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Highland spring: escaping to an art hotel in the Cairngorms3h Highland spring: escaping to an art hotel in the Cairngorms
Taxidermy, tartan walls and modern art give the revamped Fife Arms hotel, in Aberdeenshire, a shot of wild drama One of the books artfully piled up on the coffee table in the German Emperor, our Victoriana-themed bedroom in the
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Action stations: a family activity break in the French Pyrenees7h Action stations: a family activity break in the French Pyrenees
Tree climbing, ziplining, rafting and hiking, plus many more activities from a flexible menu, make a fun-packed family holiday Our night at the Vénasque mountain refuge, close to the Spanish border high in the French Pyrenees, was going better than we could have hoped. After a sweaty, three-hour trek up the valley we had cooled off in a mountain lake (much warmer than it had any right to be, given the altitude), then loafed on its banks while cloud swirled over the ridge. It was like a scene from Tolkien without the hobbits. As the light faded, bowls of soup and pasta were served by the refuge warden, and before long my wife and I were making friends with our fellow hikers in the dinner tent while our two boys (aged 10 and 13) thrashed us at cards.
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My mile high mayhem! A young flight attendant in the Eighties reveals how she saw it all16h Updated My mile high mayhem! A young flight attendant in the Eighties reveals how she saw it all
Gretchen Ryan joined South African Airways in 1983, when she was 22, and was with the airline for ten years. She reveals some of the extraordinary sights she saw during that time.
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Mad for the Maldives? Check out these resorts, from the cheapest to the very costly18h Updated Mad for the Maldives? Check out these resorts, from the cheapest to the very costly
Although it’s a dream destination, you don’t have to be a Hollywood star or a hedge fund manager to afford the Maldives, says Tom Chesshyre. Check out his price guide on the remote Indian Ocean.
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How to plan a family D-Day weekend in Normandy26h How to plan a family D-Day weekend in Normandy
The Daily Mail's Robert Hardman took his family to Normandy for a D-Day weekend. Here he shares their itinerary, which details how best to see the main beaches and memorials.
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Summer fun on Portugal’s riverbanks26h Summer fun on Portugal’s riverbanks
Exploring the pristine rivers running through forested mountains proves a great alternative to the country’s golden coastline for this young family José Manuel dos Santos, our guide, was looking a little sheepish. “You have to understand,” he said, “the beach isn’t normally like this.” We were sitting on a low bridge below the pretty village of Avô, right in the centre of Portugal, feet dangling above the crystal-clear River Alva, the sun on our backs, rushing water filling our ears. “You need to picture it full of people.”
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Bagging a bargain with Thomas Cook and finding an authentic rental in Scotland28h Bagging a bargain with Thomas Cook and finding an authentic rental in Scotland
This week bagging a bargain with Thomas Cook, playing golf in Belgium and finding the right currency for a cruise to the Middle East are the hot topics for the Holiday Guru.
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28h Hotel Review: El Rey Court, Santa Fe
Get your kicks — and your Instagram posts — at a refurbished motor court that opened in 1936 on a slice of Route 66.
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Worried About the Weather for Your Cruise? So Is James Van Fleet28h Worried About the Weather for Your Cruise? So Is James Van Fleet
James Van Fleet is the only chief meteorologist working in the cruise industry. Surprisingly, hurricanes are not his biggest concern.
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Budapest for under £100 a night! How to see the vibrant Hungarian capital on a budget28h Budapest for under £100 a night! How to see the vibrant Hungarian capital on a budget
Budapest is a city of two halves, says the Daily Mail's Tom Chesshyre, with hilly Buda in the west and Pest in the east. He says to expect everything from art nouveau buildings to late-night revelry.
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Britain at its best: Be king of the castle at this holiday home on the Pembrokeshire coast 28h Britain at its best: Be king of the castle at this holiday home on the Pembrokeshire coast 
Manorbier Castle in Pembrokeshire has a cottage tucked inside its Norman walls. The Daily Mail's Harry Mount first holidayed there as a child and says it hasn't changed.
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Speeding, congestion and protest: the dark side of Scotland’s North Coast 500 route31h Speeding, congestion and protest: the dark side of Scotland’s North Coast 500 route
For locals, the phenomenal success of this driving route means blocked roads, a racetrack mentality and mess, rather than the promised benefits to business At Bettyhill General Merchants, a convenience store and post office in a remote village on Scotland’s far north coast, perched above the spectacular dunes of Torrisdale Bay, owner Susan Malone is anticipating the summer tourist season with ambivalence. “There’s a sense among locals that the situation is going to get worse this summer. We’ve already had a much busier April and May than expected: I don’t think anybody realised how popular this [driving route] would become.”
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