As Storm Henry forces Scotland to batten down the hatches this week, Scots are using the time to plan their escapes to sunnier climes and book a foreign holiday.
That’s according to online travel agent Holiday Hypermarket, which has reported a 22.5% leap in bookings year-on-year this January, as Storms Frank, Gertrude and Henry hit the northern British Isles.
It says Scotland in particular, which has had some of the worst weather in recent weeks, saw a 34.6% increase in bookings compared to last year, with most holidaymakers travelling to Spain.
The stats come as Scots are warned not to travel over the coming days, with up to 90-mile-an-hour winds predicted in some areas, along with high levels of rain and school closures across the country.
Holiday Hypermarket representative Ian Crawford said: “We normally see an increase in bookings during extended periods of bad weather in the UK, but the uplift of 34.6% in Scotland is surprising.
“We’re putting it down to people booking something to look forward to in the coming months, especially while the weather is restricting their movements. That would certainly explain why we’re seeing a high number of people booking breaks in short-haul destinations like Spain, for a quick, low-cost getaway in the coming months.”