Many people choose to holiday in the UK or Ireland nowadays. Whether you want to rent a 5 star holiday home or budget accommodation, there are many good reasons to holiday in Britain. Those with pets or young children often prefer to take a staycation and avoid dreaded long waits at airports or the stress of transporting animals or the kids abroad. And who can blame them when there are many wonderful parts of the UK and Ireland which are easily accessible and just waiting to be explored.
What does each part of the UK and Ireland have to offer for self-catering holidays?
England has many fantastic areas to choose from when it comes to vacation rentals and places to stay range from English country cottages to large mansion houses or unusual options such as yurts or gypsy caravans. With so many exciting options on offer, national parks, a fantastic coastline and various areas of outstanding natural beauty, which part of England will you choose to discover on your self-catering holiday?
Bonny Scotland with its lochs, glens, historical cities, welcoming towns and scenic seaside, has plenty to keep families entertained, as well as ample to offer for romantic breaks. A fantastic country for enjoying a diverse range of outdoor activities, there should never be a dull moment on your Scottish holiday.
Let the wonders of Wales mesmerise you on a cottage holiday in this part of the UK. Perhaps best known for Snowdonia National Park, there are many wonderful areas of countryside to explore in Wales, including scenic valleys which can be discovered on foot, by car or on horseback. Wales also boasts a sublime coastline with stunning scenery, including the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park where bird-watching and walking are just a couple of the wonderful things to do.
Fall in love with the Emerald Isle during a stay in an Irish holiday home. Wonderful for outdoor activities, discovering stunning scenery and good old relaxing, Ireland has plenty of promise for fun-packed or relaxing self-catering stays. For rural retreat breaks and remote holidays, Ireland is hard to beat.
For those who want to enjoy a cottage holiday amongst some of Britain's best countryside, we recommend that you read our guide on holidays in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.