20 of the best autumn getaways around the UK
Culinary adventures, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
With four Michelin-starred restaurants, organic farms and picnic-ready markets, Edinburgh is a great destination for food-lovers, and Stockbridge is a hub of the city’s foodie scene. Menus draw on the game-rich Scottish moors, lochs full of seafood, foraged berries, fungi and seaweed. The local Sunday market offers fermented figs and plum compote, and nearby restaurants serve up fancy meals: a seven-course tasting menu at candlelit Purslane (£65) or bacon-wrapped grouse with locally foraged girolle mushrooms (£30) among the tartan and antlers at Scran and Scallie.
Across the road is the Raeburn (from £110 B&B) hotel, a comfy Stockbridge base with muted teal-and-heather decor, roll-top baths, its own restaurant and a big log fire in the bar. A cheaper option is the Loft hosteloff Princes Street (private doubles from £40), a 10-minute walk from Stockbridge.
Nearby Dean Village, a cluster of old mill houses with turrets and crow-stepped gables, is the gateway to an afternoon stroll beside the Water of Leith. Half a mile downstream, have a peek at the edible garden project in the Royal Botanic Garden (free). Then work up an appetite walking back along this rocky valley, with a neoclassical well and resident otters, ready for tea at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (free, book ahead). For autumnal perfection, drive or catch bus X5 along the coast to stroll round the Gosford House Estate, a well-kept local secret. Buy a £1 permit from the well-stocked Bothy farm shop (Tuesday to Saturday) to admire the fiery beeches and ornamental lakes.
Cider and soda, Armagh
Late September sees Armagh’s pared-down Food and