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      Best holiday destinations for golfers

      There’s some sports that are best played within beautiful surroundings, and golf is one of them. After all, a good golf course isn’t just judged on how challenging or intricate it is but also by how stunning the landscape is and the natural wonders that surround it. Even the weather plays its role in swaying whether you’ll have a good round or not. And while the UK has its fair share of magnificent golf courses, you can’t deny that it’s nice to play against a sunny backdrop that won’t disappear as winter begins to rear its head. So where to?
      Canadian Rockies
      When it comes to scenic backdrops, the Canadian Rockies are hard to beat. There are six golf courses set within the beautiful folds of the Rockies, most of which have an attached resort. The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course has been voted the best course in Canada on countless occasions and Silvertip Resort offers amazing views of the Three Sister Mountains.
      Florida
      Florida has more golf courses than any other state clocking in at an impressive 1250 courses. Seminole is widely recognised as Florida’s best green but you’ll need to befriend an active member to play there. Thankfully most of Florida’s other courses are available to members of the public. Many of them can also be found near the tourist hubs of Orlando, Kissimmee, Clearwater and St Pete’s.recognised as Florida’s best green but you’ll need to befriend an active member to play there. Thankfully most of Florida’s other courses are available to members of the public. Many of them can also be found near the tourist hubs of Orlando, Kissimmee, Clearwater and St Pete’s.
      Algarve
      Practice your swing with a view of the ocean in Portugal’s Algarve region. There’s almost 40 courses to choose from with year-round sunshine and a gentle breeze from the Atlantic Ocean to add an edge to your round. Vilamoura is recognised as the premier golf destination. It’s an old harbour town that has been turned into a beautiful golf complex and is home to some of Portugal’s most sought-after golf courses.harbour town that has been turned into a beautiful golf complex and is home to some of Portugal’s most sought-after golf courses.recognised as the premier golf destination. It’s an old harbour town that has been turned into a beautiful golf complex and is home to some of Portugal’s most sought-after golf courses.There’s almost 40 courses to choose from with year-round sunshine and a gentle breeze from the Atlantic Ocean to add an edge to your round. Vilamoura is recognised as the premier golf destination. It’s an old harbour town that has been turned into a beautiful golf complex and is home to some of Portugal’s most sought-after golf courses.
      Costa del Sol
      Spain’s Costa del Sol region has something for every kind of holiday maker, and that includes golfers. The province of Malaga and the resort town or Marbella in particular are bursting with golf courses. Santa Clara, Calanova and Marbella Golf & Country Club are some of the most popular courses in the area.
      Hawaii
      The stunning landscape of these Pacific Islands were bound to eventually attract the attention of the world’s top golf architects. Hawaii Island is known as the “Golf Capital of Hawaii” and boasts courses such as the Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai Golf Course, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed courses at Mauna Kea Resort and the two courses of the Waikoloa Beach Resort designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
      Ireland
      Actor Bill Murray has publically stated that his favourite place in the world to play golf is Ireland. If his word isn’t enough – remember that many championships golfers started in Ireland such Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell. If you’re tempted we recommend the Southwest of the country.
      Arizona
      The deserts of Arizona are probably not the first landscapes that come to mind when you think of golf. But in the past few years several new golf courses have been popping up and boast an incredibly unique architecture that blends in with the native landscape. Scottsdale (a suburb of Phoenix) is Arizona’s golfing hub and is also home to resort spas and fascinating 1920s architecture.

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      5 Places You Can Witness the Southern Lights

      Somewhat overshadowed by the Northern Lights, the Southern Lights are a sight to behold and just as spectacular as their northern counterpart. As the name suggests, the lights can only be seen from the Southern Hemisphere, and only from a very few secluded spots.
      The Southern Lights, officially known as the Aurora Australis, are best seen in the southern hemispheres winter months – July to August have significantly longer nights and darker skies, heightening your viewing chances. As there is significantly less land in the Southern Hemisphere there are fewer ideal viewing spots to see the lights, so we have put together five places to help you on your way to witnessing the incredible Southern Lights.
       
      1.      Stewart Island, New Zealand
      Thanks to a low population and low levels of light pollution, the elusive lights can be seen from several places in New Zealand. Stewart Island is one of the country’s most remote spots and the closest you will ever get to the South Pole without visiting Antarctica, making it the perfect location for some Aurora viewing. The island is home to Rakiura National Park which aptly translates in Maori to ‘land of the glowing skies’.
      2.       South Georgia Island
      South Georgia Island is one of the most Southern islands in the world. During the winter months from March to September, the island can be encased by ice and completely inaccessible. Of course, the dark skies make these months the best time to see the lights, so make sure to visit in March otherwise it is just too dangerous to travel. The most popular way to visit is by cruise. As the island has no permanent residents, the clear skies make for an untarnished and unique location for Aurora viewing.
      3.       Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
      A top tip for viewing the Southern Lights is to observe them over water. This makes New Zealand’s many lakes an ideal place to view a mesmerising Aurora display. Lake Tekapo is located in the centre of the South Island and has extremely clear skies, making it a popular spot for star gazing and aurora viewing.
      Mount Cook National Park offers secluded and tranquil spots to take in the Aurora Australis. Both of these areas are part of the official UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, meaning they are recognised as having some of the darkest skies in the world. You can also climb up the mountains surrounding the lake from an even higher vantage point to see the extraordinary lights.
      4.       Tasmania, Australia
      Tasmania’s unique southern location - that is in close proximity to the South Pole - makes it one of the best locations to view the Southern Lights. Luckily, you can be treated to views of the Southern Lights from Tasmania all year round, but your best chances are during the winter months of June to August. The aurora comes in many colours and you can watch the sky dance a variety of greens, pinks, yellows and oranges for a truly magical display. The lights can be seen from anywhere on Tasmania and views are usually only obstructed by mountain ranges, but with plenty of clear open spaces here you can take your pick of locations for unparalleled views.
      5.      Antarctica
      Perhaps somewhat obvious, the further south you go, the higher your chances are of seeing the spectacular light show. Therefore it is not surprising that the Southern Lights have been described as being the most visible and most impressive when lighting up the sky over Antarctica. As there are no permanent residents on the whole continent, there is virtually no pollution and during the winter months the Aurora Australis is visible on a regular basis. Unfortunately it is not realistic for most people to visit due to the costly nature of a trip here and the dangerous risks that come with it.
      Luckily, there are plenty of other destinations for you to take a trip and chase the Aurora Australis!

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      Get A Buzz From Helping The Planet!

      Get A Buzz From Helping The Planet
      Here at Barrhead Travel, we like to give something back to the environment and make a positive impact on the planet we live in. Our new best friends, we’re pleased to say, are the wonderful Plan Bee, who know all there is to know about honeybees.
      We’re guessing that you may have heard that bee numbers are declining – ever so slightly worrying, as they pollinate a third of the UK’s food for a start, and they’re a vital barometer of the environment. Plan Bee and Barrhead Travel hope to help change that – and here’s where you can help too :
      Adopt a bee
      Simply click on the link below (which you’ll also find on the Barrhead Travel website). Adopting a bee costs as little as £1, and you get to name it and also receive a lovely certificate of adoption!
      Worker bee - £1
      Drone - £1.50
      Queen bee - £5
      You’ll be helping to support the honeybee population, as each adoption fee goes towards a real beehive. It’s perfect for sharing on Facebook and Twitter – so spread the word.
      http://www.planbeeltd.com/adopt-a-bee/
      Dedicate a Hive
      What nicer way to celebrate those important life events than dedicating a hive of lovely honeybees? Whether it’s a “Welcome to the World” gift for a newborn baby, a wedding present or christening gift, or indeed to commemorate someone very special, it’s a unique and very special way to mark an event.
      Hire a Hive
      For the ultimate environmental impact, Plan Bee can set up and manage a hive in your garden or allotment. There’s no greener way to go than this! It makes an immediate environmental impact – plus, you’ll receive 24 jars of honey each year from every hive you adopt. Sounds sweet? Simply email warren@planbeeltd.com to find out more.
      Crowd Fund a Hive
      You don’t have to do it all on your own – dust off that address book, get busy on social media, and talk to friends and neighbours about getting together to raise funds for your own beehive. Get the project up and running, and your hive could be making honey pretty soon.
      There’s no better buzz than helping the planet – and it doesn’t get any easier than helping bees. It’s not expensive, either, so why not start by adopting a honeybee for your very own Worker, Drone or Queen? Make a bee-line for this link and start making a difference to the planet today...http://www.planbeeltd.com/

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      5 beautiful views you shouldn’t miss

      We all dream of waking up in the morning, jumping out of bed and throwing open the curtains to reveal an awe-inspiring vista - but how often does that ever really happen?
      The views from our British bedroom windows might not be enough to tempt us out from under the duvet, but if opening the blinds revealed some of the most magnificent sights in the world, we would no doubt find ourselves feeling slightly more enthusiastic at ushering in another new day.
      As an alternative, plan a holiday to one of these gorgeous destinations for an instant Wow factor the moment you arrive.
      1- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada
      With just one glance, you’ll see why this is one of the most-photographed landscapes in Canada. Visit in summer and the sparkling turquoise waters of this glacier-fed lake reflect the Rocky Mountains' snow-capped peaks and the lush green forest of Banff National Park. In winter, a covering of pristine white snow makes it even more impressive.
      The Fairmont’s spectacular setting means that it is the only hotel with direct lake views. It’s been enticing travellers to go west for outdoor pursuits since the early 20th century, and these days they include hiking and horse riding, and canoeing and kayaking on the lake.
      2 The address, Downtown Dubai
      Let’s face it, even when you are standing 124 storeys up on the observation deck of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, there aren't many landmarks you can’t see. Except, of course, one very special landmark! The Burj Khalifa is an architectural marvel in itself, so to get the best vantage point, check into five-star The Address Downtown Dubai opposite.
      Even more special, these two buildings are separated by the man-made lake that plays host to the enchanting Dubai Fountain. It’s a breath-taking spectacle of 6,600 lights, and 150-metre-high spurts of water dancing in time with music each evening. Truly magical.
      3 Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney

      This eternal symbol of Australia is iconic enough to tempt travellers halfway around the world Down Under, so a quick photo stop just isn't going to be enough to capture it. This must-see landmark. Travellers can get closer to this must-see landmark by completing a bridge climb across, but nothing beats sitting back and soaking it in from a window seat at the Intercontinental, or from the wraparound terrace for club room guests. You may find you’re pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming…
      4 Le Parker Meridien, New York City
      For a view of the Big Apple that’s just as good as in the movies, try Le Parker Meridien, a good mid-priced property on the edge of Central Park. After all, not everyone has a holiday budget that’s as high as the city’s famous skyscrapers! But in New York, there are such a variety of views that even if you’re not in the penthouse suite, you’ll still see amazing sights whichever way you turn - Central Park, the Hudson River and East Rivers, the Chrysler Building, and the Statue of Liberty. If you’re tempted to venture outside Manhattan, there are also Brooklyn's brownstones and Jersey City's Hudson Waterfront where you’ll get the full impact of that iconic skyline.
      5 Hotel Daniela, Venice

      The city’s main artery, the Grand Canal, needs no introduction, lined as it is by impressive Renaissance palazzos and alluring baroque buildings, punctuated by equally iconic landmarks such as the Rialto Bridge.
      This city lives on the water, so it’s teeming with water taxis and gondolas. Why not admire this eye-popping city from one of the world’s most impressive hotels - the majestic Hotel Danieli? While it’s certainly not the cheapest place to stay, it certainly will make memories which will last a lifetime. The five-star property is a mix of hotel, art gallery and living museum, and tops off the canal view with one of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.
      If your budget won’t stretch to this haunt of the rich and famous, Barrhead Travel has plenty of other options for Venice and beyond, which will make the perfect base for soaking up those intoxicating views. Just call one of our travel experts today on 0141 242 1300.

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      Barrhead Travel and Plan Bee

      Here at Barrhead Travel, we like to give something back to the environment and make a positive impact on the world we live in. Our new best friends, we’re pleased to say, are the wonderful Plan Bee, who know all there is to know about honeybees.
      We’re guessing that you may have heard that bee numbers are declining – ever so slightly worrying, as they pollinate a third of the UK’s food for a start, and they’re a vital barometer of the environment. Plan Bee and Barrhead Travel hope to help change that – and here’s where you can help too :
      Adopt a bee
      Simply click on the link below (which you’ll also find on the Barrhead Travel website). Adopting a bee costs as little as £1, and you get to name it and also receive a lovely certificate of adoption!
      Worker bee - £1
      Drone - £1.50
      Queen bee - £5
      You’ll be helping to support the honeybee population, as each adoption fee goes towards a real beehive. It’s perfect for sharing on Facebook and Twitter – so spread the word.
      Dedicate a Hive
      What nicer way to celebrate those important life events than dedicating a hive of lovely honeybees? Whether it’s a “Welcome to the World” gift for a newborn baby, a wedding present or christening gift, or indeed to commemorate someone very special, it’s a unique and very special way to mark an event.
      Hire a Hive
      For the ultimate environmental impact, Plan Bee can set up and manage a hive in your garden or allotment. There’s no greener way to go than this! It makes an immediate environmental impact – plus, you’ll receive 24 jars of honey each year from every hive you adopt. Sounds sweet? Simply email warren@planbeeltd.com to find out more.
      Crowd Fund a Hive
      You don’t have to do it all on your own – dust off that address book, get busy on social media, and talk to friends and neighbours about getting together to raise funds for your own beehive. Get the project up and running, and your hive could be making honey pretty soon.
      There’s no better buzz than helping the planet – and it doesn’t get any easier than helping bees. It’s not expensive, either, so why not start things off by adopting a honeybee for your very own Worker, Drone or Queen? Make a bee-line for the link above and start making a difference to the planet today.
      www.planbeeltd.com

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