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Take a ride on the new Borders Railway

To celebrate the building of the first new railway line in the United Kingdom for 100 years COLIN McALPIN goes reiving around the Scottish Border region…

SCOTLAND has got into training and reversed the trend started way back in l969 when the notorious Dr Beeching was charged with cutting the United Kingdom's railway system... a spanking new service, the Borders Railway, was officially opened in September last year by the Queen, and proved to be an overnight success that in its first month 125,000 passengers heeded the all aboard call.



Unique hidden Scottish gem!

In the eternal search for self improvement, we sent COLIN McALPIN to a unique Scottish World Heritage Site…

YOU know you have arrived at somewhere very special when you are immediately confronted by a sign proclaiming The Institute for the Formation of Character ... is someone trying to tell me something?



Warm English welcome in sunny Valetta


IN 2007 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh chose to spend their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Malta for it was here as a newly married couple they lived some of their happiest and certainly most carefree years. The then young Princess Elizabeth enjoying her role simply as the wife of a young Royal Navy officer stationed here.

For 150 years the islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino, which make up the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean, with the magnificent natural harbour at Valetta on Malta, were a key strategic hub of the British Empire and hence defended at all cost.




Las Vegas may not be the cheapest destination, but it gets high marks for value, writes CIARAN MULLIGAN

FANCY a sun holiday with great food, great entertainment and great value? I bet you didn't automatically think Las Vegas, however there are now great value Holidays to Las Vegas whether it's through your local travel agent or direct with airlines.



Enchanted by the Italian Lakes


BEING a skiing enthusiast, mountains in summer were not my thing, but as the warm sun shone highlighting the contrasts of Lake Maggiore’s serene tranquil azure waters with the dark greens of the pine forested Alps above, the Borromean islands topped with palaces and small boats passing by, I became quite enchanted.

In just an hour I had travelled from Milan’s busy Malpensa Airport to find total peace in the setting of Italy’s magnificent Lake Maggiore, one of my most pleasant surprises in recent years.



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