Winter has its own magic. Stag headed trees, swaying black against the windy, water-blue sky, weave spells. White horses and raiding rollers rush to carve mystical profiles in untrodden, gale twisted beaches. A censored sun struggles to work white magic on snow shrouded crags. Winter warms the supernatural imagination. Let it run free. Get out there.
Wonder at the wintry waterscapes of The Broads, the Lake District, Lough Neagh, Loch Lomond or Lake Bala. Scan the rugged skylines of the Peaks, Dartmoor, Snowdonia, The Burren or the Cairngorms. Travel the gentle lanes of the Cotswolds, Devon, the Dales, the Borders and the soft centre of Ireland.
In Scotland, hogmanay is as much fun as ever and why not meet the stars at the same time? The Galloway Dark Sky Park observatory takes you off into the Milky Way and beyond. Wintry Scotland is aflame with its world famous fire festivals including the Stonehaven Fireballs and the Burning of the Clavie. Then cool off with a crack at curling. Ben Nevis is amazing in winter and the drive along the Great Glen is stunning. See VisitScotland.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from Donegal to Cork, is even wilder in winter and there’s the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, with the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. Don’t miss the breathtaking Strangford Lough reserve and the ethereal Mount Errigal. Take in Dublin and Belfast for a winter craic…and there are the green and gentle Hidden Heartlands that calm the worst weather. Visit discoverIreland.
Wander Wales for winter wildlife. Point of Ayr, Traeth Lefan and Newport Wetlands are just a few of a treasure trove of reserves. See the majesty of Snowdon in winter with a jaunt into the mountains from Snowdonia south to the Brecon Beacons. Rambles on the Gower Peninsular tie in with that winter wildlife watching…and how about ice skating in Caerphilly Castle? VisitWales.
Fancy a mid-winter’s day in a tropical rain forest? The Eden Project’s jungle is a warm up to chilling out on the glacier theme ice rink. There are also England’s great gardens and grounds to visit on a frosty day. Northumberland has Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. See for yourself at the Kielder Observatory, high above the forests and moors. VisitEngland.
It is so easy to find first-rate places to stay and enjoy the British and Irish way of life. Use our brochure of bed and breakfast accommodation – The Little Green Book – and websites for B&B homes and for self-catering cottages.
All the B&Bs and cottages have been specially selected to ensure that they provide high quality accommodation. They range from country cottages to town houses, manor houses to farm houses – all offering a warm welcome and good value. The hosts are all keen to promote their part of the country and suggest fun days out and how best to get there.