Aberfeldy, Scotland, UK: Whisky and wellies
Grab your wellies; it's time for a bracing stroll in the highlands.
The village of Aberfeldy is on the Loch Tay, surrounded by some of Scotland's most breathtaking scenery, courtesy of Ben Lawers, Perthshire's highest peak, and Schiehallion, one of our favorite unpronounceable mountains. This is Robert Burns country—he immortalized the Birks of Aberfeldy (the massive Scottish birch trees which cloak the area) in the poem of the same name in 1787. And it's all best seen on foot.
But it can be nippy this time of year. All the more reason to stay at the Rose Cottage, an enchanting Victorian B&B just a short stroll to the village. Hosts Jenny and Richard Langrish understand hospitality: They hook you up with homemade scones in the morning, a glass of wine ("if the sun is over the yard-arm"), and even slip you a dram of Aberfeldy Malt. Warming up by the fire works, too, either at the cottage or one of the cozy restaurants in the village.
And if you're still not warm enough, pencil in a visit to the Aberfeldy Distillery (built by John Dewar himself) or a Whisky & Chocolate Tour.