The UK’s OK – top staycation destinations for 2019, by Sophie Whitehead

Travel and Leisure
February 20, 2019

Ever thought about a staycation in the UK? It seems that 40% of us plan to make multiple trips around the country this year and it’s easy to see why.

You can start to think beyond gloomy weather forecasts and endless games of Guess Who. The recent Reader Travel Awards, carried out by Wanderlust, highlights some of the Top UK holiday destinations of 2019 and, with highlights ranging from Scotland to Snowdonia, there’s something on the list to satiate all manner of holiday desires. For those wishing to abandon passport problems and airport angst, look no further than the following list…

Intrepid travellers, take note: wilderness is firmly in the mix for staycationers in 2019, with several of the top 10 locations ideally suited for the adventurers amongst us. Gaining silver place on the list was the Lake District – with walks around Lake Windermere continuing to prove popular for fervid expeditioners alike. Thrill seekers looking to test their abilities can try Mount Snowdon – the successful will be rewarded with breathtaking views. With the Peak District and the Cotswolds also nabbing spots on the list, 2019 is set to be the year to clear out the cobwebs – just grab some walking boots and you’re good to go.

If you’re looking to relax (join the club) look no further than the Highlands. This remote location bagged gold at the Awards – a quick google search and you’ll see why. Rugged coastline, medieval castles, a search for the elusive ‘Nessie’ – whatever your holiday habits, there’ll be something to entertain you. If that all sounds a little too active and you’re pining for a piña colada on sandy beaches, check out this list of Hawaii-esque Highlands beaches.

If you’re amongst the 48% of holiday-makers looking to book a city break this year, you’d be hard pushed to find a better location than Edinburgh. With Portobello Beach, Arthur’s Seat and plenty of pubs in between, Scotland’s capital is the perfect way to while away a weekend. If you’re looking for a culture kick, the Modern Art Gallery, National Gallery of Scotland and Summerhall are just a few of the brilliant free galleries at your disposal.

So, if you’re looking for a hassle-free holiday, get one of these locations on your list. Leave the currency crises and packing predicaments behind and gear up for a UK holiday in 2019…who knows, you might be very lucky with the weather!