Awe-inspiring natural sights are all around, so why not see them with your own eyes this season? Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to go, we’ve got a whole bunch of the UK’s most stunning winter scenes below.
Argyll and Bute, Scotland
One of the more likely places to see a white Christmas, Scotland offers plenty of opportunity for snapping up a snowy scene. With the Highlands, the Isles of Shetland and Orkney, and Leadhills in South Lanarkshire all featuring amongst the snowiest places in the UK your chances are pretty good. However, a visit to one of the many lochs of Argyll and Bute is a great way to soak up the scenery. The vast bodies of water and their surrounds have an enchanting feel during the winter months, so it’s well worth the trip north to take in the sights, and just across the Crianlarich Hills, Loch Earn is also a jaw-dropping sight.
Our Helensburgh Seafront hotel is 10 miles away from Loch Lomond.
Brandon Hill, Bristol
A popular spot for those in the know around Bristol, Brandon Hill provides a stunning space for relaxation amongst the flora and fauna as well as a great location for taking in the city skyline in brisk conditions. The park is shared by the landmark Cabot Tower – a structure built in honour of Bristolian explorer John Cabot’s voyage to what later became Canada. If you are heading to the south-west on New Year’s Eve, be sure to stop off at this peaceful park for some fantastic views of the midnight fireworks.
Our Bristol Central hotel is less than 1 mile away.
York, Riverside Walk
The narrow streets of the famous York Shambles have witnessed many festive scenes over the years, but the riverside walks following the winding Rivers Ouse and Foss offer an equal amount of seasonal charm. Whether its a romantic wander for two or an activity for the whole family, wrap up warm and take a leisurely stroll, watching the water glisten as you go. If you start to feel the chill, rest assured that there are plenty of places to pop in for a slice of cake and a cuppa.
Our York Central Micklegate hotel is 0.3 of a mile away.
Brecon Beacons, Wales
Just outside the town of Merthyr Tydfil, the Brecon Beacons provide keen explorers with a breathtaking backdrop of vast greenery and snow-covered peaks. This marvellous mountain range in South Wales boasts up to 1,344km of lush landscape and is also perfect for a wintry wander with your loved ones. The conditions can at times be hostile and it is advised that visitors pack the necessary supplies and pick their route carefully. So, whether you’re a regular rambler or complete novice, work off the wonderful food of the Christmas period with a walk in the Brecon Beacons.
Our Merthyr Tydfil hotel is only 2.6 miles away from the edge of the Beacons.
Though it’s a picture-perfect English village in any weather, the beauty of Bourton-on-the-Water is only enhanced by frosty winter mornings and the colder climate. This rural Cotswold gem boasts heaps of traditional architecture, drawing tourists from across the globe to its historic streets and cosy coffee shops. The most iconic sight from Bourton is its succession of low bridges, the first of which was built way back in 1806. With a wildlife centre, motor museum and many a unique boutique, there’s plenty to do if you’re feeling a little chilly after your scenic stroll.
Our Burford Cotswolds hotel is just 10 miles away.