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Britain January/February 2016

Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

This issue I managed to escape the confines of my desk and venture to a place that had long been on wish list the Isle of Skye. You can read about my travels and the allure of western Scotland in Land of the Clans (p6) , in fact I’m fairly confident that it will soon be on your wish list too. In 2016 we celebrate the Year of the English Garden, alongside the 300th anniversary of the birth of the man who transformed our stately grounds. In The Legacy of Capability Brown (p24) we visit some of the finest examples of the landscape architect’s work, to bring you our nation’s grandest parks and palaces. If, like us, you prefer nothing to curling up with a good book then you’ll certainly…

8 min
land of the clans

In the far reaches of Britain lies a land so atmospheric that it conjures images of strange spirits, where myths of giants and fairies have been passed down through local folklore for centuries and where the heritage of its ancestors endures. Western Scotland has a dramatic and wild landscape that includes mountain peaks, glacial sea lochs and a profusion of islands, from the remote Outer Hebrides (known as the Western Isles) to the natural beauty of the Inner Hebrides. In this region clans once reigned supreme. Scottish clan culture was certainly well established in the Highlands of Scotland by the 11th and 12th centuries but its origins go back much further to the 6th century. The word ‘clan’ comes from the Gaelic ‘clann’ for children and refers to family groups who yielded…

1 min
the planner

GETTING THERE From London Euston you can catch the Caledonian Sleeper train all the way to Scotland, embarking at Glasgow or Fort William. From May to October don’t miss the chance to catch the gloriously refined Jacobite steam train where you can even indulge in afternoon tea while the scenery unfolds before you. www.sleeper.scot; www.westcoastrailways.co.uk ARGYLL CRUISING, DUNOON These intimate cruises – there's a maximum of eight guests – on board a smart trawler yacht, offer nine Scottish cruises ranging from 3 to 13 nights, visiting the inlets and islands of wild Argyll, Arran and the Outer Hebrides. www.argyllcruising.com SCORRYBREAC, PORTREE, SKYE At this intimate restaurant overlooking the colourful harbour of Portree, on Skye, the focus is on fresh, local ingredients (below left) and the attention to detail is high. Owner Calum Munro initially opened…

2 min
discover scotland's hidden treasures

Scotland is full of secrets waiting to be discovered, from the fascinating history of ancient Earldoms and fairy-tale castles to unique crofting traditions and beautiful landscapes. What becomes clear as you explore Scotland is how its imposing, at times harsh, landscapes have shaped its people, culture and crafts. Edinburgh-based cultural tours company Ammoun Voyages offers two unique journeys led by historian, Scottish crafts expert and native Shetlander, Sarah Laurenson. On these journeys you’ll explore the relationships between the land and the people, from craft and croft traditions in the Shetland Isles to the little-known story of Scotland’s 19th-century Gold Rush. In 1818 a nugget of gold was found in Kildonan Burn, Sutherland, north-east Scotland. By the 1860s people flocked from all over the world in search of fortunes. A township named Baile…

6 min
the bulletin

NEWS Buried treasure As Britain prepared to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, which took place on 25 October 1415, the Holighost, one of four ‘great ships’ commissioned by King Henry V to help in his war against France, was believed to have been found in Hampshire. The discovery began with an aerial photograph of the River Hamble taken over 30 years ago. Dr Ian Friel, author of Henry V’s Navy, The Sea-Road to Agincourt and Conquest, 1413–1422, studied the photo and others like it and had a hunch that the ship was buried there. Going on Friel’s theory and other research, Historic England has launched an investigation of the area using sonar, remote-sensing and drones. The Holighost (also known as the Holy Ghost), which was built in 1415 for the…

1 min
reading corner

Capability Brown & Belvoir by the Duchess of Rutland with Jane Purden (£35, Nick McCann Associates). The discovery of Brown’s plans for Belvoir Castle inspired this beautiful hardback. The Shakespeare Trail by Zoe Bramley (£20, Amberley Publishing). This practical guidebook explores the many places dear to the Bard and his characters on the 400th anniversary of his death. Richard III by David Horspool (£20, Bloomsbury). In the wake of the discovery of Richard III's bones, Horspool reexamines the life of this enigmatic monarch and our enduring interest in him. Winston Churchill Reporting by Simon Read (£17.79, Da Capo Press). This biography traces the famous orator and wartime leader’s formative years, working as a war correspondent. Henrietta Maria by Dominic Pearce (£20, Amberley Publishing). The French wife of King Charles I was a controversial figure in…