Well 2020 didn’t exactly turn out as expected did it? A global pandemic, national lockdowns, shortages of loo roll and a renaissance for banana bread – none of which we could have predicted when we put together our travel wish list for 2020 back in December 2019. While travel plans have been disrupted with flights cancelled and borders closed, more and more people have been spending their annual leave closer to home. This has made 2020 the year of staycations! So with another wave of the virus incoming, we have put together our list of the top 5 staycations in the UK.
1. Scottish Highlands
One of our most recent staycations was to the stunning Scottish Highlands for a family holiday. We had never previously ventured this far north but have always wanted to visit and we are please to report that it did not disappoint. We stayed in a beautiful cottage in the village of Plockton with my family and spent the week going for long walks, eating fish and chips and soaking up the fresh Scottish air (a rare delight when you live in Central London!). The highlights of our trip were climbing the iconic Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye and Vicky’s sea-kayaking expedition during which she paddled alongside some seals! One word of warning, be careful when booking a trip to Scotland as the social distancing rules are stricter in Scotland than they are in England.
The good weather might now have left us behind until 2021 but Cornwall has so much to offer that we would still recommend visiting at any time of year (or booking ahead for Summer 2021 now). While the famous Cornish beaches are stunning, we would also highly recommend the many incredible coastal walks that you can do in this part of the world. The South West Coast Path runs around the entire coastline of Cornwall so there are plenty of walks to choose from. If you do decide to visit this winter, you may find that pubs and restaurants in some of the smaller resorts are closed during the off season so check ahead before you book! You can find out how we ended up in a caravan in Cornwall here.
3. Yorkshrie Dales
Visiting the Yorkshire Dales is less of a staycation for me and more of a trip home as I grew up here and my family still live in the area. However, now that I am effectively a tourist in the Yorkshire Dales it deserves a place as one of our favourite staycations in the UK. Malham is one of the most visited places in the Yorkshire Dales because of its stunning limestone cove which is the largest inland cove in Britain. You can walk to the top of the cove as well as visiting two beautiful waterfalls, Janets’ Foss and Gordale Scar, as part of a circular walk from the National Park car park. For a great base to explore the Dales, we would recommend staying in the small market town of Skipton which is nicknamed the gateway to the Dales and has a number of excellent pubs and restaurants. For a great place to stay, check out Herriots Hotel which for our money is the best hotel in Skipton.
4. Welsh Coast
Wales is Vicky’s favourite and the Welsh Coast is easily one of the most picturesque staycations in the UK. Our visit to the Welsh Coast last year was definitely one of our favourite trips from our tour of the British seaside because of the stunning walks and great company. This picture was taken on the way down from the path high above Rhossili Bay. At the end of the path you walk through the caravan park to the beach and back along the vast sandy shores. It was incredible and well worth the visit. As with Scotland, Wales has different social distancing rules to England so keep an eye out before your trip to make sure you are complying with the local rules.
The last time we were here – almost one year ago today – we got engaged! Brighton has always been one of our favourite staycations. The beach is lovely, there are so many excellent independent restaurants and cafes and we love exploring the Lanes. If you are looking for a treat this winter – why not stay at The Grand, Brighton. We had a fantastic stay in one of their luxurious deluxe rooms with a sea view. It was well worth splashing out for although we would probably head out for breakfast on our next visit.
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