The Perfect Staycation

The Perfect Staycation: Exploring our Top 5 UK Holidays and Their Must-Do Activities 

Are you looking for an exhilarating holiday without venturing far from home?
Look no further than the enchanting landscapes and adventure-filled destinations in the United Kingdom. 

In recent years, staycations have gained tremendous popularity as holiday-makers have discovered the incredible diversity and natural beauty the UK has to offer. 
Let us take you on an exciting journey through our top five adventure-based UK staycations, showcasing the thrilling activities and breathtaking attractions that await you.

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Get your hiking boots ready as we unpack the wonders of these destinations together and inspire your adventure staycation, closer to home.

Why not skip ahead to your UK holiday destination of choice…

  1. 1 Lake District
  2. 2 Snowdonia National Park
  3. 3 Scottish Highlands
  4. 4 Peak District
  5. 5 Pembrokeshire Coast

The Lake District

Located in northwest England, The Lake District captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes, majestic mountains and serene lakes. From boat cruises to hiking trails, cosy pubs to quaint villages full of culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Things to do in The Lake District

So, what exactly does the Lake District have to offer? Well, the list is endless. There’s hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, zip-lining and treetop adventures, to name a few. But, our personal favourites are:

Via Ferrata: 
Climbers, listen up! Tackle the unique Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine, climbing iron rungs and traversing exposed pathways with breathtaking views. Don’t forget to pack one of TREK’s Protein Power Bars for a post-climb boost, with 100% plant-based ingredients and 15g of protein in each bar it will help you power through all of the tough Via Ferrata climbs!

Gorge Scrambling: 
Enjoy the thrill of traversing natural watercourses, jumping into plunge pools, and climbing over rocks and waterfalls in gorges like Stickle Ghyll and Church Beck.

Wild Swimming: 
Connect with nature by taking a refreshing dip in crystal-clear waters of lakes and tarns. Don’t forget a nice cup of tea to warm up afterwards!

For a more relaxed visit…

We know that thrill-seeking adventure isn’t for everyone; perhaps a more casual museum visit or enjoying a local pub is more your speed. The Lake District offers something for everyone.

Beatrix Potter's Hill Top:
Visit the former home of beloved author Beatrix Potter, exploring the 17th-century farmhouse and gardens that inspired her timeless tales.

Honister Slate Mine:

Discover the history of slate mining on a guided tour deep into the Lake District's industrial past.

Looking for something different? Keep reading to find your perfect UK holiday destination.

Snowdonia National Park

Nestled in northwest Wales is a breathtaking destination combining stunning landscapes and thrilling adventures. The choices are limitless: hiking, rock climbing white-water rafting to coasteering, Snowdonia is the perfect playground for adventure seekers. Its charming villages and welcoming pubs create an unforgettable holiday experience in the heart of nature's grandeur.

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Things to do in Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia hosts a range of thrilling activities, such as hiking Mount Snowdon, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild swimming, coasteering, kayaking, wild camping and our top picks below:

White-Water Rafting and Canyoning: 
Navigate fast-flowing rivers and plunge into rapids, but of course, this is recommended with a guide who knows the waters.

Zip-Lining and High Ropes Courses: 
Soar through the air on the world’s fastest zip line with Zip World or enjoy the high ropes courses they have to offer.

Paragliding and Hang Gliding:
 
Experience the freedom of flight and breathtaking views with one of the sky sports operators in Snowdonia.

For a more relaxed visit…

Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and a prominent feature of Snowdonia National Park, offers more than just stunning landscapes. Here are some attractions you can explore in the Snowdon area:

Snowdon Mountain Railway: 
Board the train and take a scenic ride to the summit of Snowdon.

Dolwyddelan Castle: 
Explore the medieval ruins of this historic fortress.

If white-water rafting and castle ruin visits aren’t ticking all of your UK holiday boxes, just wait for what’s to come.

The Scottish Highlands

Located in northern Scotland, the Scottish Highlands offer untamed beauty and a captivating destination for adventurous holidays. Explore ancient castles, and picturesque villages, or even scale Ben Nevis, and hike the West Highland Way. The Highlands provide an unforgettable experience, blending adrenaline-pumping activities with moments of serene reflection. 

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Things to do in The Scottish Highlands

We wanted to outline our top 3 adventures, but there are some honourable mentions that we couldn’t miss; white water rafting, mountain biking, sea kayaking, canyoning and coasteering.

Munro Bagging: 
Scale the iconic peaks of the Highlands (Ben Nevis is one!), known as Munros, and challenge yourself to conquer these majestic mountains. To keep up energy levels on your hikes, why not try TREK’s Protein Flapjacks, each containing 9g of plant-based protein and slow-release oats to make them the perfect hiking snack!

Loch Cruises: 
Take a scenic boat cruise on the picturesque lochs of the Highlands, immersing yourself in the serene beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Off-Road 4x4 Adventures: 
Embark on thrilling off-road 4x4 adventures, navigating rugged terrain and remote Highland landscapes while enjoying the thrill of off-roading.

These adventurous activities offer a taste of the excitement and natural wonders the Scottish Highlands have to offer, providing an unforgettable experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

For a more relaxed visit…

In the Scottish Highlands, you'll find a range of attractions that showcase the region's rich history, incredible landscapes, and cultural heritage. From historic castles and battlefields to famous attractions in film, here are some of our favourite attractions to explore in the Highlands:

Glenfinnan Viaduct: 
Marvel at the engineering masterpiece of Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films. Capture the iconic sight of the Jacobite steam train crossing the viaduct.

Wildlife Safaris: 
Join guided wildlife safaris to spot iconic Scottish wildlife, including red deer, golden eagles, seals, and even elusive creatures like the Scottish wildcat.

The Peak District

The Peak District, located in central England, is a captivating destination renowned for its stunning beauty and abundant opportunities for adventure. Hikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts flock to this region to explore its vast network of trails, and conquer challenging peaks like Kinder Scout. Whether you seek exhilarating activities or a tranquil retreat amidst nature, the Peak District promises an unforgettable adventure for those in search of an active and scenic UK holiday destination.

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Things to do in The Peak District

The Peak District offers a range of adrenaline-inducing activities, such as mountain biking, hang gliding, paragliding, water sports, rock climbing, hiking and some of our favourites:

Caving and Pot-holing:
Embark on underground adventures exploring the intricate cave systems and limestone caves, discovering hidden passages and fascinating geological formations.

Horseback Riding:
Explore the Peak District's beauty on horseback, riding through tranquil trails, bridleways, and open moorland, taking in the scenic splendour from a different perspective.

Orienteering:
Test your navigational skills with orienteering, a thrilling activity where you navigate through the countryside using a map and compass to find checkpoints.

For a more relaxed visit…

Aside from all the adventures you can embark on, the Peak District boasts a variety of attractions that showcase its heritage, natural beauty, and cultural offerings. Here are some that we would recommend:

Chatsworth House: 
Visit the magnificent Chatsworth House, a stately home set on extensive grounds featuring beautiful gardens, an art collection, and a rich history spanning centuries.

Heights of Abraham: 
Ride the cable car to the Heights of Abraham, a hilltop park offering panoramic views of the Derwent Valley. Explore the underground caverns, enjoy nature walks, and discover the park's rich industrial heritage.

These adventurous activities and various attractions offer a taste of the excitement and natural wonders that the Peak District has to offer, making it a fantastic destination for your UK staycation.

Pembrokeshire Coast

The Pembrokeshire Coast, situated in southwest Wales, is an enchanting destination with its rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and pristine waters. This coastal area is renowned for its outdoor activities, including hiking, water sports, and wildlife encounters. Whether you seek adventures such as coasteering or a tranquil escape amidst breathtaking landscapes, the Pembrokeshire Coast promises an unforgettable holiday experience.

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Things to do on The Pembrokeshire Coast

Not only are there endless water-based activities, but there are also numerous coastal walks, rock climbing spots and coasteering opportunities on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Some of our top picks include:

Surfing: 
Ride the waves along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, with several surf spots catering to different skill levels, offering thrilling experiences for surfers of all abilities.

Sea Kayaking: 
Explore the stunning coastal scenery from the unique perspective of a sea kayak, navigating along the cliffs, caves, and hidden coves of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Paddleboarding: 
Glide along the tranquil waters of Pembrokeshire's sheltered bays and estuaries on a stand-up paddleboard, enjoying a unique blend of adventure and relaxation.

For a more relaxed visit…

If the thrill-seeking activities weren’t enough to convince you to visit the Pembrokeshire Coast, we’re sure these attractions will.

Pembroke Castle: 
Explore the impressive Pembroke Castle, a medieval fortress with a rich past. Wander through its towering walls, towers, and great hall, and learn about its fascinating history.

Skomer Island: 
Take a boat trip to Skomer Island, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Witness the adorable puffins, seals, and other seabirds that inhabit the island, as well as its stunning coastal landscapes.

From surfing the Welsh waves to witnessing the tranquil wildlife of the Pembrokeshire Coast, this location makes for a dream staycation.

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Where is your top UK staycation?

We have explored our top five UK adventure staycations, each offering unique charm and exhilarating experiences. From the untamed beauty of the Lake District to the wild landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, these destinations captivate with their variety of adventure-filled activities and attractions. Whether you're a hiker, kayaker, rock climber, or simply seeking to immerse yourself in nature, the UK has it all.

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Pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and create lasting memories in the breathtaking landscapes of the UK!

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