The Trundler’s Guide to the Outer Hebrides

  As our friends in the North debate their destiny here’s The Trundler’s guide to these far-flung Scottish islands, whose beauty is from another world entirely. Never mind Westminster or Holyrood.  The Outer Hebrides feels so different from anywhere else that surely they should have their own parliament? Perhaps a Celtic circle of wise men who convene amidst the Callanish … Read More

The Trundler Salutes Meirionnydd

For many years The Trundler has been visiting North West Wales – sometimes for two days, sometimes for two weeks or even two months. For her it is one of the most beautiful places on earth, rare and special with scenery that always fills her with happiness. England’s neighbour is another world entirely, where another language is spoken and other … Read More

The Trundler Rides the Cambrian Line

The Trundler Rides the Cambrian Line Along the Cambrian coast by train from Barmouth to Cricieth There’s nothing better than a train ride along a beautiful stretch of coastline. The Trundler had often spotted the little greenish blue Arriva train tootling along its single track as she walked around Meirionnyedd. It had become a part of the scenery, and a … Read More

The Isles of Wonder

Sweet Somerset Nothing is quite as magical as the arrival of Spring in Britain, where despite the tragic election results, green leaves still burst through the buds and the landscape looks freshly painted in gleaming colours. Blue for Bluebells, bright pink for Red Campion, orange and yellow for the flecks on the Horse Chestnut flowers. Creamy white for the big … Read More

The Trundler sunbathes in Aberystwyth

Shwmae Sun, Sand and Sea This lively Edwardian seaside town is a highlight of the Ceredigion coast and feels like an old-fashioned resort mixed with a feisty, bold Welsh cultural centre. It’s a fun place to spend a few days, eating vegetarian or Spanish food, drinking in the friendly pubs and pacing the promenade, perhaps even riding on the cliff … Read More

Trundler Ian Weightman’s Guide to Vienna

The art of enjoying Vienna involves more than cake, coffee and Klimt There’s a side to Vienna we all expect to see: magnificent baroque buildings, Gustav Klimt paintings, and waiters in long aprons serving cups of coffee and slice of sachertorte in grand cafes. But Vienna has another side: one that’s filled with weekly new pop-ups of fashion, art, concept … Read More

A Trundler’s Guide to Sicily

Black and White and very Colourful. Trundler David Swift writes about Catania, often overlooked, but one of Sicily’s great delights Just what is it that makes Sicily so different, so appealing? I have just wandered out of the cavernous 18C palazzo where I am staying, and straight into a simple street cafe with a cabinet filled with warm pastries oozing … Read More

A Tale of Three Countries

West Country Wonders In the woods of Somerset, bluebells grow thick and fast and rural life flourishes amidst the pretty cottages dripping with wisteria. These pastoral pleasures are heightened by the proximity to two of England’s best cities, Bristol and Bath. One is the setting for Jane Austen’s novels whose heroines frequent the elegant Pump Rooms. It’s most famed for … Read More