Winter staycation inspiration

For many people, retirement is the first real opportunity to take holidays at whatever time of year you fancy. Winter sun destinations are always popular – but getting away doesn’t have to mean hours spent at airports and on ships – and the UK has some amazing spots, well worth visiting for a winter break. But it all depends on what sort of holidaymaker you are…

Discover the Scottish Highlands

The Highlands are a true treasure of Britain. Alongside stunning lochs, white⁠-⁠sand beaches and the awe⁠-⁠inspiring Cairngorms National Park, there are also mountain regions, including the breath⁠-⁠taking Grampians.

You fancy a challenge

For those who love walking or climbing, head for Ben Nevis. As a beginner, try the Mountain Path (also called the Pony Track or Ben Path) – it’s the most straight forward and most popular way to the top.

You’re a fan of history

Scotland is steeped in history and if you like a castle, you’ll be spoilt for choice here! Try Eilean Donan Castle, a 13th century castle in the Highlands, set on a tidal island at the intersection of three lochs.

You enjoy train travel

The Jacobite steam train is described as the greatest railways journey in the world. The 84⁠-⁠mile Fort William to Mallaig return trip takes you over the 21⁠-⁠arch Glenfinnan Viaduct close to Ben Nevis, Loch Morar and Loch Nevis.

Explore the Lake District

Widely accepted as the UK’s top spot for holidays, the Lakes offer outdoor activities to suit all ages and all levels of fitness.

You like exploring villages

From Grasmere and Hawkshead to Ambleside and Windermere, there’s no shortage of pretty villages and lakeside towns to explore, full of shops, cafes and galleries galore.

You love stretching your legs

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll or a tricky hiking trail, you’ll find it here. England’s highest mountain, Scarfell Pike is at one end of the extreme, while walks like the Tarn Hows circuit are a more gentle option.

You adore the water!

From pleasure cruises to water sports, the options are endless. Ullswater steamers offer an environmentally⁠-⁠friendly, scenic trip, whilst those with energy to burn can try their hand at paddle boarding, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing – Windermere offers the lot!

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