Category Archives: Day trips

11 of the UK's best wild places – chosen by outdoor experts

These wilderness escapes are perfect for walkers, cyclists, adventurers – and those in search of splendid isolation. Here, writers, rangers and guides reveal their favourite spots

Exploring Britain and appreciating the charms of its incredible landscape wasn’t always a top priority for me. Like many, I ignored what was on the doorstep as I rushed abroad. Which is nothing new. Celia Fiennes, an early pioneer of the Great British road trip, argued in the 17th century that we should all get out more and explore our homeland to “cure the evil Itch of overvalueing fforeign parts”.

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Fishing for plastic: the Amsterdam canal tour with a difference

A trip with Plastic Whale isn’t about sightseeing. Inspired by the plastics crisis, it offers the chance to help clean the city’s waterways, in a boat made from recycled material

We push off from the quay by Amsterdam’s Westerkerk, leaving the tourist bustle and long, fidgety queue for the Anne Frank house behind us. Our little electric boat heads quietly south down the Keizersgracht canal for a tour of the city. Our guide, Erik, points out the sights: a famous hotel, a secret church, the seven bridges view but we are distracted, focused on the plastic debris that bobs by our boat. As with more than 15,000 people before us, we have jumped on board one of Amsterdam’s most unusual boat trips: a plastic fishing tour of the canals – and we are eager to see what we can find.

Related: 10 of the best insider’s tips to Amsterdam

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10 of the best new UK museums and galleries for 2018

From the reopening of favourites like Kettle’s Yard and the Royal Academy to the spectacular new V&A on the Dundee waterfront, this is an exciting year for the art world

One of the most significant new openings of the year will be Scotland’s first design museum – and also the first V&A anywhere outside of London – on 15 September. The museum building sits on the river Tay and boasts a bold, radical design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – its shape and form inspired by cliffs on Scotland’s east coast. It will celebrate Scottish design, objects in its collection ranging from a Cartier “Valkyrie” diamond tiara commissioned by the late Mary Crewe-Milnes, Duchess of Roxburghe, to original artworks of The Beano.
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Great UK winter walks: readers’ travel tips

An inviting path and a cosy pub or cafe are ingredients for brilliant days out, whether braving the elements in the Highlands, crunching over fresh frost in the Midlands, or squishing through Yorkshire mud

Overlooking the quaint village of Balmaha, Conic Hill is the perfect walk for these short wintry days. A mere hour’s drive from Glasgow transports you into the fresh, natural surroundings of Loch Lomond’s eastern shores. The reasonably straightforward route begins and ends at the back of the main car park. If you can prise your eyes from the incredible views of the loch, islands and distant Arrochar Alps, it can be done in about three hours. Afterwards, slink across the road for the Oak Tree Inn’s beer-battered haddock (£12.95), a wee dram and a well-earned rest.
Gemma Gallacher

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