• Megan Thee Stallion and Maroon 5 to team up on single ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ next week

    Megan Thee Stallion will team up with Maroon 5 to release the collaborative single ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ on March 3.

    Both artists confirmed the single’s title and release date today (February 22), sharing its cover art to social media. It will be their first time linking up in the recording studio.

    Maroon 5 have dropped hints about a forthcoming release throughout February. Most recently, they posted a photo of a car to Instagram which alluded to a joint single.

    The band also tweeted a possible lyric from the track on February 17, alongside a zoomed-in image of what appears to be the same car.

    Little else is known about the track, with neither artist having shared any audio snippets of it at time of writing.

    Megan Thee Stallion released her first original track of 2021 earlier this month. ‘I’m A King’, which features Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions, is set to appear on the soundtrack for the forthcoming film Coming 2 America.

    To celebrate her 26th birthday on February 15, Megan released ‘Southside Forever Freestyle’, a track in which the rapper declares herself “the hardest in Houston”.

    Prior to her aforementioned releases, Mean Thee Stallion guested on the official remix of Ariana Grande’s track ‘34+35’, alongside Doja Cat. The trio of artists dropped a music video for the remix earlier this month.

    Meanwhile, ’Beautiful Mistakes’ will be Maroon 5’s first release since 2020’s ‘Nobody’s Love’, which featured Popcaan. In January, the band’s frontman, Adam Levine, teamed up with Jason Derulo on the single ‘Lifestyle’.

  • 12 Most Beautiful Scottish Islands (with Map & Photos)

    While most people instantly conjure up images of Edinburgh and the Highlands or tartan and tweed when they think of Scotland, the northern nation is actually home to a host of breath-takingly beautiful islands. In total, it has over 900 offshore islands to explore with the arresting archipelagos of the Shetland, Orkney and Inner and Outer Hebrides being its four main groupings.

    Among the endless array of Scottish islands are some that are very mountainous in nature with others being flat and fertile. While some are isolated and inhospitable, others have been inhabited for centuries if not millennia with phenomenal prehistoric sites and crumbling castles and churches scattered about their scenic shores. Yet other islands in Scotland still boast incredible coastlines with sheer cliffs and steep sea stacks to be found alongside beautiful beaches and secluded and sheltered coves. With so much going for them, it could take a lifetime to visit and explore all of Scotland’s awe-inspiring islands.

    12. Eigg

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    Set just to the south of Skye is the attractive island of Eigg which is one of the scenic and secluded Small Isles. A very popular and picturesque place, it boasts everything from beautiful beaches and interesting historic sights to commanding views and wonderful wildlife watching opportunities.

    Mostly made up of a massive moorland plateau, the idyllic isle rises up dramatically above the wild waters all around it with its fertile reaches having been farmed and fought over for centuries. At its southern end, you can find the prominent volcanic rock of An Sgurr which towers to 393 meters in height with Eigg’s quartz beach. The ‘singing sands’ can be found at the opposite end of the island.

    Many people also take the ferry to Eigg to go birdwatching or to see the remnants of the monastic community of Kildonnan with the mysterious Massacre Cave also being a popular draw.

    11. Staffa

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    Another of the Inner Hebrides’ incredible islands is Staffa which is lined by lots of spectacular and steep sea cliffs. So named by the Vikings due to the resemblance of its basalt columns to the staves of their log houses, the uninhabited island can be visited by ferry from the nearby Isle of Mull.

    Volcanic in origin, the isolated island is a treat to sail around thanks to its captivating cliffs with its standout sight being the fabulous Fingal’s Cave. Set near the southern tip of the isle, the cavernous cave is made up of lots of breath-taking basalt columns which look very reminiscent of the renowned Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

    Besides this, Staffa has lots of other sensational sea caves for visitors to check out with some serene scenery and birdlife also being on show. Over the years, lots of royalty, writers and celebrities have visited the awe-inspiring island which is now a national nature reserve.

    10. Lewis and Harris

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    Impressively enough, Lewis and Harris is the third largest island in the British Isles with only Great Britain and Ireland being bigger. Although often referred to as separate entities, they make up two pretty parts of the same isle with the low-lying Lewis in the north contrasting delightfully with the rugged and more mountainous Harris in the south.

    Located in the Outer Hebrides, it has been inhabited for millennia with lots of clans considering it their ancestral home. As such, a myriad of amazing historic sites are scattered about with centuries-old churches and castles to be found alongside iron age houses and stone circles. The most famous and photographed are the Callanish Stones as the remarkable ritual site and its circle of standing stones are so well-preserved.

    In addition, its craggy coastline has lots of sparkling white sand beaches to lounge on with some great watersports to be had offshore. With a picturesque peat plateau to hike around, charming coastal towns to stop by and lovely lunar-like landscapes and lochs to explore, Lewis and Harris is certainly worth visiting if you have the chance.

    9. Tiree

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    Often nicknamed the ‘Hawaii of the north’ due to its sun-kissed sandy shores and staggering array of superb surf spots, Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. The smallish, scenic and sunny Scottish isle is accessible either by ferry or by plane and is particularly popular among avid windsurfers.

    Due to the huge amount of sunshine it receives, the low-lying island is very fertile with its name actually meaning ‘land of corn’ in Gaelic. Lining its shores are lots of wonderful white sand beaches with the wild waters of the Atlantic attracting kayakers and kiters, surfers and yachters alike.

    Besides exploring all of its beautiful bays and coves and enjoying its excellent water sports, visitors can also check out all of the island’s attractive architecture as well as listen to some Scottish folk at the Tiree Music Festival.

    8. Islay

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    While it is rightly renowned for its wealth of world-class whisky distilleries, the idyllic isle of Islay has much, much more going for it. Known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, it has lots of spellbinding scenery and seascapes for guests to enjoy as well as lots of wonderful water sports and wildlife.

    The southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, Islay lies just forty kilometers north of the Northern Irish coast. As it has been inhabited for millennia, lots of interesting historical and archaeological sites are dotted about its low-lying lands. Of these, its standout sights are undoubtedly the ornately carved eighth century Kildalton Cross and the Dun Nosebridge iron age fort.

    While many people come for its history and scenery or to spot the bountiful birds that reside within its remote realms, Islay is of course home to nine highly regarded whisky distilleries. As such, no visit can ever be complete without sampling at least one of its strong and smoky flavored drinks.

    7. Shetland Islands

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    The northernmost part of the United Kingdom, the scenic and secluded Shetland Islands are set in the Northern Atlantic, in between Scotland, Norway and the Faroe Islands. Made up of a hundred or so islands, the spectacular subarctic archipelago is a treat to travel around with craggy coasts and colossal sea cliffs to be found alongside lots of wild and wind-swept wilderness and wildlife.

    Due to their isolated and inhospitable nature, only sixteen of its isles are inhabited with Mainland being home to most of its population. As the archipelago was dominated by Scandinavia for much of its early history, its people and their history, culture and heritage showcase an interesting mix of Norse and Scottish influences.

    While the islands are largely low-lying and treeless, their serene shores hide away lots of beautiful beaches as well as countless coves and cliffs. The Shetland Islands are also known for their wildlife with everything from otters and seals to puffins, dolphins and even orcas to be spotted in its waters.

    6. Iona

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    Despite its small size, the incredible island of Iona certainly has a lot to it and has been an important sacred and spiritual center for centuries. Located in the Inner Hebrides, it lies just off of the Isle of Mull with lots of people visiting for its picturesque and peaceful nature and its ancient abbey.

    Founded back in the year 563 AD, the awe-inspiring old abbey exhibits lots of attractive architecture and is widely considered to be the birthplace of Celtic Christianity in Scotland. On top of this, it also used to be a center of scholarship with the renowned and richly illustrated Book of Kells having been created within its cloisters.

    While many people still come to Iona Abbey on spiritual retreats, others instead explore all of the island’s lovely landscapes with lots of fantastic fauna and flora and wonderful wildflowers on show.

    5. The Orkneys

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    Situated just fifteen kilometers off the north coast of Scotland is the astounding archipelago of The Orkneys which is made up of around seventy or so islands. As well as being home to lots of arresting archaeological sites, it also boasts lots of captivating coastlines with rugged cliffs and sea stacks to be found alongside secluded bays and coves.

    Most of the archipelago’s population lives on Mainland which is dotted with picture-perfect seaside towns and villages. Here too you can find lots of marvelous megaliths, stone circles and ancient houses such as at Skara Brae which collectively are known as the ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’.

    While its rich history and heritage is fascinating to delve into, the Orkneys also have lots of sublime scenery and nature for you to enjoy. A very popular place to visit is its second-largest island of Hoy which is home to huge cliffs and steep valleys and ‘the Old Man of Hoy’ – a stupendous sea stack.

    4. St Kilda

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    The westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides, the incredible archipelago of St Kilda lies far off both North Ulst and Lewis and Harris. Surrounded by the wild waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, its small scattering of islands boast lots of spellbinding scenery as well as the highest sea cliffs in the whole of the United Kingdom.

    As the isolated archipelago has been inhabited for millennia, a number of interesting archaeological sites are scattered about its wild and wind-swept reaches. Besides the more than a thousand unique cleitean stone structures that dot the islands, you can also find the ruins and remains of medieval villages and abandoned old blackhouses.

    In addition to this, St Kilda has lots of wonderful wilderness and wildlife for visitors to explore with the archipelago being an important breeding ground for countless seabird species. Its standout sight, however, is undoubtedly its craggy coastline and the colossal cliffs that line its secluded shores.

    3. Arran

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    As it is home to everything from lofty peaks and gorgeous glens to hilly Highlands, lovely lochs and charming towns and villages, the Isle of Arran is often referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. Set just off of the west coast of Scotland, it lies in the deep coastal waters of the Firth of Clyde and is easily visited from both Glasgow and Ayr.

    Due to its scenic splendor and easy accessibility, Arran has long been a popular place to visit and has been inhabited since the early Neolithic period. Besides seeing phenomenal prehistoric sights such as the standing stones at Machrie Moor or the atmospheric Giants’ Graves, visitors can stop by the ruins of Lochranza Castle and Brodick’s well-preserved castle and heritage museum.

    With so much great hiking to be had and so many stunning landscapes and coastal cliffs, caves and coves to explore, the Isle of Arran is definitely worth checking out if you have the chance.

    2. Jura

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    Located just to the northeast of Islay in the Inner Hebrides is the bleak, barren yet beautiful Isle of Jura. Dominated and defined by three colossal and conical mountains which are known as the Paps of Jura, it is very sparsely populated with its rugged and remote reaches being a delight to explore.

    While much of it is made up of blanket bog, some stupendous sheltered beaches can be found here and there with terrific trails taking you right up to the top of its prominent peaks. From their soaring summits, you can enjoy commanding views over their scenic surroundings with the island actually being named after the bountiful deer that vastly outnumber its inhabitants.

    One of its standout sights is the remarkable whirlpool of Corryvrecken that can be viewed from its northernmost tip. Besides exploring all of its delightful landscapes, Jura also has a couple of great gin and whisky distilleries for you to stop by.

    1. Skye

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    Undoubtedly the most renowned and recognized of Scotland’s innumerable islands, the irresistible Isle of Skye boasts lots of simply spectacular scenery with majestic mountains and phenomenal views wherever you look. The largest and most northerly of the Inner Hebrides, it lies just off of the west coast of Scotland and is actually connected to the mainland by a bridge.

    As it is often shrouded in mist, its dramatic landscapes look all the more mystical with fabulous photos to be had of its craggy peaks, rock formations and sea stacks. Among its most famous sights are the stunning series of rocky pinnacles that make up both the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr with its fantastic flickering Fairy Pools also attracting lots of visitors.

    In addition to all its breath-taking natural beauty, Skye has lots of captivating castles such as those of Armadale and Dunvegan for you to check out with hiking in the Cuillin mountain range always being a popular pastime.

    Map of Scottish Islands

  • 10 Most Beautiful Norwegian Islands (with Map & Photos)

    While most people know Norway for its phenomenal fjords and the flickering Northern lights, the Nordic nation is also home to plenty of breathtakingly beautiful islands. Remarkably enough these number over 230,000 in total with most of them lying just off of the country’s rough and rugged coastline which is impressively one of the longest in the world.

    Much further afield you can find the isolated and icy island of Jan Mayen and the glacier-coated archipelago of Svalbard, both of which are situated high up in the Arctic Circle. While some of the innumerable islands in Norway are inaccessible and uninhabited, others are dotted with picture-perfect fishing villages and are very popular among tourists due to their stunning scenery and landscapes.

    With so many to choose from, the Norwegian Islands certainly have something for everyone to enjoy with the lovely Lofoten Islands being one of the most famous and photographed places in the country.

    10. Senja

    Nestled away in the far northwest of Norway is the scenic, secluded and often snow-coated island of Senja. The second-largest isle in the whole of the country, it is home to everything from fabulous forests and fjords to an incredible coastline that is presided over by lots of prominent peaks.

    While often overlooked by foreign tourists, Senja is known domestically for its delightfully diverse and dramatic scenery which has seen it labelled ‘Norway in Miniature’. Its undoubted highlight is its wild and rugged western coast which certainly ranks alongside the renowned Lofoten Islands in terms of its breath-taking beauty.

    Besides being home to lots of lovely landscapes, Senja also has charming fishing villages for you to check out as well as the world’s largest troll statue.

    9. Vagsoy

    In contrast, the idyllic isle of Vågsøy is situated hundreds and hundreds of kilometers to the south of Senja in Vestland in Western Norway. It lies on the northern side of the mouth of Nordfjorden which is one of the longest and loveliest fjords in the whole of the country.

    As it is located on open ocean, the wild waters of the Atlantic pound its wind-swept shores which are quite rugged and mountainous in nature. Looking out over the waves are a number of wonderful lighthouses with those of Hendanes, Krakenes, and Skongenes making for some fantastic photos thanks to their stupendous seaside settings.

    The island’s largest town of Maloy is also a delight to visit as it is set in a scenic spot beneath two mighty mounts with stunning views on offer from their soaring summits. On top of all this, Vågsøy has the sandy beach of Refvik to visit as well as the unique mushroom-shaped rock of Kannesteinen.

    8. Tromsoya

    One of the best places in the world from which to see the Northern Lights or explore the icy realms of the Arctic Circle is Tromso which can be found in the far north of the country. Most of the city is set on the small island of Tromsøya which lies in a serene strait with snow-topped mountains rising up all around it in the distance.

    While many people simply use it as a base from which to see the huge swathes of snow and ice that surround it, the city itself has lots of handsome historic wooden houses to check out alongside many magnificent museums and the attractive Arctic Cathedral. The island too also has a lot going for it with Prestvannet lake and its nature reserve being a very pretty and peaceful place to visit.

    For incredible views out over the whole of Tromsøya, the city, and its surroundings, take the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen on the mainland and revel in its unrivaled panoramas.

    7. Jan Mayen

    A very isolated, icy, and inhospitable island, Jan Mayen is surrounded by the freezing cold waters of the Arctic Ocean. Only inhabited by a handful of hardy members of the Norwegian Armed Forces, the otherwise deserted and desolate isle is named after a Dutch whaling captain who was credited somewhat controversially with its discovery in 1614.

    Now protected as part of a nature preserve and identified as an Important Bird Area, Jan Mayen is made up of two geographically distinct parts. While the southern section of the island is quite low-lying and is home to lagoons, its northern side is dominated by the breath-taking Beerenberg volcano which towers to 2,277 meters in height and is dotted with glistening glaciers.

    As it lies hundreds and hundreds of kilometers off Iceland, Greenland and Norway, the bleak, barren yet beautiful island is very hard to access and is only seldomly visited by tourists.

    6. Kvaloya

    Not to be confused with the island of the same name outside of Tromso, the captivating Kvaløya can be found even further to the north in the Arctic Circle. In fact, its main claim to fame is that it is home to Hammerfest which claims to be ‘the northernmost town in the world’.

    Despite having been founded centuries ago, the town doesn’t have all that many sites of interest besides a couple of churches and museums as it has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. It is, however, an important center of Sami culture with the Mikkelgammn Sami Camp teaching you all about their rich history, heritage and traditions.

    In addition to all of the fun festivals that take place in town over the course of the year, Hammerfest makes for a great base from which to explore Kvaløya’s scenic splendor. Just a stone’s throw away you can find everything from majestic mountains and sweeping sandy beaches to lots of delightful coastal landscapes which are often covered in sparkling snow during the depths of winter.

    5. Hidra

    Set right down in the south of Norway is the awe-inspiring island of Hidra which lies at the entrance to the fantastic Flekkefjord. Inhabited for millennia, it boasts a fascinating past for you to delve into with lots of spellbinding scenery also being on show.

    While its indented coastline is very rough and rugged, its interior is coated in lush forests and fertile farmland. The island is almost divided in two by the ravishing Rasvagfjorden with the small Eie Canal having been built through its remaining narrow isthmus to allow boats to pass through.

    To enjoy phenomenal views out over Hidra and the nearby islands, head to Hagasen Fort which was built during World War II by the Germans. From atop of its prominent peak, you can also spy the centuries-old Hidra Church which is one of its standout sights alongside its coastal museum and the colourful cabins of Sma hytter – an interesting art installation.

    4. Mageroya

    Located in the extreme north of Norway is the marvelous Magerøya which lies along the Barents Sea, just off of the Porsanger Peninsula and its adjacent fjord which stretches endlessly inland. The incredible island is mostly known for being home to Nordkapp or the North Cape which is billed as the northernmost point of mainland Europe.

    Standing atop of the steep and sheer coastal cliff and looking out over the wild waters of the Arctic Ocean is an amazing experience as all you see are the shimmering waves reaching over the horizon. Long a popular tourist destination, its breath-taking panoramas have been enjoyed for centuries with the Sami once having used its precipitous plateau as a sacrificial site.

    Besides this, Magerøya also has lots of bleak and barren but bird-filled landscapes to explore with terrific trails taking you along its craggy coast and to the top of Grakallfjellet, its highest point.

    3. Vesteralen Islands

    Home to lots of wonderful wilderness and spellbinding scenery, the arresting archipelago of the Vesterålen Islands can be found just to the north of Lofoten. Although its captivating coastlines and mighty mountains are just as impressive as those of its nearby neighbor, it is thankfully overlooked by many tourists and so makes for a very picturesque and peaceful getaway.

    Encompassed within its scenic confines are around ten islands for you to explore which lie scattered off Northern Norway’s indented coast. Dotted about its fantastic fjords and serene and secluded coves are a number of quaint fishing villages with Andenes being a great base from which to take boat trips and whale watching tours to and around the rest of the isles.

    In addition, some lovely lakes lie hidden amidst its mountains with part of Moysalen National Park and its epic and undisturbed coastal alpine landscapes to be found on the island of Hinnoya.

    2. Svalbard

    Mostly made up of gorgeous glittering glaciers with majestic mountains and fjords crisscrossing its isolated islands, the astounding archipelago of Svalbard can be found high up in the Arctic Circle. Located midway between Norway and the North Pole, its icy expanses are famed for being home to more polar bears than people with it being one of the best places in the world to see arctic animals.

    As the islands are so inhospitable and inaccessible, only Spitsbergen is inhabited with a couple of small settlements spread around its snowy shores. From here, you can take brilliant boat tours to the surrounding islands which are home to lots of stupendous national parks and nature reserves.

    As well as polar bears, the winter wonderland also has arctic foxes and reindeer for you to spy amidst its stunning snow-coated scenery as well as the innumerable seals, walruses and whales which swim about its wild waters.

    1. Lofoten Islands

    Renowned and recognized the world round for their distinctive and dramatic landscapes, the lovely Lofoten Islands really are a treat to travel around and can be found just off of the nation’s northwest coast. Connected to the mainland by a series of tunnels and bridges, the archipelago boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of Norway with phenomenal views wherever you look.

    Rising up impressively above its scenic shores and sheltered inlets are lots of marvelous mountains with fabulous fjords cutting their way through them. Dotted about here and there you can also find beautiful beaches and charming coves with sheep-filled fields and farmland set among all of its untouched and unspoiled nature.

    Add in all of its epic outdoor activities, its picture-perfect fishing villages and of course the swirling Aurora Borealis, and it is no wonder that the Lofoten Islands are such a popular place to visit.

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