Top UK winter retreats

Top UK winter retreats

Top UK winter retreats: Snowmen on the windows at the local cafes, ancient reruns playing on the television, and early mornings at starbucks all signify the presence of winter. Some years you stay home, cuddled with the family in front of the fire, gather for dinner, or rush to get home from a late days work. However, if you are planning to getaway this season, or any year to come round winter, the United Kingdom has a vast variety of places to go, people to see, and moments to remember. Whether you are looking for a week out at the mountains, skiing with your pals, or gliding across the frozen rinks with your bride to be, the UK has plenty in store for all types.
Jumping right in we will start with the Cairngorm Mountain Range. These powder covered mountains make for ridiculously enjoyable skiing and boarding. Never been skiing? No problem! The Cairngorm mountains are unbiased. Located conveniently on the mountain is the Ski and Snowboard School, offering lessons at low prices. Even better, there are numerous rental booths available to provide you with all your snow sports needs.

Next up, we have the beautiful and mysteriously intriguing Shetland Isles. For those of you who enjoy the sight of a setting sun, or looking up at the sky during a comet shower, be prepared to be awestruck by the majestic array of aurora borealis otherwise known as the northern lights. While somewhat evasive in nature, if you get far enough away from the glare of city streets and traffic lights, in addition to tuning in to current aurora forecasts, you may very well be a fortunate witness to one of nature’s radiant wonders.
So, is there anything else to do in Shetland besides sitting around and looking at the sky all night? I thought you would never ask. Every winter, with the exception of a couple world wars and royal wakes, the Shetland Isles hosts the Up Helly Aa Viking festival. Now here you have rich culture, deep rooted tradition, and breathtaking fire parades illuminating the night sky and evoking a feeling of being somewhere far back in time when enchantment and magic were commonplace.

Last but surely never least, we now arrive to Times Square, Newcastle. In the center of Times Square, between the tenth of November and the twenty-fourth of February, Centre for Life opens up their very own ice skating rink. Beautifully landscaped with seasonal adornments, lights, and cheerful faces, it makes for an ideal place to get reacquainted with those you love, whether that be a family of four, a couple in love , or a single’s night out with friends. Rentals are available near the rink, as well as many places to dine, and many places to sleep.

It’s always good to take a little vacation every once in a while, and if you’re sights are set on something great, something affordable, and something a little exotic, the UK has a plethora of options for you to choose from. A word of advice before we part, while all the possibilities for perfect moments circulate, and flames and auroras and skates are in the groove, be sure to dress appropriately and keep warm, this ensures you can make the most of every experience, without being any bit stifled by the frigid air of winter’s breath. Happy travels!