THE GREY DAYS are past and, believe it or not, daylight hours are drawing out, by 5 minutes a day! North of the border, Hogmanay is a happy, hazy memory but the joys of Burns Night (25th January) beckon. Winter hangs on but there's no shortage of enticing destinations, seasonal sights and exciting exhibitions to enjoy. In this issue, we celebrate the best of British with a review of forthcoming arts and cultural events (p18), a showcase of our world-leading leathergoods manufacturers (p30) and suggestions for seeking out memories of our literary and legendary heroes (p14). We suggest the best of tours and museums based on iconic UK sporting venues (p52), unexpected pleasures to be had from spectacular Gulf Stream gardens (p68) and amazing properties, at the top-end of the market (p110). Standing proudly at the pinnacle of stately-home hotels are Luton Hoo (p106) and Brocket Hall (p102) and, if that's not enough to whet your appetite, we take a leisurely look at other grand destinations around UK, touring in Inverness (p92), Yorkshire – by train (p76), Nottinghamshire (p86) and Jersey, the Queen of the Channel Islands (p58). If getting about Britain, on your own, is just too much, take the personalised guided tour of your choice (p98) or make your holiday special in one of the Landmark Trust's restored heritage properties (p46). With so much fascinating content, as well as our regular features on London's iconic department stores (Liberty, p36), fashion, shopping, accessories, news and events, we know you will want to enjoy what Britain has to offer!
Cover Image: Bow Fiddle Rock, Moray, Portknockie, The Highlands © Visitscotland / Kenny Lam