There’s a good chance that anyone reading this would say they have a desire to explore the world. That’s the benefit of a holiday for many of us – the chance to walk among different cultures, see different things, observe how life is lived in far-flung climes.
It’s a wonderful way to go about life but it’s also… there’s no getting around it: it’s expensive. It’s more expensive to pack for, it’s more expensive while there, and as for the cost of flights? Ouch.
So you find yourself wondering if maybe the UK could be the place to spend your summer holiday – and then you immediately think how terrible that would be.
It’s strange that most Brits have the idea that holidaying in our own country is so awful. It’s seen as being intrinsically cheap, nothing more than a way of saving money – despite the fact it’d be cheaper to stay in the Costa Del Sol for a week than it would spend a week in Edinburgh. Why would anyone even want to holiday in the UK, it’s tempting to wonder. What has it got to offer? Surely it’s the last resort, the thing people do when they can’t go abroad – it’d never be anyone’s first choice, right?
Actually: maybe it should be. So while a holiday at home can save you money, that doesn’t mean it’s going to deprive you of sights, sounds, and experiences that you would otherwise travel thousands of miles to see.
One of the best ways to experience the UK is to look to one of its most unique geological features: it’s an island. The coast of these four nations can be absolutely stunning, and here’s the convincer you have been waiting for…
Wales: The Gower Peninsula
Located on the southern coast of Wales, the Gower Peninsula is officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Not a bad way to begin, is it?
The coastline itself is beautiful, with numerous beaches to explore.. It’s easy enough to find places to stay in Gower that you can then use as a base to explore the rest of the region. The Brecon Beacons – one of the UK’s most stunning National Parks – are within day-trip distance, for example.
England: The Jurassic Coast
The Dorset Jurassic Coast is a National Park, and take a walking tour along the famed route and it’s easy to see why. So named because of the ancient rock formations, there’s also plenty of beaches to discover along the way.
This area will also be familiar to viewers of the ITV drama Broadchurch, which took advantage of the scenery to base its storyline in the area.
Scotland: Oban & Surrounding Islands
Not only is Oban itself beautiful – a quaint little town with an old-world charm – but there’s also plenty of options for exploration. Take a sea tour through the islands in the Firth of Lorn, such as Mull and Iona. Not only can you enjoy the scenery, but there’s plenty of chances to spot seals in their natural habitat.
Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway
Last but not least, the amazing rock formation of the Giant’s Causeway makes for a unique and exciting daytrip. You can stay in metropolitan Belfast if you just want to visit for the day, or base yourself in nearby Bushmills if you want to take your time exploring in depth.