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Cool holiday cottages in Donegal, Ireland

Termon House in Donegal, Ireland Termon House, Maghery In the heart of the Gaeltacht, this 18th-century land agent’s house sits proudly by the sea. Inside, the blue-and-white kitchen and simple bedrooms speak of comfort and shelter. Its history is less benevolent: the land agent who lived here during the famine years was notoriously ruthless. The

Southend and Doncaster-Sheffield rated UKs best airports

London Southend airport. Photograph: Flickr Creative Commons When it comes to airports, it seems that less is more. At least according to this year’s UK airport passenger survey, which shows that smaller airports provide a far better experience than larger ones. Southend airport – also known as London Southend – has come top of the

Tourists behaving badly: five incidents of terrible traveller behaviour

Serge the llama was stolen by youths on a drunken night out in Bordeaux. Bad tourist woz ’ere You’d think that anyone scrawling graffiti on a national treasure would think better than to include their name, but logic seemed to defy one young tourist in Egypt, who was forced to apologise after writing “Ding Jinhao

Travel picture quiz: carnivals around the world

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Most people know that a certain west London district will be full of crowds and colourful costumes this weekend, but can you name all of these carnival locations? Answers at the end Continue reading… Travel | The Guardian Read more: Vietnam travel packages

Cost of culture: Europes cheapest and most expensive cities revealed

A top concert at Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall will cost less than £20 – the cheapest in Europe. Photograph: Jacek Turczyk/EPA It may boast an impressive collection of free museums and galleries, but London remains the most expensive cultural capital in Europe, according to a new study looking at the entry cost of major attractions across

Bank holiday: strong pound and chilly weather make 2m Britons go abroad

Spain, Greece, Turkey and Tunisia are the most popular short-haul bank holiday destinations, says Abta. Photograph: itanistock /Alamy The last bank holiday before winter will see an estimated 2 million Britons head abroad, encouraged by a strong pound and a forecast dip in temperatures at home. Domestic bookings have also been strong, according to the

John Ellis Roberts obituary

John Ellis Roberts was a pioneer in maintaining and improving mountain footpaths. Photograph: Tracey Evans John Ellis Roberts, who has died aged 70 in a climbing accident, was for more than three decades head warden of the Snowdonia national park, and a prime mover in setting the mountain rescue organisation in north Wales on a

Summer sessions: The Heatwave’s soundtrack to Notting Hill carnival

Dancing in the street … at Notting Hill carnival. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Alamy Cue the airhorns – carnival is coming. As London gears for the street party known for having the best dressed dancers, loudest soundsystems and longest toilet queues, we present dancehall crew The Heatwave’s annual party-starting mix to get you in the mood. “What

Five great cave hotels

Le Grotte della Civita Le Grotte della Civita, Matera, Italy Restored from abandoned ancient caves in the Basilicata village of Matera by the Sextantio Group, Le Grotte della Civita has taken great care to preserve the atmosphere of a medieval settlement, with minimalist furnishings. Breakfast (and dinner on request) is served in a former 13th-century

Keep your cool in Spain: holiday in a cave

Bedroom at Malutka’s Andalucían Grotto We arrive at dusk, while it’s still light enough to tell that Malutka’s Andalucían Grotto has a spectacular view. The street is on a ledge of rock, high above the town of Baza. From the terrace, we look across the scorched flatlands of the Altiplano de Granada towards the hazy