Archive for December, 2010

Venture 1085 Metres Up From Your Holiday Cottage

Friday, December 10th, 2010
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Snowdonia is Britain’s second largest National Park, after the Lake District, and thousands flock here each year, many to scale Mount Snowdon, which, at some 1085 metres high, dominates the landscape. The mountain range here is compact yet spectacular, and the wider Snowdonia area overflows with an austere natural beauty; glacial valleys, serene lakes, rushing rivers and waterfalls, boggy moor land and leafy forest eventually giving way to a gentler, beautiful length of coastline. (more…)

When The Weather In Scotland Improves …

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
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… Why not book yourself a holiday cottage in Campbeltown? As you can see from the guide below, it really is a fascinating place to visit with lots to see and do.

Nestling under a range of hills and sheltered by a loch, Campbeltown’s somewhat isolated position nonetheless makes it an excellent base for discovering the scenic Kintyre peninsula. Once a thriving centre for shipbuilding and whisky production, the latter at least is undergoing something of a revival, and visitors should take a tour of the Springbank Distillery. As Scottish distilleries go, this one is unique in that the entire production process, from barley to bottling, takes place on site. Tours provide insight into the history, so inextricably linked with that of the town itself, as well as tasting and the opportunity to purchase the three distinctive single malts in production here. (more…)

The 2 Minute Guide To Hayfield

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
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Lying between Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield is a typical Peak District town and the starting point for many walks up onto the desolate moorland that is Kinder Scout. As anyone who has visited one of our holiday cottages there will know, the village was a former woollen centre but is now a thriving town with good local shops and pubs and a lively music scene with a strong jazz tradition. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Alnwick Castle

Monday, December 6th, 2010
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Dominating the town, magnificent Alnwick Castle was constructed high above the river Aln in the 11th century, providing a fortress to defend against raiders from the north during the border wars of the ensuing centuries. The castle is the second largest inhabited castle in Britain and been the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland since the 13th century. Together with its superb gardens, Alnwick Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northumberland and is an excellent day out for all the family. An arresting and dramatic sight, the castle and its grounds have been used regularly as a film set for many period dramas. Harry Potter-loving visitors young and old will recognise it instantly as the setting for Hogwart’s school in JK Rowling’s blockbuster Harry Potter films. (more…)