Is anyone else dreaming of the post-isolation holidays they’re going to be taking? When lockdown lifts there’s still a chance that international travel will be restricted, so we thought we’d highlight some top UK stay-cation destinations to get your holiday fix without travelling too far afield – including some of the not-so-typical locations!
A small island just a 55 minute ferry ride off the west coast of Scotland, Arran boasts rocky mountains with climbing routes as well as more peaceful walks and plenty of beaches (fun fact: Scotland’s first ever nudist beach was located on Arran!). There’s a great local community with independent shopping for locally made clothing, food and of course whiskey, plus incredible wildlife spotting opportunities including golden eagles, red stags, red squirrels, harbour seals and otters.
Peak District, Derbyshire
The Peak District is a breath-taking British holiday destination, with high moorland plateaus and rolling green hills and plenty of rivers and springs. Whether you’re a walker or a cyclist, scrambler or climber there’s something for you here. Want to take it easy? Check out the array of local markets and country fairs, visit one of the local museums or enjoy some yummy local food and drink. Plus for the adrenaline junkies out there, Alton Towers is a stone’s throw away!
North Devon, Devon
Known as England’s Adventure Coast, North Devon is an idyllic seaside destination with water sports activities from surfing to boat trips, golfing, and quaint local villages and towns – not to mention famous Devonshire cream teas. There are plenty of beaches to choose from like Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton for the best of traditional British family-friendly holidays, plus take a trip out to Lundy Island to see puffins and seals!
Snowdonia, North Wales
With its distinct culture, North Wales is a quaint and rich part of the UK that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. With epic landscapes to take in, there are plenty of family friendly activities and it also makes a great romantic getaway for couples. Visit Mount Snowdon (the highest mountain in England & Wales), go wild swimming in in the Llyns (mountain lakes) of the Rhinog Range, or take a train ride along the coast to take in the stunning views.
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men – Sherwood Forest is a fantastic place for a getaway in the heart of England with an exciting history, great walks, and the magnificent Major Oak. Stay in a quaint log cabin in the woods, take a day trip into Nottingham city to visit the castle and caves, and visit the historic village of Edwinstowe where Robin Hood and Maid Marion are said to have married.
The Broads, Norfolk
Big bright skies meet endless horizons at the Broads in Norfolk – home to more than a quarter of Britain’s rarest animals and plants and is full of rich heritage and culture. It also boasts over 125 miles of lock-free waterways, making it perfect for a boating holiday. Why not try something new and holiday on a canal boat?
Mendip Hills, Somerset
Located in northern Somerset, Mendip Hills is a Natural Trust site of gorges and woodland, surrounded with calm countryside and endless greenery. There are a few treehouse accommodations in the area to keep it super fun and unique if you’re looking for something other than your standard B&B. Check out local activities like walks, horse riding and wine tasting, while also benefiting from being close to the gorgeous coastal town of Weston-super-Mare, and a short journey from Bath and Bristol for urban day trips.
Where are you planning to go once lockdown is over?