dive into the Island’s rich heritage with magical legends, explore ever-changing landscapes and enjoy delicious Manx delicacies before retiring to the comfort of your hotel.

Stay in a choice of 3 Star – 4 Star Gold hotelswith return travel*, dinner, bed and breakfast and daily lunch vouchers at selected eateries across the island. Let your story unfold and explore our Island with free Go Explore Heritage passes, giving you unlimited use of all public transport and unlimited access into all Manx National Heritage Sites. 

Enjoy walks and cycling with breath-taking views, the iconic and famous railways and a pace of life that creates a deep sense of well-being. Make extraordinary stories on the Isle of Man…

* Travel includes the ferry from Liverpool or Heysham or flights from any UK airport with a direct route to the Isle of Man.  Travel dates for the prize are 30th September – 1st November 2019.

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Summer in the Swiss Alps

Summer in the Alps With a Free Night Offer

Summer at Verbier

Those looking for a luxury break with a difference this summer should head to the Swiss Alps and take advantage of a free night offer at The Lodge, Sir Richard Branson’s beautiful mountain retreat in Verbier.

With Switzerland fast becoming a ‘must-visit’ destination and no town showcasing the beauty of the country more than Verbier, the spectacular Alpine views and an unrivalled variety of activities during the summer months make it the perfect summer getaway.

Between June and September 2019, The Lodge welcomes individual room bookings and its latest free night offer on stays of four nights or more makes it a must stay this summer.

An outdoor Jacuzzi, stunning mountain views and flowing bubbles await when booking one of the chalet’s nine beautiful bedrooms. Stays at The Lodge are inclusive of all meals and drinks, and the Swiss and International cuisine, prepared by Michelin-trained chefs, is guaranteed to be one of the highlights.

Get to know the area with a gentle hike, or simply soak up some alpine sunshine from a hammock on the picturesque lawn. Those looking to unwind can enjoy a treatment in the capable hands of the resident beauty Relax and unwind with a treatment in the capable hands of our resident beauty therapist.

Relax and unwind with a treatment in the capable hands of the resident beauty therapists, or breathe in the mountain air during a refreshing morning yoga session. The buzzing town of Verbier is just a five-minute walk away and offers a wealth of designer boutiques for shopaholics looking for some retail therapy.

The Lodge has an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, spa, a steam room, a party room, two bars and an award-winning Head Chef. There are plenty of activities on offer around the area from hiking to canyoning, to mountain biking to paragliding and much more.

Rates start from CHF 940 (approx. £725.00 at today’s exchange rate) per room, per night based on two adults sharing and guests staying four nights or more will be treated to their final night for free.

For bookings please call Telephone 0800 716 919 (UK toll free).

Or send an email to this address enquiries@virginlimitededition.com

For details www.virginlimitededition.com

Seychelles Eco Adventure

Three Seychelles Islands for Your Next Eco Adventure

Seychelles

In search of a true eco holiday? Leading in sustainability initiatives, from banning plastics to protecting 210,000 sq km of its ocean, and setting aside 60% of its land as protected (the highest in the world) Seychelles is the place to go. Find out which islands are the eco hotspots.

Conservation King Cousin Island / National Geographic Live

Cousin Island has been a nature reserve for over 20 years and is completely carbon neutral. Once a coconut plantation, the island has years of careful conservation which has led to a restoration of the island’s rich ecosystem and biodiversity.

Unlike most of the granitic archipelago, Cousin Island’s wildlife is abundant and in close proximity. You are sure to spot a variety of nesting seabirds, foraging birds of the forest, lizards and invertebrates all year round.

There is no accommodation or restaurants on the island (in order to minimise waste production), but you can take 75-minute tours.

Seychelles Sea Life

Apart from the one of a kind experience, your visit will directly fund the maintenance and upkeep of the Special Reserve.

And for the serious eco-tourists, Cousin Island offers an exclusive program, the world’s first Conservation Boot Camp!

‘On this island, the birds are in charge’ – Bird Island

Seychelles

Home to over a million migratory seabirds, Bird Island was named in a segment by CNN Inside Africa: ‘On this island, the birds are in charge’. This little coral island is leading in conservation projects, and tourism is designed to have a minimum impact on the environment.

The island only sees a handful of tourists each year. The only hotel on the island, Bird Island Lodge, has limited occupancy so there are never more than 80 people visiting at a time. The eco-lodge’s 24, simple but comfortable, individual chalets have no TVs or phones. Just plenty of birds, turtles and nature.

In fact, the island has no cars and roads. Instead, you can experience a sight that will stay with your forever: turtle hatchlings. As part of the conservation efforts, the Bird Island team rescue vulnerable turtle eggs and keep them safe until their hatching period. The hundreds of tiny turtles are then released when they race down the beach to the sea.

Mahé: Hiking through nature reserves (Morne Seychellois)

Responsible travel is a piece of cake on Seychelles’ main island, Mahé. Many ecotourism trails have been developed and eco-friendly activities can be found in all corners of the island.

Comprising 20% of the island, the Morne Seychellois National Park features diverse habitats, from coastal mangrove forests to the mountainous interior and the country’s highest peak! Most majestic is the central part of the park. The thick forest is essentially deserted and can only be reached by walking trails.

Even in Seychelles’ capital of Victoria, you can meet your eco needs. The Sanctuary at Roche Caiman is a restored wetland habitat created on reclaimed land. Here you can enjoy the restorative qualities of nature including mangrove forest tours and nature trails. You can even take a yoga class in the midst of all the wildlife.

About Seychelles

Seychelles

The Republic of Seychelles is a 115-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Tourism is one of the main contributors to the country’s GDP. Unrivalled beaches, exceptional hospitality and preserved nature make it the ideal holiday destination for peace and relaxation. British nationals do not need a visa to visit the Seychelles.

For details about the Seychelles visit www.seychelles.travel/en

Stay Fit and Trim in Crete

Stay Trim in Your Private Gym at Nana Princess, Crete

Nana Princess in Crete

If you’re on a health kick this year but afraid of falling off the wagon on holiday, why not book the ultimate wellness escape to the five-star Nana Princess in Crete, which reopens its doors for its second year.

Stay in an Executive Fitness Suite and take advantage of your own private gym, chromotherapy, outdoor salt water heated pool, and stunning sea views. Upgrade to an Ambassador Wellbeing Suite and enjoy the same facilities, plus your own SoulSteam or SoulSauna room.

These unique concept suites are the ideal accommodation option for healthy-minded guests wanting to maintain their fitness regime on holiday, or get back in to shape, without compromising on luxury or privacy.

Choose from three Executive Fitness Suites, which sleep up to three guests and come with a King Size bed and sofa bed. Break in to a sweat in your private gym, either on your own or guided by one of the hotel’s personal trainers.

Nana Princess in Crete

Foodies and non-foodies alike can fuel up on delicious food at any of the hotel’s six F&B outlets, which offer a range of options to suit all tastes and food preferences.

For details visit www.nanaprincess.gr

Croatia Villa Holidays

Villa Living in Croatia’s Island of Vitality

Villa Augusta, Croatia

Lošinj Hotels & Villas’ triumvirate of elegant beachfront villas promise unparalleled privacy and pampering.

Elegantly adorning the picturesque pine-fringed Čikat Bay, on Croatia’s best-kept island secret, Lošinj, a trio of grand historic residences stands ready to welcome discerning guests in search of life’s most precious luxuries – privacy, tranquility, supreme comfort and impeccable service.

From exclusive buyouts to the flexibility of booking individual rooms or a boutique hotel-style experience, Villa Hortensia, Villa Mirasol and Villa Augusta represent the pinnacle of bespoke luxury living for families and groups of friends seeking the ultimate Mediterranean hideaway.

Villa Hortensia, Croatia

A beautifully restored residence dating back to the Belle Époque of the Austro-Hungarian era, the five-star Villa Hortensia is available only for exclusive buyouts.

Boasting an enviable seafront location and traditional architecture, this Small Luxury Hotels – Private Residence features 10 stylish en-suite bedrooms over three floors, beautifully appointed indoor and outdoor living spaces, heated outdoor seawater pool and an outdoor whirlpool and massage area, all surrounded by landscaped gardens.

A Wellness & Beauty area with Finnish sauna and Kneipp fitness offers the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate, whilst a private chef and butler are on hand 24 hours a day.

Villa Mirasol, Croatia

Set back a few steps from the turquoise waters of Čikat Bay, shaded by fragrant pine forest, Villa Mirasol offers sumptuous accommodation with five bedrooms and a three-bedroom apartment, which can be booked individually or together as an exclusive buyout.

Originally built in 1902, and restored in 2011, the villa is an exquisite example of the charming Art Nouveau style and features a distinctive lookout tower, two terraces overlooking the bay and a carefully landscaped, spacious scented garden with a Jacuzzi.

The airy and luxurious interiors are dominated by designer furniture aligned with impressive marble and wooden surfaces and eclectic original artworks. For additional entertainment, the villa also offers a private cinema hall, a library and a wellness area with saunas. Directly in front of the villa, guests will find a stretch of beach and private bathing deck reserved just for them – perfect for those looking to unwind and enjoy the beneficial effects of Lošinj’s air, sea and nature. 

As part of the five-star Boutique Hotel Alhambra, and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Villa Augusta can be booked in its entirety, offering an ideal blend of private villa and hotel experience. An Austro-Hungarian villa built in 1912 in Art Nouveau style, Villa Augusta’s six suites and one bedroom provide an ideal flexible option for guests seeking a private villa-style experience with all the facilities of a world-class hotel. Guests can make full use of the adjacent Boutique Hotel Alhambra, famed for its award-winning Alfred Keller Restaurant and indulgent Cube Spa Alhambra.

Each of the three villas is attended by its own consummate team of staff, including a dedicated house manager; personal concierge; private chef; and professional butler educated at famed The International Butler Academy (TIBA) in the Netherlands, providing an exemplary bespoke experience tailor-made to surpass guests’ desires.

Ikat Bay, Croatia

A unique geographical location at the intersection of the sea streams of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia makes the intimate island of Lošinj an ideal destination for a revitalising break. Add to this a mild Mediterranean climate and the impeccable purity of the Adriatic Sea in combination with untouched nature and abundant hours of sunshine, and it is no surprise that Lošinj has been a favourite tourist destination for 130 years, earning its moniker, ‘Island of Vitality’.

A step away from the tourist crowds courtesy of the short air or sea transfer from mainland Croatia, Lošinj remains an unspoilt idyll for those seeking tranquility and discretion.

For details visit www.losinj-hotels.com

Ramside Hall Hotel

Enjoy a Beamish
Break with Ramside Hall Hotel

Ramside Hall Hotel

A leading County Durham hotel has teamed up with a unique museum to offer guests an exclusive deal.

Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa has partnered with Beamish Open Air Museum to help visitors make the most of their time in the region.

Those who opt for The Beamish Experience offer will stay in one of the hotel’s luxury rooms and receive two tickets to the multi-award winning attraction.

And guests can also start their day with a full English breakfast, which is included in the package.

At the museum, visitors can find out about life in the North East during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s and learn about a range of topics including steam engines, traditional baking techniques and school life.

Tim Boyd, general manager at Ramside Hall Hotel believes the deal has great appeal.

“We are always looking for new ways to improve our guests’ experience at the hotel and we’re delighted to be working with Beamish on this offer,” says Tim.

“The museum is a fantastic day out for all ages and Ramside Hall Hotel provides a perfect base for anyone planning a visit.”

The Beamish Experience offer starts at £119 per couple and is available on selected dates, with wifi and parking included.

For more information or to book visit www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk

Or call 0191 386 5282.

Beach Holidays in Scotland

Head North for a
Sandy Paradise

Luskentyre

It’s not just surfers who love a beach in Scotland: From the family-friendly beaches at East Lothian and Dumfries and Galloway; to a dog’s dream of running up and down Luss beach in Loch Lomond or the Portobello seafront in Edinburgh; to lazy picnics on the shores in Shetland or Shandwick Bay in the Highlands; there’s something for all on Scotland’s beaches.

With Scotland experiencing its hottest Easter ever in 2019, and this summer set to bring even warmer days, make the most of it and head to Scotland’s coasts and waters.  Here is just a pick of what’s on offer, and don’t forget your sun tan lotion….

For families

Kippford Beach in Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect seaside retreat for families located at the friendly town of Kippford, near to Castle Douglas, on the Solway Coast. It is certainly unique as the beach is made up almost entirely of cockle shells; so plenty of gems to collect!  The coastal walk from Rockcliffe to Kippford is also a great addition to any trip.

Where to stay: Anchor Hotel, Kippford, £98 per family room, bed & breakfast  www.theanchorhotelkippford.co.uk

North Berwick Beach in East Lothian has long been a favourite seaside escape for families, located only 25 miles from Edinburgh City Centre. With plenty of shops, cafes and the Scottish Seabird Centre close by, a trip to the beach at North Berwick is the perfect day out. In addition, it is just a short drive to Yellowcraig Beach at Dirleton which offers a nature trail, a barbeque site and views to the lighthouse on the island of Fidra, built in 1885. It is said Robert Louis Stevenson based his map of Treasure Island on Fidra.

Where to stay: MacDonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, £175 per person per night www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Dreamy beaches…

Anyone looking to spend more time snoozing than building sandcastles can visit the picturesque Shandwick Bay, located between the villages of Shandwick and Balintore in Scotland’s Highlands.   Head to the harbour in Balintore to the north and spot the town’s Mermaid of the North statue.

Where to stay: Balintore Inn, Balintore, from £45 per person per night based on a shared room. Tel: (01862) 850328

More lazy days can be spent lying on a deck chair at Spiggie beach at Scousburgh in Shetland.  Perhaps not as well as well-known as some other Scottish beaches, it is still a popular spot for taking scenic pictures, with views to Rerwick bay.  In the past, Spiggie beach was famous for being lined with Yoals – salted fish was an essential part of the Shetland diet.

Where to stay: The Spiggie Guest House in Scousburgh, prices from £120 per room based on two people sharing. For details click on www.spiggie.co.uk

Pawsome shores….

Pups will have great fun splashing around on the beach at Luss in Loch Lomond, with their owners having plenty of dog-friendly cafes close by to choose from, including the Coach House Coffee Shop.

Where to stay: Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss, prices from £195 per night for the self-catering cottages, based on two people sharing with a dog. For details click on www.lochlomondarmshotel.com

All the savvy dogs in Edinburgh know to head to the city’s Portobello Beach for a great run about, with two miles of sand to sniff and explore.  With spectacular views off towards Fife, and plenty of restaurants and bars to visit, human friends will also be kept happy.

Where to stay:  Principal on George Street, Edinburgh, prices from £140 per room per night based on two people sharing with a £30 supplement for staying with a dog. For details click on www.phcompany.com

It might be a favourite beauty spot for humans, but Luskentyre beach is also the perfect spot for four-legged friends with beautiful sands that stretch for miles, and clear blue sea for getting paws wet.

Where to stay: Dog-friendly Laxdale Cottage at Borve Lodge Estate, a 10-minute drive from Luskentyre beach, which sleeps five with prices from £429 for four nights. For details www.borvelodge.com

Everybody’s gone surfin’…

Surfers’ favourite Tiree is the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides.  Lovingly referred to as the ‘Hawaii of the north’, Tiree is perfectly placed to catch the swell from the North Atlantic, with year-round, consistent waves to catch.

The island’s many white sandy beaches face every direction, so even if the waves aren’t quite right for surfing on one bay, they’re likely to be ideal on another. There are also plenty of local surfing schools to cater for all levels.

Where to stay: Rockvale Guest House, Tiree, prices from £90 per room per night based on two people sharing. For details click on www.rockvaletiree.co.uk

Thurso in Caithness is also an ideal place to hit the waves, as the northerly tip of the Scottish mainland is known for providing the most consistent and best quality waves.

Where to stay: Forss House Hotel, near Thurso, from £135 per night for two people, bed & breakfast. For details click on www.forsshousehotel.co.uk

For more on Scotland’s beaches, head to www.visitscotland.com/beaches

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