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8 of the Best UK Staycation Destinations

If you’re considering a staycation this summer, then you’re in the right place for some top notch UK destination inspiration. From the scenic landscapes of the Scottish countryside to the white sands of the Scilly Isles, us Brits often oversee the rich heritage, beautiful coastlines and 5* cuisines that our country has to offer. With our tiny island only spanning 847 miles, whether with family, friends or planning a solo trip, it’s time to get exploring.

Isle of Scilly

Isle of Scilly

FOR BEACHES

Pentle Bay, Isle of Scilly

For a little slice of paradise, Pentle Bay is quite possibly the most beautiful beach that the UK has to offer. Located on the Isle of Scilly, Pentle Bay boasts white sands and crystal clear seas. Home to some of the UK’s most luxury spas, you’ve the got the choice to relax, explore or both.

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West Wittering, West Sussex

If you’re into water sports then we suggest a trip to the beaches of West Wittering. Particularly popular with windsurfers and body boarders, the low tides make for ideal conditions. Or if you’re into a spot of relaxation, spend the day basking in the sunshine and make sure to stick around for picturesque sunsets.

FOR HISTORY

Durdle Door, Jurassic Coast, Dorset

One of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks, Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic coast. Created when the sea pierced through the limestone structure, Durdle Door has been in existence for around 10,000 years. For keen photographers, coast walkers or nature lovers in general this is a must see.

The Roman Baths, Bath

For one of the UK’s finest historic landmarks, we’d highly recommend a trip to the Roman Baths in Bath. Explore the World Heritage Site for rich history and impressive architecture from one of the most religious spas of the ancient world. Discover the naturally hot temperatures and healing powers of the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple and the cold circular plunge pool brought to life with animated projections.

FOR NATURE

Exmoor National Park

Situated in West Somerset, Exmoor National Park is known for its impressive wildlife, woodland and coastline. Recognised as a heritage coast in 1991, the park spans a massive 18,810 acres. The ideal destination for hiking and mountain biking, if you’re looking to get up close and personal with mother nature, this is the park for you. With 16 conservation areas for you to explore, oak woodland, clear streams and coastlines attract a whole host of wildlife including red deer, otters butterflies and even bats.

Brecon Beacons

One of the best places in the UK for star gazing, the Brecon Beacons is an International Dark Sky Reserve. With no light pollution, it has some of the clearest skies, and is the ideal staycation for any space enthusiast. The park itself is surrounded by four mountain ranges, with some of the most scenic landscapes in the country. Perfect for scenic walks, bike rides and picnics.

FOR SECLUSION

Kielder Forest, Northumberland

Home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and the largest working forest in England, it’s very easy to get swept away by the beauty of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. If you’re a real lover of the night sky, then we would definitely suggest a visit. At nearly 580 square miles, the forest is home to the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.  The largest Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe, Kielder Park is the first of its kind in England and fourth largest in the world. You’ll be treated to some class A star gazing uninterrupted by any light pollution, and be sure to visit Kielder Observatory for events throughout the year.

Plockton, Highland

Deep in the Scottish Highlands is the picturesque village of Plockton. The ultimate staycation for seclusion, the entire population of the village is a mere 378 people. Surrounded by roaring hills and the sheltered waters of Loch Carron it’s the definition of a chocolate box village. The perfect place for some you time, wander down to the water front for beautiful flower gardens, highland cattle and shaggy palm trees.

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Words by Emma Bowkett



Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Writer and expert