The top five holiday destinations in the UK

Jenai Laignel / 22 February 2016 ( 06 June 2016 )

This is shaping up to be a great year for holidaying in the UK. Add to that the prospect of some great UK events and it’s clear that this is the perfect time to decide where to head for your next staycation. Here are our top holiday destinations.

5. Snowdonia 

Whatever you want from your holiday, Snowdonia is packed with things to see and do from walking or climbing, pony trekking, mountain biking to a variety of watersports.

Visit fascinating castles, underground slate caverns, old steam mountain railways and sparkling waterfalls. Alternatively, just relax in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Great Britain.

4. The New Forest

The New Forest contains a magnificent and almost unrivalled variety of scenery and has recently been designated the New Forest National Park. It was created as a royal forest by William the Conqueror in 1079 for the hunting of deer and in the 934 years since then, it has retained the “new” part of its name, although it is anything but.

The forest is famous for its abundance of ponies   each pony, although privately owned, is allowed to roam free in its natural and original environment. As well as providing a visually remarkable and historic landscape, the New Forest has large areas of surviving lowland habitats which had been lost elsewhere in the country, including valley bogs, wet heaths, dry heaths and deciduous woodland.

3. Yorkshire 

Yorkshire's popularity just seems to grow and grow. Characterised by drystone walls, rolling hills, lonely farmhouses and bustling market towns, the UK's largest county has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other region outside London. The Yorkshire Dales remains a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation, peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

2. The Scottish Highlands 

Wild landscapes, fairy-tale castles, ancient traditions and legendary monsters define the captivating Scottish Highlands. The region may appear remote at first glance, but this beautiful part of Scotland is actually very accessible and certainly worth the journey.

This sparsely populated region contains some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery, including National Parks and vast areas of unspoilt wilderness. From the vibrant cities of Inverness and Invergordon to the Inner and Outer Hebrides, and the Isle of Skye, its a place that has something for everyone.

Related: Things to do in Scotland

1. The Isle of Wight

With its charming seaside resorts, mild climate, golden beaches, beauty spots, magnificent countryside and fine scenic walks, the glorious Isle Of Wight is a treat all-year round. It is a compact island measuring 23 miles from east to west, 13 miles from north to south.

The island is believed to have been sliced from the mainland thousands of years ago, when a river, now The Solent, cut through the chalk. 

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