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Restaurant review: Norn, Edinburgh

While a modern Nordic influence is undeniable, this exciting new eatery in Leith – with its ever evolving menu – definitely has its grounding in Scotland, says Carine Seitz

Restaurant review: Timberyard, Edinburgh

Housed in a 19th-century warehouse, this family-run eatery – with its unusual ingredients, clever cooking and imaginative drinks menu – makes for a memorable night out, says Carine Seitz

Spa review: Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, East Lothian, Scotland

A bath in a hut in the midst of a Scottish estate may not be everyone’s cup of herbal tea. But, says Carine Seitz, it’s just one of myriad reasons why this spa is the ultimate pampering hotspot

How I survived my first Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Drunken casts, power failures, unfinished scripts – nothing has been able to stem the flow of talent rushing to Edinburgh every year since August 1947. Issy D’Arcy Clark meets the theatrical and comic leading lights who first found fame at the Fringe

Six acts to watch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

With over 3,000 shows descending on Edinburgh during August for the biggest arts festival in the world, it can be difficult to know who to see. Matt Hutson picks six overseas acts that are worth making time for in your festival schedule

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

Nine of the best outdoor cinemas in the UK

Fed up of popcorn-strewn cinemas or wasting beautiful summer evenings in a dark room? An outdoor cinema screening might just be the solution. Tamara Hinson shares the most spectacular locations to watch a blockbuster this year

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

Seven of the most curious places to eat in Scotland

From Michelin-starred haute cuisine to award-winning fish and chips, Philip Wilson tucks in to some of the quirkiest dining experiences in Scotland

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

Simon Le Bon: Five of the best diving sites in the world

The Duran Duran musician and ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation gives us the inside track on the world’s finest spots for ocean diving

Scotland: The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

Once described as the Riviera of the Highlands, this five-star pile offers old-style grandeur in abundance but with plenty of contemporary twists, says Philip Wilson

YolanDa Brown: Britain’s best jazz venues

Ahead of a ten-month tour of the UK, MOBO award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown shares her favourite places to listen to jazz music

The world’s ugliest (but most compelling) tourist attractions

For every swoon and snap garnered by the Taj Mahal and Niagara Falls, there’s a less attractive tourist site failing to get the recognition it deserves. Ben Groundwater rounds-up eight not-so-pretty places requiring a second look…

Ten hair-raising hikes

Want a walk with a side order of thrills? Adventurous travel writer and keen hiker, Andrew Bain, shares his pick of the world’s most rousing routes

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Place your bids: High Life’s charity auction 2015

The second High Life annual charity auction is packed with luxe and money-can’t-buy experiences, from meeting Jonathan Ross at his chat show to hanging out with Team Sky in Italy. All lots start from just £50 — so what are you waiting for?

Five of Britain’s most dazzling Christmas light displays

Break into the Christmas swing of things with these spectacular (and in some cases, unusual) festive light displays

High Life at 500

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

Dave Cornthwaite: five adventures for under £500

Dave Cornthwaite quit his job to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver to Las Vegas, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and trekked across the Atacama Desert... all on a budget. Here he suggests five bold, brilliant breaks that anyone can do — and that won’t cost the earth

Pilot Q&A: First Officer Joel Garabedian, A320 fleet

First Officer Joel Garabedian on how fate led him to pursue a career in flying

Ten of the best wild swims

From secluded Icelandic pools to underground swimming holes in Mexico, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swimming

Keith’s connections: Edinburgh

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, why Edinburgh means business

A foodie guide to Glasgow

Forget the clichés about deep-fried Mars Bars. Glasgow’s foodie credentials are on the rise, thanks to eclectic street food restaurants, experimental breweries and local chefs reinventing Scottish classics. Alice Tate scopes out the best places to cram into a weekend for any hungry (or thirsty) visitor

Five hotels in historic buildings

Hidden behind a Gothic church, housed in a former bank and a building that MI6 used during in World War II… these unique hotels are all about original design, striking architecture and old world charm

Nine British foodie pilgrimages, nominated by top chefs

The British food scene is having a moment, especially when it comes to its quality homegrown produce. We asked nine of the country’s top chefs to share their ultimate gourmet getaways across the UK

Scotland: North Coast 500

It was back in 1988 that The Proclaimers first belted out Scotland’s alternative national anthem. Now a new 500-mile route through the Highlands promises to be the country’s answer to Route 66. While it may lack the sunshine and classic diners of the US, there’s nowhere more visually impressive. Peter Geoghegan hits the road

Scotland: Hotel du Vin, St Andrews

She’s no Tiger Woods, so Katie Gatens is relieved to discover there’s more to St Andrews than golf as she cosies up at this boutique hotel on the Scottish coast

Seven comedy acts not to be missed at Edinburgh Fringe 2015

With over 3,000 shows and events, it’s difficult to know where to start at the epic comedy extravaganza — especially if you’re a newbie. Lucky for you, Matt Hutson knows seven acts that are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud

The rise and rise of the British menswear market

Italians traditionally did it better, but the British menswear scene is now booming — and nowhere is this more evident than at London Collections Men, the capital’s fashion showcase for males. Luke Leitch explores what this means for our homegrown manufacturers across the country

21 British landmarks for the 21st century

When we asked our readers to name the iconic sites that define Britain today, the long list ran to thousands, from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to Big Ben. Simon Calder and our expert panel met to debate the final cut

Podcast: 21 landmarks for the 21st century

We sifted through thousands of votes to come up with a long list of 40 landmarks, to be presented for consideration by a distinguished panel of judges. Here’s what happened when they met to whittle it down to just 21

Quiz: what’s your real British identity?

To the rest of the world we are still the UK, but the nations of mainland Britain seem intent on pulling apart, or at the very least drawing discrete boundaries of identity through greater devolution and repeated mutterings about independence. If you are a Brit unsure where your loyalties lie — or a non-Brit uncertain of what the differences are — our quiz will make things clear

Britain: the new national identities

In 1941, George Orwell equated Englishness with solid breakfasts and gloomy Sundays, green fields and red pillarboxes. But how do the English define themselves today? And how about the Scots and the Welsh? As part of our special British issue, novelists Sebastian Faulks, Owen Sheers and AL Kennedy share their thoughts on our new national identities in 2015

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

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 best UK music festivals for 2015

Whether it’s heavy beats at a rave ‘til dawn, Michelin-starred grub or fantastic folk talent that you’re looking for this summer, Ianthe Butt has it covered. In no particular order...

The alternative guide to British summer events

Thought summer in Britain was all tennis, horse racing and regattas? Think again. Katherine Price picks eight curious events to schedule into your calendar this month

Life in close-up with adventure cameraman Keith Partridge

No location has been too dangerous, no environment too wild... For two decades, cameraman Keith Partridge has worked on films like ‘Touching the Void’, creating astonishing images that have defined our planet. He talks to Ianthe Butt about his adventures at the ends of the earth

Restaurant review: V Deep, Edinburgh

With inventive Punjabi-British dishes and a selection of craft beers on tap, Scottish broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli’s latest foodie venture is a far cry from your typical curry house. Carine Seitz digs in to see what all the fuss is about

UK: Cromlix, Perthshire, Scotland

Caroline Egan discovers ace service at Andy Murray’s country house hotel near his hometown of Dunblane — complete with a tennis court (of course) and a restaurant overseen by Albert Roux

Europe’s most curious beers

Seawater, smoky bacon and spicy chillies… craft beer expert Daniel Neilson takes a boozy crawl around Europe’s most innovative breweries that are using unlikely ingredients to create quirky pints

Glasgow’s most iconic live music venues

As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is rightly proud of its musical heritage — it is, after all, the city that gave the world Primal Scream, Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand. As ‘Dear Green Sounds’, a new book on its top music venues, is released, Svend Brown, the director of City of Music, picks five of his favourite

Six British breaks for the food obsessed

Elasticated trousers at the ready — from lobster safaris in Wales to cheese feasts in England’s West Country, Suzanne King reveals six indulgent weekend breaks that are perfect for culinary-minded travellers

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

The UK’s best shopping hubs

British style may be envied the world over, but it isn’t all about London when it comes to finding the best buys. Here are the stores in and beyond the capital that should be on every fashion-forward traveller’s list

Ten of Britain’s best beaches

Sand dunes, caves, art installations and fish ’n’ chips — author Mike Carter, who cycled almost 5,000 miles around the entire coastline of Britain, picks the country’s best stretches of sand, from Cornwall to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

Seven places to celebrate Burns Night around the UK

Hardeep Singh Kohli recommends the top seven destinations around the UK to mark the occasion

Six essential ingredients for a Scottish Hogmanay

Fire ceremonies, raucous sing songs and a freezing cold swim — welcome to Scotland’s own brand of New Year celebration

St Peter's Seminary: rising from the ruins

As the son of a celebrated architect, Saul Metzstein grew up with buildings. But many of the properties he loved — such as St Peter's Seminary near Glasgow — have been neglected and vandalised. Now there's a chance of this Modernist masterpiece being brought back to life

Now, new, next: Bee hotels

Ianthe Butt gets the buzz on the latest hospitality trend: bee hotels

Glasgow's best restaurants

A Glasgow boy at heart, Hardeep Singh Kohli lists the best places to dine in the city — from new cuisine to best chippy and curry house

Justin Rose on the world's best golfing destinations

To celebrate The Masters tournament this week, champion golfer Justin Rose, who is currently ranked sixth in the world, recommends his favourite courses from Scotland to South Africa

Open-jaw travel

Why fly into and out of the same airport? Simon Calder breaks down nine open-jaw itineraries that open up a world of possibilities for the imaginative traveller

Scotland: Cameron House, Loch Lomond

On the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, not only will you find Michelin-starred dining at Cameron House, but the views are breathtaking, says Tessa Williams

Eight of the UK's best botanic gardens

Spring is in sight and Britain has some of the best botanic gardens in the world to get out and enjoy it in. Alexandra Groom picks the best

How to do Burns Night properly

Scottish author Damian Barr knows his neeps from his tatties. He tells us how to get it right on Burns Night, the Scottish feast celebrating the great poet Robert Burns

The ultimate wildlife travel bucket list

Seeing rare or exotic wildlife in its natural habitat is one of the most memorable travel experiences you can have. Blogger and wildlife enthusiast Sian Anna Lewis picks 20 you may want to cross off your travel to-do list

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?

Glasgow: Park Inn by Radisson

Offering a soothing retreat in the heart of Glasgow, the Park Inn by Radisson is a no-nonsense hotel ideal for a short trip to Scotland's biggest city, says Kate Chambers

Extreme sleeps: top five places for wild camping in the UK

Author Phoebe Smith picks her top spots for sleeping under the stars, camping solo and sheltering from the wild

Keith's connections: Scotland

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, Keith gets a taste of summer in Scotland

The pleasures of Scottish golf and hospitality

Mark Jones follows in the footsteps of recent Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open winner Phil Mickelson at Castle Stuart in Scotland

Edinburgh's hidden literary heritage

Edinburgh's literary legends are many, but they aren't always easy to find out about. Author and tour guide Allan Foster asks why

Seven of the best hotel lounges

A guest lounge is an underrated addition to the modern hotel, says Mark Jones, as he rounds up seven of the best

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

Six of the best city waterways

Some of the most picturesque and fascinating city rivers and waterways in the world

Edinburgh: The Witchery by The Castle

As romantic as a city hotel can be and in a magical location, The Witchery is an Edinburgh institution and takes decadence to another level, says Carine Seitz

Edinburgh: Hotel du Vin

An 18th century asylum in Edinburgh's Old Town is now home to the Hotel du Vin, where comfort is key and even the smallest details have been considered, says Carine Seitz

Edinburgh: The Caledonian, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

With its fabulous views of the city, first-class dining and luxurious bedrooms, Edinburgh's Caledonian is a grand hotel indeed, says Ianthe Butt

Restaurant review: The Pompadour By Galvin at The Caledonian, Edinburgh

Decadent from its décor to its desserts, The Pompadour By Galvin at The Caledonian does pomp and ceremony beautifully, says Lucy Thackray

Edinburgh: Dalmahoy Country Club and Hotel

Balancing a manor house feel with modern luxuries and within easy reach of the city centre, Edinburgh's Dalmahoy estate offers a taste of Scotland's heritage, says Lucy Thackray

Loch Ness, the Cottingley Fairies, Piltdown Man: why we all love a hoax

People travel for miles to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster, desperately want to believe in fairies and are easily fooled by bogus archaeology. Giles Milton looks at mankind's fascination with hoaxes

Five of the best bars for a martini

Every bartender who picks up a shaker regards the making of a martini as a badge of professional honour. Equally, drinks critic Tom Sandham has dedicated much of his career to sampling them. Here he picks five of his favourite bars to drink the James Bond of cocktails

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