Home or away this winter?

The UK has many different adventures you can take during the colder months. Regatta has created an interactive map of some of the most iconic winter getaways the UK has to offer. You can recreate the popular holidays that you take abroad without leaving the UK. This saves on precious time that would be spent queuing in airports and also saves on the cost of travel.

Here is a list of winter getaways in the UK compared to the ones abroad


Glencoe Mountain Resort is located on Rannoch Moor, an hour and half away from Glasgow and 2 hours from Edinburgh. It has 200 hectares of picturesque snowy scenes, 8 lifts and 20 runs which makes the resort suitable for skiers of all abilities.

In France, Courchevel Ski Resort makes up part of the world’s largest lift-linked ski area. The terrain makes it suitable for all levels of experience. It’s surrounded by 4 separate villages which offer a great selection of bars, shops, and even Michelin star restaurants. Non ski activities in the Chorchelvel ski resort include ice skating, scenic paragliding excursions, and beautiful mountain walks.

Northern Lights

The Isle of Skye is one of the best locations to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in the UK. The beautiful rays of light are most visible between October and March; therefore it’s best making this trip during the wintertime.

Experiencing the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, Iceland has to be one of the most iconic trips you can make in the winter. When the skies are clear, it’s possible to see the Aurora Borealis anywhere in Iceland. 

Ice skating 

When we think of winter activities one the first things that we think about is ice skating. In Cornwall, the world-famous Eden Project is visited by thousands of people all year round. During the colder months, it opens its indoor ice skating rink from the 12th of October to the 23rd of February. The rink offers lessons that you can book onto for some extra practice before you set off on your own.

In Vienna, Austria lies a 107,000 sq ft ice rink right in the heart of the city that is surrounded by amazing architecture. Whilst you glide around the rink waltz music is played making your experience that extra bit special. Vienna is known for its artistic culture, history and traditional places making it a perfect setting for a winter getaway.

Boat tour 

In Windermere, the Lake District is one of England’s most beautiful natural spots. It is full of stone buildings, cosy pubs and picturesque lakes that are surrounded by woodlands and mountains. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of these views is by the Windermere lake cruise. It’s a relaxing trip that takes you nearby Bowness and Waterhead. The traditional steamer has outdoor and indoor viewing stations that make it a perfect trip regardless of the weather.

Copenhagen in Denmark has become one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. This is because of its vibrant architecture, local cuisines, and attractions. The city is known for its canals and guided boat tours. On the tours you can sit back and enjoy the scenery whilst having a tour guide will share details about the local culture and architecture.  

Whether you want to stay in the UK for your winter getaway or abroad there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Which is your perfect getaway? Let me know using the hashtag #HomeOrAway.

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