The UK Destinations That Rival New England in Autumn
The British autumn is difficult to define, but with these 5 places you will enjoy definitely it.
1. Isle of Lewis
Autumn arrives in the Isle of Lewis in September, as soon as August has departed. The capital Stornoway joins the carnival in the shape of Lews Castle, a 19th century home with 270 acres of woods and parkland. Walk Highlands gives details of a four-mile walk from the center of town, cutting up through the estate. And, as the castle is part of the Natural Retreats portfolio of luxury hideaways, accommodation is available.
2. Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond, that has enjoyed protected status since 2002 as the center-point of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, is the largest inland stretch of water in the UK by surface area. The area of wooded glens, which make up Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve, is a prime spot for autumn strolling thanks to the Western Atlantic oaks. The Millennium Forest Trail at Balmaha is a simple 1.5-mile path which climbs through oak groves to a high knoll for fine loch views. The best place to accommodate yourselves is in the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha, that has twice been named “Scotland’s Best Independent Pub”.
3. Dawyck Botanic Garden
The Scottish Borders blaze with color at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, placed in Stobo, Peeblesshire. Its 65 floral acres are a backdrop to the Dawyck Beech and a Japanese katsura tree. Close to Peebles, with a walled garden, the best place where to accommodate is in the Cringletie House Hotel.
4. National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum, at Alrewas in Staffordshire, is a quiet place where 30,000 trees rustle in the wind. Species from all over the planet stand tall in this 150-acre enclave and, naturally, autumn is their moment to shine.
5. Thetford Forest
Thetford Forest is a combination of heath and lowland forest which straddles the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. At every glance, it is dominated by green pine trees, oak, maple and walnut inhabitants. The Bridge Hotel, that overlooks the River Little Ouse in delightful Brandon, offers affordable accommodation.