Travel news roundup: wilderness Scotland and visa-free Kazakhstan

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This new, romantic one-bedroom lodge on Scotland’s remote Knoydart peninsula is accessible only by foot or boat. Knoydart Hide, near Inverie, offers sleek accommodation in an unspoilt setting, which you can admire through floor-to-ceiling windows or outdoor hot tub with views of Loch Nevis.
• From £142 a night, sleeps two adults and two children,

What’s new?

A Kazakh man and his trained golden eagle.
Kazakhstan is going visa-free for a year. Photograph: David Edwards/Getty Images

If you’ve ever fancied going to Kazakhstan now is the time: the country is going visa-free for a year. From 15 July, Britons (and people from nine other countries) can visit for up to 15 days without any pre-trip paperwork – and it will save you a few quid too.
• Find out where to go, what to do and where to stay at

Food Festival
Next month’s Copenhagen Cooking festival (22-31 August) is upping the ante for food festivals. More than 100 one-off events will include dinners at top chefs’ houses, a visit to the royal kitchens at Christiansborg Palace and a jam-making workshop held in a bramble thicket.
• Full programme at

For those who like to be in the water rather than on it or gazing at it, a new website brings together swimming holidays from different operators, including Swimtrek and Strel Adventures. Destinations range from rivers in Sussex and lakes in Arizona to island-hopping in the Caribbean and sea-swimming in the Arctic Circle. The site also has details of training camps and open-water races.

Travel trash

Heimplanet inflatable tent

If you like camping, but not the faff of putting up a tent, Heimplanet has the product for you. The company, founded by two German surfers, had the bright idea of an inflatable version. You open a valve and inflate the tent with a pump system – in less than 60 seconds. The tents look great and have withstood winds of 277kmh in testing.
• Two-man £369, four-man £449,

Family fun

T Rex at Eden
T Rex at Eden project, Cornwall. Photograph: James Ram

The Eden Project in Cornwall is turning into Jurassic Park for the summer, with a dinosaur-themed extravaganza. There will be an immersive experience with a T Rex, a quest for an escaped dinosaur, a pit for fossil hunting, and an exhibition featuring real dinosaur eggs, teeth, brain and skeleton.
• Family ticket from £52, 21 July- 2 September,

Glamp watch

There are still places left on a glamping and mindfulness retreat in Wales next weekend. Based near Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall in Powys, the break includes hill-walking, meditation and a half-day silent solo retreat. Accommodation is in luxurious bell tents, though cheaper (£190) wild camping retreats are also available.
• £390pp, 19-22 July,

Weird world

From next week, passengers can add a new dimension to a ride on Japan’s bullet train with its onboard foot spas. Each footbath can be used by four passengers at once, and the website explains that they’re for relaxing, not washing, so make sure your feet are clean before taking the plunge.
• Weekends until 30 September between Fukushima and Shinjo,

Travel trend

Instead of separate hen and stag weekends, some brides- and grooms-to-be opt for “broom weekends” with their coupled-up friends. The Magdalen Chapter hotel in Exeter is one of the first hotels in Britain to launch a broom package, which includes a spa treatment and a cocktail class.
• From £469 for two, with two nights’ B&B and one three-course dinner, © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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