Travel shorts: giant steps in Spain and Scotland

Accompanying a walking holiday piece in the Blackpool Gazette (or somewhere), some holiday suggestions for anyone unused to stairlifts…

Another European capital, another climb, though Barcelona’s Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia is a relative dawdle. The cathedral still offers exhilarating views from both inside and out, and the city offers plenty more surreal architecture, as well as the chance to follow in the footsteps of another former resident Picasso. Or get back to nature with a ramble up Montjuïc mountain, for a natural cityscape close to the 1992 Olympic stadium. Or a little less taxing, the city even sports more than 4km of beaches.

Closer to home, a 246-step spiral staircase will take you to the top of the Wallace monument for views over the Ochils and Forth Valley. Sadly the statue of Wallace, which looked suspiciously like Mel Gibson, was removed amid local protests. Nearby is Stirling, whose castle is also worth a visit – and which is just as impressive from a distance. In fact, its rocky outcrop is not unlike Edinburgh’s version, and the bustling town is well-located for trips to there or Glasgow.

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