When it comes to holidays, some are lucky enough to be able to go once or maybe more times in a year. Some are only able to go on rare occasions, so it is understandable that people seek to holiday abroad. However, there are some quite beautiful locations hidden in the UK which I recommend you visit and make the most of the huge selection of holiday parks that are available. Below I have handpicked five of the most stunning locations that maybe you could consider next time you book your family holiday.
1. Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
The Cotswolds are a range of hills that run through a number of counties, most notably Gloucester and Oxfordshire. The exceptional and spectacular landscape led them to be designated as England and Wales’ largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Whether you want to spend time in some gorgeous rustic villages or walk through the valleys surrounding the river Severn, you are surrounded by gorgeous scenery.
2. Portmeirion, Wales
Portmeiron, a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales, is said to be based on the style of an Italian village. Made famous by its use in the 1960’s cult series The Prisoner as The Village, most of the fantastic locations used have remained unchanged 40 years on. The village is situated on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, and makes for some absolutely stunning panoramic views that will take your breath away.
3. The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
I have included The Giant’s Causeway as it is a marvellous natural phenomenon to behold. The 40,000 odd interlocking basalt columns were formed roughly 50-60 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity. There are many picturesque areas in Ireland, however, this made the top 5 as it is something that is only really appreciated by viewing in person and I would highly recommend, if you have the chance, that this is near the top of your ‘to see next’ list.
4. Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isle of Scilly
Again, the Tresco Abbey Gardens may not be at the top of your list, or maybe they were not even on your radar. If not, then they should be. The gardens are located on the island of Tresco, part of the Scilly Isles, just off the Cornish peninsula. The gardens are home to some exotic plants from all over the world, thanks to the mild winter climates and the long hours of summer sunshine. Entry to the gardens costs just £10, and you would be forgiven for forgetting that this was not located in the UK, and that you were somewhere more exotic.
5. The Highlands, Scotland
Lastly, but by no means least are the Scottish Highlands. Now this is a huge expanse of land, but here you will find exquisite views, mountains, and lakes. Be sure to investigate the picturesque village of Glencoe and the Lochan which is beautifully surrounded by amazing woodlands and mountain scenery. Alternatively, just have a look at what is available in the Scottish Highlands, most of it will blow you away. However, if you are feeling adventurous then you could tackle Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. There are routes available for all difficulties and the views you are rewarded with are breath-taking.
Please note that there were a lot of choices I considered before finalising on these five. If you have any thoughts on these or any to add, then drop your comments in below.
This article was written by Ricky May, on behalf of Best Holiday Parks, a resource for Holiday Parks, Holiday Lodges and Caravan Holidays