The very best of British for the year ahead
specialist Wilderness Scotland has new trips for 2019 (from £1,045 for six nights; wildernessscotland.com), while the new Hebridean whale trail will launch in spring (hwdt.org). Whisky lovers haven’t been left out either, with a new whisky trail running through Skye to the Isle of Harris (hebrideanwhisky.com). If making it home after over-indulging is a concern, you can now also stay in the new rooms at the Isle of Raasay distillery (raasaydistillery.com).
For an entirely different but no less compelling experience, turn northwards and explore the Orkney and Shetland islands. In Orkney you will find a Neolithic archaeological dig at the Ness of Brodgar on July 21 and Aug 18 where you can experience the rare sight of archaeologists at work (nessofbrodgar.co.uk).
Alternatively, head to Shetland for wildlife photographer Neil McIntyre’s week-long tours dedicated to
Encounter highland cattle on the Isle of Mull, left. Bottom: a racegoer at Cheltenham