Whiskey is as much a part of Ireland’s identity as the country’s endless rolling landscape of meadows, quiet villages and untamed coastlines. That’s because the Emerald Isle naturally provides the perfect conditions to cultivate each ingredient needed to create this honey-coloured spirit, especially thanks to its abundance of barley and fresh, clean water. Indeed, Irish whiskey dates all the way back to the 13th century and a handful of distillers still use the same time-honoured traditions that have served the people for generations. Check out our guide to the best distilleries, and discover why whiskey is the true spirit of Ireland.
With popular draws like The Hague and Amsterdam, it’s no secret that The Netherlands is a dream destination. However, not all cities make the guide books, and sometimes half the fun can be discovering the lesser-known locations this beautiful land has to offer. When planning your getaway, you can be forgiven for missing out some hidden gems, so we’ve compiled a list of unsung sites for your next break.
Located in the predominately French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium, Mons is renowned as a cultural centre, especially after receiving the title of European Capital of Culture in 2015. UK visitors, however, might know it best for the momentous Battle of Mons during World War 1. Though a small city with only 100,000 inhabitants, Mons is a fascinating place to visit, full of art, architecture and history – with a side reputation as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Belgium thanks to the nearby Google headquarters. Check out our guide to visiting the delights of Mons in 24 hours.
On the morning of 6 June 1944, the once pristine Normandy coastline became the site of the largest ever seaborne invasion in world history. The Allied land, air and sea operation became known as the D-Day Landings and within just one month 1,100,000 troops, 200,000 vehicles and 750,000 tons of stores were moved to France – heralding one of the most important stages of World War 2.
If there’s one thing Germany is known for – arguably above all – it’s beer. The nectar of the gods is an integral part of the nation’s culture, and its population is ranked third in the world in terms of beer consumption – with only Austria and the Czech Republic ahead. From Munich to Hamburg, lively folk festivals see locals and visitors alike dressed in traditional lederhosen, listening to oom-pah bands and enjoying a Germanic brewski. With so many fiestas devoted to the humble hop, these exciting events are without a doubt some of the best beer festivals Europe has to offer. Even if you don’t know your Weißbier from your Schwarzbier, take a look at some of our favourite beer festivals in Germany to inspire your own barley infused adventure.
Exhilarating, wild and pleasingly unpredictable, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a one-of-a-kind spectacle in the world of live entertainment. The event is the pride of the Scottish capital, renowned as the largest arts festival on earth, and there are over 50,000 performances of more than 3,000 shows taking place in over 300 different venues across the city. To help you make the most of this rich celebration of life, check out our Edinburgh Fringe guide for some top tips for planning your visit.
The Hague is the former capital of the Netherlands, best known as the seat of the Dutch government and home to the royal family. However, despite having a serious side, the city’s beachside location, historic pier and multitude of attractions make it the perfect place to visit with children. From miniature model parks to cycling trails, take a look at some of the best activities you can enjoy when visiting The Hague with kids.