Save Money this Summer with a Staycation

Two in three families are planning a summer staycation this year according to the Daily Mail with many choosing to sacrifice holidays abroad, opting instead for the comforts of home.

If you’re one of those stopping in this summer then you may be pleasantly surprised by the quality of holiday destinations waiting to be discovered here in the UK.

This summer, enjoy exploring hidden treasures that can be found right on your doorstep.

Cornwall

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Flickr: Andrew Head

Known as the UK’s most popular seaside destination, Cornwall has got plenty of interesting and memorable things to do and places to see. From a picturesque 300-mile coastline with its dramatic cliffs, fascinating fishing harbours and fresh sea air to stunning gardens and parks. There are perfect conditions for surfing adventures, as well as abundance of other extreme sports from scuba diving to coasteering and rock climbing.

Cornwall also contributes significantly to fine cuisine with its award-winning local food producers and can easily compete with London over top restaurants and eateries. A must is mouth-watering cream tea with luscious Cornish clotted cream and home-made strawberry preserve.

 Lake District

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Flickr: davtink

Located in North West England, Lake District is the country’s largest National Park with its highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and Wastwater – its deepest lake. The area possesses 12 of the largest lakes in England and spreads over 3,500 kilometres of a stunning landscape. Its pretty white cottages, unique grey sheep and bright green countryside will leave a mark on anyone’s heart.

Admire Lake District’s magical beauty by walking along the riverside or cycling through the forests. There are also boats and kayaks to rent for enjoyable water activities. Treat yourself to a delicious Cumberland sausage or Herdwick lamb for a hearty, comforting meal.

Scottish Highlands

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Flickr: PhotoGSuS

Explore a diverse Scottish landscape by going on a tour around the Highlands. With a number of lakes and castles to visit, this part of the country will enrich you with tremendous historical heritage and captivating nature. Visiting wildlife parks, rare breed farms and spotting nesting eagles will please all nature enthusiasts.

For those keen on history, the area provides a vast number of spectacular ancient cairns, monumental castles, mysterious stone settings, and defensive round towers. Powerful waterfalls, vast lochs, and deep woods will bring purity to your trip.

Mourne Mountains in Nothern Ireland

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Flickr: big_hard_lad

The Mourne Mountains are known as an area of outstanding natural beauty and continually attracts visitors seeking out its many adventures. You will either embrace the landscape on a day out climbing rocks, bouldering, biking mountains and riding horses. Otherwise, you might want to take it easy and go fishing in the sea, stroll the hills or play golf with your friends. Whatever your choice of adventure, walking up to the Mourne Mountains is a must.

There are various walking trails to suit everyone’s capabilities while exploring this breathtaking area. Discover the dunes of Murlough National Nature Reserve and their diversity of flora and fauna. Spoil yourself and your loved ones with Dundrum Bay oysters or tender venison from the local produce.