August 27th, 2011
August 27th, 2011
August 24th, 2011
A taste for exploration, romance and history are all on the menu this autumn as Sea-kayak Arisaig – www.seakayakarisaig.co.uk – plans to follow in the wake of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The three-day trip amid some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe follows the course of history as played out by one of the world’s most legendary adventurers during his ill-fated attempt to win the British throne. Under the specialist guidance of Carol Lang, a highly experienced sea-kayaking instructor, a party of five can retrace the movement of the swashbuckling Prince and his Jacobite supporters along the lochs and inshore waters of Arisaig on Scotland’s rugged west coast.
The next trip, which is scheduled to run from 2-4 November 2011, will take in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s landing site, Borrodale, the waters around Kinlochmoidart and the journey from Dalilea up Loch Shiel to Glenfinnan where he raised his Royal Standard and launched the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Despite several stunning victories the dream of a return to a Stewart monarchy was shattered on April 16, 1746 when the Jacobite forces were defeated on Culloden Moor, near Inverness. The trip will also include a visit to the ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie Cave’ near Loch Nan Uamh, where he is reported to have hidden from Government troops on his way back to France.
August 20th, 2011
The Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) 2011 is an exhilarating five-day mountain bike race followed by a one-day jamboree event held in the scenic tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia – www.mtbmalaysia.com. LIMBC 2011 is not for the faint-hearted. Whilst the race is an adrenaline-packed challenge for riders wanting to experience the ultimate test of skill and ability in hopes of obtaining winning attractive cash prizes, LIMBC 2011 is also a golden opportunity for riders to compete in never before ridden sections within the tropical rainforest of Langkawi’s most breathtaking scenic areas. Following its successful launch in 2010, LIMBC is the first of its kind to be organised and held within a protected wildlife area of the region. The tropical landscapes as well as encounters with nature guarantee an event experience like no other. With participation limited to1000 participants, the LIMBC 2011 event date is from 17-23 October; the race from 18-22 October 2011 and the Jamboree event on 23 October. Just don’t forget your insect repellent!
August 17th, 2011
August 13th, 2011
Most lists of gear for trekkers” rucksacks emphasise safety aspects but trekking is about having fun in the outdoors so comfort and enjoyment are key elements in planning. Whatever you decide to take, the first step is to have a rucksack that is big enough to swallow all you want to take whilst accessing it easily and carrying it all comfortably for several hours. Happily, there’s no shortage of options to suit all shapes, sizes and pockets so make your own list of essentials from the suggestions below.
August 9th, 2011
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has launched a video which provides insight into consular incidents across the globe over a real 24 hour period. The video plots the location of 1000s of incidents involving British nationals on 27 June 2011. The incidents vary enormously from routine enquiries into visas, birth registrations, marriage documentation, and the issuing of emergency travel documents, to the notification of arrests, prison visits, assisting British nationals involved in bus crashes and serious accidents and liaising with families following fatalities. There were also cases involving forced marriage, child abduction, rape and murder.
August 1st, 2011
Thelma & Louise is a free, online community where women, friendship and travel come together. With over 16,000 members from around the world, the website connects and provides the tools for like-minded women to talk, plan, meet, inspire and share their travel and life experiences. As thousands jet off on their pre- or post-university gap years (or summer ‘mini-gaps’ for those heading straight to university in the autumn), Thelma & Louise, the women’s online travel community inspired by the iconic gal-pal, road-trip movie, is offering top tips for girl gappers.