With holidays abroad this summer still up in the air, and the potential for social distancing still in place, it looks like a staycation is more and more likely. If you’re not quite ready to relinquish the luxury of a hotel, but want the freedom – and open space of camping, park holidays could strike the right balance.
Britain is home to many quintessentially English natural beauty spots, from the Cotswolds to the Highlands, but it also plays host to some destinations that could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean or South Africa. And with many of us having to rethink our holidays this summer, here are some of our favourite UK destinations that still have offer that ‘abroad’ feeling.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Whilst Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most visited attractions in France, we have our very own tidal island with a medieval castle perched atop too. Just 500m from the Cornish town of Marazion, stands the beautiful St Michael’s Mount. Connected to the mainland by a winding causeway it has a magical, almost ethereal quality – especially at sunset.
Holkham Beach, Norfolk
You’d be mistaken for thinking you were in South Africa when you step on to the golden sands of Holkham Beach in Norfolk. With rolling dunes and sprawling stretches of sand, the dog- friendly beach makes for a perfect weekend escape.
Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides
If you’re looking to take social distancing to new levels, a staycation to Scotland’s Inner Hebrides is a must. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, although, even if the celestial light show doesn’t make an appearance, you’ll still be in awe by the sheer number of stars that light the night sky. Although you may want to pack a waterproof!
Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
You’d be hard pushed to find a more exotic spot in the UK than the Isles of Scilly. Officially the balmiest place in Britain, the Isles of Scilly is like a secluded Caribbean island – palm trees and all. Explore the turquoise waters with a spot of kayaking around the shore, or swimming with seals. You could even try wreck diving too. If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not take a stroll around Tresco’s Abbey Garden for some truly insta-worthy snaps.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
Not to be outdone by the south coast, the stunning Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire is Wales’ very own slice of paradise. Frequently recognised as one of the best beaches in the world, visitors can walk the 11 miles of uninterrupted route from Broad Haven to South Skrinkle Haven along the Wales Coast Path and take in the panoramic views.