Recent years have seen most of us forbidden from indulging in a holiday overseas. But there’s been a silver lining to this particular black cloud: travel restrictions have given many of us the push we needed to explore what our homeland has to offer. A domestic holiday tends to be more affordable too, which means that we can go on more of them every year. As such, the staycation habit is a difficult one to break.
The UK is home to some spectacular locations – many of which are difficult to access, as they are away from the well-beaten tourist track. Let’s take a look at five of the best hidden locations you should visit.
This is a large beach on the west of Cornwall, with soaring cliffs on both sides and an interesting museum devoted to the telegraph nearby. If you’ve got children, you might take them paddling in the stream that flows down one side.
Loch Awe, Scotland
This magnificent loch is worth visiting all year round. It’s a freshwater loch in Argyll and Bute, the third-largest of its kind in the country. You’ll find several ruined castles nestled along the shoreline and on islands nearby. The most impressive of these is unarguably Kilchurn Castle. While it’s currently closed for renovation, the view from outside is worth the trip.
If you’d like to do a little bit of walking through one of the most remote and romantic landscapes anywhere in the country, then you’ll find it difficult to beat the Shetland Islands. There are wonderful beaches and swimming opportunities. There’s marvellous food and drink, especially if you travel at the right time of year. What’s more, there are ruins, golf courses, and a whole lot more to explore, too.
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
If you’re planning a trip to Belfast, or you’re lucky enough to live locally, then you owe it to yourself to explore the wider County Antrim. You’ll be able to walk along the edge of searing cliffs, and spot dolphins along the way, in the Gobbins Experience. You’ll be able to try your hand at a little surfing and you’ll be able to enjoy the best food and drink that Northern Ireland has to offer as well.
There’s more to Inverness than the famous Loch Ness – though visitors to this part of the country are sure to want to make time to see Scotland’s most famous body of water, along with Urquhart Castle, which sits on the banks. This part of the country is actually at its most visually appealing during autumn and winter. Travel here for the new year and you’ll be able to celebrate an unforgettable Hogmanay.