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8 Incredible Places to Visit in the UK

It’s officially the start of summer, and what better way spend it than a staycation in the gorgeous UK.

UK staycation ideas

To celebrate we’ve pulled together some of our favourite places to visit in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Some are hidden gems, that you may not have heard of before, and others you may be familiar with. 

England: Robin Hood’s Bay & Cirencester

Robin Hoods Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay

Tucked away in the North York Moors National Park is Robin Hood’s Bay, a picturesque fishing village that radiates charm. Situated right next to the sea, Robin Hood’s Bay is perfect for outdoor lovers or those looking to enjoy a peaceful break by the seaside. If you’re looking for something different, head along to the Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk and learn about the local folklore and legends of the strange and supernatural.




If you want to visit the Cotswolds, without the crowds of tourists, then Cirencester is the place for you. Once upon a time, Cirencester was the second largest town in England, and today, is the largest town in the Cotswolds, with medieval architecture and pretty little streets lined with independent shops and a Market Place at the heart of it.

Northern Ireland: Bangor & Portrush


If you’re looking for a great little seaside town, filled with things to do, check out Bangor in Northern Ireland. For a spot of sightseeing, seek out Bangor Castle, Bangor Castle Walled Garden and Bangor Abbey. Then take a stroll along the coast to Helen’s Bay, a gorgeous coastal area, and seek out the enchanting waterfall at Crawfordsburn Country Park.


Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, is the small resort town of Portrush. Known for its incredible beaches, three of which are blue flag accredited. At the northern end of Portrush peninsula, is Ramore Head, Landsdowne and the Skerries, which were named an Area of Special Scientific Interest in 1996. Only 15 minutes away is the Giant’s Causeway, one of Northern Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions.

Scotland: Gardenstown & Plockton

Gardenstown Aberdeenshire


Looking for that perfect seaside escape in Scotland? Well, look no further than Gardenstown in Aberdeenshire. Clinging to the cliff edge, the village is blessed with stunning views overlooking the Moray Firth. In the summer you can enjoy the long summer nights and, in winter, you may even be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. Don’t miss the coastal walk from Gardenstown to neighbouring village Crovie too.




Nestled in the Scottish Highlands is a charming village, called Plockton, overlooking Loch Carron. Only a stones throw away from the Skye Road Bridge, Plockton is a very worthwhile detour. Offering breath-taking scenery, this secluded bay is a National Trust for Scotland conservation village. For nature lovers, don’t miss a chance to go wildlife spotting with Calum’s Seal Trips or, for our fellow boat enthusiasts, don’t miss the Plockton Sailing Regatta that takes place in summer.

Wales: Conwy & Portmeirion



If you’re looking for a destination packed with history, then Conwy in Wales is the place for you. In the heart of the town sits a magnificent 13th century castle, whose well-preserved ancient walls surround the town. Conwy is regarded, by many, to be one of the most beautiful places in Europe.




Here’s a destination for all of you holidaymakers looking for the thrill of going abroad, without the hassle of getting there. Take a trip to Portmeirion in North Wales, where you’ll be transported to Italy thanks to its picture-perfect village with colourful buildings, a charming piazza, sub-tropical gardens and authentic Italian eateries. And the icing on the cake is that Portmeirion is right on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, so don’t forget your hiking shoes if you love the great outdoors.

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About the author

Tony Gilpin MCMI, CII COP is a highly respected and chartered industry leader with over 25 years’ experience in travel insurance, tour operators insurance financial failure insurance, travel agents insurance, bonding insurance and the travel industry, specialising in leadership, strategy, sales and account management. He is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and also holds the Chartered Institute of Insurance's Certificate of Proficiency.

This is a marketing article by Towergate Insurance.

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