Holiday Weather

Fancy nipping off for a pre-festive break?

Then look no further than our round-up of easy-to-reach destinations collated by Jessica Rees

Scotland

Feel the need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Head to Scotland for gorgeous landscapes and plenty of fresh air. Now the midges’ season has passed, you can enjoy walking the hilltops and while taking in the dramatic scenery. Boat trips mean you can explore Loch Lomond and many other beautiful islands.

Leaving the popular loch behind, continue your exploration north in the Scottish Highlands. Pass through and stop for a picnic at the picturesque Glen Coe, or, why not hike the UK’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, which stands proudly at 1344 metres high. The higher up the mountain, the colder it will get, so pack for all weather conditions.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on terra firma, a trip to Eilean Donan Castle will not disappoint. A picture-perfect 13th century castle, which sits on a small island, it’s one of the most visited and prominent attractions in Scotland.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland provides cheap and basic accommodation with access to self-catering facilities. Find out more about the latest weather forecast here.

Norway

Norway in autumn makes for a wonderful trip away. Flying to Oslo, explore the charms of the city and the royal palace before enjoying one of the worlds most stunning railway rides from Oslo to Bergen. Taking around 7 hours, you will pass snow-capped mountains, never-ending Nordic forests, and mirrored lakes before pulling in to the charming port town of Bergen.

Bergen fish market is famous in it’s own right, so allow enough time to check it out. Sample local delicacies before catching the Ulriken643 gondola to the highest point of Bergen’s famous “Seven Mountains,’ which offers an impressive view across Bergen.

Feeling adventurous? Kayak down the magnificent Norwegian fjords with Nordic Ventures, or, if you want to take it easy, book a cruise. Cascading waterfalls from mountains thousands of feet high, turquoise waters and stunning fjords all await in Norway.

Fjord Norway offers train and cruise combo tickets from Oslo to Bergen. Visit Norwegian Air for reasonable last minute flights to both Oslo and Bergen and check out the latest weather forecasts here and here.

Dorset

Dorset is a great destination for a quick break away. With beaches that can rival those of Cornwall, and home to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, there is plenty here to keep the whole family entertained. And if the weather takes a turn for the worse, Corfe Castle and Monkey World are well worth a visit.

Swanage is a family friendly destination, with accessible walks along the South West Coast Path to Old Harry’s Rocks and Durlston Country Park.

Stay in a holiday caravan at Swanage Coastal Park or for a treat, enjoy Purbeck House Hotel.

Majorca

If you want to go beyond the borders of the UK, November is a quieter and more reasonably priced time to visit Majorca, with still reasonable weather conditions.

Majorca has something for everyone. It has the busier and popular family and party resorts on the west side of the island, notably Magaluf, or for something more historic and peaceful, head to Alcudia in the northeast of the island.

For a different day out away from the beaches, Palma offers one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe, and is a charming historic city bursting with delicious tapas restaurants.

The accessible size of Majorca allows you to explore the whole island in one week by car. Make sure you visit the Serra de Tramunta mountain range for breath taking views and a walk on the wild side of Spain.

Read more holiday reviews about Majorca here. Many of the main holiday companies offer reasonable last minute deals, but by booking your own last minute flights and hotel you can also make great savings.

London

Nowhere in the UK has more packed in to one city for children than London. Start your day visiting The London Dungeon during Halloween before mixing with the stars at Madame Tussauds.

Once you’re finished there, it’s time to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace! Walk from the South Bank across Westminster Bridge and visit the Houses of Parliament before taking a walk through St James Park to Buckingham Palace. At this time of year, London’s Royal Parks are resplendent, especially St James Park.

In the evening, enjoy the buzz of Leicester Square and a West End show. The Lion King and Wicked are spectacular and provide unforgettable experiences.

Premier Inn has great offers all across the city if you want to extend a day trip. Check the latest forecast for London here.

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