Today marks the start of November, which means that winter is only a few weeks away. Here are three ways to cope with the chilly weather...
What better place to shelter from the blistering elements than in an actual castle on the edge of the Scottish Highlands? Dornoch Castle Hotel is 400 years old and legitimately legendary, according to the Sunday Times. And this winter you can stay there for £119 for two, including dinner. If you do feel like venturing out into the wild, the medieval town of Dornoch and its rugged coastline is an excellent wintery spot to do so. But chances are you’ll be too busy sampling local whisky and venison by the 11-foot fireplace to notice.
If the UK’s doom and gloom means that Seasonal Affective Disorder is becoming a concern, why not pop over to Africa and climb its highest mountain? As you scale Kilimanjaro’s peaks you’ll encounter ice fields, snowy peaks and, if you make it to Africa’s highest point, temperatures of -23 degrees. But down on the ground, Tanzania’s swelteringly summery in December, complete with tropical rainforests. At £999 per person, the experience isn't cheap, but it’s £300 off the usual rate and you’ll have a host of local guides, cooks and porters to help you on your way.
Of course, there are those for whom icy winds and woollen jumpers hold an allure that they would be happy to hang on to year round. If you’re a glacier chaser, I’d suggest this super-luxurious 6-star cruise to Alaska. Expect to see icebergs, whales and tidewater glaciers floating past your suite. Although the price (£2299) may be slightly chilling, excursions are included. But then, so is unlimited champagne and all-inclusive fine dining -- so if you decide all that freezing weather is too much after all, there’s really no reason ever to leave the ship.