I’ve just back from a trip to Montenegro, perhaps one of the least-known corners of the Balkans. We explored the coastal area between Kotor and Budva, as well as some of the really off-the-beaten track areas inland, including Lake Skadar and the mountains around Durmitor National Park. We also interviewed a monk at the Ostrog Monastery, one of the holiest sites in Montenegro.

It’s a country with some really epic scenery: wild mountains, sandy beaches, unspoilt lakes and much more. It really deserves to be better known than it is, especially since a relatively well-known country like Croatia is right on its doorstep.

We spent a couple of days kayaking on Lake Skadar with the owners of Undiscovered Montenegro, Ben and Emma Heywood, who were great guides to the area. I thoroughly recommend them if you’re planning a trip.

My piece for Lonely Planet Traveller on Montenegro will be published soon, but in the meantime here are a few images from the the trip.