The Great British Stay-cation

Cancelled flights? Grubby hotel rooms? Dicky tummies? And not to mention several tonnes of carbon per flight...
Not something you want for your holiday?

Rather than just simply booking that annual package holiday abroad this year - why not consider good old Blighty?!

Theres been a recent surge in us Brits plumping for 'Stay-cations' in recent years.  And with good reason, if so many people from around the World are spending a fortune on coming to visit the UK, why not appreciate what you're lucky enough to have on your own doorstep. And not only that you can feel good that you've helped boost the income of those in the area you visit, and not travelled so far.

Quirky Bee looks at a few of our faves:

Edinburgh
City of contrasts, the stunning Scottish capital has few rivals for scenery and character. One of our all time favourite destinations, it seems like there is more to see each time.

With more than its fair share of gruesome history, there's ghost stories around every corner and some fascinating buildings. Interesting bars and restaurants can be found at the Grassmarket and fabulous antique shop and tearooms at AnTeaques on Clerk Street. Don't miss The Dome on George Street, the Castle (of course!) or nearby Joppa Beach.



Margate
Traditional seaside town seeing a bit of a resurgence of late, with the new Turner Contemporary gallery. Turned used to love to paint the beautiful skies here because of the light, the sunset across the sands is still definitely  worth a look.

Jellied eels are a traditional seaside snack, if you dare you can still try them at the London Pie and Mash shop. On Sunday's do do do get yourself along to the Vintage, Antiques and Food market! We couldn't drag ourselves away...



West Coast of Scotland
This is THE place to go for world-famous, stunningly dramatic scenery. Jaw-dropping views around every corner and great local hospitality. Hire one of the many cute little cottages, or perhaps you might like to relax in a rather grander lodge hotel.

We think that a trip to Glen Coe simply cannot be missed, or to the waterfall at Glen Nevis. Surprisingly there's many white 'Caribbean' style sandy beaches in this area - honest!  Try exhilarating outdoor sports at Stramash, Oban,  or for something more relaxing visit the Little Soap and Candle Company's tea room at Drumbeg http://www.drumbegdesigns.com/Shop-and-Tea-Garden.html  .



Brighton
Brighton should be visited for all those fascinating independent shops of Brighton Lanes alone. Never mind the glorious Brighton pebbled beach, or the riotous nightlife. Catch a show at the Brighton Dome Theatre and try a delicious smoothie at  Utopia cafe. If you're there in November, you HAVE to check out MADE12 Design and craft fair at the Corn Exchange...




If we've convinced you, think about our sunglasses and gadget cases while you're packing, to stylishly protect all your precious goodies!  




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  • David says...

    Or you could try driving around the isle of mull, rhosilli in Wales , visit the Minack theatre near lands end, look for fossils at Lyme Regis whilst staying at the Alexandra (visit nearby Beer too) , polperro in Cornwall and a quirky one, stop at tebay services near Kendal on the m6.

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