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Madeira – 8 Favourite Things to See & Do

One of the guarantees about visiting Madeira is that you’ll never be short of things to see and do. In fact, chances are a return will probably be on the cards to experience some of the attractions missed first time around. Here at Travellowdown, we recently enjoyed a five-day break on this beautiful sunny island. [...]

Walking Book Reviews

There are some great walking books around at the moment and one of my favourites is Great Scottish Walks by Helen & Paul Webster. As mentioned on the front cover, this guide spotlights the country’s best long-distance trails. In total, 26 walks are detailed within the 170-plus glossy pages. For me, this tome has everything. [...]

By | 2024-01-10T11:54:01+00:00 January 10th, 2024|Books/DVDs, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

VidaMar Resort Hotel – Madeira

Over the years, working as a travel journalist and editor has meant I’ve been lucky enough to experience some fine hotels. Just two, however, have stolen my heart: one is situated on the island of Jersey while the other is the sublime VidaMar Resort Hotel in Madeira. I’ve stayed several times at the VidaMar and, [...]

By | 2023-12-01T16:21:16+00:00 December 1st, 2023|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Funchal – 5 Favourite Places to Eat & Drink

Here at Travellowdown, we’ve recently returned from one of our best family holidays. Our destination was sunny Madeira, a beautiful island I’ve got to know so well over the years. Its bright colours, abundance of greenery, pleasant people, spectacular mountain ranges and myriad other delights make it an ideal destination for all ages. When it [...]

Jersey – 7 Reasons to Visit this Autumn

Despite measuring just nine miles by five, Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands as well as the archipelago’s southernmost isle. A self-governing dependency of the UK, it has much to offer visitors this autumn, whether you’re a daytripper or planning a week-long break. Known for, among others, its splendid beaches, rugged coastline, myriad [...]

Jersey – 5 Favourite Places to Eat & Drink

The largest of the Channel Islands offers visitors myriad eateries, everything from shacks on the beach to top-end restaurants where deep pockets are recommended! Having just returned from yet another visit, here are some suggestions for anyone looking for somewhere to eat or drink… OCEAN RESTAURANT The Atlantic Hotel is, by far, my favourite hotel [...]

The Atlantic Hotel (Jersey) – Revisited

It was my last morning at the Atlantic Hotel, my favourite place to stay on Jersey, and a couple walked past as I headed to the restaurant. Pulling a hefty suitcase, the wife turned to her husband, saying: “Oh dear, I guess all good things come to an end!” Sadly they do, as I discovered [...]

By | 2023-10-30T12:53:16+00:00 October 30th, 2023|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Latest Reviews, Restaurants|0 Comments

Exploring the Lake District with The Inn Collection

My first experience of staying with the Inn Collection dates back some five years or so when the Travellowdown team explored Northumberland. Back then, the company comprised of inns largely in the northeast. But soon after, an expansion programme saw them venture west to the Lake District where they quickly added a handful of [...]

By | 2023-10-11T09:59:23+01:00 September 22nd, 2023|Accommodation, Destinations, Hotels/B&Bs, Latest Reviews|0 Comments


Spotting throngs of excited tourists jostling for position at the quayside, we half-expected to see an A-list celebrity pulling up in their million-pound yacht. But the cameras were primed to catch sight of a more important visitor in this part of the world – George, the loggerhead turtle. Kefalonia, the fourth largest Greek island, is [...]

By | 2023-09-22T12:47:46+01:00 September 22nd, 2023|Accommodation, Destinations, Latest Reviews, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Walking the Bones of Britain – Christopher Somerville

I’ve always enjoyed reading Christopher Somerville’s numerous travel articles, usually about walking, in various national papers. Now, of course, he’s The Times’ walking correspondent. So when I heard about his latest book, I was keen to grab a copy. Walking the Bones of Britain is, as the cover details, a three billion-year journey from the [...]

By | 2023-09-22T12:31:11+01:00 September 22nd, 2023|Books/DVDs, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

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