Remote Hebridean island with its own whisky distillery named one of the best in the world to visit in 2020

Raasay ISLAND

A Hebridean island with a population of just 170 people has been named one of the best islands in the world to visit in 2020 – alongside hotspots in the Caribbean, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

Raasay, an island off the east coast of Skye which is just 14 miles long and five miles wide, was singled out in the wake of the opening of its first ever legal distillery, which offers visitors overnight stays.

The island, arguably best known as the birthplace of Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean Angus Mackay, Queen Victoria’s first piper, has just one hotel, three bed and breakfasts, two shops and a primary school, but boasts an iconic flat-topped peak offering views of the Outer Hebrides, steep cliffs, forest trails and secluded beaches.

But now a leading travel bible has rated it alongside Hong Kong, Kyushu in Japan, the Anavilhanas Archipelago, in Brazil, Prince Edward Island, in Canada, St Barts and Domenica, in the Caribbean in its 13-strong guide “to be two steps ahead of the pack.” [ . . . ]

Continue at THE SCOTSMAN: Remote Hebridean island with its own whisky distillery named one of the best in the world to visit in 2020 – The Scotsman

New off-road cycle route links England and Scotland

The 800-mile “Great North Trail” goes between the Peak District and the far north coast of Scotland.

The Great North Trail links the Peak District to Scotland’s most northerly mainland points for the first time.

About 98% of the route is on existing off-road cycle routes, forest roads and low traffic minor roads.

The trail’s path through Scotland takes in picturesque areas such as the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Loch Ness and Cape Wrath.

Cycling UK said it had developed the route, which only traverses about 16 miles of busier roads, in response to demand from cyclists for greater access to the countryside on routes largely away from traffic.

Duncan Dollimore, the organisation’s head of campaigns, said: “We’ve created the Great North Trail because we recognised very little has been done to promote national off-road trails.

“For example, plans to extend the Pennine Bridleway to Scotland were published 20 years ago, but still haven’t been implemented.

“And yet we know there is an appetite for more cycling access to the countryside as off-road trails can be ideal for families to ride safely, away from traffic and city pollution.” [ . . . ]

Continue at: New off-road cycle route links England and Scotland – BBC News

We reviewed the UK’s oldest pub

Oliver Cromwell once stayed a night here

One of the oldest and most historic pubs in the United Kingdom can be found right here in Hertfordshire.

The Ye Olde Cock Fighting pub in St Albans claims to date back to the 8th century, although the current building only actually dates back to the 11th.

Located just next the historic Verulamium Park on Abbey Mill Lane, the pub was once a medieval pigeon house and has tunnels stretching from the beer cellar all the way up the hill to the St Albans Cathedral that were once used by monks.

It is also claimed that Oliver Cromwell once stayed a night at the inn during the English Civil War during the 17th century.

The pub has also been used for cock fighting (hence the name) in the main bar in the late 19th and early 20th century, where an 8ft wide and 10ft long fighting pit was placed [ . . . ]

Continue aat: We reviewed the UK’s oldest pub and this is what we honestly thought – Hertfordshire Mercury

The 6 cheapest pubs for sale in Scotland

If you’re looking for a commercial opportunity but don’t think you’ve got the money, then take a look at these budget businesses for sale now all for under £100,000.

1. Mac Clures Bar, Dunoon

This bar, which is on the market for 20,000, has been run by the current owners since 2004. Listed with Bruce & Co, it enjoys much repeat custom, particularly due to its excellent location in the centre of Dunoon.
This bar, which is on the market for 20,000, has been run by the current owners since 2004. Listed with Bruce & Co, it enjoys much repeat custom, particularly due to its excellent location in the centre of Dunoon.

Continue at THE SCOTSMAN: The 6 cheapest pubs for sale in Scotland