Best 2024 UK Holiday Destinations

Looking for inspiration on where to holiday in the UK in 2024? The UK is home to some amazing holiday destinations and holidaying right here at home in Britain can make a lot of sense for ease and convenience. In our list of top picks for 2024 we have selected the best destinations based on how beautiful they are, and also on how fascinating the area is to explore. We hope we inspire you with our choice of some of the best places to holiday in the UK in 2024. This list is not exhaustive, there are of course many fabulous parts of the UK not listed here!

Best Holiday Destinations in Bonny Scotland

Be Amazed in Aberdeenshire

If you want a rural retreat break or remote cottage holiday then booking a break in Aberdeenshire can make perfect sense. Right up in the North East corner of Scotland, for many, Aberdeenshire is not a well known tourist destination. However, make the journey and this area is sure to win you over. If you want to walk along beautiful sandy beaches, see birds of prey in the countryside, and experience the true beauty of nature, Aberdeenshire is a must. Also in this area you can learn about Scotland’s heritage and take trips back in time with visits to historical castles and tower houses. The area is also rich in whisky distilleries, and whether you like the drink or not, a trip to a whisky distillery is an experience not to be missed.

Aberdeenshire is also wonderful for a great variety of outdoor pursuits including walking, golfing and fishing. This part of Scotland has some of the country’s best golf courses, and is also a great place to fish either off the coast or on one of the fine rivers that run through Aberdeenshire.

The historic castles in the area are too numerous to mention and include Balmoral Castle, Craigievar Castle, and Crathes Castle, to name just a few. Some of the most impressive castles in the area though are ruins. Visit Slains Castle in Cruden Bay and marvel at the stunning location – right on the cliff edge with the high cliffs of Bullers of Buchan close by. Also well worth a visit is Dunnottar Castle, which sits perched on high above a rocky outcrop near Stonehaven. Both of these ruined castles are hauntingly beautiful and enjoy dramatic settings. Slains Castle locally is rumoured to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, visit and you’ll understand why.

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Discover Glens, Lochs, Wildlife and History in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are home to some of Scotland’s best known, and best loved sights. From the Great Glen Way where you can drive through some of the area’s most majestic scenery, to Loch Ness where you can look out for old Nessie, to Eilean Donan Castle where the walls have ears, to the Black Isle where dolphin watching is the order of the day, there is so very much to fall in love with in Scotland’s Highlands.
Outdoor pursuits galore await in the Cairngorms National Park which cover a large part of the Highlands. Want to do a spot of fishing, walking or hiking? It’s all possible in the Highlands, along with wildlife watching. Even skiing can be enjoyed in season in the Cairngorms National Park.

There are also a number of fascinating whisky distilleries to discover in the Highlands too, and the area has a reputation for some of the country’s finest malts.

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Best Holiday Destinations in England

Coastal Charm Awaits in Cornwall

For seaside charm, good surfing beaches, quaint fishing towns and lots of Vitamin Sea, Cornwall is a great place to holiday. Cornwall too is of course home to Poldark country where you can visit the many places featured in the TV series.

Special places to discover in Cornwall include the Lizard Peninsula; a stretch of green and lush coastline with a rugged coast, Tintagel Castle with its breathtaking setting, the fascinating small island of St Michael’s Mount, the Camel Estuary AONB with its wonderful walks, and the wonderful Eden Project with its tropical biomes!

Rent a fisherman’s cottage or coastal cottage and wake up to walks on the beach or by the coast for plenty of fresh sea air and that feel good factor that a stay by the seaside brings.

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Experience English Charm in the Cotswolds

If you want to experience a taste of traditional England on holiday then head to the English Cotswolds. With undulating countryside, the Cotswold Hills are examples of some of England’s finest countryside and are dotted with historic houses and beautiful gardens such as Blenheim Palace and Hidcote Manor Garden.

The area is also known for its beautiful cottages and buildings which are constructed out of honey coloured stone. Visit stunning towns and villages such as Chipping Campden, Bourton on the Water, and Stow on the Wold, and discover quaint independent shops, tea shops and ample charm. The area is also home to a number of high end spas where you can book relaxing treatments on holiday. For a truly relaxing break why not book a high end luxury Cotswold cottage with a pool or hot tub?

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Head North for Northumberland

Far up in northern England is the county of Northumberland. This northern county with its castles, sandy beaches, hills and national park is a real gem! Book a break on a Northumbrian farm and watch the sunset over the Cheviot Hills on holiday and wake to the sound of birdsong! There are few things that are better for the senses!

Experience a slower pace of life and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Enjoy walking in Northumberland National Park and exploring Hadrian’s Wall Country with its Roman forts and historical sites. The Northumberland coast is rich in wildlife including seals. Take a trip to magical Holy Island and visit pretty coastal villages like Craster. Not to be missed is Bamburgh Castle which stands foreboding over Bamburgh beach.
If you want variety, coast and countryside along with wildlife watching and historical attractions, then Northumbria is a real treat to discover on a self-catering break.

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Hills and Valleys Galore in Shropshire

If you love the English countryside and want to enjoy a rural retreat break or farmstay holiday then Shropshire could be the ideal choice. Home to the Shropshire Hills AONB, this is an ideal place to hide away in a secluded cottage or book a stay in the countryside. The Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley are ideal for a hike and offer awe inspiring views. Another great reason to visit Shropshire is the UNESCO heritage site of Ironbridge and Blists Hill for a walk back in history.

For dining out, shopping and historical charm Shrewsbury is well worth a visit.
With a strong farming tradition, don’t miss the chance to peruse the independent shops and taste some local fare when in Shropshire. There’s nothing quite like tasting locally grown food and produce whether at home or away!

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Wonderful Holiday Destinations in Wales

Explore the Coast in Pembrokeshire

For wildlife watching enthusiasts and for those who love to holiday by the seaside, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a natural choice. Visit and discover beautiful sandy beaches, a rugged coastline and a coastal path to guide you to some of the best of the area’s scenery. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a wonderful place to explore on holiday, whether for a romantic break or a family holiday.

Not only are there are opportunities to enjoy a bit of seal spotting on holiday, but dolphin watching can also be enjoyed in the area! Great memories are what great holidays are made of and there are ample opportunities to get out and explore in Pembrokeshire with walking, cycling, surfing, kayaking and coasteering all on offer!

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Get Outdoors in Snowdonia

Keen outdoor enthusiasts should find Snowdonia National Park a godsend. Whether you want to enjoy walking, hiking or wildlife watching, Snowdonia promises it all! What’s more, you can enjoy some adrenaline-filled activities in this area too, such as zip lining, mountain biking and even white water rafting! Visit and feel truly alive again in amongst the wonders of nature.

Mount Snowdon awaits to be conquered but if climbing a mountain is not your thing then there is a train to do the hard work for you with Snowdon Mountain Railway, whilst you sit back and enjoy the view!

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