Money Matters Team

Winter retreats

By Money Matters Team 23/11/2012

For a refreshing winter retreat…

As the cold months set in, getting away for a short break can be just what you need.

Whether you want to stay in the UK or go further afield, here’s a selection of destinations for a refreshing winter retreat.

The Cairngorms

If you want to embrace the winter, wrap up warm and head to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park in Scotland’s snowy highlands. With a wealth of remarkable wildlife including ospreys, red squirrels and wildcats, this is an ideal destination for bracing winter walks and fascinating heritage attractions. Find out more at

Tromsø (Norway)

This Norwegian city in the Arctic Circle is a truly special destination. Between September and March Tromsø is among the best places to see the Northern Lights; a dazzling phenomenon and unforgettable experience. Tromsø also offers unique shopping and stunning snow covered views. Find out more at


Boasting some of the UK’s most striking coastline and historic attractions including Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland is a great setting for a winter break. The North Sea coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; perfect for invigorating walks followed by a well-earned meal at a local pub. Find out more at


Slovenia is now an up and coming ski destination, gaining popularity as an alternative to the usual French and Austrian resorts. As their national sport, skiing is a big pastime in Slovenia and there is plenty of mountain to keep you busy on an action packed winter retreat. Find out more at


For the best of beautiful scenery and a lively town centre, the shopping, art galleries and pubs of Penzance provide plenty to do; and if you want to push the boat out you can even get a ferry to the Scilly Isles. Penzance has a rich history, with many ancient sites to visit as well as stunning coastal walks. Find out more at


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