Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: I want a UK Christmas holiday without the Christmas celebrations
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Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Friday 30 November 2012
Q My sister has asked me to try and find her a Christmas holiday in the UK where Christmas is not celebrated.
A Go north. Of the nations that make up the UK, Scotland is least afflicted by the Christmas closedown; there is even a Sunday service of trains running on Boxing Day in the Glasgow area, and the Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street is open on 26 December.
If your sister aims for a distant island such as Rona or Carna, she should find hardly a soul. But the best compromise between escapism and comfort is probably to be found on the Knoydart Peninsula, a wilderness accessible from Mallaig by ferry and with a range of places to stay: ideal for a few days' peace and serenity. See the story I wrote - at bit.ly/KnoyX - for information and, I hope, inspiration.
Additional research by Emma Munbodh
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