The UK is beautiful, maybe I’m biased because I live here, but it really is. More often than not we fly off to far-flung destinations in search of amazing places when in reality there are so many on our doorstep. Therefore, this year we have made the conscious decision that we will explore the UK more, especially as we love a good old road trip. There are many ways we could do this, as there are many options available when it comes to accommodation.
One great option is static caravans. My nana and granddad had a static caravan at the seaside which was great fun when I was a child as we headed there most weekends and school holidays. The only downside was that it was as the name suggests static and nowadays my thirst for adventure means I would get bored very quickly if I stayed in the same place too long or returned to the same place over and over.
A fantastic cost-effective option would be camping but I’ll be honest, I’ve tried it once and I didn’t like it, I think I need a little more than a thin layer of canvas between me and the elements. There is of course also the option of a caravan which we can tow on the back of our car. Having never towed a caravan before I think it would take some practice, however, I think we would be up for the challenge. Although we would need to invest a little bit in equipment and accessories first which would initially be costly.
However, the option that jumps out at us the most is combining our road trip vehicle with our accommodation through motorhome hire. Yep, having travelled through Australia in a motorhome we know we love it as we have the freedom to go where we want, when we want and have all our stuff with us – perfect.
Here are our top 5 caravan destinations to visit in the UK and ones we want to visit or revisit and explore further as soon as possible.
Bournemouth, (South) England
Bournemouth is a fabulous place to head if chilling on the beach is your thing, providing the weather is on your side of course. Bournemouth beach is award-winning and once you visit you’ll understand why, it is super clean and litter free, just get there early to bag yourself a great spot. South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping Park in nearby Poole is a great place to base yourself as you can also explore Poole Harbour from there and also all the other wonderful attractions Bournemouth has to offer, including Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Boscombe Chine Gardens and Hengistbury Head, not to mention numerous seafood restaurants.
Skipton, (North) England
North Yorkshire is stunning and even though it is on our doorstep we have not fully explored it. However, of all the places we have visited Skipton is absolutely wonderful. With Skipton Castle, Bolton Abbey and Parcevall Hall, amongst other attractions are all close by. Crookrise Caravan Park Caravan and Camping is in a great location for exploring locally and further afield. The Yorkshire Dales offer views for days and there are more walking routes then you can shake a stick at, so why not strap on your boots, head out into God’s Own Country and reward yourself after a fulfilling hike with lunch and a pint at a cosy country pub.
Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has a number of attractions just waiting to be discovered and if you are a Game of Thrones fan this is the perfect place to head as a number of scenes were filmed here. Ballyness Caravan Park is the perfect place to base yourself whilst exploring this fantastic part of the UK. One of, if not, the most beautiful things you must do whilst visiting Northern Ireland is drive the Causeway Coastal Route. It starts in the capital Belfast and ends in Derry passing by Carrickfergus Castle, The Dark Hedges, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Giant’s Causeway plus many many more great attractions, therefore, mixing cosmopolitan cities with breathtaking scenery, making it a journey to remember.
Loch Ness, Scotland
If you heading to Scotland then Loch Ness has to be high on your list of places to visit, check out Loch Ness Shores Campsite which is a great central place to base yourself, you never know you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness and the wider area of Inverness has a lot more to offer than just sightseeing tours to find Nessie though, you can also visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle which is full of history and offers stunning views, Fort George is another great historical moment close to Loch Ness and if you fancy exploring further afield then a trip to Loch Lomond or even the bustling city of Glasgow are perfect options.
Barry Island, Wales
Barry Island, of Gavin and Stacey fame, is located a mere 10 miles from Wales’ capital, Cardiff meaning you benefit from not only having a beach on your doorstep but also a bustling cosmopolitan city. The Bay Caravan Park is well positioned in Barry Island which is traditional seaside town complete with penny arcades, pleasure park, and seafront shops. Therefore, perfect not only for the young but the young at heart too. If you are looking for history then Cardiff Castle which was built in the late 11th-century and located in the centre of Cardiff is a must. And of course, if shopping is your thing, Cardiff is home to St David’s shopping centre which contains over 150 high street shops so don’t forget your purse.
So with all these places in the UK just waiting to be explored, we hope it has inspired you to visit some of them. This is of course only 5 of hundreds, if not thousands and as I said previously we are on a mission to uncover more of them. Stay tuned for more of our UK adventures…….
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