Top 5 Locations For Your Great British Staycation
While you may have had visions of palm trees swaying on the ocean breeze, surrounded by white sands as you sun yourself somewhere in the Mediterranean, don’t go buying your ticket just yet. Experts warn that holidays abroad could mean quarantining in hotels weeks before your allowed back in the country, which doesn’t sound like much fun. That’s why now more than ever, more people are booking their staycations right here in the UK.
Your tropical island escape may have to be put on hold temporarily. In the meantime, holiday lets in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are seeing a surge in bookings. Some of us probably have never considered booking a holiday on home turf, so it will be their first time. That’s why we’ve put together a little list of some of our top destinations for your 2021 Great British Staycation.
1. The Lake District, England
With picturesque landscapes at every turn, the Lake District truly has some of the most breathtaking scenery that England has to offer. For hikers, ramblers, and walkers it doesn’t get much better than this. In fact, you could easily fill an entire holiday with hiking and sightseeing of the districts various lakes, mountains. There are many options for accommodation in the area for camping and Air BnB’s so there’s no shortage of places to stay.
If walking isn’t your thing, not to worry, there are options for both electric and non-electric bike hire at various locations around the district letting you enjoy all the sights all the same. Other attractions include a night at Muncaster Castle, allegedly England’s most haunted castle situated in stunning scenery, this 18th Century castle is not only spooky but stunning too with a view of the Esk Valley leading up to the area’s highest peak Scafell Pike.
2. St Ives, Cornwall
Cornwall is an obvious strong candidate for your next staycation. Known to have some of the most stunning beaches in the country – if it’s sea, sand, and sun you’re after then Cornwall is a no-brainer. But with so many locations beautiful areas to choose from it can leave you scratching your head deciding where to go first.
For a relatively small place, St Ives has a lot to offer. First off, there are of course the beaches. St Ives has access to some of the most unique beaches in the country, with crisp white sand and turquoise waters. Not only are the quality of the beaches incredible, but this quaint fishing town has a great variety of beaches on offer too, each one with its own unique character, so you can find one that suits your needs perfectly.
The town is not only known for it’s famous beaches though. It has strong connection to the arts. Overlooking Porthmeor Beach, The Tate St Ives is a spot that art-lovers will not want to miss. With work from a whole range of both local and contemporary artists you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the gallery and then step out straight onto the beach – not many places in the world where you can do that!
With white-washed houses and cobbled streets, The Down-a-long – one of the oldest parts of St Ives – is uniquely situated between the island and the rest of town. Between its wide selection of restaurants and cafes, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon after a long morning spent at the beach.
3. Snowdonia, Wales
Home to the legendary Snowden Peak. Standing at 3,560 feet, the mountain draws hikers and climbers around the world who come year on year to try and complete the rugged trail to the top. Besides Snowden itself, the Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to over 14 peaks over 3,000 feet so it really is a hiker’s paradise.
If scaling a mountain isn’t your idea of fun, don’t worry because there are plenty of other things to do in this uniquely stunning area. Why not hop on the Snowden express – an extensive railway line that runs throughout the area offering wondrous views all from the comfort of your train carriage. Various routes are available with one that goes all the way to the top of Snowden itself. There’s also a selection of different train types, based on traditional train models from yesteryear offering a truly unique experience.
Kayaking is also a popular activity in the area. Rent a kayak, canoe, or even a sailboat and enjoy the quiet amazing views of Bala Lake. Or if you’re looking for something more adventurous, the National White Water Centre is also in Bala. A number of different sessions are on various different parts of the water are on offer all under the close supervision of professional instructors.
4. The New Forest, England
The New Forest draws people from all over the country and with those in the South of England no doubt knowing it well. With no shortage of campsites in and around the forest, it makes for a great family option.
First off, there’s the New Forest National Park. A nature-lovers paradise with access to hundreds of acres of land with wild roaming ponies and deer. A great way to get around is by bike. If you don’t have your own or don’t fancy bringing yours with you, there are plenty of bike rental options available. The park also borders with the River Test offering gin-clear chalk stream rivers so if you’ve ever fancied trying out fly fishing, then this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Besides the forest itself and the various activities on offer, the New Forest area is also home to many picture-postcard villages such as Beaulieu – home to the National Motor Museum. Or Lymington, a pretty town further South on the coast – known for its Seafood Festival that takes place every August along with its boat-filled harbor.
5. Edinburgh, Scotland
If there was one city to visit if you haven’t already, it’s Edinburgh. It’s truly a magical place that seems conjured straight from popular works of fiction – with its winding backstreets and ancient buildings sometimes you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wound up in Diagon Alley.
A stroll through the Old Town will send your imagination wild with stunning old structures at every turn, along cobbled streets where you can find a variety of interesting shops and eateries that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Edinburoughs geography means that it sits at the bottom of some quite mountainous terrain. If you fancy a quick hike, head up Arthurs Seat which when scaled, will award you with one of the most breathtaking views of the city. The hike up will take about thirty minutes but is well worth it for the unique vantage point of the stunning city below.
Discover Blackness castle just a half-hour outside the city centre. A 15th-century fortress in remarkable condition and full of character. Positioned right on the Firth Of Forth estuary looking out onto the water ahead that leads out to sea, it’s a wonderful and historically interetsing place that is well worth the trip.
Wherever you end up for your British Staycation, make sure you go prepared, looking and feeling your best. We also put together a list of our Top 15 Essential Products For Your Next English Staycation here. Check it out.