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  • Video: 5 reasons you need to visit Islay

    Video: 5 reasons you need to visit Islay

    May 10th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    With its rugged, edge-of-the-world vistas, the stunning Hebridean island of Islay in Scotland‘s Argyll region has an aura of isolation. But as our videographer Colt St. George found out, it’s a breeze to get to – whichever direction you’re coming from. And while Islay is rightly famed for the peaty goodness of its whisky, there…

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  • Hazy days on the Scottish Riviera: 5 reasons to visit Dumfries & Galloway now

    Hazy days on the Scottish Riviera: 5 reasons to visit Dumfries & Galloway now

    April 27th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    There are two very different streams down in Dumfries & Galloway, the region that makes up Scotland’s southwest corner. First, with the region sitting on the shoulder of the English Lake District, there is – inevitably – a stream of cross-border traffic plying the A74. But there’s a second stream – and if the tourists…

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  • The most beautiful region in Scotland: the results!

    The most beautiful region in Scotland: the results!

    April 20th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    In a country as stunning as Scotland, how do you choose the most beautiful region? VisitScotland asked us to help them find out, so we ran a poll with our readers, inviting you to vote for the fairest of them all. After more than 4000 votes, the results are now in. Check out the video below for…

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  • The best hikes in Costa Rica

    The best hikes in Costa Rica

    March 28th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    Over a quarter of Costa Rica’s landscape is protected by its comprehensive system of national parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves. As well as being crammed with stunning landscapes and startling biodiversity, these parks and reserves contain some truly memorable hikes, which may take you deep into verdant rainforest, past bubbling mud pools or along surf-lashed…

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  • The most beautiful regions in Scotland: vote now!

    The most beautiful regions in Scotland: vote now!

    March 23rd, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    *Voting has now closed* As spring finally arrives, we’re running a poll to discover the most beautiful region in Scotland. We know it’s hard to choose, but if you had to pick one – just one – of the regions below, which would it be? Take a look at our taster images for inspiration. To…

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  • Rough Guides Reader Awards 2017

    Rough Guides Reader Awards 2017

    October 20th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on your year of travel. We want you – our readers – to share the unforgettable people, places and experiences that have shaped your time on the road over the past 12 months. To thank you for taking part, we’ve teamed up with some…

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  • Travel photography competition 2017: the winners

    Travel photography competition 2017: the winners

    September 6th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    We asked you to submit your best travel shots for the chance to appear in our upcoming photobook, You Are Here. The response, of more than 5000 entries, showcased a world of travel experiences and photographic talent, from which we selected 35 of our favourites. But, after much deliberation – and with the help of some fantastic experts, including…

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  • A celebration of the world’s indigenous peoples

    A celebration of the world’s indigenous peoples

    August 9th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    The UN’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is on August 9. If you’re not sure what exactly defines the term “indigenous”, it’s worth checking out this primer. If you’re still not sure why indigenous cultures are worth celebrating then consider this: indigenous peoples speak the majority of the world’s estimated 7000 languages. Each language lost is…

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  • Quiz: where should you go in France this summer?

    Quiz: where should you go in France this summer?

    July 14th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    France remains one of the most visited countries in the world – and it’s easy to see why. From the bucolic charm of Provence to the metropolitan allure of Paris, the country’s diversity can make deciding where to go a challenge. We’ve put together this quiz to help.

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  • The Lake District is Britain’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

    The Lake District is Britain’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

    July 10th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    William Wordsworth once described the UK’s Lake District as “the loveliest spot man hath ever found”. And the people at UNESCO seem to agree. The national park has just been rewarded UNESCO World Heritage status, joining the likes of Bath and Stonehenge in the UK – as well as bucket-list international sights like the Great Wall of…

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  • Quiz: which world beach should you visit?

    Quiz: which world beach should you visit?

    June 30th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    Summer has officially arrived and we’ve gone coast to coast to pick the world’s best beaches. Whether you want to fly and flop, or find an adventure on the coast, our quiz will help you decide where to jet off to.

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  • The best beaches from around the globe

    The best beaches from around the globe

    June 21st, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    Wondering where to book your summer escape? From tropical idyls to British favourites we've gone coast to coast to round up the best beaches around the globe.

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