UK Holidays: Mind-blowing trips can be had without even getting on a plane
UK holidays may sound boring to a lot of people, but it’s often forgotten that stunning scenery and exciting adventures can be had on our doorstep – plus staying on the island can make things much cheaper.
“Whether you’re trying to save for your mortgage fund or a big holiday abroad next year, there’s no need to skip out on the annual getaway,” says Darren Williams from voucher code website Promotionalcodes.org.uk.
“From the breath-taking lakes in the Scottish Highlands to bustling Edinburgh and the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds – there is plenty of beauty to appreciate right here in the UK, without spending a fortune on flights and accommodation abroad.”
Here, Darren shares the top 10 UK staycation destinations.
1. Scottish Highlands
A mountainous region in northwest Scotland, the Highlands have no shortage of beautiful scenery and stunning bodies of water.
You can visit Loch Ness, home to the infamous mythical Loch Ness monster ‘Nessie’, climb Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the British Isles – or visit the 16th century Urquhart Castle. Not to mention Harry Potter fans will love the Glenfinnan viaduct, famous for the Hogwarts Express train scene.
Scotland’s capital – and known as the Athens of the North – Edinburgh is home to a medieval Old Town and Georgian new Town. The hilly city boasts unrivalled architecture complete with gardens and neoclassical buildings.
Stroll around the gothic cobbled city streets, enjoy shopping on Princes street and take a walk from the centre to the extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat that sits right next to the city. In August, enjoy the world’s largest arts festival – Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but be sure to book accommodation early to avoid missing out on the best deals.
3. Lake District
The Lake District in Cumbria boasts unparalleled beauty and an abundance of lakes and mountain range for hiking.
Lake Windermere, Thirlmere, Ullswater and Coniston Water are famous popular tourist spots to visit. If you fancy a challenge, climb Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. The best time to ascend in the summertime is early morning to see the breath-taking sunset and avoid the midday heat.
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4. Peak District
Nestled in central England, the Peak District boasts pretty limestone valleys and scenery. Hike along the top of Mam Tor, known as the shivering mountain, walk alongside the river Dove at Dovedale and take a cable car over the limestone gorge at the Heights of Abraham.
The Cotswolds is a rural area of natural beauty in south central England. Known for its rolling hills and quaint villages with thatched limestone cottages, it covers areas of six whole counties.
Walking lovers will enjoy the 102 mile Cotswold Way trail which starts at the historic town of Bath Spa and finishes at the market town of Chipping Campden. For a more relaxing stay, wallk up to Broadway Tower and enjoy breakfast overlooking 16 counties or take in the enchanting lavender fields in Broadway from late May to early August.
6. Brecon beacons
Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales that has a range of Old Red Sandstone peaks and is home to the highest peak in South Wales – Pen y Fan.
Walk or cycle the picturesque Elan Valley Trail, visit beautiful natural waterfalls such as Sgwd Henrhyd and stroll around some of the oldest medieval castles in Europe such as Carreg Cennen and Crickhowell.
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7. New Forest
Known for its scenic winding trails, ponies and coastline – the New Forest in southern England offers plenty of opportunities for those who like to get out and about. Kayak or canoe Beaulieu river, walk around Bolderwood Deer sanctuary and admire the beautiful Exbury gardens in Hampshire.
Located only an hour from London, the English seaside resort town of Brighton is known for its coastline, bustling nightlife, culture, arts scene and festivals.
Be a culture vulture at the Hindu-Gothic Royal Pavilion, ride the rollercoasters at Brighton Palace Pier and get lost in the narrow lanes and their small boutique stores. By night, Brighton has no short of colourful, lively entertainment – so head to one of its many bars, clubs, restaurants and venues.
The county of Devon in southwest England has plenty of coastline paths, long sandy beaches and medieval and harbour towns. It’s also home to the famous Jurassic Coast – 95 miles of fossil rich coastline. Devon is the perfect place for fresh sea air walks, picnics and paddling in natural beauty spots.
Located on England’s southwestern tip, Cornwall has an abundance of things to do besides enjoying its numerous seaside resorts and scenic harbour villages. Hike parts of the South West Coastal Path, walk around the botanical gardens at the Eden Project, take a trip to the historic St Michaels Mount and watch a production at the beautiful open air Minack Theatre.