It’s never been easier to pack your weekend bag for a short trip – with so much variety in the UK and Ireland, there’s no need to look further afield for your next holiday. Whether you’re into the great outdoors or ancient castles, or prefer a cosmopolitan vibe, there’s something to suit everyone. But how do you pick the best place for a staycation for you?
You can have top 10 lists on just about everything… but nothing quite beats asking our facebook community. That’s why we turned to you for your favourite place for a staycation – and here’s how you replied…
“…beautiful with lovely people…” – Kathleen, England
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There’s only one place to go for dramatic, windblown sea cliffs: the south coast of Cork. You’ll feel like you’re in another world with the Atlantic crashing into the rugged rocks. Why not put on your hiking boots for a leisurely walk?
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“(The) most beautiful part of Ireland and I’ve been to every county both north and south!” – David, Ireland
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A wonderland for nature lovers, Kerry is the perfect weekend break for keen hikers and climbers. Home to Ireland’s highest peaks and the country’s oldest oak trees, exploring the region is a great way to get a breath of fresh air.
Compare hotels in Kerry here.
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Colourful, cosmopolitan and cultured Brighton is the staycation for the fun-loving masses. Head to this compact city for bubbling nightlife, a thriving LGBT scene and for fish ‘n’ chips by the sea.
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“…beautiful place.” – Ina, facebook fan
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The Lake District has a bit of everything for the outdoor lover: mountains, hiking trails and rural villages. Or why not simply spend a relaxing afternoon on the lakes?
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Clitheroe is an ancient market town in the Ribble Valley, great for those wanting a break with access to historical sites, farmer’s markets and areas of natural beauty. Check out the 12th century Norman castle one day, go cycling on the next and then pick up some handmade sweet treats.
Treat yourself to a staycation in Clitheroe. Find hotels here.
“…not an obvious choice maybe, but quite beautiful with lots of castles and history.” – Pauline, England
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If your dream staycation entails exploring ancient castles, kicking back on unspoilt beaches and indulging in the best local produce, Northumberland is the perfect destination for you.
Find accommodation in Northumberland here.
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Buxton offers something for everyone: for those wanting a relaxed getaway, there are spas to indulge yourselves in as well as art galleries and gardens to explore. For the kids, a trip to Poole’s Cavern and tree-top rope climbing won’t go amiss.
Search for a hotel in Buxton here.
“A beautiful place for a staycation … If you want peace and rest there are so many places to go.” – Kay, Scotland
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Golfers, anglers, walkers and cyclists: this is for you. With breathtaking mountains, glens, lochs and castles, Highland Perthshire is the ultimate landscape for adventure.
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Isle of Arran
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Home to rugged mountains in the north and rolling green hills in the south, the Isle of Arran is otherwise known as “Scotland in miniature”. Thanks to its diverse landscape, it’s ideally set up for exploring over a long weekend.
Find accommodation on the Isle of Arran here.
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In Anglesey you can have the best of fresh seafood, coastal walking paths and pristine Blue Flag beaches – perfect for both active and lazy days.
See hotels in Angelsey here.
Do you agree with our facebook fans? What’s your favourite place for a staycation? Let us know below!