How do you decide where to go?

We are incredibly lucky in the UK as there are so many beautiful parts of the country that would surely satisfy all tastes and needs for a holiday. It is very difficult to know where to start but here are five suggestions of top holiday destinations in Britain.

The West Country

The West Country is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. This vast area covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. There is so much to offer from the wonderful beaches in Cornwall to the all weather family attractions in Devon. Dorset has its renowned blue flag beaches and Somerset has everything from underground caves to vineyards. The West Country is an ideal destination for everyone of all ages, whatever you’re looking for you’ll find what it takes to make great family holidays and an amazing selection of holiday homes to rent.

Nature lovers will appreciate the South West of England which includes the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor with 14 areas of outstanding natural beauty and don’t forget the famous Eden Project, a global garden for the 21st Century. Why not take a look at some West Country holiday cottages

County Cork, Ireland

County Cork is Ireland’s largest county and is a wonderful place for anyone thinking of a self-catering holiday in Ireland. Along the south west corner, the Cork Kerry coastline is stunning, with endless coves and sandy beaches. This area is very popular with golfers as the Irish Open Golf is often held here and there are numerous golf courses to enjoy, including many links courses by the sea.

For those looking for the ‘City’, Cork City, Ireland’s second largest city, is worth a visit with many restaurants and cafes around the harbour. Infact it was named by Lonely Planet travel guide for 2010 as one of the top 10 cities of the world to visit. Apart from Cork, Blarney Castle (and the famous Blarney Stone) is a must if you are in the area.  West Cork is renowned the world over for its wild countryside that is favoured by walkers and artists.

Have you considered Argyll in Scotland?

Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland is stunning and a great location for a self-catering holiday.  It has breathtaking scenery both on the mainland and the numerous islands off the coast. If you renting a holiday cottage near Fort William it will be a excellent base to explore much of the Highlands of Scotland. Fort William lies at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.  Further down the coast is Oban which is the largest ferry port on the West Coast, serving Mull and the Western Isles. Fort William, Oban and the surrounding area are a wonderful destination for a self-catering holiday as there’s so much to do on your doorstep.

Don’t forget Anglesey in Wales

There are so many beautiful spots in Wales but towards to top of many peoples’ places to visit must be The Isle of Anglesey which lies off the north west coast of Wales. The island is reached by crossing the bridge over the Menai Strait. This bridge, built in 1826, was the first suspension bridge in the world.

Anglesey has an unspoilt 125-mile coastline with cliffs and sandy bays – just perfect for a traditional seaside holiday with children! The island was declared an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ .  Many people looking for a ‘bucket and spade’ holiday head towards Rhosneigr and Amlwch which offers a wonderful variety of self-catering accommodation. In addition to the beaches there are also lots of historic sites to explore if you are staying in a holiday cottage in Anglesey. From the seaside town of Beaumaris, with its 13th Century castle, to Holyhead (where you take the ferry to Ireland)  to Llangefni . Apart from these attractions, there are some interesting prehistoric sites and wonderful birdlife too and finally, don’t forget to visit the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllla-ntysiliogogogoch!


This is the largest county in England and it contains 3 of England’s national parks – the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District. With extensive coastline there is the chance of a beach holiday, or equally a remote country holiday too. This amazing county has so much that it will surely suit all tastes and budgets for those looking for a self-catering holiday. It is possible to find everything from a cosy cottage in the dales to a remote home up on the Yorkshire moors or a house in the historic city of York, holiday homes in Yorkshire are varied.

York is a beautiful city with its narrow streets that wind within teh 13th Century city walls. At the centre is the impressive Minster , Britain’s largest medieval cathedral, which has the largest medieval stained-glass window in the world.

Enjoy the  difficult task of choosing out of these and have a fabulous holiday!

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