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Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Quiet cottage on edge of Brighstone village, Isle of Wight, from £385 - £795 per week (sleeps 4)
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
Luxury B&B in the Cotswolds, from £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Orkney & Shetland self drive holiday, Scotland
Self-drive island-hopping through the Northern Isles, from £795 - £850 (7 days) ex flights
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon, from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England
Discover Kent's history, its landscape and its people, from £587 (6 days) ex flights
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Our cabin is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside, from £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Fowey accommodation in Cornwall, sleeps 2, England
Cottages in a Cornish watermill, from £90 - £125 per cottage per night
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Sea kayaking explorations on the Pembrokeshire National Park coastline, from £289 (3 days) ex flights
West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland
Take the "The World's Best Rail Journey" to the Isle of Skye, from £500 - £510 (4 days) ex flights
Lake District family activity holiday
Walk, climb, abseil and canoe around the Borrowdale Valley, from £445 (7 days) ex flights
Scotland luxury rail holiday
Experience Scotland in luxury and independently by train, from £1790 - £1865 (8 days) ex flights
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Award winning lodges on a wildlife-rich Devon farm, from £250 - £595 per accommodation per week
Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland
Spot whales, otters and eagles on Isle of Mull, Scotland, from £450 - £555 (5 days) ex flights
Coasteering weekend in Wales
The ultimate coastal adventure, from £219 - £225 (3 days) ex flights
Scottish borders B&B farmstay accommodation
A guesthouse set amidst 1000 acre working upland sheep farm, from £27 - £41 per person per night
Lands End To John O'Groats cycling trip
Britain's classic cycling challenge, from £1745 (16 days) ex flights
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
Accommodation in the Cairngorms, from £90 - £99 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Snowdonia country farmhouse B&B in Wales
Five star comfort and wonderful scenery nr Snowdonia NP, from £35 - £55 per person per night
Pembrokeshire group accommodation, Wales
Group bookings for up to 30 at an activity lodge in Pembrokeshire, Wales, from £39 - £62 per person per night
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Houseboats on private trout lake and wetland, from £385 - £795 per week
Hiking holidays in Scotland
Unique and dramatic views, from £785 - £890 (6 days) ex flights
Luxury self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight
Organic farm near picturesque Godshill, from £150 - £900 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Purbeck Hills self guided walking holiday in Dorset, England
Walking a stunning stretch of Dorset's World Heritage Coast, from £219 - £232 (3 days) ex flights
Malvern bed and breakfast accommodation
Stay at a 600 year old family home, from £65 - £90 per room per night
Dartmoor & Exmoor self guided walking holiday, England
Self guided walking between the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, from £269 - £639 (3 days) ex flights
Walking in Kent, self guided walks
Discover hidden Kent, its people and thier history, from £706 (7 days) ex flights
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
The perfect trip to recharge the batteries, from £690 - £984 (3 days) ex flights
Scotland island hopping holiday, car free
Explore three contrasting Scottish islands car-free, from £830 - £895 (8 days) ex flights
Walkers accommodation in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Family-run walkers lodge in the Scottish highlands, from £21 - £40 (2 days) per person per night

484 reviews for UK holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent UK holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Isle of Mull and west coast of Scotland cruise
Memorable parts? The whole of our holiday was wonderful. The crew were all great, friendly and so helpful. The food was delicious every meal, and plentiful too! The cruise was the best way to see some of Scotland’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. The only fault, we wished it didn't have to end! Tips? Don't forget your binoculars. Sensible shoes and a waterproof for when up on deck and the weather damp. Local benefits? I am not sure about these things as we didn't buy any... (more)julie Clease
From £1866 - £2095 excluding flights
Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland
The crew were marvellous, and nothing was too much trouble, with a number of elderly passengers on our cruise, all was taken in their stride. (more)Gerald Peppiatt
We were a small and delightful group. The boat was cozy and comfortable, the landscapes and cloudscapes, sublime; and the day trips and hikes, especially our visit to Iona and its sacred and ancient abbey were vitamin C for the spirit. (more)Patricia Knowles
From £2095 excluding flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Michael and Colette are wonderful hosts and very patient with teaching us. We enjoyed their company. (more)Kathy Wuerch
Brilliant holiday...both Michael and Colette were passionate about conservation matters and the threat to the marine environment which couldn't help but rub off on everyone on board. (more)Roy Owen
10/10, relaxing and rewarding....Great hosts and fellow travellers, stunning scenery and wonderful food, on and off the boat (more)Michele Stewart
From £690 - £984 excluding flights
Scotland luxury rail holiday
The whole experience was memorable. The Jacobite steam train, the Culodin battlefield, and the warm and friendly people. (more)Lisa Shaffer
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. (more)Anne Feeley
From £1790 - £1865 excluding flights
Mull wildlife holiday in Scotland
I have the strong feeling that the accommodation and the tours were made with local people seriously engaged in the preservation of nature. It was a great holiday! (more)Luc Deneys
Mull is a wonderful island where you will not find a disappointing view. The wildlife trips organized as part of the holiday package were excellent. Each trip was conducted by very professional and knowledgeable experts covering all aspects of the local flora and fauna. (more)David Hayers
Excellent...All accommodation was situated in the best possible place for fantastic views and access to wildlife tours (more)janet kelly
From £665 - £903 excluding flights
Scotland island holiday in the Inner Hebrides
Too many memorable parts to number! We loved Iona (everything about it except the weather!), Colonsay was beautiful, remote and atmospheric, the Jacobite steam train was great fun, The Sleat peninsula on Skye stunning. The hotels were excellent with wonderful food and accommodation for the most part. (more)Graham Wigmore
Best bit: Experiencing the islands, each one has an individual personality. (more)Brid Burke
From £399 - £425 excluding flights
Scotland by railway holiday
Very good indeed. In general and excellent holiday and a good way to see Scotland. (more)Alan Warr
It was very enjoyable and I recommend it for train enthusiasts. (more)Lynn Furness
Simply ONE OF THE BEST holidays that I have every been on (more)Valerie Deunk
From £1000 - £1065 excluding flights
Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland
Very enjoyable and well organised....The scenery was absolutely stunning even if the weather wasn't great but that's the risk with going to Scotland any time of year. (more)Jennifer Lacey
It was all very enjoyable - the Discover Mull excursion was a particular highlight, when we saw golden eagles flying - among a ton of other wildlife! (more)Louise Keable
From £450 - £555 excluding flights
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
Memorable parts? The stunning scenery and peaceful moorings. The wildlife especially the seals and beautiful shoals of jellyfish floating like alien creatures in a calm sea. The first ever fish caught by one of our party - a splendid mackerel! The delicious food and good company of Michael and Colette. The successful descent into the dinghy of a nervous member of our party - if she can do it with Michael's patient help anyone can. Raising and lowering the anchor - tying knots and rope throwing... (more)Fiona Morrison
From £690 - £984 excluding flights
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Devon self catering cottage, England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From £30 - £45 per person per night
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
I would recommend this type of holiday to all my friends. Holidays were great! (more)vera schembri
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Staying on the houseboat was the most memorable part!...I would give it an A+. (more)Cathy Halley
The most memorable part of the holiday was ...Spending a peaceful time in beautiful surroundings without a TV. (more)Amanda Curtis
Simply sitting back, enjoying the peace and tranquillity was the most memorable...We genuinely think we had very little impact on the environment. We spent money in local shops - although the nearby Waitrose was a temptation! (more)Tony Dunne
From £385 - £795 per week
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Great time and a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend. (more)Lara Quarterman
Overall a great holiday. The instructors were great, very reassuring. They were good at adapting what we doing to suit everyone. The food and accommodation were great. (more)sally Tolley
Fantastic. We WILL be back! (more)MARTIN CLARK
From £289 excluding flights
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
This was our second visit to The Cotswolds (last over 4 years ago) and we were charmed anew. Too often our holiday experience has been such we're ready to return home after a few days, but on this occasion a week passed quickly, happily, relatively comfortably. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
It was an excellent location. Very quiet B/B. Very friendly hosts and good breakfasts. Room well equiped with everything we needed. (more)Anne Grant
From £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
If you want to relax, this ticked all the boxes. We came back refreshed and fully benefitting from our week away. (more)jayne ellis
We had a nice, quiet break at the straw bale cabin. The cabin was well equipped with cooking ingredients, utensils, crockery etc so we were able to spend time preparing nice meals before curling up and reading or listening to our little radio. With the veranda, pond , apple trees, allotment and surrounding farm land we felt close to nature. (more)Michele Rogers
Although it was a short break, we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and felt refreshed both physically and psychologically for it. (more)Carolyn Moore
From £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
It was a 100% success...We have never been anywhere that was more environmentally friendly. (more)Keith Pinion
Brillant!...The Scotish scenery and the castles. The b&b was the very good, we really enjoyed staying there. (more)Michael Hinton
Excellent...Extremely welcoming host, all facilities excellent & so refreshing to see eco policies put into practice so thoroughly (more)Geraldine Moon
From £90 - £99 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Jersey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
Memorable parts? It is hard to pin point one part - the whole holiday was great. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Extremely good. (more)Christine Ermuth
From £574 - £1393 excluding flights
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
Fantastic. Lovely cottage, very well stocked and furnished. Very friendly and helpful owner. The cottage is spacious and in bad weather you can sit and gaze into the garden and listen to the birds. (more)Helena Poldervaart
We were intrigued to stay in a house made of straw bales and to see how recycling/ reuse can be put into practice and good effect.- we were not disappointed! We found the photo albums showing the building of the house really interesting. (more)C Sharkey
From £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Guernsey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
The sheer beauty of the island, the friendly people, the walks and the super clean loos along the route! (more)Jane Haywood
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the smaller islands of Sark and Herm. Not only was the scenery fabulous but the weather was kind! (more)Stuart Harris
The day trip to Herm, the beaches were beautiful and the weather was great for an easy walk round the island. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
From £651 - £952 excluding flights
Isle of Wight tree house accommodation, England
Memorable parts? The location Tips? Prepare for a lovely time Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Fantastic (more)Edward Cossart
From £150 - £250 per accommodation per night
Traditional crafts holiday in Scotland
I loved it...I personally love venturing in to nature and the creative element meant I also left with something which I can now use back home (more)Katrine Roberts
The most memorable part was the excitement of watching the different colours emerging as we used natural dyes and the anticipation of what could be created using them. I have never felt so invigorated, and relaxed?!!!, at the same time. (more)Diane Peel
I loved the whole process of gathering natural materials (lichen, fungus, nettles, birch bark, etc) to dye the wool, the dyeing itself and the amazing array of colours we created with single and secondary dyes. (more)Jennifer Woodward
From £795 - £945 excluding flights
Scotland craft weekends, felt making & natural dyeing
Memorable parts? The location was superb with amazing views overlooking the glen. We learned fascinating traditional skills, collecting lichens and bracken fronds from the woods and making up a wide range of natural dyes, using open wood fires. We dyed fleeces and fabric, mixing our colours, which were astonishingly vibrant and ready to take on to the next step for spinning or felting. Rosie and her family were very welcoming and gave us wonderful outdoor lunches. Tips? Bring sensible... (more)Annie Hibberd
From £130 - £150 excluding flights
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
A fabulous unique opportunity to enjoy and marvel at nature in all its glory....The most outstanding part of the trip was definitely the experience of being immersed in the stunningly beautiful environment of the lochs of western Scotland. (more)David Ritchie
A really terrific week which we will always remember (along with how to tie a bowline). Two of my colleagues at work have already expressed interest! (more)Helen Newton
Absolutely fantastic for ALL ages, young and old. Colette is a brilliant cook and the meal she made out of freshly caught Mackerel fish has set a very high bench mark to beat. Michael knows so much and is a very patient teacher. We miss them dearly - thank you for a trip to remember! (more)Lani Retter
From £690 - £984 excluding flights
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From £17 per person per night
The Ridgeway walking holiday, England
Memorable parts? The feeling of being able just to enjoy the natural beauty. The hospitality of the B&Bs Tips? Start at Avebury, rather than Overton Hill Local benefits? Local employment Overall rating? Excellent (more)Tjarda Murray
From £750 excluding flights
Scotland wildlife cruise, marine biology
Memorable parts? I loved the whole atmosphere of being on the St Hilda, learning about how to sail a boat and discovering the wildlife around us. Sailing towards Arran under the blue sky was absolutely fantastic. Also, fishing for our dinner and catching lobster and crabs in our lobster pot was so exciting! Colette and Michael looked after us so well - they were the perfect hosts! And Colette cooks the most delicious meals! Tips? Remember taking the right gear so you can enjoy your... (more)N.Z
From £690 - £984 excluding flights
Northern Ireland walking holiday
Memorable parts? The hike from the giant's causeway to Ballintoy was spectacular. Tips? Familiarize yourself with the maps. We had some navigation issues due to the trail being closed in one spot. Also, prepare for wet weather. Local benefits? I think we benefited local businesses. Overall rating? It was terrific. I think the company could have been a bit more organized in getting us our materials and in alerting us to the problems caused by the Irish open. Also,... (more)Julie Bordwin
From £399 excluding flights
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Maggie, joint owner with Ian, took us on a walk through the wet grassland area of special scientific interest. Not only was it interesting from an ecological point of view it was such fun. (more)Jenny Brace
We'll remember the brightness of the stars on clear nights with no light pollution, watching bats flying around our lodge at sunset, waking late because it was so quiet and comfortable and the blackout blinds were so good, the ruby red cows really glowing like rubies at sunset, being content to just potter around the farm in the sunshine without getting bored. (more)Sue Stanwell
The most memorable part were the ...scones on arrival (they were the best I have ever tasted!), walking around the beautiful country side and the farm... (more)Jenna du Plessis
From £250 - £595 per accommodation per week

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

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