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Travel expert Emma Savage talks 'staycations' in her latest column

In her latest column, travel expert Emma Savage talks about 'staycations'.

Holidays in the UK have been a popular enquiry recently; perhaps due to the convenience that holidaying at home offers; there’s no need to complete any forms before you arrive, present any certificates or worry about airport crowds. I have come across some really interesting itineraries and holiday experiences closer to home; it just goes to show you can have an adventure without travelling too far - here are a few which have caught my eye recently, north of the border.

If you’ve been watching the television series ‘Amazing Hotels; Life Beyond the Lobby’ you might have recently seen an episode where the presenters are in Scotland at a luxury hotel called The Torridon. This five-star hotel is set in 58 acres of parkland offering wonderful views across the sea loch and offers the most relaxing of holidays in idyllic surroundings. The Torridon offers outdoor pursuits, fine cuisine and every detail has been thought of. Why not combine a stay here as part of a North Coast 500 self-drive route; this highly regarded coastal touring route is amongst the best in Europe with fabulous views at every turn.

The Torridon - one of the reasons to stay in the UK for your holiday
The Torridon - one of the reasons to stay in the UK for your holiday

Another tour which grabbed my attention was one involving whisky! I could immediately see why The Whisky Explorer tour would be a popular choice; encouraging participants to ‘experience the true character of Scotland’s most famous export in the company of an expert guide’. This tour is bookable for groups of six of more so would be ideal for groups of couples or perhaps a likeminded social group. As part of the experience, you’ll enjoy tastings at six different distilleries and have the opportunity to view the world’s largest private whisky collection. If you know someone who loves a tipple, this might just tick all the boxes for them!

For lovers of James Bond and classic cars, an exhilarating 007 Aston Martin weekend might be just the treat they’re looking for. Drive your Aston past the Faslane naval base which was featured in The Spy Who Loved Me, then head over to a private island for a five-star hideaway in complete seclusion. You can learn to make a Martini, spend some time in the spa or play a round of golf. There’s even an included speedboat ride. Plus, enjoy an exciting drive through Glencoe – setting for the dramatic finale of Skyfall.

Holidays at home don’t need to be in a lodge or at a cottage (although I offer those too!) so if you are thinking about doing something a little bit different, I hope this gives you some ideas.

Happy travels!

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