Orkney Isles

2012 Olympic torch route revealed

London 2012's Olympic torch relay will start in Land's End and travel as far as the outer Hebrides on an 8,000-mile journey to the stadium.

Visit the Orkney Islands in 2011

The magical Orkney Islands are located off the north coast of Scotland. An archipelago made up of 70 ruggedly beautiful islands and skerries, Orkney is one of the furthest flung provinces of the British Isles, and one of Scotland’s greatest natural wonders.

The A-Z of European ferries

If last week clouded your opinion of flying, then Simon Calder has some ship-shaped solutions, from island-hops to cross-channel bargains

Enjoy an indulgent break to Scotland

There are literally so many things to see and do during a break to Scotland this autumn. From sampling delicious Scottish produce in one of the many Michelin Starred restaurants, to immersing yourself in Scotland's vast array of arts and culture.

Holiday jet skids off runway

A plane carrying dozens of British holidaymakers skidded off a runway as it landed today, ending up just yards from a beach.

The wheel thing: Will Self on the Brompton bike

When is a bicycle not a bicycle? When it's a foldable and fiendishly clever expression of British design genius. Will Self tells the story of the Brompton bike, and reveals how he lost his heart to an unlikely two-wheeled wonder. Portrait by Andy Sewell