Why not think about holidaying in the UK?

Heather on the Scottish Highlands With the increased concern about flying, UK holidays have been enjoying somewhat of a comeback.

Having come a long way since the Victorian era when people first started holidaying, there is now a lot more to a holiday in the British Isles than Butlins and building sand castles at Skegness. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but with a greater variety of accommodations and activities on offer, everyone, even the more sophisticated and discerning traveller, can have a great holiday in the UK. There are some great options for families too.

By booking a holiday in the UK you're not only be reducing your carbon emissions compared to long(er) haul flying, making it the environmentally friendlier option (especially for a short break), but you could also be exploring some of the world's finest and unique countryside.

From the Scottish Highlands down to our neighbours in Brighton on the south coast, the UK has some spectacular scenery, lovely weather (most of the time!) and amazing wildlife to offer, along with some of those typically British delights we so rarely get a chance to fully enjoy...

For example, Britain is renowned for its pubs, music scene, festivals and wealth of historical interest. We have holidays in the diverse and spiritual town of Glastonbury, the scenic city of Edinburgh and the legendary Loch Ness, as well as slighty more quirky tours of London, from a pub walking tour to gourmet market visits.

Britain is not just for culture vultures though. Sticking with the green transport theme, why not try exploring Scotland by rail, passing Loch Lomond and beautifully desolate moors, detouring up to the mythical Isle of Skye and ending in Edinburgh. Or paddle your kayak to explore the hidden coves, sandy beaches and grey seals in Wales. Alternatively, watch out for porpoises, basking sharks and even the occasional whale on a sailing boat.

To slow down even more, appreciate the simpler things in life with a wild food cookery weekend, traditional crafts holiday, or yoga & relaxation break.

In this "green and pleasant land", don't forget the National Parks such as the Lake District, New Forest, Peak District and the Cairngorms where there are plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling, as well as relaxation.

Whether you're travelling as a couple, a group or a family we also have a range of places to stay from a luxury B&B with its own vegetable garden in the Cairngorms in Scotland, past this 200 year old stone built detached cottage in Snowdonia in Wales, to a Grade II listed cottage on the Isle of Wight off England's south coast.

For something really unusual, take a look at our tipis and yurts, our houseboat accommodation and a luxury apartment in a former Abbey.

It's easy to see the advantages of a hassle-free holiday in the UK; you can avoid check-in queues, airport stress and related toddler tantrums (if travelling with your family). You could be exploring wonderful beaches, lochs, meadows, hills and forests within a few hours of leaving home – and you won’t even need to take your passport!

However, if we can't tempt you to holiday in the UK, there are trains to almost anywhere in Europe. Train travel allows you not only to enjoy the destination itself, but also the journey there as you sit back with a good book and watch the scenery float by from your window.

Find lots of ideas for train travel in our lower carbon travel section and on this Responsible Tourism Awards winner’s web site; seat61.com.

See more UK holidays and railway journeys around the world.
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