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Avoid the Crowds – Best Remote UK Staycations

UK staycations are making a comeback. This is largely thanks to Coronavirus making overseas travel understandably a little less appealing to us right now.

While some of us are still keen to have a summer holiday abroad, the majority want to ease out of lockdown more gently. Therefore we’re looking to spend summer 2020 holidaying in the UK.

Understandably we’re not keen to stay in large hotels, Instead we’re turning to self-catering or holiday cottages in the UK. In addition, many of us are looking for more peaceful destinations where it’s easier to avoid the crowds.

We’ve been looking into remote UK staycation ideas which offer just that, and have found some amazing UK hidden gems. If you’re after a secluded holiday destination in Britain this summer, why not check out a few of these….

A private island in Cornwall

How about holidaying on your own private island, only accessible via a suspension bridge?

We first discovered The Island on Love Home Swap, and instantly became smitten. The house is on a tiny island perched above Towan Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. During high tide it’s surrounded by the sea – total isolation!

It’s got three bedrooms meaning it’s perfect whether you’re holidaying with your family or friends. It’s luxuriously designed, with pretty throws over rocking chairs looking out over the Atlantic. There’s a four-poster bed in the master suite, an open plan kitchen/dinner and cosy wood burners in the living room.

Inside there’s also games room with its own bar and billiards table. But if the weather’s nice you’ll want to enjoy the amazing views from the compact garden and perhaps have a BBQ. Oh you’ve also got your own flagpole to use!

It only takes 60 seconds and a lot of steps to get down to the beach. The 630m South West Coast Path runs along the cliff top right next to The Island, if you’d like to go for a coastal walk. Then if you want to venture further afield, places like the Eden Project the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Minack Theatre, and the Tate at St Ives are all accessible from Newquay by car.

A taste of the Caribbean closer to home – Isles of Scilly

Image by Zichrini from Pixabay

28 miles from Cornwall’s Land’s End, Tresco, in the Isles of Scilly, has white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. Just don’t expect the temperatures to be as high as you’d get in Jamaica!

From cliff top nature trails with the opportunity to spot hundreds of birds, to sea life safaris, there’s plenty to entertain nature-lovers here.

The island is car free, making it feel even more like an escape, and for a luxurious stay, why not check out the waterfront Sea Garden Cottages?

Find out what there is to see and do wherever you’re staying in the UK on Tripadvisor!

A Hebridean Sea Safari

Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland is already renowned for its remote credentials, as it sits in 36 acres of private land. However, it takes things to a new level  with its Hebridean sea safari holiday.

As well as a two-day stay at the castle, visitors get to spend a further two days exploring the islands of Jur, Islay, Eilean Mor MacCormick, Gigha and Ailsa Craig, sleeping in luxury glamping camps positioned in unique and remote locations.

Chefs travel with you, cooking up sumptuous feasts along the way, with goodies such as lobster, oysters, indulgent racks of lamb and mackerel. What a unique experience!

Avoid the crowds on the Channel Islands

Image by Simon Migaj.

With beautiful, unspoilt beaches, no crowds or cars, the small (1.5 miles long) but perfectly formed island of Herm, just 20 minutes from Guernsey by boat, is ideal for those in search of a remote British break.

Those seeking seclusion can visit Oyster Point Beach or Bear’s Beach on the Western Coast, where it’s possible to be accompanied only by the sound of sea gulls. Underwater opportunities abound too with shipwrecks and a scenic diving wall. 

There’s only one hotel on Herm – The White House Hotel – and there are no TVs, clocks or radios in the rooms, reflecting the distance from modern life and the tranquil, gateway aspect of the island.  Here you can rent your own private cottage, giving you even more seclusion if you want it.

Herm – Photo by Miro Alt from Pexels

Photo by Simon Migaj from Pexels

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A romantic beachfront escape in Devon

For a romantic, totally off-the-grid escape you’ll love The Beach Hut. This remote little bolthole in Devon can only be accessed via a 15-minute walk, which includes a steep cliff path, offering totally isolation and even your own private beach.

A cute little getaway for two, there’s no wi-fi, meaning you’ll really re-connect, and what better place to do that than with views out over the sea and in a wood-fired hot tub.

You’ve got everything you need here – including an outdoor barbeque – but if you do want a change of scenery, you’re not far from the cute village of Holbeton and near to some other beautiful beaches including those at Mothecombe and Challaborough.

The Beach Hut is also only nine miles from Plymouth and just a 30-minute drive from Dartmoor National Park. If you decide to visit, why not check out Emma’s guide to five great things to do in Dartmoor?

A rugged escape to Orkney and Shetland

The Orkney and Shetland Isles are ruggedly remote, with Orkney made up of 70 islands; only 20 of which are inhabited.

There are many amazing things to see on the Orkney Islands, from the Ring of Brodgar, one of the largest standing stone rings in UK and the five thousand year old Neolithic stone village of Skara Bra through to The Old Man of Hoy sea stack.

The islands are also a great place to spot Puffins, Kittiwakes and Gannets.

The Shetland Isles is made up of 100 islands with approximately 900 miles of coastline, with attractions including the Noss Wildlife Reserve, the white sands of St Ninian’s Isle, which featuring the UK’s largest active sand tombolo and Scalloway Castle – an impressive example of a late 1500s tower house.

Prestige Holidays recently launched a new two-centre Scottish holiday that takes you around Scotland’s Northern Isles – I don’t think you can get much more remote than this in the UK!

Remote UK staycations – we’ve got you covered!

From one end of the UK to the other, these six UK staycation ideas show you that there’s much more to the UK than well-known beauty country spots like the Lake District.

We’d love to hear your summer 2020 UK staycation plans – where are you heading?

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Main photo by Miro Alt from Pexels.

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

4 Comments

  • kacielmorgan

    What a wonderful post. I could definitely be tempted with the Isles of Scilly being as I wasn’t able to get to the Caribbean this year. I wouldn’t mind taking up any of these suggestions actually! 🙂

    • Keri

      Ah sorry your Carribean trip didn’t happen! I hope it’s something that can be postponed to next year – that’ what we’ve already done with several of our trips, and we’ve been lucky enough to find a log cabin in Wales free this month, so we’re heading there soon!

  • Enzo

    I never got the chance to explore England, but i’m definitely thinking about exploring a bit more. These locations looks incredible, perfect for summer time and you don’t have to take a plane!

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