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Feet with walking boots with cliffs and sea in the background

If you have a bucket list, then staying on Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast for a couple of nights should be on it. If you don’t have a bucket list, you need to start one and put staying on Skomer at the top. You are assured of a never to-be-forgotten experience. The rare chance to spend nights on a deserted island in the company of maximum 16 fellow guests, a handful of staff/volunteers and hundreds of thousands of birds.

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Your chance to stay on an enchanted island.

Bonnie Galloway

When I was 16 years old I lived in Threave House, the National Trust school of practical gardening, for two years. I had a motorbike and explored Galloway from time to time. Galloway is a beautiful part of Scotland and many people have not found it, even now while I am writing this blog at 76. They drive up the M74 and head for the Highlands. So Galloway is a very peaceful place.

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Sunbathing pheasant

The Greatest 5 Days on the North Coast 500

Everything you need to know about travelling the NC 500 in 5 days. Are you looking for a North Coast 500 itinerary that takes things at a relaxed pace? With a sprinkling of beautiful Scottish gardens, beaches and coastal fishing villages to explore.

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Weekend Cwtsh and clubs

Hot off the back of a print factory visit and castle tour we booked in for a night at a new hostel. Fresh out of the oven, Cwtsh is decked out to accommodate all the solo travellers, beach goers and party people such as ourselves. Here’s how it went…

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Seagull on castle square

Balmaha Bunkhouse is re-opening

After two years of  Covid related closure Balmaha Bunkhouse announced in 2020 that their accommodation was closed for the foreseeable future. But the great news is that it is re-opening again. Watch this space for when!

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balmaha bunkhouse and hostel taken over the loch

Norfolk at its best

We had a few days on the Broads ahead of us but before we climbed into canoes and set sail we visited The Old Red Lion in Castle Acre and we’re glad we did. The landscape of Norfolk is ancient and very different to the never ending hills of our base in the Peak District, but our wonderful host Alison made us feel right at home nonetheless.

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Castle acre through the garden

Holiday near Tenby

Lawrenny Hostel is a community run hostel in a unique landscape only 10 minutes from the stunning south Pembrokeshire coast. We spent a family holiday here at the beginning of the summer holidays and found so many brilliant things to do.

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Tenby

Explore the Great Scottish Outdoors at Saddle Mountain Hostel

Nestled amongst mountains, glens, lochs and forests in the Great Glen, Saddle Mountain Hostel is a great location for exploring the great outdoors of the Scottish Highlands. You won’t have to go far to discover our stunning scenery and heritage. Munro bagging, hiking, cycling, paddling, day trips – we have it all!

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Saddle Mountain

Running Hadrian’s Wall

Maria from Uruguay suggested running Hadrian’s Wall when we were at 4000m in Nepal. It had never entered my head. Anyway, as it was a chance for a reunion and 50th birthday celebrations with some runners we’d met in Nepal, I offered to organise it.

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Hadrians Wall. Hostel or Bunkhouse accommodation at Slack House Farm & Florries Bunkhouse

Autumn Adventures in Glencoe

Our intrepid hill running friend & blogger, Virginia, has been adventuring again. This time she stayed at the iconic WHW Kingshouse Hostel and ran from there. Read on to get her insight, tips and advice.

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The Great Outdoors Awards are here!

We’re happy to see a few familiar names on the shortlists. It is always a joy to see people showing the benefits of getting outside in the fresh air, the awards have highlighted some of the people who’ve been doing just that.

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