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Phoebe Smith toured Scotland’s Orkney Islands in an electric camper van

Phoebe Smith via the Guardian ยป

โ€œThe limited range of electric vehicles can put people off,โ€ said Paul. โ€œBut Orkney, with its proliferation of rapid-charge points that take a battery from empty to full in 40 minutes, coupled with the vehicleโ€™s 120-mile range on an island that is only 26 miles across, is the perfect place to try them.โ€

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Over the next couple of days we explored the islandโ€™s landmarks, continuing our oscillation between time periods. We strolled along the beach at the Churchill Barriers โ€“ causeways created in the second world war to stop U-boats from entering Scapa Flow. Snorkellers were exploring the rusting wrecks that poked out from the waves.

While the campervan was plugged into a handy rapid-charge station in the islandโ€™s capital, Kirkwall, (I only charged it once in three days, and that was just to play it safe rather than necessity), we wandered around town, taking in its old Viking cathedral โ€“ built in 1137 โ€“ and Orkney Distillery, where the hydrogen is harnessed to produce gin with no emissions other than water.

Cycling the Great North Road from London to Edinburgh

Steve Silk on the Great North Road

Steve Silk on the Great North Road (Source ยป The Guardian)

Steve Silk, The Guardian ยป

With the smell of the North Sea in my nostrils, I feel a long way from central London, where my journey began amid the tangier aroma of delivery driver diesel. My plan was to go in search of the old road between London and Edinburgh: the one that had served the mail coaches, witnessed marching soldiers and highway robbery, and had an ancient and evocative name: the Great North Road.

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Over the last 300-odd miles Iโ€™d been pretty faithful to the old road โ€“ or at least as faithful as you can be while avoiding dual carriageways and speeding drivers. The key is to find stretches where the new has been built next to the old, rather than on top of it: an orphaned mile or so at Tempsford in Bedfordshire, Stilton in Cambridgeshire or Cromwell in Nottinghamshire. On these forgotten high streets I find it remarkably easy to visualise a time when the mail coach was the king of the road โ€“ the horsesโ€™ hooves clattering and the guard blowing his horn.

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Four of the most remote places to visit in Europe after travel restrictions are lifted

UK-based outdoor and clothing equipment brand Montane and Wired for Adventure teamed up to put together a short list of the most remote places to visit in Europe.

Ollie Rooke, writing for Wired For Adventure ยป

Ushguli โ€“ Georgia

While thereโ€™s some debate as to whether Georgia resides in Europe or Asia, we simply had to include this small settlement. A collection of tiny villages located at the foot of Shkhara mountain (5,193m), Ushguli sits at 2,100m above sea level and is therefore one of the highest inhabited settlements on the continent, but itโ€™s also one of the most remote. ยป

Hoy, Orkney โ€“ Scotland

Although Hoy is the second largest island in the Orkney archipelago, a small clutch of islands off the coast of Scotland, itโ€™s still tiny by most standards. Despite covering just 55 square miles and housing around 400 people, this diminutive island draws intrepid travellers to its shores with the lure of adventure at the edge of the UK. ยป

Kirkenes โ€“ Norway

Tucked away in the far north-eastern corner of Norway, the small town of Kirkenes lies at the very edge of mainland Europe. Just a few miles from Norwayโ€™s only land border with Russia, and 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the area is transformed into an icy wilderness during winter. And itโ€™s this time of year that is best to visit, when travellers can observe two unique natural phenomenon. ยป

Faroe Islands, Denmark

Standing all alone in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands are undoubtedly one of the most remote places in Europe. Made up of 18 major islands and countless smaller ones, the Faroesโ€™ closest neighbours are Scotland and Iceland, both located over 200 miles from its shores. ยป

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