UK staycations off the beaten track

Looking for a unique getaway after a few months of hibernation? We’ve got plenty of great ideas that will help you beat the crowds.

Pitlochry, Scotland

Nestled away in Highland Perthshire, picturesque Pitlochry has something for everyone. It’s home to an award-winning golf course, ideal for fishing and thrill seekers can even experience white water rafting on the River Tummel.

Chill seekers can rejoice, too. Pitlochry is blessed with rustic hot tub cabins and luxury spa hotel, Fonab Castle. It’s brilliant for avid walkers, with Loch Faskally and the Enchanted Forest ready to be explored. And after all your hard work adventuring, you’ll most definitely deserve a wee dram at Blair Atholl distillery. Sláinte!

Berwick Upon Tweed, England

Located in the Borders, Berwick Upon Tweed is a real cultural hotspot with lots of galleries, museums and an annual film festival that will certainly inspire. There’s also some significant historical sites to appreciate, including the Royal Border old railway bridge and the ruins of Berwick Castle. Cocklawburn Beach is also great for long, peaceful walks and exploring rock pools. Alnwick, a medieval market town is also only 40 minutes away if you fancy exploring somewhere new, too.

Whitby, England

A colourful seaside town in Yorkshire, Whitby is perhaps a little busier than our other suggestions but it has a very enviable location that means you can explore the Yorkshire moors, the coast and all the hidden gems in between. Enjoy cobbled streets and golden beaches, ice cream in hand or head to the rugged moors for a plethora of different hiking trails. Dalby Forest is a great choice for a day out in nature and you’ll find a Go Ape adventure course there, too. Whitby is also brilliant for shopping. Expect lots of unique offerings from boutiques and independent stores.

Loch Awe, Scotland

You might be more familiar with the likes of Loch Lomond and Loch Ness but did you know Loch Awe is Scotland’s longest freshwater loch, coming in at 25 miles? That gives you plenty of water to explore by boat or kayak which are available to hire during the summer months. But, if you’d rather stay dry, the mountains and glens around the loch offer great trails for cyclists, walkers and hikers alike, and you’ll probably spot some rare wildlife, too.

Rich with history and timeless features, St Conan’s Kirk is also something to marvel at. If you fancy less peace and a little more hustle and bustle, Oban is only an hour away and home to the renowned Seafood Hut. It’s a no-frills shack and gazebo right by the water that serves truly incredible oysters, crab, scallops and so much more.

Colchester, England

Colchester is an historic Essex town and is known as Britain’s first formal city. And, it really does give you the best of both worlds. The bustling coast is only a short drive away and you also have plenty of city attractions to visit, including Colchester Zoo, which boasts over 220 species of animals. Foodies will love Colchester for its diverse local produce including freshly caught oysters, artisanal jams and craft beer. Colchester Farmer's Market is the place to go to sample the delicacies.

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