The world’s best surf spots for all seasons

Big wave surfer Andrew Cotton regularly catches swells over 40 feet high all over the world. Here are his top surf spots to visit throughout the year

John Simpson: Letter from Punchestown, Ireland

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month, Simpson heads to the races in Ireland

The world’s best beaches 2016: best of British

With nearly 12,500km of coastline and more than 6,000 islands, the shores of Old Blighty are not to be overlooked for a beach retreat

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for sport

Whether it’s kayaking or kitesurfing, our experts have tested the tides and currents of beaches worldwide to find the best beaches for sport

The world’s best beaches 2016: most unusual beaches

Bored of simple sun, sea and sand? Check out our suggestions for offbeat and out-of-the-ordinary coastlines

Things to do with the kids in the UK this Bank Holiday

From big-budget museums and quirky attractions, to famous writing sheds and fabulous art collections, Simon Coppock picks out 10 of the best places to take your kids in the UK

Ireland: Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara

Remote, romantic and ripe for inspiration, it’s little wonder this country house hotel is a popular spot for literary folk. But, as Angelina Villa-Clarke discovers, all that charm means it’s easy for writers to get distracted

On the road with… Kygo

Norwegian tropical house DJ Kygo talks about performing in India, fan portraits and his love of chocolate

60 second interview: Thomas Rhett

Ahead of his gig at C2C festival at London’s O2, the country music sensation tells High Life about the places that inspire him the most and what it’s like growing up in a musical family

Quiz: Can you guess where these Oscar-nominated movies were really filmed?

New Zealand famously filled in for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But which other Oscar-winning movies have used a doppelgänger destination while filming? Take our quiz below

Eight epic adventures for 2016

From a snowy trek across Japan to a helicopter safari in Kenya, these inspiring holiday ideas will guarantee your next trip is unforgettable

Dublin: The Marker

With its modern design, chic rooftop terrace, and an in-house DJ sound-tracking your afternoon cocktails, this has to be Dublin’s coolest hotel, says Hannah Hudson

Dublin: The Merrion Hotel

This luxurious, five-star Georgian getaway is a delight in the centre of Dublin, says Hannah Hudson

Six of the best whiskey bars in Dublin

After a few years out in the cold, Ireland is back on the map as the destination for quality whiskey. Kevin Hurley, brand ambassador for Teeling Whiskey – an independent distillery in Dublin – shares his recommendations for where to go to experience the revival

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

Keith’s connections: Dublin

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, fond memories of travelling to Dublin

Ireland: The Westbury, Dublin

A central location, understated luxury and charming service make this five-star hotel a must-stay. Not to mention the fact it serves the prettiest afternoon teas in town, says Hannah Hudson

12 of Europe’s most curious Christmas Markets

Think all Christmas Markets are the same? Think again. From touring Santa’s bedroom to mastering the principals of feng shui, there’s a whole world of al fresco festive retail out there. Issy D’Arcy Clark picks on for each day of Christmas

On the road with... Gary Barlow

The British singer and songwriter talks about life on tour, from big nights out in Germany to his first tour in Japan with Take That

The most magnificent places in the world to read a book

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to the Cuban literary haunt of Ernest Hemingway, here are the world’s best spots for bibliophiles to indulge in a spot of reading

John Simpson: Letter from Dublin

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

John Simpson: Letter from Connemara

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

Seven unexpected British (and Irish) foodie destinations

From Swansea to Stoke-on-Trent, Samuel Muston picks the unlikely and sometimes surprising foodie experiences across the UK and Ireland

10 of the best UK and Ireland Mother's Day spa breaks

The UK celebrates Mother's Day this month and, from sipping Champagne in Buckinghamshire to seaweed facials in Ireland, our fair isles have something for every type of mum, says Isabelle D'Arcy-Clark

St Patrick's Day guide to recovering in Dublin

Today is St Patrick's Day, the enthusiastically celebrated Irish patron saint's day that takes over the streets of Dublin (and many more cities the world over). Former resident Issy D'Arcy Clark gives her tips for the morning after

A pound of Englishmen: collective nouns for nationalities

Did you know that it's not just animals that are collectively named — there are collective nouns for nationalities too?

10 of the best utterly British summer events

From sporting to operatic, these 10 key events from the days of the English social 'season' remain hot tickets

Extreme spas vs digital detox

Bespoke IVF, hypnotherapy and a no-gadgets spa break are all on the menu this year

Five of the best alternative UK music festivals

Wondering how to fill the gap that is Glastonbury this year? Don't despair: there are hundreds more music festivals to choose from. Elli Donajgrodzki picks five of the best lesser-known UK festivals for summer 2012