El Tour de Francia

La carrera ciclística más importante del planeta rueda en tierras galas.

Richie Porte ist drei Wochen vor Beginn der Tour de France gut in Form
Richie Porte ist drei Wochen vor Beginn der Tour de France gut in Form
Richie Porte ist drei Wochen vor Beginn der Tour de France gut in Form
Am 7. Juli startet die Tour des France 2018
Radsport: Tour de France 2018 live im Ticker - Etappen, Sieger & Teams
Am 7. Juli startet die Tour des France 2018
Arnaud Demare a remporté samedi la 8e étape du Tour de Suisse en devançant Gaviria, Kristoff et Sagan à Bellinzona.
Cyclisme - Tour de Suisse - Arnaud Demare envoie un message avant le Tour de France
Arnaud Demare a remporté samedi la 8e étape du Tour de Suisse en devançant Gaviria, Kristoff et Sagan à Bellinzona.
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Le prochain Giro sera disputé du 11 mai au 2 juin 2019, ce qui rendra le doublé avec le Tour de France plus ardu.
Cyclisme - Giro - Le Tour d'Italie débutera une semaine plus tard
Le prochain Giro sera disputé du 11 mai au 2 juin 2019, ce qui rendra le doublé avec le Tour de France plus ardu.
Success at the Tour de France has eluded Nairo Quintana so far in his career, but he feels confident heading into the 2018 race.
Quintana feeling good ahead of Tour de France
Success at the Tour de France has eluded Nairo Quintana so far in his career, but he feels confident heading into the 2018 race.
Thibaut Pinot felt capable of competing with the best in the Tour de France, but the famous race will come too soon for him.
Pinot to miss Tour de France
Thibaut Pinot felt capable of competing with the best in the Tour de France, but the famous race will come too soon for him.
Dans la foulée de l’annonce du forfait de Thibaut Pinot pour le Tour de France, Marc Madiot s’est confié à RMC Sport. Le manager général de la Groupama-FDJ évoque le Tour, le lancement dans le grand bain de David Gaudu et l’avenir toujours incertain de Pinot au sein de son équipe.
Tour de France. Madiot: "David Gaudu piaffe d’impatience"
Dans la foulée de l’annonce du forfait de Thibaut Pinot pour le Tour de France, Marc Madiot s’est confié à RMC Sport. Le manager général de la Groupama-FDJ évoque le Tour, le lancement dans le grand bain de David Gaudu et l’avenir toujours incertain de Pinot au sein de son équipe.
Dans la foulée de l’annonce du forfait de Thibaut Pinot pour le Tour de France, Marc Madiot s’est confié à RMC Sport. Le manager général de la Groupama-FDJ évoque le Tour, le lancement dans le grand bain de David Gaudu et l’avenir toujours incertain de Pinot au sein de son équipe.
Tour de France. Madiot: "David Gaudu piaffe d’impatience"
Dans la foulée de l’annonce du forfait de Thibaut Pinot pour le Tour de France, Marc Madiot s’est confié à RMC Sport. Le manager général de la Groupama-FDJ évoque le Tour, le lancement dans le grand bain de David Gaudu et l’avenir toujours incertain de Pinot au sein de son équipe.
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Tour de France : Pinot s’efface, Gaudu lancé dans le grand bain
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Thibaut Pinot, avait quitté le Giro, malade, à la veille de l’arrivée. Il n’a pas assez récupéré pour envisager de prendre le départ du Tour le 7 juillet
Tour de France : Thibaut Pinot déclare forfait
Thibaut Pinot, avait quitté le Giro, malade, à la veille de l’arrivée. Il n’a pas assez récupéré pour envisager de prendre le départ du Tour le 7 juillet
Le Français Thibaut Pinot, ici sur le Tour 2017, annonce son forfait pour le Tour de France.
Tour de France : le Français Thibaut Pinot annonce son forfait
Le Français Thibaut Pinot, ici sur le Tour 2017, annonce son forfait pour le Tour de France.
VELO - Le Français est fiévreux et affaibli par un début de pneumopathie...
Tour de France 2018: Thibaut Pinot annonce son forfait
VELO - Le Français est fiévreux et affaibli par un début de pneumopathie...
Grosse désillusion pour Thibaut Pinot, contraint de déclaré forfait pour le Tour de France. /Photo prise le 25 juillet 2015/REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pas de Tour de France pour Thibaut Pinot
Grosse désillusion pour Thibaut Pinot, contraint de déclaré forfait pour le Tour de France. /Photo prise le 25 juillet 2015/REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Marqué par son abandon lors du dernier Giro, le leader de l'équipe Groupama-FDJ a décidé de renoncer au prochain Tour de France.
Cyclisme - Thibaut Pinot déclare forfait pour le Tour de France
Marqué par son abandon lors du dernier Giro, le leader de l'équipe Groupama-FDJ a décidé de renoncer au prochain Tour de France.
Thibaut Pinot déclare forfait pour le prochain Tour de France (7-29 juillet). Le leader de la Groupama-FDJ est insuffisamment remis d'une pneumopathie. Il est remplacé par David Gaudu.
Tour de France: Pinot forfait, Gaudu le remplace
Thibaut Pinot déclare forfait pour le prochain Tour de France (7-29 juillet). Le leader de la Groupama-FDJ est insuffisamment remis d'une pneumopathie. Il est remplacé par David Gaudu.
Thibaut Pinot déclare forfait pour le prochain Tour de France (7-29 juillet). Le leader de la Groupama-FDJ est insuffisamment remis d'une pneumopathie. Il est remplacé par David Gaudu.
Tour de France: Pinot forfait, Gaudu le remplace
Thibaut Pinot déclare forfait pour le prochain Tour de France (7-29 juillet). Le leader de la Groupama-FDJ est insuffisamment remis d'une pneumopathie. Il est remplacé par David Gaudu.
CYCLISME - Les coureurs doivent passer par cette route quelques kilomètres avant l’arrivée à Laruns…
Pyrénées-Atlantiques: Route effondrée… Le Tour de France pourra-t-il emprunter le col de l’Aubisque jusqu’au sommet ?
CYCLISME - Les coureurs doivent passer par cette route quelques kilomètres avant l’arrivée à Laruns…
Les intempéries qui se sont abattues sur le Sud-Ouest de la France laissent derrière elles des dégâts considérables. En direct de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), village particulièrement touché, notre envoyé spécial Hugo Puffeney explique : "La route éventrée, emportée par la puissance de l'eau, est celle que devaient emprunter les coureurs du Tour de France en juillet prochain. Il y a là tout le symbole de ces derniers jours dans le Sud-Ouest, des inondations massives et répétées qui ont eu pour conséquences de lourds dégâts matériels, des maisons sans eau et sans électricité et une économie à l'arrêt avec un coût déjà estimé à plusieurs millions d'euros." L'état de catastrophe naturelle demandé par les préfectures L'heure est désormais au nettoyage des dégâts en attendant que les assureurs viennent estimer les dégâts."Les sinistrés attendent beaucoup des assurances et surtout de la déclaration d'un état de catastrophe naturelle, poursuit notre journaliste. Les préfectures l'ont bien compris, certaines l'ont déjà demandé. Mais les démarches sont très longues et complexes, les sinistrés devront attendre au moins plusieurs jours avant d'avoir la certitude d'être dédommagés."
Inondations : dégâts conséquents dans le Sud-Ouest
Les intempéries qui se sont abattues sur le Sud-Ouest de la France laissent derrière elles des dégâts considérables. En direct de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), village particulièrement touché, notre envoyé spécial Hugo Puffeney explique : "La route éventrée, emportée par la puissance de l'eau, est celle que devaient emprunter les coureurs du Tour de France en juillet prochain. Il y a là tout le symbole de ces derniers jours dans le Sud-Ouest, des inondations massives et répétées qui ont eu pour conséquences de lourds dégâts matériels, des maisons sans eau et sans électricité et une économie à l'arrêt avec un coût déjà estimé à plusieurs millions d'euros." L'état de catastrophe naturelle demandé par les préfectures L'heure est désormais au nettoyage des dégâts en attendant que les assureurs viennent estimer les dégâts."Les sinistrés attendent beaucoup des assurances et surtout de la déclaration d'un état de catastrophe naturelle, poursuit notre journaliste. Les préfectures l'ont bien compris, certaines l'ont déjà demandé. Mais les démarches sont très longues et complexes, les sinistrés devront attendre au moins plusieurs jours avant d'avoir la certitude d'être dédommagés."
Les intempéries qui se sont abattues sur le Sud-Ouest de la France laissent derrière elles des dégâts considérables. En direct de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), village particulièrement touché, notre envoyé spécial Hugo Puffeney explique : "La route éventrée, emportée par la puissance de l'eau, est celle que devaient emprunter les coureurs du Tour de France en juillet prochain. Il y a là tout le symbole de ces derniers jours dans le Sud-Ouest, des inondations massives et répétées qui ont eu pour conséquences de lourds dégâts matériels, des maisons sans eau et sans électricité et une économie à l'arrêt avec un coût déjà estimé à plusieurs millions d'euros." L'état de catastrophe naturelle demandé par les préfectures L'heure est désormais au nettoyage des dégâts en attendant que les assureurs viennent estimer les dégâts."Les sinistrés attendent beaucoup des assurances et surtout de la déclaration d'un état de catastrophe naturelle, poursuit notre journaliste. Les préfectures l'ont bien compris, certaines l'ont déjà demandé. Mais les démarches sont très longues et complexes, les sinistrés devront attendre au moins plusieurs jours avant d'avoir la certitude d'être dédommagés."
Inondations : dégâts conséquents dans le Sud-Ouest
Les intempéries qui se sont abattues sur le Sud-Ouest de la France laissent derrière elles des dégâts considérables. En direct de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), village particulièrement touché, notre envoyé spécial Hugo Puffeney explique : "La route éventrée, emportée par la puissance de l'eau, est celle que devaient emprunter les coureurs du Tour de France en juillet prochain. Il y a là tout le symbole de ces derniers jours dans le Sud-Ouest, des inondations massives et répétées qui ont eu pour conséquences de lourds dégâts matériels, des maisons sans eau et sans électricité et une économie à l'arrêt avec un coût déjà estimé à plusieurs millions d'euros." L'état de catastrophe naturelle demandé par les préfectures L'heure est désormais au nettoyage des dégâts en attendant que les assureurs viennent estimer les dégâts."Les sinistrés attendent beaucoup des assurances et surtout de la déclaration d'un état de catastrophe naturelle, poursuit notre journaliste. Les préfectures l'ont bien compris, certaines l'ont déjà demandé. Mais les démarches sont très longues et complexes, les sinistrés devront attendre au moins plusieurs jours avant d'avoir la certitude d'être dédommagés."
Cinquante mètres de boue ont entraîné un glissement de terrain comme on en a rarement vu dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Jeudi 14 juin, au matin, les équipes techniques sont arrivées sur place pour constater les dégâts causés par les inondations. La zone est toujours instable, car l'eau traverse toujours la chaussée. D'autres pans de route risquent de s'effondrer à tout moment. Conséquence : la départementale qui mène au village de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) a été barrée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Des milliers d'euros de dégâts Les habitants doivent donc faire quatre kilomètres à pied ou un détour d'1h15 en voiture pour rejoindre la station de ski. Gourette a déjà été touché par une coulée de boue il y a deux jours et les dégâts causés se chiffrent en milliers d'euros pour les commerçants. Le gérant d'un magasin de sport doit par exemple jeter une grande partie de son stock. Les habitants sont aussi inquiets : le Tour de France 2018 devait passer par le village de Gourette.
Inondations : Gourette, un village isolé
Cinquante mètres de boue ont entraîné un glissement de terrain comme on en a rarement vu dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Jeudi 14 juin, au matin, les équipes techniques sont arrivées sur place pour constater les dégâts causés par les inondations. La zone est toujours instable, car l'eau traverse toujours la chaussée. D'autres pans de route risquent de s'effondrer à tout moment. Conséquence : la départementale qui mène au village de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) a été barrée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Des milliers d'euros de dégâts Les habitants doivent donc faire quatre kilomètres à pied ou un détour d'1h15 en voiture pour rejoindre la station de ski. Gourette a déjà été touché par une coulée de boue il y a deux jours et les dégâts causés se chiffrent en milliers d'euros pour les commerçants. Le gérant d'un magasin de sport doit par exemple jeter une grande partie de son stock. Les habitants sont aussi inquiets : le Tour de France 2018 devait passer par le village de Gourette.
Les intempéries qui se sont abattues sur le Sud-Ouest de la France laissent derrière elles des dégâts considérables. En direct de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), village particulièrement touché, notre envoyé spécial Hugo Puffeney explique : "La route éventrée, emportée par la puissance de l'eau, est celle que devaient emprunter les coureurs du Tour de France en juillet prochain. Il y a là tout le symbole de ces derniers jours dans le Sud-Ouest, des inondations massives et répétées qui ont eu pour conséquences de lourds dégâts matériels, des maisons sans eau et sans électricité et une économie à l'arrêt avec un coût déjà estimé à plusieurs millions d'euros." L'état de catastrophe naturelle demandé par les préfectures L'heure est désormais au nettoyage des dégâts en attendant que les assureurs viennent estimer les dégâts."Les sinistrés attendent beaucoup des assurances et surtout de la déclaration d'un état de catastrophe naturelle, poursuit notre journaliste. Les préfectures l'ont bien compris, certaines l'ont déjà demandé. Mais les démarches sont très longues et complexes, les sinistrés devront attendre au moins plusieurs jours avant d'avoir la certitude d'être dédommagés."
Inondations : dégâts conséquents dans le Sud-Ouest
Les intempéries qui se sont abattues sur le Sud-Ouest de la France laissent derrière elles des dégâts considérables. En direct de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), village particulièrement touché, notre envoyé spécial Hugo Puffeney explique : "La route éventrée, emportée par la puissance de l'eau, est celle que devaient emprunter les coureurs du Tour de France en juillet prochain. Il y a là tout le symbole de ces derniers jours dans le Sud-Ouest, des inondations massives et répétées qui ont eu pour conséquences de lourds dégâts matériels, des maisons sans eau et sans électricité et une économie à l'arrêt avec un coût déjà estimé à plusieurs millions d'euros." L'état de catastrophe naturelle demandé par les préfectures L'heure est désormais au nettoyage des dégâts en attendant que les assureurs viennent estimer les dégâts."Les sinistrés attendent beaucoup des assurances et surtout de la déclaration d'un état de catastrophe naturelle, poursuit notre journaliste. Les préfectures l'ont bien compris, certaines l'ont déjà demandé. Mais les démarches sont très longues et complexes, les sinistrés devront attendre au moins plusieurs jours avant d'avoir la certitude d'être dédommagés."
Cinquante mètres de boue ont entraîné un glissement de terrain comme on en a rarement vu dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Jeudi 14 juin, au matin, les équipes techniques sont arrivées sur place pour constater les dégâts causés par les inondations. La zone est toujours instable, car l'eau traverse toujours la chaussée. D'autres pans de route risquent de s'effondrer à tout moment. Conséquence : la départementale qui mène au village de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) a été barrée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Des milliers d'euros de dégâts Les habitants doivent donc faire quatre kilomètres à pied ou un détour d'1h15 en voiture pour rejoindre la station de ski. Gourette a déjà été touché par une coulée de boue il y a deux jours et les dégâts causés se chiffrent en milliers d'euros pour les commerçants. Le gérant d'un magasin de sport doit par exemple jeter une grande partie de son stock. Les habitants sont aussi inquiets : le Tour de France 2018 devait passer par le village de Gourette.
Inondations : Gourette, un village isolé
Cinquante mètres de boue ont entraîné un glissement de terrain comme on en a rarement vu dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Jeudi 14 juin, au matin, les équipes techniques sont arrivées sur place pour constater les dégâts causés par les inondations. La zone est toujours instable, car l'eau traverse toujours la chaussée. D'autres pans de route risquent de s'effondrer à tout moment. Conséquence : la départementale qui mène au village de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) a été barrée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Des milliers d'euros de dégâts Les habitants doivent donc faire quatre kilomètres à pied ou un détour d'1h15 en voiture pour rejoindre la station de ski. Gourette a déjà été touché par une coulée de boue il y a deux jours et les dégâts causés se chiffrent en milliers d'euros pour les commerçants. Le gérant d'un magasin de sport doit par exemple jeter une grande partie de son stock. Les habitants sont aussi inquiets : le Tour de France 2018 devait passer par le village de Gourette.
Cinquante mètres de boue ont entraîné un glissement de terrain comme on en a rarement vu dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Jeudi 14 juin, au matin, les équipes techniques sont arrivées sur place pour constater les dégâts causés par les inondations. La zone est toujours instable, car l'eau traverse toujours la chaussée. D'autres pans de route risquent de s'effondrer à tout moment. Conséquence : la départementale qui mène au village de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) a été barrée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Des milliers d'euros de dégâts Les habitants doivent donc faire quatre kilomètres à pied ou un détour d'1h15 en voiture pour rejoindre la station de ski. Gourette a déjà été touché par une coulée de boue il y a deux jours et les dégâts causés se chiffrent en milliers d'euros pour les commerçants. Le gérant d'un magasin de sport doit par exemple jeter une grande partie de son stock. Les habitants sont aussi inquiets : le Tour de France 2018 devait passer par le village de Gourette.
Inondations : Gourette, un village isolé
Cinquante mètres de boue ont entraîné un glissement de terrain comme on en a rarement vu dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Jeudi 14 juin, au matin, les équipes techniques sont arrivées sur place pour constater les dégâts causés par les inondations. La zone est toujours instable, car l'eau traverse toujours la chaussée. D'autres pans de route risquent de s'effondrer à tout moment. Conséquence : la départementale qui mène au village de Gourette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) a été barrée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Des milliers d'euros de dégâts Les habitants doivent donc faire quatre kilomètres à pied ou un détour d'1h15 en voiture pour rejoindre la station de ski. Gourette a déjà été touché par une coulée de boue il y a deux jours et les dégâts causés se chiffrent en milliers d'euros pour les commerçants. Le gérant d'un magasin de sport doit par exemple jeter une grande partie de son stock. Les habitants sont aussi inquiets : le Tour de France 2018 devait passer par le village de Gourette.
<p>L'ancien champion cycliste fête ses 73 ans, ce dimanche 17 juin. L'occasion de faire le point sur son actualité.</p>
Joyeux anniversaire Eddy Merckx ! Que devient le quintuple vainqueur du Tour de France ?

L'ancien champion cycliste fête ses 73 ans, ce dimanche 17 juin. L'occasion de faire le point sur son actualité.

Le tracé de la 19e étape du Tour de France, qui doit relier le 27 juillet Lourdes à Laruns à travers les Pyrénées, sera peut-être modifié, après l'effondrement d'une route départementale dû aux intempéries de mercredi.
Cyclisme - Tour de France - Tour de France : le tracé d'une étape compromis par un éboulement
Le tracé de la 19e étape du Tour de France, qui doit relier le 27 juillet Lourdes à Laruns à travers les Pyrénées, sera peut-être modifié, après l'effondrement d'une route départementale dû aux intempéries de mercredi.
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
Russia 2018: U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Tour De France—What You Can Watch Instead of the World Cup
France's Romain Bardet (L) and France's Tony Gallopin of France's AG2R cycling team ride towards the Alpe d'Huez's summit as part of preparation for the 2018 Tour de France (AFP Photo/JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT)
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France's Romain Bardet (L) and France's Tony Gallopin of France's AG2R cycling team ride towards the Alpe d'Huez's summit as part of preparation for the 2018 Tour de France (AFP Photo/JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT)
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Cyclisme - Tour de France : Froome en reco à l'Alpe d'Huez
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Cyclisme - Tour de France : Froome en reco à l'Alpe d'Huez
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Cyclisme - Tour de France : Froome en reco à l'Alpe d'Huez
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Cyclisme - Tour de France : Froome en reco à l'Alpe d'Huez
VIDEO CYCLISME - Chris Froome était en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Chacun de leur côté, Romain Bardet et Chris Froome étaient en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Cyclisme - Tour - Tour de France : Bardet et Froome en reco à l'Alpe d'Huez
Chacun de leur côté, Romain Bardet et Chris Froome étaient en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Chacun de leur côté, Romain Bardet et Chris Froome étaient en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Cyclisme - Tour - Tour de France : Bardet et Froome en reco à l'Alpe d'Huez
Chacun de leur côté, Romain Bardet et Chris Froome étaient en reconnaissance sur l'étape-reine des Alpes mercredi.
Taylor Phinney is a Tour de France hopeful and the American cyclist to watch. We talked to him about his love of real food and how he stays so on point.
How Up-and-Coming Cycling Pro Taylor Phinney Defines Healthy
Taylor Phinney is a Tour de France hopeful and the American cyclist to watch. We talked to him about his love of real food and how he stays so on point.
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France 2018: When does the race start, how long is it, what does the full route map look like and what are the latest odds on Chris Froome?
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Tour de France TV schedule: How to follow the 2018 race
Yvette Horner est morte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. Elle était la reine du bal avec son accordéon. "J'adore cette ambiance, parce que je suis allergique aux grosses têtes", commentait-elle avec le sourire. Tout au long de sa carrière, cette dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. "Je joue avec amour" Les Français la découvrent en 1949, sur le Tour de France. Elle participera à onze Tours d'affilée, juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Cela lui vaudra une popularité record. En 1922, elle était une surdouée du piano, mais sa mère l'obligea à jouer de l'accordéon. Elle finit par aimer cet instrument dont elle jouait en virtuose. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands. Sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 1980, elle devient alors une icône branchée. "Je fais ce qu'il me plaît, je ne cherche pas à attirer tel ou tel public. Je joue avec amour", affirmait-elle.
Yvette Horner : retour sur une brillante carrière
Yvette Horner est morte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. Elle était la reine du bal avec son accordéon. "J'adore cette ambiance, parce que je suis allergique aux grosses têtes", commentait-elle avec le sourire. Tout au long de sa carrière, cette dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. "Je joue avec amour" Les Français la découvrent en 1949, sur le Tour de France. Elle participera à onze Tours d'affilée, juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Cela lui vaudra une popularité record. En 1922, elle était une surdouée du piano, mais sa mère l'obligea à jouer de l'accordéon. Elle finit par aimer cet instrument dont elle jouait en virtuose. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands. Sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 1980, elle devient alors une icône branchée. "Je fais ce qu'il me plaît, je ne cherche pas à attirer tel ou tel public. Je joue avec amour", affirmait-elle.
Yvette Horner est morte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. Elle était la reine du bal avec son accordéon. "J'adore cette ambiance, parce que je suis allergique aux grosses têtes", commentait-elle avec le sourire. Tout au long de sa carrière, cette dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. "Je joue avec amour" Les Français la découvrent en 1949, sur le Tour de France. Elle participera à onze Tours d'affilée, juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Cela lui vaudra une popularité record. En 1922, elle était une surdouée du piano, mais sa mère l'obligea à jouer de l'accordéon. Elle finit par aimer cet instrument dont elle jouait en virtuose. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands. Sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 1980, elle devient alors une icône branchée. "Je fais ce qu'il me plaît, je ne cherche pas à attirer tel ou tel public. Je joue avec amour", affirmait-elle.
Yvette Horner : retour sur une brillante carrière
Yvette Horner est morte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. Elle était la reine du bal avec son accordéon. "J'adore cette ambiance, parce que je suis allergique aux grosses têtes", commentait-elle avec le sourire. Tout au long de sa carrière, cette dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. "Je joue avec amour" Les Français la découvrent en 1949, sur le Tour de France. Elle participera à onze Tours d'affilée, juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Cela lui vaudra une popularité record. En 1922, elle était une surdouée du piano, mais sa mère l'obligea à jouer de l'accordéon. Elle finit par aimer cet instrument dont elle jouait en virtuose. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands. Sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 1980, elle devient alors une icône branchée. "Je fais ce qu'il me plaît, je ne cherche pas à attirer tel ou tel public. Je joue avec amour", affirmait-elle.
Yvette Horner est morte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. Elle était la reine du bal avec son accordéon. "J'adore cette ambiance, parce que je suis allergique aux grosses têtes", commentait-elle avec le sourire. Tout au long de sa carrière, cette dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. "Je joue avec amour" Les Français la découvrent en 1949, sur le Tour de France. Elle participera à onze Tours d'affilée, juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Cela lui vaudra une popularité record. En 1922, elle était une surdouée du piano, mais sa mère l'obligea à jouer de l'accordéon. Elle finit par aimer cet instrument dont elle jouait en virtuose. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands. Sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 1980, elle devient alors une icône branchée. "Je fais ce qu'il me plaît, je ne cherche pas à attirer tel ou tel public. Je joue avec amour", affirmait-elle.
Yvette Horner : retour sur une brillante carrière
Yvette Horner est morte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. Elle était la reine du bal avec son accordéon. "J'adore cette ambiance, parce que je suis allergique aux grosses têtes", commentait-elle avec le sourire. Tout au long de sa carrière, cette dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. "Je joue avec amour" Les Français la découvrent en 1949, sur le Tour de France. Elle participera à onze Tours d'affilée, juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Cela lui vaudra une popularité record. En 1922, elle était une surdouée du piano, mais sa mère l'obligea à jouer de l'accordéon. Elle finit par aimer cet instrument dont elle jouait en virtuose. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands. Sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 1980, elle devient alors une icône branchée. "Je fais ce qu'il me plaît, je ne cherche pas à attirer tel ou tel public. Je joue avec amour", affirmait-elle.
La marche des mineurs, un tube, son tube. Yvette Horner, qui nous a quittés lundi 11 juin, a fait danser plusieurs générations avec son célèbre accordéon. Elle mesurait 1,58 m et ne jouait jamais assise, prête à tout donner pour son public. À partir de 1949, elle devient la mascotte du Tour de France juchée sur sa légendaire traction. Grande pianiste, Yvette Horner pratique l'accordéon à contrecœur, poussée par sa mère. Elle finira par aimer cet instrument dont elle deviendra virtuose. Yvette Horner, toujours branchée À la fin des années 1980, Yvette Horner devient une icône branchée, habillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier. Dans un communiqué, le président Macron salue une femme "au talent hors norme". Yvette Horner est montée sur scène aussi longtemps qu'elle a pu. Elle n'était pas malade et s'est éteinte paisiblement à l'âge de 95 ans, après une vie bien remplie.
Yvette Horner : la reine de l'accordéon nous a quittés
La marche des mineurs, un tube, son tube. Yvette Horner, qui nous a quittés lundi 11 juin, a fait danser plusieurs générations avec son célèbre accordéon. Elle mesurait 1,58 m et ne jouait jamais assise, prête à tout donner pour son public. À partir de 1949, elle devient la mascotte du Tour de France juchée sur sa légendaire traction. Grande pianiste, Yvette Horner pratique l'accordéon à contrecœur, poussée par sa mère. Elle finira par aimer cet instrument dont elle deviendra virtuose. Yvette Horner, toujours branchée À la fin des années 1980, Yvette Horner devient une icône branchée, habillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier. Dans un communiqué, le président Macron salue une femme "au talent hors norme". Yvette Horner est montée sur scène aussi longtemps qu'elle a pu. Elle n'était pas malade et s'est éteinte paisiblement à l'âge de 95 ans, après une vie bien remplie.
La marche des mineurs, un tube, son tube. Yvette Horner, qui nous a quittés lundi 11 juin, a fait danser plusieurs générations avec son célèbre accordéon. Elle mesurait 1,58 m et ne jouait jamais assise, prête à tout donner pour son public. À partir de 1949, elle devient la mascotte du Tour de France juchée sur sa légendaire traction. Grande pianiste, Yvette Horner pratique l'accordéon à contrecœur, poussée par sa mère. Elle finira par aimer cet instrument dont elle deviendra virtuose. Yvette Horner, toujours branchée À la fin des années 1980, Yvette Horner devient une icône branchée, habillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier. Dans un communiqué, le président Macron salue une femme "au talent hors norme". Yvette Horner est montée sur scène aussi longtemps qu'elle a pu. Elle n'était pas malade et s'est éteinte paisiblement à l'âge de 95 ans, après une vie bien remplie.
Yvette Horner : la reine de l'accordéon nous a quittés
La marche des mineurs, un tube, son tube. Yvette Horner, qui nous a quittés lundi 11 juin, a fait danser plusieurs générations avec son célèbre accordéon. Elle mesurait 1,58 m et ne jouait jamais assise, prête à tout donner pour son public. À partir de 1949, elle devient la mascotte du Tour de France juchée sur sa légendaire traction. Grande pianiste, Yvette Horner pratique l'accordéon à contrecœur, poussée par sa mère. Elle finira par aimer cet instrument dont elle deviendra virtuose. Yvette Horner, toujours branchée À la fin des années 1980, Yvette Horner devient une icône branchée, habillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier. Dans un communiqué, le président Macron salue une femme "au talent hors norme". Yvette Horner est montée sur scène aussi longtemps qu'elle a pu. Elle n'était pas malade et s'est éteinte paisiblement à l'âge de 95 ans, après une vie bien remplie.
La marche des mineurs, un tube, son tube. Yvette Horner, qui nous a quittés lundi 11 juin, a fait danser plusieurs générations avec son célèbre accordéon. Elle mesurait 1,58 m et ne jouait jamais assise, prête à tout donner pour son public. À partir de 1949, elle devient la mascotte du Tour de France juchée sur sa légendaire traction. Grande pianiste, Yvette Horner pratique l'accordéon à contrecœur, poussée par sa mère. Elle finira par aimer cet instrument dont elle deviendra virtuose. Yvette Horner, toujours branchée À la fin des années 1980, Yvette Horner devient une icône branchée, habillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier. Dans un communiqué, le président Macron salue une femme "au talent hors norme". Yvette Horner est montée sur scène aussi longtemps qu'elle a pu. Elle n'était pas malade et s'est éteinte paisiblement à l'âge de 95 ans, après une vie bien remplie.
Yvette Horner : la reine de l'accordéon nous a quittés
La marche des mineurs, un tube, son tube. Yvette Horner, qui nous a quittés lundi 11 juin, a fait danser plusieurs générations avec son célèbre accordéon. Elle mesurait 1,58 m et ne jouait jamais assise, prête à tout donner pour son public. À partir de 1949, elle devient la mascotte du Tour de France juchée sur sa légendaire traction. Grande pianiste, Yvette Horner pratique l'accordéon à contrecœur, poussée par sa mère. Elle finira par aimer cet instrument dont elle deviendra virtuose. Yvette Horner, toujours branchée À la fin des années 1980, Yvette Horner devient une icône branchée, habillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier. Dans un communiqué, le président Macron salue une femme "au talent hors norme". Yvette Horner est montée sur scène aussi longtemps qu'elle a pu. Elle n'était pas malade et s'est éteinte paisiblement à l'âge de 95 ans, après une vie bien remplie.
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 2018 teams and riders: Full provisional startlist including Team Sky's four-time champion Chris Froome
Tour de France 1958 : l'accordéoniste Yvette Horner dans la caravane du Tour avec son accordéon.
Yvette Horner, art sonique et vieilles bretelles
Tour de France 1958 : l'accordéoniste Yvette Horner dans la caravane du Tour avec son accordéon.
Yvette Horner était la reine du bal, une machine à guincher. La dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. Les Français la découvrent en 1949 sur le Tour de France. Elle joua 11 Tours d'affilée juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle fut d'abord une surdouée du piano. Elle décrocha le premier prix du conservatoire de Toulouse à 11 ans. Mais sa mère l'obligea à pratiquer le piano à bretelles.Forcée à pratiquer l'accordéon Elle finit par aimer cet instrument injustement méprisé. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands, comme Charlie McCoy, l'arrangeur d'Elvis Presley. Reine du kitsch, elle accumule une collection surréaliste d'objets dans son pavillon de Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), où elle vécut 50 ans. Après une éclipse, sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 80. Rhabillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yvette Horner se transforme en icône branchée. Elle joue avec Boy George et prend la Bastille pour le bicentenaire de la Révolution. Mariée pendant 30 ans, Yvette Horner regrettait de ne pas avoir eu d'enfant. À 84 ans, elle était encore sur scène. Cet instrument, disait-elle, c'est mon cœur qui bat.
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner est morte
Yvette Horner était la reine du bal, une machine à guincher. La dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. Les Français la découvrent en 1949 sur le Tour de France. Elle joua 11 Tours d'affilée juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle fut d'abord une surdouée du piano. Elle décrocha le premier prix du conservatoire de Toulouse à 11 ans. Mais sa mère l'obligea à pratiquer le piano à bretelles.Forcée à pratiquer l'accordéon Elle finit par aimer cet instrument injustement méprisé. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands, comme Charlie McCoy, l'arrangeur d'Elvis Presley. Reine du kitsch, elle accumule une collection surréaliste d'objets dans son pavillon de Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), où elle vécut 50 ans. Après une éclipse, sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 80. Rhabillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yvette Horner se transforme en icône branchée. Elle joue avec Boy George et prend la Bastille pour le bicentenaire de la Révolution. Mariée pendant 30 ans, Yvette Horner regrettait de ne pas avoir eu d'enfant. À 84 ans, elle était encore sur scène. Cet instrument, disait-elle, c'est mon cœur qui bat.
Yvette Horner était la reine du bal, une machine à guincher. La dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. Les Français la découvrent en 1949 sur le Tour de France. Elle joua 11 Tours d'affilée juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle fut d'abord une surdouée du piano. Elle décrocha le premier prix du conservatoire de Toulouse à 11 ans. Mais sa mère l'obligea à pratiquer le piano à bretelles.Forcée à pratiquer l'accordéon Elle finit par aimer cet instrument injustement méprisé. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands, comme Charlie McCoy, l'arrangeur d'Elvis Presley. Reine du kitsch, elle accumule une collection surréaliste d'objets dans son pavillon de Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), où elle vécut 50 ans. Après une éclipse, sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 80. Rhabillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yvette Horner se transforme en icône branchée. Elle joue avec Boy George et prend la Bastille pour le bicentenaire de la Révolution. Mariée pendant 30 ans, Yvette Horner regrettait de ne pas avoir eu d'enfant. À 84 ans, elle était encore sur scène. Cet instrument, disait-elle, c'est mon cœur qui bat.
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner est morte
Yvette Horner était la reine du bal, une machine à guincher. La dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. Les Français la découvrent en 1949 sur le Tour de France. Elle joua 11 Tours d'affilée juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle fut d'abord une surdouée du piano. Elle décrocha le premier prix du conservatoire de Toulouse à 11 ans. Mais sa mère l'obligea à pratiquer le piano à bretelles.Forcée à pratiquer l'accordéon Elle finit par aimer cet instrument injustement méprisé. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands, comme Charlie McCoy, l'arrangeur d'Elvis Presley. Reine du kitsch, elle accumule une collection surréaliste d'objets dans son pavillon de Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), où elle vécut 50 ans. Après une éclipse, sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 80. Rhabillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yvette Horner se transforme en icône branchée. Elle joue avec Boy George et prend la Bastille pour le bicentenaire de la Révolution. Mariée pendant 30 ans, Yvette Horner regrettait de ne pas avoir eu d'enfant. À 84 ans, elle était encore sur scène. Cet instrument, disait-elle, c'est mon cœur qui bat.
Yvette Horner était la reine du bal, une machine à guincher. La dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. Les Français la découvrent en 1949 sur le Tour de France. Elle joua 11 Tours d'affilée juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle fut d'abord une surdouée du piano. Elle décrocha le premier prix du conservatoire de Toulouse à 11 ans. Mais sa mère l'obligea à pratiquer le piano à bretelles.Forcée à pratiquer l'accordéon Elle finit par aimer cet instrument injustement méprisé. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands, comme Charlie McCoy, l'arrangeur d'Elvis Presley. Reine du kitsch, elle accumule une collection surréaliste d'objets dans son pavillon de Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), où elle vécut 50 ans. Après une éclipse, sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 80. Rhabillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yvette Horner se transforme en icône branchée. Elle joue avec Boy George et prend la Bastille pour le bicentenaire de la Révolution. Mariée pendant 30 ans, Yvette Horner regrettait de ne pas avoir eu d'enfant. À 84 ans, elle était encore sur scène. Cet instrument, disait-elle, c'est mon cœur qui bat.
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner est morte
Yvette Horner était la reine du bal, une machine à guincher. La dame s'honore de ne jamais jouer assise. Avec elle, chaque gala est une performance. Les Français la découvrent en 1949 sur le Tour de France. Elle joua 11 Tours d'affilée juchée sur sa traction légendaire. Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle fut d'abord une surdouée du piano. Elle décrocha le premier prix du conservatoire de Toulouse à 11 ans. Mais sa mère l'obligea à pratiquer le piano à bretelles.Forcée à pratiquer l'accordéon Elle finit par aimer cet instrument injustement méprisé. Du classique à la country, elle joue avec les plus grands, comme Charlie McCoy, l'arrangeur d'Elvis Presley. Reine du kitsch, elle accumule une collection surréaliste d'objets dans son pavillon de Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne), où elle vécut 50 ans. Après une éclipse, sa carrière rebondit à la fin des années 80. Rhabillée par Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yvette Horner se transforme en icône branchée. Elle joue avec Boy George et prend la Bastille pour le bicentenaire de la Révolution. Mariée pendant 30 ans, Yvette Horner regrettait de ne pas avoir eu d'enfant. À 84 ans, elle était encore sur scène. Cet instrument, disait-elle, c'est mon cœur qui bat.
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner s'est éteinte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. C'est sa joie et son énergie qui ont d'elle la reine du bal. La France la découvre dans le sillage des coureurs du Tour de France en 1959. Yvette Horner fera 11 Grande Boucle d'affilée, enchaînant les tubes sur toutes les routes, au sommet d'une traction à son nom. Elle est bientôt aussi populaire et applaudie que les cyclistes. Une virtuose Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle est douée pour la musique et décroche à 11 ans seulement un premier prix de piano au conservatoire de Toulouse. C'est sa mère qui insistera pour qu'elle joue de l'accordéon, un déchirement avant que cela ne devienne une véritable passion. Elle finit par aimer ce piano à bretelles dont elle joue en virtuose. Un instrument injustement méprisé à son goût. Yvette Horner avait donné son dernier concert en 2011.
Décès de l'accordéoniste Yvette Horner à 95 ans
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner s'est éteinte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. C'est sa joie et son énergie qui ont d'elle la reine du bal. La France la découvre dans le sillage des coureurs du Tour de France en 1959. Yvette Horner fera 11 Grande Boucle d'affilée, enchaînant les tubes sur toutes les routes, au sommet d'une traction à son nom. Elle est bientôt aussi populaire et applaudie que les cyclistes. Une virtuose Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle est douée pour la musique et décroche à 11 ans seulement un premier prix de piano au conservatoire de Toulouse. C'est sa mère qui insistera pour qu'elle joue de l'accordéon, un déchirement avant que cela ne devienne une véritable passion. Elle finit par aimer ce piano à bretelles dont elle joue en virtuose. Un instrument injustement méprisé à son goût. Yvette Horner avait donné son dernier concert en 2011.
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner s'est éteinte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. C'est sa joie et son énergie qui ont d'elle la reine du bal. La France la découvre dans le sillage des coureurs du Tour de France en 1959. Yvette Horner fera 11 Grande Boucle d'affilée, enchaînant les tubes sur toutes les routes, au sommet d'une traction à son nom. Elle est bientôt aussi populaire et applaudie que les cyclistes. Une virtuose Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle est douée pour la musique et décroche à 11 ans seulement un premier prix de piano au conservatoire de Toulouse. C'est sa mère qui insistera pour qu'elle joue de l'accordéon, un déchirement avant que cela ne devienne une véritable passion. Elle finit par aimer ce piano à bretelles dont elle joue en virtuose. Un instrument injustement méprisé à son goût. Yvette Horner avait donné son dernier concert en 2011.
Décès de l'accordéoniste Yvette Horner à 95 ans
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner s'est éteinte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. C'est sa joie et son énergie qui ont d'elle la reine du bal. La France la découvre dans le sillage des coureurs du Tour de France en 1959. Yvette Horner fera 11 Grande Boucle d'affilée, enchaînant les tubes sur toutes les routes, au sommet d'une traction à son nom. Elle est bientôt aussi populaire et applaudie que les cyclistes. Une virtuose Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle est douée pour la musique et décroche à 11 ans seulement un premier prix de piano au conservatoire de Toulouse. C'est sa mère qui insistera pour qu'elle joue de l'accordéon, un déchirement avant que cela ne devienne une véritable passion. Elle finit par aimer ce piano à bretelles dont elle joue en virtuose. Un instrument injustement méprisé à son goût. Yvette Horner avait donné son dernier concert en 2011.
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner s'est éteinte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. C'est sa joie et son énergie qui ont d'elle la reine du bal. La France la découvre dans le sillage des coureurs du Tour de France en 1959. Yvette Horner fera 11 Grande Boucle d'affilée, enchaînant les tubes sur toutes les routes, au sommet d'une traction à son nom. Elle est bientôt aussi populaire et applaudie que les cyclistes. Une virtuose Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle est douée pour la musique et décroche à 11 ans seulement un premier prix de piano au conservatoire de Toulouse. C'est sa mère qui insistera pour qu'elle joue de l'accordéon, un déchirement avant que cela ne devienne une véritable passion. Elle finit par aimer ce piano à bretelles dont elle joue en virtuose. Un instrument injustement méprisé à son goût. Yvette Horner avait donné son dernier concert en 2011.
Décès de l'accordéoniste Yvette Horner à 95 ans
L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner s'est éteinte lundi 11 juin à l'âge de 95 ans. C'est sa joie et son énergie qui ont d'elle la reine du bal. La France la découvre dans le sillage des coureurs du Tour de France en 1959. Yvette Horner fera 11 Grande Boucle d'affilée, enchaînant les tubes sur toutes les routes, au sommet d'une traction à son nom. Elle est bientôt aussi populaire et applaudie que les cyclistes. Une virtuose Née à Tarbes en 1922, elle est douée pour la musique et décroche à 11 ans seulement un premier prix de piano au conservatoire de Toulouse. C'est sa mère qui insistera pour qu'elle joue de l'accordéon, un déchirement avant que cela ne devienne une véritable passion. Elle finit par aimer ce piano à bretelles dont elle joue en virtuose. Un instrument injustement méprisé à son goût. Yvette Horner avait donné son dernier concert en 2011.
Yvette Horner, figure emblématique du Tour de France, est décédée lundi à 95 ans.
Tour de France - L'accordéoniste Yvette Horner est décédée
Yvette Horner, figure emblématique du Tour de France, est décédée lundi à 95 ans.
<p>Le tour de France, les bals musette et autres fans de l’accordéon sont en deuil. Yvette Horner, 95 ans, vient de s’éteindre chez elle, ce lundi 11 juin 2018.</p>
Mort d’Yvette Horner : les hommages pleuvent

Le tour de France, les bals musette et autres fans de l’accordéon sont en deuil. Yvette Horner, 95 ans, vient de s’éteindre chez elle, ce lundi 11 juin 2018.

<p>Le tour de France, les bals musette et autres fans de l’accordéon sont en deuil. Yvette Horner, 95 ans, vient de s’éteindre chez elle, ce lundi 11 juin 2018.</p>
Mort d’Yvette Horner : les hommages pleuvent

Le tour de France, les bals musette et autres fans de l’accordéon sont en deuil. Yvette Horner, 95 ans, vient de s’éteindre chez elle, ce lundi 11 juin 2018.

<p>Icône populaire, la célèbre accordéoniste Yvette Torner est morte à l'âge de 95 ans. Une femme qui s'était fait connaître en participant à la caravane du Tour de France dans les années 50 et qui s'était s'en cesse renouvelée aux côtés de différents artistes tout au long de sa carrière.</p>
Yvette Horner la star de l’accordéon est décédée elle avait 95 ans

Icône populaire, la célèbre accordéoniste Yvette Torner est morte à l'âge de 95 ans. Une femme qui s'était fait connaître en participant à la caravane du Tour de France dans les années 50 et qui s'était s'en cesse renouvelée aux côtés de différents artistes tout au long de sa carrière.

Comment le Tour de France avait rendu célèbre Yvette Horner
Comment le Tour de France avait rendu célèbre Yvette Horner
Comment le Tour de France avait rendu célèbre Yvette Horner
Comment le Tour de France avait rendu célèbre Yvette Horner
Comment le Tour de France avait rendu célèbre Yvette Horner
Comment le Tour de France avait rendu célèbre Yvette Horner
Comment le Tour de France a rendu célèbre Yvette Horner.
Comment le Tour de France avait rendu célèbre Yvette Horner
Comment le Tour de France a rendu célèbre Yvette Horner.
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Dauphine: Thomas trotzt Pannen & holt den Sieg
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Dauphine: Thomas trotzt Pannen & holt den Sieg
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Dauphine: Thomas trotzt Pannen & holt den Sieg
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Dauphine: Thomas trotzt Pannen & holt den Sieg
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Dauphine: Thomas trotzt Pannen & holt den Sieg
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
Dauphine: Thomas trotzt Pannen & holt den Sieg
Geraint Thomas hat seine Gesamtführung auch bei der abschließenden Etappe des Criteriums du Dauphine verteidigt und damit einen der wichtigsten Tests vor der Tour de France gewonnen.
L'une des têtes d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa, est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke.
Cyclisme - Tour de Suisse - Tour de Suisse : Mikel Landa, Alan Marangoni et William Clarke à terre
L'une des têtes d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa, est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke.
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
Cyclisme - Tour de Suisse : La chute de Landa, Marangoni et Clarke
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
Cyclisme - Tour de Suisse : La chute de Landa, Marangoni et Clarke
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
Cyclisme - Tour de Suisse : La chute de Landa, Marangoni et Clarke
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
Cyclisme - Tour de Suisse : La chute de Landa, Marangoni et Clarke
VIDEO CYCLISME - Principale tête d'affiche du Tour de Suisse, Mikel Landa est fortement attendu à quelques semaines seulement du Tour de France. L'Espagnol a malheureusement chuté lors de la 2e étape, avec Alan Marangoni et William Clarke
"Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul"
"Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul"
"Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul"
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul !
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul !
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul !
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul !
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Nadal, c'est le Tour de France à lui tout seul !
Pour notre consultant Benoit Maylin, ce que réalise Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros dépasse l'entendement.
Contraint d'abandonner sur le Giro 2018 après une pneumopathie, Thibaut Pinot n'est pas encore certain de pouvoir prendre le départ du Tour de France 2018.
Tour de France: forte incertitude autour de la participation de Thibaut Pinot
Contraint d'abandonner sur le Giro 2018 après une pneumopathie, Thibaut Pinot n'est pas encore certain de pouvoir prendre le départ du Tour de France 2018.
Contraint d'abandonner sur le Giro 2018 après une pneumopathie, Thibaut Pinot n'est pas encore certain de pouvoir prendre le départ du Tour de France 2018.
Tour de France: forte incertitude autour de la participation de Thibaut Pinot
Contraint d'abandonner sur le Giro 2018 après une pneumopathie, Thibaut Pinot n'est pas encore certain de pouvoir prendre le départ du Tour de France 2018.
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
En Provence, à l'assaut du Mont Ventoux
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
En Provence, à l'assaut du Mont Ventoux
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
En Provence, à l'assaut du Mont Ventoux
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
En Provence, à l'assaut du Mont Ventoux
Haut de 1912 mètres, le Mont Ventoux est incontournable. Des pâtissiers locaux qui lui dédient leurs gourmandises, aux frères d'un monastère qui travaillent les vignes sur ses flancs, tous sont fascinés par le paysage qu’il offre. Le Mont Ventoux est aussi une étape mythique du Tour de France. Chaque année, des cyclistes amateurs et professionnels se lancent le défi de le grimper. À l’arrivée, la récompense est évidente : la vue sur le paysage alentours est imprenable.
Geraint Thomas (Sky) est passé en tête du Dauphiné, vendredi à l'issue de la cinquième étape remportée par Dan Martin. Tous les voyants sont au vert pour le coureur britannique avant le Tour de France.
Cyclisme - Dauphiné - Critérium du Dauphiné : Geraint Thomas : «Ça se passe à merveille»
Geraint Thomas (Sky) est passé en tête du Dauphiné, vendredi à l'issue de la cinquième étape remportée par Dan Martin. Tous les voyants sont au vert pour le coureur britannique avant le Tour de France.
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
Conquering France's Mont Ventoux
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
Conquering France's Mont Ventoux
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
Conquering France's Mont Ventoux
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
Conquering France's Mont Ventoux
Standing over 1,900 metres tall, the Mont Ventoux looms large over France’s southern Provence region. From the local pastry chefs who name their cakes after it, to the monks who grow vines on its slopes, everyone here is fascinated by the mountainous landscape. The Mont Ventoux is also a legendary stage of the Tour de France. Every year, both professional and amateur cyclists take on the challenge of pedalling to the top. On arrival at the summit, the view over Provence is well worth the effort.
<div> <p>Le Tour de Suisse (9-17 juin) profite du départ retardé du Tour de France pour offrir un plateau de choix, avec le Slovaque Peter Sagan (Bora), le Colombien Nairo Quintana (Movistar) et l'Australien Richie Porte (BMC). </p> </div>
Cyclisme - T. Suisse - Tour de Suisse : un grand plateau avec Sagan, Quintana et Porte

Le Tour de Suisse (9-17 juin) profite du départ retardé du Tour de France pour offrir un plateau de choix, avec le Slovaque Peter Sagan (Bora), le Colombien Nairo Quintana (Movistar) et l'Australien Richie Porte (BMC).

Tour de France organisers: We will not try to ban Team Sky rider Chris Froome
Tour de France organisers: We will not try to ban Team Sky rider Chris Froome
Tour de France organisers: We will not try to ban Team Sky rider Chris Froome
The Telegraph Cycling Podcast: The Tour de France's innovation plus the Criterium du Dauphine
The Telegraph Cycling Podcast: The Tour de France's innovation plus the Criterium du Dauphine
The Telegraph Cycling Podcast: The Tour de France's innovation plus the Criterium du Dauphine
The lifestyle company has released a film campaign to encourage cycling.
Rapha Releases a Series of Events in Anticipation of Tour de France
The lifestyle company has released a film campaign to encourage cycling.
L'équipe belge d'André Greipel sera rebaptisée « New Lotto » pendant le Tour de France.
Cyclisme - Tour de France - Lotto va changer de nom pour le Tour de France
L'équipe belge d'André Greipel sera rebaptisée « New Lotto » pendant le Tour de France.
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 22.5-km individual time trial Stage 20 from Marseille to Marseille, France - July 22, 2017 - Team Sky rider Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland on the finish line. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 22.5-km individual time trial Stage 20 from Marseille to Marseille, France - July 22, 2017 - Team Sky rider Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland on the finish line. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Team Sunweb confirmed Tom Dumoulin will race at the Tour de France next month, with his focus being on the general classification.
Dumoulin eyes Tour de France success
Team Sunweb confirmed Tom Dumoulin will race at the Tour de France next month, with his focus being on the general classification.
Dix jours après avoir terminé deuxième du Giro, Tom Dumoulin a confirmé qu'il serait au départ du Tour de France, le 7 juillet en Vendée.
Tour de France - Tom Dumoulin au départ du Tour de France pour le classement général
Dix jours après avoir terminé deuxième du Giro, Tom Dumoulin a confirmé qu'il serait au départ du Tour de France, le 7 juillet en Vendée.
Australian cycling star and new dad Richie Porte is ramping up his Tour de France preparations
CYC PORTE
Australian cycling star and new dad Richie Porte is ramping up his Tour de France preparations
L’équipe AG2R de Romain Bardet tentera ce mercredi de se régler en vue du prochain chrono par équipes de Cholet le 9 juillet prochain sur le Tour de France
Chrono par équipe dans le Critérium : première répétition pour le Tour de France
L’équipe AG2R de Romain Bardet tentera ce mercredi de se régler en vue du prochain chrono par équipes de Cholet le 9 juillet prochain sur le Tour de France
Leader du Critérium du Dauphiné après la 2e étape, le Sud-Africain Daryl Impey se retrouve plongé cinq ans en arrière, quand il avait disputé un chrono par équipes dans l'équipe du leader sur le 100e Tour de France.
Cyclisme - Dauphiné - Daryl Impey : «Ça me rappelle 2013»
Leader du Critérium du Dauphiné après la 2e étape, le Sud-Africain Daryl Impey se retrouve plongé cinq ans en arrière, quand il avait disputé un chrono par équipes dans l'équipe du leader sur le 100e Tour de France.
Pluie, inondations, coulées de boue... La France n'en finit pas d'affronter des orages "diluviens". Après un week-end arrosé pour une large moitié du pays, de nombreux départements sont de nouveaux en vigilance orange, mardi 5 juin. Franceinfo fait le tour de France des intempéries qui ont balayé la plupart des régions ces derniers jours. "La vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions" Depuis la mi-mai "la vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions, un peu moins les plages bretonnes ou normandes, mais ce week-end elles se sont malheureusement 'bien rattrapées'", note le prévisionniste Etienne Kapikian. Ce mois de mai aura été "exceptionnellement foudroyé", avec 182 000 impacts relevés au sol, doublant quasiment le précédent record (datant de mai 2009), relève Météo-France à l'heure du bilan mensuel.
VIDEO. Coulées de boue à l'Est, inondations à l'Ouest... les intempéries secouent toute la France
Pluie, inondations, coulées de boue... La France n'en finit pas d'affronter des orages "diluviens". Après un week-end arrosé pour une large moitié du pays, de nombreux départements sont de nouveaux en vigilance orange, mardi 5 juin. Franceinfo fait le tour de France des intempéries qui ont balayé la plupart des régions ces derniers jours. "La vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions" Depuis la mi-mai "la vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions, un peu moins les plages bretonnes ou normandes, mais ce week-end elles se sont malheureusement 'bien rattrapées'", note le prévisionniste Etienne Kapikian. Ce mois de mai aura été "exceptionnellement foudroyé", avec 182 000 impacts relevés au sol, doublant quasiment le précédent record (datant de mai 2009), relève Météo-France à l'heure du bilan mensuel.
Pluie, inondations, coulées de boue... La France n'en finit pas d'affronter des orages "diluviens". Après un week-end arrosé pour une large moitié du pays, de nombreux départements sont de nouveaux en vigilance orange, mardi 5 juin. Franceinfo fait le tour de France des intempéries qui ont balayé la plupart des régions ces derniers jours. "La vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions" Depuis la mi-mai "la vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions, un peu moins les plages bretonnes ou normandes, mais ce week-end elles se sont malheureusement 'bien rattrapées'", note le prévisionniste Etienne Kapikian. Ce mois de mai aura été "exceptionnellement foudroyé", avec 182 000 impacts relevés au sol, doublant quasiment le précédent record (datant de mai 2009), relève Météo-France à l'heure du bilan mensuel.
VIDEO. Coulées de boue à l'Est, inondations à l'Ouest... les intempéries secouent toute la France
Pluie, inondations, coulées de boue... La France n'en finit pas d'affronter des orages "diluviens". Après un week-end arrosé pour une large moitié du pays, de nombreux départements sont de nouveaux en vigilance orange, mardi 5 juin. Franceinfo fait le tour de France des intempéries qui ont balayé la plupart des régions ces derniers jours. "La vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions" Depuis la mi-mai "la vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions, un peu moins les plages bretonnes ou normandes, mais ce week-end elles se sont malheureusement 'bien rattrapées'", note le prévisionniste Etienne Kapikian. Ce mois de mai aura été "exceptionnellement foudroyé", avec 182 000 impacts relevés au sol, doublant quasiment le précédent record (datant de mai 2009), relève Météo-France à l'heure du bilan mensuel.
Pluie, inondations, coulées de boue... La France n'en finit pas d'affronter des orages "diluviens". Après un week-end arrosé pour une large moitié du pays, de nombreux départements sont de nouveaux en vigilance orange, mardi 5 juin. Franceinfo fait le tour de France des intempéries qui ont balayé la plupart des régions ces derniers jours. "La vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions" Depuis la mi-mai "la vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions, un peu moins les plages bretonnes ou normandes, mais ce week-end elles se sont malheureusement 'bien rattrapées'", note le prévisionniste Etienne Kapikian. Ce mois de mai aura été "exceptionnellement foudroyé", avec 182 000 impacts relevés au sol, doublant quasiment le précédent record (datant de mai 2009), relève Météo-France à l'heure du bilan mensuel.
VIDEO. Coulées de boue à l'Est, inondations à l'Ouest... les intempéries secouent toute la France
Pluie, inondations, coulées de boue... La France n'en finit pas d'affronter des orages "diluviens". Après un week-end arrosé pour une large moitié du pays, de nombreux départements sont de nouveaux en vigilance orange, mardi 5 juin. Franceinfo fait le tour de France des intempéries qui ont balayé la plupart des régions ces derniers jours. "La vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions" Depuis la mi-mai "la vague orageuse a concerné toutes les régions, un peu moins les plages bretonnes ou normandes, mais ce week-end elles se sont malheureusement 'bien rattrapées'", note le prévisionniste Etienne Kapikian. Ce mois de mai aura été "exceptionnellement foudroyé", avec 182 000 impacts relevés au sol, doublant quasiment le précédent record (datant de mai 2009), relève Météo-France à l'heure du bilan mensuel.
Only 36 examples of the Ferrari 250 GTO were ever built from 1962-1964 and this particular unit is a 1963 model that won Tour de France Automobile.
Ferrari 250 GTO Sold for Whopping Rs 537 Crore, Becomes World’s Most Expensive Car
Only 36 examples of the Ferrari 250 GTO were ever built from 1962-1964 and this particular unit is a 1963 model that won Tour de France Automobile.
Les organisateurs du Tour de France ont prévu un départ spécial pour la 17e étape de l'édition 2018, dans les Pyrénées.
Tour de France - Un départ façon F 1 sur le Tour
Les organisateurs du Tour de France ont prévu un départ spécial pour la 17e étape de l'édition 2018, dans les Pyrénées.
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
Father's Day gift guide: what to buy your old man this year
Father's Day is almost upon us once again, and dads everywhere are quivering with excitement. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement. Mother's Day has long outshone Father's Day, and many dads display a lack of interest as though it were a badge of honour. But we know, deep inside, that you all love a bit of pampering – a day out that's all about you, or a nice gift (as long as it's not a pair of socks). So we've trawled the internet for our favourite prezzies. There are pans for the chefs, whiskies for the whisky aficionados, sports car experiences for the petrolheads and stylish watches for trendy dads. The best gift experiences 1. Lee Valley VeloPark cycling experience £45pp, visitleevalley.org.uk Britain's love affair with cycling is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the success of our professional cyclists in the Olympics and Tour de France, an increasing desire to be more active, and to live more eco-friendly lives, life on two wheels is in vogue. Mostly, however, that means polluted, hair-raising commutes or days out in the country. But if your old man's still a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed, why not take him to the very site where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (now Kenny), strutted their stuff in 2012? For just £45 each you'll get an hour on the track, including coaching. 2. Winery and brewery tour for two £9, Virgin Experience Days This deal is a corker. For just £9, the two of you can tour the picturesque Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Oxfordshire. The deal gets you behind the scenes access to the premises with explanations of how it all works. More importantly, you get two taste several of their wines, ales and liqueurs. For the wine-loving dad, this vineyard tour in the heart of England is a must. 3. Double supercar blast £69pp, Virgin Experience Days Bring out his - and potentially your - inner Clarkson by racing in some of the snazziest cars around, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Aston Martins and Porsches. As always, experts will be on hand to help him get the best out of his big day. With 19 locations to choose from, there'll certainly be a convenient one for you. Best gifts for foodie dads 1. Le Creuset Signature Shallow Casserole From £189, Le Creuset Does Dad fancy himself as a bit of a storm in the kitchen? Or maybe he's more of a gentle breeze? Either way, he'll recognise Le Creuset instantly – as will anyone who's watched a single TV cookery show over the past decade, where their rustic charm has been omnipresent. What he might not see so quickly is that this particular Le Creuset dish is possibly the Le Creuset dish to end all Le Creusets dishes. Thanks to its heat-retaining cast iron skeleton and non-stick enamel skin, the shallow casserole can be used for just about every job in the amateur chef's kitchen: stewing, frying, braising, baking, and roasting. And at the end, it's about the most elegant serving platter a man can find (which means it cuts down on washing up, too.) Comes in various colours – including our favourite, marine blue. 2. Make your own bacon kit £16.99, Firebox Home-making foodie kits are all the rage these days: pickling and smoking, bread and beer, even gin. We're a nation rediscovering our love for homemade produce, which is great. What about bacon? Good old bacon. Sweet smoky bacon. Fatty, comforting bacon. It's not as glamorous, perhaps due to the bad press bacon's been getting of late. But making your own is fun, easy, and tasty. For the fry-up loving dad, this kit comes with all you need to get curing (except the pork, you'll have to head to the butcher for that). Having made plenty of bacon at home, I cannot promise the uniform, smooth pinkness of shop-bought stuff. But for rustic charm and pride in curing your own bacon, it does the trick. Useful tip: Head to your butcher and ask for deboned and skinned pork belly. Make sure to keep the bones (for ribs, stock, stew or soup) and the skin (to make some crispy crackling). 3. The Chillsner beer chiller £24.99, Amazon Father's Day falls slap bang at the start of summer, which means there are plenty of long days outdoors ahead: picnics, barbecues, sporting occasions, etc. This also means, unless you've got a well-stocked cooler on hand, a lot of warm beer. Fear not, as you can now buy a Chillsner (see what they did there?). It's a nifty little device that helps keep bottled beer ice cold for 45 minutes. All he'll have to do is keep the Chillsner in the freezer, and stick it in the bottle when ready to drink - no more beers ruined in the sun. Best gifts for whisky-loving dads 1. Jameson Caskmates stout edition £26.45, The Whisky Exchange Irish whiskey was once in the doldrums. After its heyday in the early 1900s, by the 1980s there were only two distillers left in Ireland. But it's now booming again, and the classic whiskey Jameson is playing a significant role in its revival. Your dad has probably never tasted a whiskey like this. Its unique flavour and mouthfeel - smooth, sweet, nutty and chocolatey - comes from the intriguing production process. After being triple distilled, the whiskey is aged in old stout barrels from an Irish brewery, giving it an added depth rarely encountered. It's a rather unusual whiskey, but very tasty - a unique tipple for the old man. 2. The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve £39, Tesco Glenlivet is often dubbed "the single-malt whisky that started it all," and, while that's a big claim, it's certainly a traditional, well-established distillery in the north of Scotland. It opened in 1824, but still produces some of the finest single malts around and would certainly be a welcome addition to any father's drinks cabinet. The Captain's Reserve single malt is finished in cognac casks, giving it welcome, raisiny hints of brandy and a smooth creamy feel. 3. Smooth sip and shave experience at Barber Barber £56 for two (Birmingham and Leeds); £76 for two (London), Barber Barber Here's a novel idea for you and your dad: a sort of man's man spa, available in Birmingham, Leeds or London. If you're both a little hirsute and looking to spruce up for summer, or just love a bit of pampering, this day out, available to book until 30th June, is the one. First, you'll get a top-quality wet shave from the master barbers of Barber Barber. If your pa's never had a professional wet shave (or, if you've never had one, and need an excuse), go now. It's wonderful, and you'll both look a decade younger. Guaranteed. But obviously you'll want more than just a wet shave for your dad, which is where the whisky comes in. Alongside your shave, you'll be treated to some Gentleman Jack, a mellowed-down sibling of Jack Daniel's. Techie gifts 1. Marshall Major III Bluetooth Headphones £129, www.marshallheadphones.com Chances are, Dad still thinks he's a bit of a rocker, even if he knows you cringe at his love of Steely Dan (older dad) or Wilco (younger dad). And he's right: those are great bands, and you're wrong to mock. Anyway, generational sniping aside, the point is that he'll know Marshall because their amps have adorned the stage of rock gigs for as long as any Glastonbury regular can remember. These days, Marshall have diversified a bit: they now do a classy pair of headphones, heavy on bass and style, that also offer over 30 hours of wireless Bluetooth playtime. So go on, indulge the old man. At least this way, you won't be able to hear when he plays his music to himself. 2. FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging smartphone camera From £215.99, flir.co.uk This small smartphone attachment (iOS or Android) pulls a cool little trick: it turns your mobile into a thermal imaging device, so you can see what's hot and what's not. Great for DIY around the house – picking up on water leaks, identifying dodgy double glazing, the type of stuff that Dad loves to bang on about. Take it off him if he starts showing you pictures of his guffs, though... And one for all dads... The Minimalist Watch by Linjer £185, Linjer Here at Telegraph Men, we've long been searching for a simple, elegant watch that carries no branding on its face – and we think we've finally found it. Start-up design brand Linjer have two men's watches that fit the bill: The Classic, which has debossed minute markers; and an even more pared down version called The Minimalist. We'd probably plump for the latter, just because we like keeping things as simple as possible, but either will please the dad who values understated style. Plus, when you give it to him, you can say "time is of the essence", which he'll love, because it's a bad dad joke and that's the kind of thing that keeps him ticking (groan). Affiliate disclaimer/ review
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 22.5-km individual time trial Stage 20 from Marseille to Marseille, France - July 22, 2017 - Orica-Scott rider Daryl Impey of South Africa starts. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 22.5-km individual time trial Stage 20 from Marseille to Marseille, France - July 22, 2017 - Orica-Scott rider Daryl Impey of South Africa starts. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Vainqueur d'une étape du Tour de France en 1968, André Desvages est mort à l'âge de 74 ans.
Cyclisme - Disparition - André Desvages est mort
Vainqueur d'une étape du Tour de France en 1968, André Desvages est mort à l'âge de 74 ans.
Le Polonais Michal Kwiatkowski remporte le prologue du Dauphiné, le 3 juin, à Valence (Drôme).
Dauphiné : Sky teste les plans B de Chris Froome en vue du Tour de France
Le Polonais Michal Kwiatkowski remporte le prologue du Dauphiné, le 3 juin, à Valence (Drôme).
La 17e étape du Tour de France devrait être l’un des grands moments de cette édition 2018. Avec un départ façon cyclo-cross pour cette étape "dynamite" de 65 km animée par trois ascensions, elle pourrait s’avérer décisive dans la course au maillot jaune.
Tour de France: un départ façon cyclo-cross pour la 17e étape, sur une ligne de départ de 70m
La 17e étape du Tour de France devrait être l’un des grands moments de cette édition 2018. Avec un départ façon cyclo-cross pour cette étape "dynamite" de 65 km animée par trois ascensions, elle pourrait s’avérer décisive dans la course au maillot jaune.
La 17e étape du Tour de France devrait être l’un des grands moments de cette édition 2018. Avec un départ façon cyclo-cross pour cette étape "dynamite" de 65 km animée par trois ascensions, elle pourrait s’avérer décisive dans la course au maillot jaune.
Tour de France: un départ façon cyclo-cross pour la 17e étape, sur une ligne de départ de 70m
La 17e étape du Tour de France devrait être l’un des grands moments de cette édition 2018. Avec un départ façon cyclo-cross pour cette étape "dynamite" de 65 km animée par trois ascensions, elle pourrait s’avérer décisive dans la course au maillot jaune.
Houilles, ce samedi. Les services techniques ont réalisé une sculpture en buis. Elle attend sagement le passage des coureurs, le 29 juillet
Tour de France à Houilles : la rue Gambetta dans les starting-blocks
Houilles, ce samedi. Les services techniques ont réalisé une sculpture en buis. Elle attend sagement le passage des coureurs, le 29 juillet
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez (AFP Photo/JEFF PACHOUD)
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez
The 2018 Tour de France 2018 will feature nine 'beyond category' climbs over its 3351km route, including the Alpe d'Huez (AFP Photo/JEFF PACHOUD)
Les organisateurs du Tour de France, qui démarre le 7 juillet prochain, ont annoncé qu'il y aurait neuf ascensions hors catégorie sur le parcours.
Tour de France - Tour de France 2018 : neuf cols hors catégorie au programme
Les organisateurs du Tour de France, qui démarre le 7 juillet prochain, ont annoncé qu'il y aurait neuf ascensions hors catégorie sur le parcours.
Vainqueur du Giro 2018 malgré une enquête à son encontre pour un contrôle antidopage anormal, Chris Froome reste dans la tourmente. Directeur du Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme espère que le cas du Britannique sera réglé avant le départ de la Grande Boucle.
Tour de France: Prudhomme réclame une réponse pour Froome
Vainqueur du Giro 2018 malgré une enquête à son encontre pour un contrôle antidopage anormal, Chris Froome reste dans la tourmente. Directeur du Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme espère que le cas du Britannique sera réglé avant le départ de la Grande Boucle.
Vainqueur du Giro 2018 malgré une enquête à son encontre pour un contrôle antidopage anormal, Chris Froome reste dans la tourmente. Directeur du Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme espère que le cas du Britannique sera réglé avant le départ de la Grande Boucle.
Tour de France: Prudhomme réclame une réponse pour Froome
Vainqueur du Giro 2018 malgré une enquête à son encontre pour un contrôle antidopage anormal, Chris Froome reste dans la tourmente. Directeur du Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme espère que le cas du Britannique sera réglé avant le départ de la Grande Boucle.
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) avant le départ du contre la montre de Düsseldorf. l’an dernier lors du prologue du Tour 2017. Il se prépare désormais pour le Tour de France
Critérium du Dauphiné : Bardet au pied de la montagne
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) avant le départ du contre la montre de Düsseldorf. l’an dernier lors du prologue du Tour 2017. Il se prépare désormais pour le Tour de France
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Pollution : il se jette à l'eau pour un tour de France
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Pollution : il se jette à l'eau pour un tour de France
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Pollution : il se jette à l'eau pour un tour de France
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Pollution : il se jette à l'eau pour un tour de France
Un nageur a décidé de se lancer dans un tour de France entamé hier à Dunkerque et qui doit le conduire jusqu'à Monaco. Il va longer les côtes pour alerter sur l'accès à l'eau potable et la préservation de cette ressource.
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Ferrari which won 1964 Tour de France sells for record-breaking £52 million
Maire de Sarzeau où il accueillera le Tour de France le 10 juillet, David Lappartient, président de l’UCI, est pessimiste sur une réponse de l’affaire Froome avant le 7 juillet
Affaire Froome : «Elle ne sera pas réglée avant le Tour», craint le patron de l’UCI
Maire de Sarzeau où il accueillera le Tour de France le 10 juillet, David Lappartient, président de l’UCI, est pessimiste sur une réponse de l’affaire Froome avant le 7 juillet
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
The best experiences in Edinburgh
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
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Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
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Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
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Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
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Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
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Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a full-day cookery course. The well-regarded Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs small one-day courses that are both professional and fun. Use the best Scottish ingredients in the Fish and Shellfish Workshop, or learn how to cook with game in a masterclass of meat. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the indulgent creations in a Delicious Desserts class. Insider's tip: At the end of the experience, you’ll get to try your hard work with a glass or two of wine in an elegant dining room with views all the way to the Firth of Forth. Book early as courses fill up quickly. Contact: 0131 226 4314; entcs.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Sat, 9.45am-4pm Price: ££ A day at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a great way to learn more about Scottish food • Getting to and around Edinburgh Southside Visit Edinburgh's 'other castle' Locals like to take visitors to this charming alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Craigmillar Castle is one of best examples of the medieval variety in Scotland and much of the structure is in remarkably good order. Explore from the top of the tower house to the gloomy basement where a skeleton was found walled up in the early 19th century. Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here twice – the area is still called Petit France. Insider's tip:Wood from ancient yew trees in the inner courtyard is said to have been used for making bows, which is an interesting fact for inspiring children’s imaginations in a place where they are positively encouraged to run wild. Contact: 0131 661 4445; historicenvironment.scot Opening times: See website Price: £ Edinburgh's lesser-known castle – Craigmillar – is a popular spot for families with young children Credit: Historic Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotland • An expert guide to Paris Tee up for outstanding city vistas The Gentleman Golfers of Leith established the 'rules of golfing' on Leith Links in 1744, arguably making Edinburgh the home of golf. While you can no longer play in Leith, the 18-holes at the Edinburgh City Council-run Braid Hills Golf Course is a bargain. The layout itself is vertically challenging and is a Par 71 course. You can hire clubs and trolleys if you haven’t brought your own. Insider's tip: It's worth a round even if you’re not a golfer, if only for the glorious views across the city to the Firth of Forth. Also be sure to look out for the gorse bushes – an unusually painful hazard. Contact: 0131 447 6666; edinburghleisure.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri, 7am-7.15pm; Sat-Sun, 6.45am-7.15pm Price: £ The far-reaching views from Braid Hills Golf Course stretch across the city to the Firth of Forth • Why you should visit Edinburgh this year Leith Climb aboard a floating royal residence The Royal Yacht Britannia was apparently frozen in time long before she was decommissioned. Look out for the various props found inside – there's everything from well-used board games in the sun lounge to toothbrushes in tumblers in the crew quarters. Together, the items bring Britannia, and the Queen’s fascinating frugality, to chintz-upholstered, brass-polished life. The comprehensive tour proceeds at a leisurely pace set by handheld recorded information delivered in suitably plummy tones. Insider's tip:Do plan to pause in the Royal Deck Tea Room for remarkably good simple lunches or a slap-up tea. Don’t miss the gift shop either, which is amusingly filled with stuffed corgis. Contact: 0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the Port of Leith Credit: www.marcmillarphotography.com 07904 790 959/Marc Millar Photography • An expert guide to Edinburgh Out of Town Discover the city on two wheels You can take a gentle three-hour guided ride around The Royal Mile, New Town, Holyrood Park and Portobello with Edinburgh Bike Tours, or hire by the day for your own tour on Edinburgh’s extensive system of cycle routes; tagalongs, trailers and bikes for children are available. You’ll need to be fit, but not Tour de France standard. Insider's tip: Catch the sea breeze on a full-day tour along the coast, which takes in historic Cramond, Queensferry and the Forth Bridges. You’ll escape the city traffic and see fascinating areas other tours don’t touch. Contact: 07753 136 676; edinburghbiketours.co.uk Opening times: Daily, departures for tours at 10am and 10.30am Price: ££ Bike tours are a fun way to explore the city • The best hotels in Edinburgh Explore underground coves Many locals don’t know about Gilmerton Cove, and it is certainly one of the city's more obscure attractions. Even archaeologists can’t explain the 300-year-old underground passages and rock-furnished rooms, hand carved from sandstone and hidden underneath the streets of this quiet suburb; but there are plenty of theories, as the enthusiastic guides will tell you. Maybe it was a meeting place for the Hellfire Club, a hiding place for Covenanters, or a drinkers’ den? Make up your own mind when you visit. Insider's tip: Tours must be pre-booked and are unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under five. Steep steps and rough (sometimes wet) floors require sturdy shoes. Remember to take a torch for solo exploring. Contact: 0131 666 2035; gilmertoncove.org.uk Opening times: Daily, from midday (11am, Apr-Sep); last tour 3pm (2pm, Oct-Mar) Price: £ No one knows the real reason why the underground passages at Gilmerton Cove were built • An insider's guide to Dublin Amble through a Japanese garden Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with Victorian extensions. The building overlooks the Firth and is surrounded by woodlands and a Japanese garden. Inside, it's home to an impressive collection of fine furniture and ceramics, as well as the personal belongings of its wealthy owners. Look for the newspaper in the sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic. Insider's tip: Take a pleasing 15-minute stroll to the Boardwalk Beach Club café. It sits right on shores of the Firth and has a huge outdoor seating area with blankets, great views and yummy soups, sandwiches and scones. Children and dogs are looked after, too. Contact: 0131 336 2060; edinburghmuseums.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £; the grounds are free The Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle provides a tranquil setting for a stroll
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Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do. Expert guide to Edinburgh Overview Hotels Experiences Restaurants Nightlife Events Old Town Immerse yourself in the world's biggest arts festival More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders set out to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to a gritty and grey post-war Edinburgh. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year Edinburghers fall in love with it all over again as Auld Reekie becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Insider's tip: It’s worth planning well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early and headline shows sell out, but if you haven’t, don’t despair; there’s somehow always a room, tent or even a sofa somewhere, and always another free show. Contact: 0131 473 2000; eif.co.uk Opening times: daily, August 3-27, 2018 Price: £-£££ The festival concludes with a firework concert, with the city's historic castle as it's backdrop • The best nightlife in Edinburgh Visit the city's goriest museum You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humour to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry. Insider's tip: One of the more disturbing objects on display is a notebook bound in the skin of William Burke – one of the well-known Edinburgh bodysnatchers. It's possibly not the most family-friendly destination, unless your last name is Addams. Contact: 0131 527 1711; museum.rcsed.ac.uk Opening times: daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Price: £ An exhibition about controlling infections at Surgeons' Hall Museums • The best free things to do in Edinburgh Take your taste buds for a stroll around town An Eat, Walk Edinburgh tour will provide you with an excellent gourmet introduction to the city. Follow leader Alan Chalmers as he points out places of interest using a wireless audio system. You’ll try 'starter-sized' taster dishes and samples of whisky, wine and beer, but don't expect all the food to be Scottish – this is about all the variety Edinburgh has to offer. Insider's tip: Plan this activity for day one, as you finish the tour with lots of useful information and a discount card for participating bars and restaurants. You'll also benefit from a lovely glow from the exercise (and the nips of malt whisky along the way). Contact: 077 408 69359; eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk Opening: Mon-Sat, with morning, afternoon and evening tours most days Price: ££ Sample Scottish dishes, such as haggis, on a gourmet tour of the city with Eat, Walk Edinburgh • The best restaurants in Edinburgh Explore the Queen's Scottish home A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II's official gaff in Scotland – will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You'll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café. Insider's tip: In summer, take a guided tour of the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the nearby abbey, but keep in mind that the star attraction is the Queen’s Gallery with its fabulous exhibitions of the best art from the Royal Collections. Contact: 00 44 131 556 5100; royalcollection.org.uk Opening times: Nov-Mar, 9.30am-4.30pm; Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6pm Price: ££ The chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are notorious for a murder that took place here in 1566 Credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 • How to spend 36 hours in Bath See Britain's oldest crown jewels The city’s most famous landmark broods over Edinburgh – an elephantine presence on its dramatic volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, the oldest building in the city, Mons Meg and the Stone of Destiny; it’s more than a monument, it’s part of every day life. In fact, locals have been setting their watches by the one o’clock gun since 1861. Insider's tip: There are complimentary guided tours to help you make sense of it all, or you can pay for an audio guide. Give the crowds a miss by purchasing tickets and downloading audio guides in advance online and visiting early in the day. Contact: 0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk Opening times: Apr-Sep, 9.30am-6pm (Apr-Sep); Oct-March, 9.30am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing Price: ££ Edinburgh Castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, or Scotland's crown jewels Credit: Historic Environment Scotland/Santiago Arribas Historic Scotla • Amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland Take part in a literary-themed pub crawl As the first Unesco City of Literature, Edinburgh has a long – and sometimes dishonourable – literary history. It's cleverly brought to life on the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour by two professional actors who focus on writers from the past. Tours start at 7.30pm in the Grassmarket and tickets can be bought online, at the meeting point, or from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in the Waverley Mall. Insider's tip: The tour makes stops in several pubs where you can have a drink while you enjoy the guides' performance, or if you’re more of a misanthrope there’s a self-guided tour app on the website (but it’s more fun with the live guides). Contact: 00 33 131 226 6665; edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ Two actors from the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour pause in a courtyard to act out a scene Credit: ARTURO HUERTA LOPEZ • An insider's guide to the Lake District Take a whisky masterclass You may not be sure about the plastic barrel ride at the start, but there are worse ways to learn how whisky is made. The tour leaders at The Scotch Whisky Experience are brilliant and the Gold Tour upgrade is a revelation. Aficionados should opt for the Morning Masterclass, and gourmands should consider the Taste of Scotland Whisky and Food Tour, which includes a three-course meal in the Amber Restaurant. Insider's tip: After the tour, visit the bar to find 300 whiskies and great views. It also offers Scotland’s other national drink – Irn-Bru – for teetotallers. If you have a cold, ask for a restorative hot toddy. Contact: 0131 220 0441; scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-6pm Price: ££ The Scotch Whisky Experience is home to the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the world • Where to go shopping in Edinburgh Go ghost hunting You can’t throw a haggis on the Royal Mile without hitting a ghost tour, but if you’re looking for one grounded in history, The Real Mary King's Close is the tour for you. You’ll explore hidden 17th-century streets – long considered to be haunted by plague victims who were walled up alive. The odd murder and a healthy population of other ghosts adds further interest. Insider's tip: Bear in mind there are 58 steps down and 38 up to be negotiated, so it’s not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, the claustrophobic, or those with limited mobility. Children under five will not be admitted at all. Contact: 0131 225 0672; realmarykingsclose.com Opening times: See website Price: ££ Discover a warren of hidden 17th-century streets on a ghost tour with The Real Mary King's Close • What to do in Oxford Step into a world of optical illusions Even in a high-tech world, a simple pin-hole camera that can project razor sharp moving images from distances that defeat modern cameras feels like magic. Children will love Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy learning how to make do-it-yourself spyware using a cardboard box, tin foil and a blanket. There are optical illusions, games and a dizzying holographic exhibit that will delight visitors of all ages, too. Insider's tip: It’s a great way to spend time on a wet day or revive tired children, and the 360-degree view from the roof is one of the best perspectives on the city – no matter what kind of camera you use. Contact: 0131 226 3709; camera-obscura.co.uk Opening times: See website Price: ££ One of the quirky optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions • Calendar of festivals and events in Edinburgh Immerse yourself in 17th-century Edinburgh Should you find yourself wandering down the Royal Mile, wondering what it was like to live in a towering tenement 300 hundred years ago, you can find out on a visit to Gladstone's Land. The National Trust has meticulously restored this wealthy Edinburgh merchant’s house to provide a fascinating recreation of the cramped conditions – even for the wealthy – in 17th-century Edinburgh. Insider's tip:You’ll see the kitchen and a pretty panelled parlour, but don’t miss the Painted Chamber. This bedroom contains what is considered the best original wall and ceiling decoration in Scotland. Contact: 0131 226 5856; nts.org.uk Opening times: Daily, 10am-5pm Price: £ A close-up of painted ceiling panels at Gladstone's Land New Town Tour the city in an open-top bus You’ll find several sightseeing tours operating under the Edinburgh Bus Tours banner, but The City Sightseeing Tour offers a useful overview of the major attractions, operates all year round and is particularly good for children – the choice of audio commentaries includes a 'Horrible Histories' version for young ones. There are various itineraries available, varying from one-hour tours to 24- or 48-hour tours. Insider's tip: Take the 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour to venture further afield. Get off at the pier in South Queensferry and cross the road to the Hawes Inn to find a cosy fire in winter and a beer garden for sunny weather. It's also where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Kidnapped. Contact: 0131 220 0770; edinburghtour.com Opening times: city Sightseeing Tour runs daily, 9.15am-4pm; check website for timings for other tours Price: ££ Spot key attractions, such as the Burns Monument, on Edinburgh Bus Tours Credit: Gilles MOULIN - All Rights Reserved - 2016/Gilles MOULIN • How to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh Dress up like 18th-century landed gentry A visit to The Georgian House (a National Trust property) on the enduringly fashionable Charlotte Square is an absorbing way to get a sense of what life was like in a prosperous 18th-century household in the New Town – both for the family and those below stairs. The house was designed by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam, and is a particularly fine example of Georgian architecture that's been beautifully and accurately furnished. Insider's tip:Do talk to the guides in each room who like to show off their detailed knowledge and if your children aren’t inspired by antiques, they can dress up in the period costumes available in the activity room. Contact: 00 44 131 226 3318; nts.org.uk Opening times: See website Price: £ At The Georgian House, guests can dress up in period costumes to explore the building • Telegraph Travel's guide to Cornwall Learn to cook Scottish fare Gourmands can get to grip with local ingredients on a fu