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Lonely Planet January 2019

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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editor’s note

I have a theory that the personality of a great photographer is reflected in the eyes of their portrait subjects. There’s a spooky degree of calm visible in the expressions of the creatures young photographer (and self-confessed ‘squirrel whisperer’) Konsta Punkka shoots, mostly in his native Finland. Konsta’s understanding of animal behaviour has allowed him to develop an engaging style, one loved by his 1.2 million followers on Instagram and that he discusses in this issue of Lonely Planet magazine (p102). As we put each issue together, we print off the layouts for the articles and stick them in sequence on what in magazine-making jargon is known as a working wall. I’m mentioning this because I should confess that, well into the creation of this issue, we realised that quite…

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leith

TOP TABLE If you can get a reservation, do have dinner at Kitchin, where classically trained Scottish chef Tom Kitchin won a Michelin star when he was only 29. Dining here is a quintessentially Scottish experience, amid stone, slate, traditional textiles and tartan. The menu is dedicated to seasonal produce, and the seafood and venison are seriously memorable. thekitchin.com WHOLE LOTTA YACHT The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the world’s most celebrated vessels, built in Glasgow and now moored at Leith. The royal family’s holiday yacht for four decades, it’s a substantial creation: absolutely enormous, and a sight to behold outside and in. The 1950s decor is charming, and you get to see how HM The Queen lived when she took to the seas. royalyachtbritannia.co.uk WATERY RAVE Taking a hired bike or setting off…

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restaurants with rooms

BALLINTAGGART Perthshire Whatever frenzied activity is going on in the kitchen, when it comes to serving time at Ballintaggart the impression is of effortless plucked-from-the-field spontaneity. The stern beauty of the Highlands looms to the north, yet the views here over the Tay Valley are gently rural. Opt for the longer Tastes of Highland Perthshire menu, and your dinner might be bookended with a dukkah spice-crusted egg (laid by a wonderfully fluffy Silkie hen), and a foraged damson jam doughnut with Blairgowrie berries. Overnighters can choose from two rooms in a converted farm building by the restaurant or two others in a nearby cottage – expect unchintzy interiors with sunburst mirrors and Roberts radios. Three-course dinner £45, tasting menu £65; rooms from £120; ballintaggart.com ECKINGTON MANOR Worcestershire Guests at Eckington Manor, on the edge of…

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where to go right now

Hadrian’s Wall When snow lies thickly on the hills of Cumbria and Northumberland, it’s easiest to sympathise with the Roman soldiers who shivered along this 73-mile stone rampart – George RR Martin’s acknowledged inspiration for the wall in Game of Thrones. With some cold-weather gear on, it’s also a beautiful time to survey this ancient frontier. Venice Low season in the lagoon city basically means the month between New Year and Carnival in February: this is your best chance to find elbow room on the Rialto Bridge. Immerse yourself in Venice’s Gothic atmosphere on a grey day or, if the air is crisp and clear, climb a campanile (bell tower) for views as far as the snow-capped Dolomites. Transylvania This region of Romania comes to resemble a Christmas cake gone feral as snow cloaks its…

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snag the hottest table

1 Don’t take no for an answer No-shows happen even at the coolest place in town, so calling on the day or turning up and asking isn’t a lost cause. To show you’re serious, tell them you’re prepared to wait. 2 Sit at the bar Ask if there are communal tables or spare seats at the bar, rather than a proper table for two or four. Many restaurants are increasing capacity in less formal spaces, as solo dining and more relaxed meals grow in popularity. 3 Dress up If you’re being spontaneous, make sure you look the part. Someone who is smartly dressed stands a better chance of being squeezed in at a sought-after location than someone in shorts and trainers. 4 Try unusual times of day A very early or late sitting, even breakfast, can be…

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turn rainy seasons to your advantage

Common wisdom holds you shouldn’t travel in the rainy season, but it pays to look a little closer. Thailand’s rains, for instance, often come at night and leave quiet beaches and blue skies by day. Chris McIntyre, managing director of Expert Africa (expertafrica. com), advises, ‘Come in the dry, and you’ll see animals around waterholes, but vegetation is sparse and there’s not much going on. Come when the rains start and you’ll experience everything coming to life, which is truly magical.’ Naturally, some sights, such as waterfalls, are at their most dramatic in the wet season. Cost is also a good reason to travel at monsoon time. Some camps may close, but those that stay open can offer terrific value. Lower demand can also mean that what would be peak…

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