Fifteen Shades of Grey

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Ah, grey, it’s definitely the ‘in’ colour right now…especially when it comes to books it would seem. As we reach mid-June, we’ve had little more than ‘sunny spells’ and can’t be blamed for losing all sight of what summer’s supposed to be about. However, we’re inclined to embrace the grey, and celebrate those locations where grey is a key part of why people like to visit. Behind every grey cloud is a silver lining as they say, so in the spirit of not being defeated by the downpours, we’ve drawn up a list of fifteen travel destinations inspired by “grey”.


1. Seattle, USA
The rainy backdrop for the tumultuous love stories of two infamous Greys. Meredith Grey memorably falls for her beau Derek at Seattle Grace hospital while Christian Grey charms innocent young Ana from his swanky office that overlooks the Seattle skyline.

2. Tasman, New Zealand
After rising in Lake Christabel in the north west of New Zealand, the Grey River winds its way westward for 120 kilometres before draining into the Tasman Sea at Greymouth.

3. Alaska, USA
The setting of nail-biting thriller The Grey starring Liam Neeson, where a group of plane crash survivors have to battle the ice cold conditions while escaping the deathly fangs of a pack of grey wolves.

4. Dalness, Glen Etive, Scotland, UK
Grey skies are a regular feature in this Scottish town, which is considered Britain’s wettest destination receiving an average annual rainfall of 3.3m.

5. Calabria, Italy
At the toe of the Italian peninsula, Calabria is a southern region known for producing Bergamot oranges, whose oils have been used to flavour British favourite Earl Grey tea since the 19th century.


6. Newcastle, UK
Home to Grey Street, the location of Newcastle’s Theatre Royal which later this year will host Mary Poppins Newcastle as part of the show’s national tour.

7. Magallanes Region, Chile
At the extreme south end of the globe, the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is home to the glacially fed Grey Lake.

8. Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
This picturesque region in southern France is the setting of Modernist furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray’s first major work, the E-1027 house that she designed alongside Jean Badovici in 1924 which also contains murals by Le Corbusier.

9. Newfoundland, Canada
A truly grey destination, the Grand Banks off the Canadian island Newfoundland are reputably the foggiest place in the world.

Belfast Flights and Hotel Breaks

10. Grays, Kent, UK
Near Canterbury in Kent, the Grays hamlet on the North Stream is made up of a small collection of houses called Little Grays, and the Grays Farm.

11. Belfast, Northern Ireland
Designed by CivicArts and Todd Architects, the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction that opened in April 2012, shimmers with iridescent shades of grey, the four aluminium-clad hulls standing proud on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.

12. Moffat, Scotland, UK
Located 10 miles north east of Moffat in Scotland, Grey Mare’s Tail is a spectacular 200ft hanging valley waterfall that crashes its way through the dramatic landscape.

13. Grey County, Ontario, Canada
Founded in 1852 in southern Ontario, Grey County is a scenic region with stunning landscapes, making it an ideal destination for exploring the great outdoors on a Canadian adventure.

Montreal, Canada

14. London, UK
Described as “grey monstrous London… with its myriads of people, its sordid sinners, and its splendid sins” in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, London was famously covered in shades of grey in the Great Smog of 1952.

15. Madrid, Spain
The Spanish capital is home to the Museo Reina Sofía which houses Picasso’s iconic grey toned Guernica painting.

Have you ever visited any of these destinations? What other “grey”-inspired settings can you think of?

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