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Landing on a deserted beach on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland with @LadyofAvenel and paddleboarders @active360. ⠀
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Traigh Gheal (Gaelic for white beach) is one of the most beautiful and secluded sandy beaches on Mull. This hidden stretch of sand can be reached via a 2-3 hour hike through the Tireragan Nature Reserve or - as we did - via the sea with a kayak or paddleboard. We spent the day exploring idyllic scenery like this before paddling into the Sound of Iona to visit the historic village and abbey.⠀
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#ladyofavenel #sailboat #sailing #tallship #ship #rigging #SUP #paddleboarding #paddleboard #standuppaddleboard #standuppaddleboarding #InnerHebrides #Hebrides #isleofsmull #scotland #visitscotland #instascotland #igersscotland #lovescotland #scotlandlover #madeinscotland #explorescotland #scotlandsbeauty #igscotland #ic_adventures #global_hotshotz #passionpassport #worldtravelbook #exploretocreate
The early morning mist begins to lift over the iconic stupas of Bagan in #Myanmar.⠀
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Bagan has the world’s largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. Founded in the second century AD, the kingdom of Bagan once had over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries, all constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries.⠀
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As it’s located in an active earthquake zone, Bagan has suffered many earthquakes over the ages, the most recent of which in 2016 destroyed over 400 buildings and damaged hundreds more. Today, the remains of ‘only’ 2,000 temples and pagodas can still be seen, many of which are undergoing repairs and restoration.⠀
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#liveoutdoors #awesomepix #ourlonelyplanet #travelawesome #passionpassport #Bagan #Burma #Mandalay #mystic #temples #pagoda #stupa #travelgram #instatravel #adventure #tranquility #Burmese #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #ic_adventures #global_hotshotz #lpfanphoto #passionpassport #worldtravelbook #exploretocreate #theoutbound
The luminous aurora borealis light up the sky (and the ground) near Tromso in Norway.⠀
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We travelled 350km north of the Arctic Circle to chase the elusive northern lights in Tromso. We made use of the daytime to explore the city and the surrounding wilderness.⠀
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See the rest of our story on the @lonelyplanet Trips app via the link in our bio. #lptrips⠀
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#ArcticCircle #NorthernLights #Norway #Tromso #Arctic #Auroraborealis #Aurora #climatechange #Oslo #Norge #timelapse #weather #nature #polar #northernnorway #tromsø #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #ourlonelyplanet #travelawesome #passionpassport #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #backpacking #adventurethatislife
Beech trees line the cycle path through the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, England.⠀
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Established in 2005, the New Forest in Hampshire is the UK’s second newest national park and one of the easiest to explore by bike. The park is just an hour and a half from London by train and is home to over 160km (100mi) of excellently maintained (mostly gently) undulating cycling paths – ideal for cyclists of all abilities.⠀
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#newforest #cycling #heath #england #uk #southcoast #nationalpark #forest #hampshire #greatbritain #icu_britain #uk #ig_uk #englandsbigpicture #visitengland #photosofengland #ig_england #igersengland #capturingbritain #explore_britain #ukpotd #loves_britain #instabritain
A zebra grazes the plains of Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. ⠀
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The park is one of the smallest national parks in the Rift Valley area of east Africa. Although there aren't the same opportunities to glimpse the "big five game" of Africa in Lake Manyara National Park, the park is home to home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. ⠀⠀
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In some areas of the south there are leopards and lions, but although in abundance, they are hard to catch a glimpse of.⠀⠀
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#zebra #zebras #gazelle #Swahili #lakemanyara #Tanzania #safari #Serengeti #Africa #wildlife #Ngorongoro #Manyara #elephant #animals #Lake #LakeManyara #travel #wildlife #NationalPark #lpPathfinders #ic_adventures #global_hotshotz #lpfanphoto #passionpassport #worldtravelbook #exploretocreate #theoutbound
Looking across the still and serene Inle Lake at #sunset from the Nga Hpe Kyaung Monastery, #Myanmar.⠀
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The ‘Jumping Cat Monastery’ is famous for the cats once trained to jump through hoops. Any cats there now are not so much jumping as they are lazing. Still, the final stop on our Inle Lake boat tour was well worth a pause. The echoing main chamber of the monastery maintains a softly sedate mood, perfect for pause and reflection. ⠀
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And with views like this outside the monastery it's hard not to submit to a dash of the Buddhist spiritualism that permeates Myanmar.⠀
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#nyaungshwe #boat #Asia #inle #Burma #inlelake #travelgram #wanderlust #ic_adventures #global_hotshotz #lpfanphoto #passionpassport #worldtravelbook #exploretocreate #theoutbound⠀
#lpPathfinders #adventureawaits #adventureculture #traveldeeper #stayandwander #travelawesome #optoutside #getoutstayout
Normandy’s fantastical and fairytale Mont Saint-Michel illuminated at night.⠀
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When it comes to French architecture, there are myriad contenders for the throne. The most notable is the Eiffel Tower, a world-famous symbol of Gallic ingenuity. Then there’s the Louvre, possibly the most famous museum in the world. After that we have the Notre Dame and, in any chosen order, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, Palace de Versailles and the Pantheon.⠀
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Less famous but more impressive is Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy’s abbey on a rock in a bay. If you do visit, make sure you explore after dark – inside and outside its walls. ⠀
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We visited @mont_stmichel in April this year with @brittanyferries.⠀
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#MontSaintMichel #Normandie #France #MagnifiqueFrance #Manche #Normandy #Castle #Bretagne #BeautifulFrance #lpPathfinders #adventureawaits #adventureculture #traveldeeper #hikingadventures ⠀⠀
#wellhiked #stayandwander #takeahike #travelawesome #optoutside #getoutstayout #ic_adventures #global_hotshotz #lpfanphoto
Looking out across the top yardarm at a stunning sunset off the west coast of the Isle of Mull in Scotland. ⠀
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We found a secluded bay to anchor for the night and I took the chance to scale the square rig for the best view on the ship. I was learning to sail the 102ft Brigantine square rigger @LadyofAvenel on a week-long expedition with London-based paddleboarders @active360 throughout the Inner Hebrides archipelago off the west coast of Scotland. ⠀
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This is just one of the many spectacular views we enjoyed during the expedition.⠀
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#lpfanphoto #ladyofavenel #sailboat #sailing #tallship #ship #rigging #SUP #paddleboarding #paddleboard #standuppaddleboard #standuppaddleboarding #InnerHebrides #Hebrides #isleofstaffa #scotland #visitscotland #instascotland #igersscotland #lovescotland #scotlandlover #madeinscotland #explorescotland #scotlandsbeauty #igscotland
A marine iguana works its way across the sand on the island of San Cristobal in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. ⠀
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The great thing about San Cristóbal is that there are so many sights within walking distance of the main town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Whether on land or at sea, above or below water, the wildlife of the Galápagos Islands ranges from grand and frightening to downright cute and cuddly. Where does this guy fit in? ⠀
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#Galápagos #Ecuador #AllYouNeedIsEcuador #SanCristóbal #GalápagosIslands #MarineSanctuary #nature #aquarium #sealife #animals #naturalbeauty #galapagosislands #island #earthpix #ocean #sanctuary #welcometonature  #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #ourlonelyplanet #travelawesome #passionpassport
Colourful prayer flags and the brilliant white of the Ruwanweliseya Dagoba against an almost cloudless sky in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. ⠀
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Ruwanweliseya is one of the oldest structures in Anuradhapura (albeit rigorously restored in recent years). The ancient city of Anuradhapura has a long and illustrious past. Established in 4th century BC, it is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient capitals and was the center of Theravada Buddhism for centuries.⠀
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Today, Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, spread over an area of 40 sq km (15 sq mi). We saw the sprawling ancient city in a day by hiring bicycles to get around. ⠀
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#Anuradhapura #SriLanka #lka #ruins #travel #Sri_Lanka #photo #VisitSriLanka #Ruwanwelisaya #Lanka #ceylon #IndianOcean #ocean #srilankaecotourism #Abhayagiri #Dagaba #stupa #pagoda #travelgram #wanderlust #vacation #instatravel #adventure #view #travelphotography #BBCTravel #lpfanphoto
The incredible view from Sri Pada (Sacred Footprint) AKA Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka during our #sunrise pilgrimage to the summit. ⠀⠀
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After hiking the 5,500 steps to the summit we were a bit early for the sunrise. Sunrise was at 6am and as shoes aren’t allowed on the final platform, we chose to wait beneath it for a while. When the time came, we weren't disappointed!⠀
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We spent an hour at the top and headed down at 7am, taking care to descend the way we ascended. The descent was hard on the knees but far quicker than the climb up (we did it in 1hr 30m compared with 2hr 45m up).⠀
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#lpfanphoto #adamspeak #WonderOfAsia #voyage #tree #pilgrimage #SriLanka #lka #Lanka #ceylon #IndianOcean #ocean #beach #srilankaecotourism #sunset #adventureawaits #adventureculture #traveldeeper #hikingadventures #wildernessculture #adventurepic #theoutbound #adventureculture #roamtheplanet #wellhiked #stayandwander
Looking out at the tall ship @LadyofAvenel from Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.⠀
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I (Peter) have just got back from an epic week of sailing, paddleboarding and kayaking around the Inner Hebrides – one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. London-based paddleboarders @active360 have teamed up with the tall ship @LadyofAvenel to run week-long expeditions throughout the area. We sailed from Oban, visiting the Isles of Mull, Iona, Staffa and Ulva along the way.⠀
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There will be plenty more photos from this trip coming soon!⠀
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#lpfanphoto #ladyofavenel #sailboat #sailing #tallship #ship #rigging #SUP #paddleboarding #paddleboard #standuppaddleboard #standuppaddleboarding #InnerHebrides #Hebrides #isleofstaffa #scotland #visitscotland #instascotland #igersscotland #lovescotland #scotlandlover #madeinscotland #explorescotland #scotlandsbeauty #igscotland