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Travel Agenda

From camping and caravanning to Game of Thrones walking tours

Hull of Kintyre

Today the MV Isle of Arran makes her maiden voyage on a new thrice-weekly ferry link between Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula, Brodick on the isle of Arran and Ardrossan in Ayrshire – with rail connections to and from Glasgow. The Arran call is on Saturdays only; on Fridays and Sundays the Caledonian MacBrayne service sails direct between Campbeltown and Ardrossan (calmac.co.uk).

Take the throne

Follow in the footsteps of Ned Stark, Tyrion, Joffrey and co with Viator's new Game of Thrones walking tour in Dubrovnik; £47 (viator.com).

Water aid

Water-to-Go is a purification bottle which travellers can use to turn tap, river or rainwater into drinking water. It costs £24.95, with filter packs of two priced at £14.95 (watertogo.eu).

Step into the ring

The Boxer has opened its doors in downtown Boston. Housed in the turn-of-the-century Flatiron Building, and formerly the Bulfinch Hotel, it now sports a sleek slate-hued palette and classic American restaurant (theboxerboston.com).


The number of artists in Cornwall who will open their studios to tourists and locals from today until 2 June, with the chance to look around workshops and buy art direct (openstudioscornwall.tumblr.com).

Happy campers

National Camping & Caravanning Week gets under way on Monday. Even if the weather continues on its unpredictable course, there will be events to entice campers at the club's sites around the country: a bake-off in Weston-Super-Mare, a wildlife walk in Dunbar and more (campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk).

Designs for life

HTC phones and Wallpaper* have created a new Global Design Tours app, with tips on design hot spots in NYC. Free (play.google.com).

Summer sessions

Plan ahead to be at Amsterdam's PITCH Festival from 5-6 July. Headline acts set to perform at the Westergasfabriek Culture Park include James Blake, Dizzee Rascal, Django Django and Azealia Banks, pictured. Day tickets €45; weekend €80 (PITCHfestival.nl).