The United Kingdom is amongst the world's most visited destinations, with tourism being one of the largest contributors to the economy. However, this is no surprise thanks to the sheer variets that the United Kingdom has to offer to tourists staying in UK holiday cottages and other rental properties here. From mountains in the countryside region of the Scottish Highlands and vast expanses of Moorland in North Yorkshire to the bustling streets of the second most populous city in Europe and dreamy Cornish seaside towns, UK holiday lettings can provide the ideal rental accommodation for you, no matter what your tastes may be. Unusually, the UK is a country made up of multiple other countries within it, which means that holidaymakers can discover a variety of different cultures all in one place from the comfort of their rental property, and as it is fairly small, a lot of the attractions here are close together so you can visit several of them during one single trip.
Beach holidays in the UK
Although the United Kingdom may not be famous for being a top suna-sea-and-sand destination, this country is an island and does have some beautiful spots which are ideal for beach holidays in the UK. Wales in particular has some stunning stretches of coastline, as does the South West of England, which is home to popular holiday resorts such as Cornwall and Devon. The Isle of Wight is also popular for it's sunny beaches, 17 of which were given blue flag status in 2014, and many of which are also dog friendly beaches all year round, such as Bonchurch, Brook, Fort Victoria and Seagrove. Some of the other beaches here have restrictions on dogs during peak seasons (between May and September). Tenby is Pembrokeshire's main resort for holidaymakers, and here you will also find plenty of places where your dog can come too, for example there are dog-friendly pubs, and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is also a great place to take your four-legged friend for a walk! Cornish beaches and coves are also a fantastic place to go exploring, as they are very varied, ranging from small, hidden-away coves to sweeping, open stretches of golden sand. Rent UK holiday lettings in the neighbouring county of Devon which also has some lovely beaches, for example the beach of Clovelly in northern Devon, or Torquay and Exmouth in the south. However, don't forget there are also lovely beaches higher up in the north of England, for example in Yorkshire, Northumberland and Lancashire with its beloved seaside spot of Blackpool. Along the UK's eastern coasts you will also find some picturesque destinations for a beach break, such as the seaside town of Great Yarmouth amd Hunstanton or Holkham beach in Norfolk, or even as far north as Scotland, for example in Lunan Bay in Angus and Dundee. As these beaches tend to be less popular with the tourists, you're likely to be able to enjoy a bit of privacy here too.
Posibilities for Walking Holidays in the UK
This country's plentiful rich, green countryside and many rolling hills make walking holidays in the UK a great idea for anybody who enjoys hiking – singles, couples or whole families alike – to appreciate the great outdoors. A stay in one of the self catering UK holiday cottages available for booking in the Scottish Highlands, home to the UK's tallest peak, Ben Nevis, as well as Ben Lui will provide you with an endless choice of walks offering beautiful scenery right from your doorstep. If you're feeling fearless, head to Loch Ness in Inverness and see if you can find the famous Loch Ness Monster! In the north of England, you will find both the Lake District in Cumbria and the Peak District in Derbyshire. These two national parks boast beautiful, untouched nature, and even if it's not guaranteed that the weather will be fine, the view will be! Book a cosy cottage or other type of property with a fireplace, hot tub or even a sauna and you'll really feel the benefit at the end of the day after a strenuous walk. All of these areas have hikes and walks which are suitable for well-practised, advanced hikers as well as shorter, easier walks aimed at families and those who just want to go for a stroll and enjoy the view. Another great location for walking and cycling is along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, for example between Weymouth and Swanage, where you'll find Durdle Door near Lulworth. Wales also has a diverse terrain of meandering rivers, green sloping hills and rugged clifftops, and some of the best walks in the UK can be found here. The coast of Pembrokeshire is known for its walks as well as its surfing and beaches, and walking along the valley of the River Wye has inspired artist and poets such as Wordsworth thanks to its beauty. The Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia (where you'll find Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales) are also great hiking spots. County Antrim in Northern Ireland is home to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway, which is also a popular tourist attraction for walkers in this area. As many of these areas are rural and offer lovely countryside views, they are great locations for family cycling holidays, too. Not only mountain biking but also more leisurely cycling is possible in many of these areas. Other places great for cycling include the Severn Valley in the West Midlands, the Forest of Dean, North Norfolk and through the southern parts of Snowdonia in Wales.
City breaks in the UK – Don't Miss a Trip to London
If you're looking for a more action-packed holiday filled with sightseeing opportunities, black cabs and red telephone boxes, then you need to visit London, the UK's largest city and the capital of England. A weekend break to London will leave you wanting to go back, as no matter how long you stay in this huge city, you'll feel like you never have enough time to see everything you want to! Most popular tourist attractions include the London Eye, London Zoo, London Dungeons, the Tower of London and Madame Tussauds. It is often possible to buy a sightseeing pass which allows you to visit several sighs and save a lot of money with free or fast track entry at many attractions, which is also a good idea if you're on a family city break, as the children might get bored having to wait in long queues.
Other cities in the UK which are definitely worth a visit include Liverpool, famously the birthplace of the Beatles, where you'll find the UK's largest collection of buldings listed as Grade 1 in Albert Dock, which is part of the UNESCO site of Liverpool's waterfront. Other sites include the magnificent Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and many museums revealing Liverpool's heritage as a seafaring city, as well as those housing art exhibitions and the World Museum which covers all sorts of topics from archaeology to zoology. Bath in Somerset is also a popular city in which to book UK holiday cottages, and is especially suitable for those on a romantic break or a group getaway with the girls, as it is a spa town home to original Roman-style baths and beautiful architecture, the most prominent colour here being that of the honey-golden Bath Stone with which many of the buildings were constructed. A must-see is Bath Abbey, which is a perfect example of this. Bath has plenty of green areas and gardens such as Prior Park Landscape Garden and Victoria, Alexandra and Henrietta Parks to relax in after a day of shopping till you drop! The Scottish capital city of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as they are filled with listed buildings including Edinburgh Castle and both St Giles' and St Mary's Cathedrals. The castle is perched high on top of the remains of an extinct volcano and houses the National War Museum of Scotland as well as the memorial and other Scottish regalia. There are even re-enactors portraying historical figures in period costume working at the castle, so you can get a real insight into the past. Edinburgh is also known for its up-and-coming nightlife scene, as well as the annual Edinburgh International Festival which brings in visitors from all around.