Brian Pedley

Birmingham: second city sparkle

Dear old Brum, England`s second city, is successfully living down its image as a byword for grim. The new Birmingham now glitters and sparkles in a 21st-century renaissance Read the guide

Isle of Mull: the way life used to be

The Isle of Mull is 45 minutes - and a whole universe - away from life on the Scottish mainland. Take a trip back in time to an island paradise Read the guide

In the front row of history in Greenwich

Greenwich is a must for anyone with an interest in naval history - but this fascinating part of London offers fine architecture, fine art and fine food as well Read the guide

St Kilda: island at the edge of time

Gettting to remote St Kilda in the Atlantic Ocean has never been easier - you can now tour the UK`s remotest island (and Scotland's first UNESCO World Heritage Site) in a single day Read the guide

The pick of Belfast's pubs

Bogus Irish pubs, with their plastic shamrocks and green bow ties, have threatened world domination in the past 15 years - but not in Belfast, where you can enjoy the real thing Read the guide