UK Staycations: Are We Brits Making the Most of Our Own Country?

I want to ask fellow Brits, “Are you are making the most of the UK?”. The term staycation has become increasingly common over the last few years. You can take that to mean literally staying at home, such as in my post “7 Reason to Have a Holiday in Your Own Home” or taking a holiday within the UK.

Whipsiddery Beach in Newquay, Cornwall

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For many Brits, a holiday equates to flying somewhere with better weather than normally found in the UK. Well we’re currently enjoying a warm spell in April 2011, with temperatures higher than some spots in the Med, which does demonstrate that the UK weather can be good too. Then there’s the argument that many destinations abroad offer better value for money.

I’d like to illustrate that you can have great short breaks and holidays in the UK on a budget. My examples have a strong Scottish bias, as I’m Scottish but living in north-east England, so I’m up in Scotland at every opportunity.

At the beginning of April 2011 I stayed for 3 nights at the Travelodge Edinburgh West End for 3 nights paying only £19 a night for a double room on the advance booking saver rate. The hotel is very close to the Dean Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, both free to enter, offering wet weather options. One day I walked along the Water of Leith to the Botanic Garden (free to enter), where in addition to admiring the daffodils and rhododendrons, I looked around two art exhibitions at Inverleith House.

View from John Hope Gateway at the Edinburgh Botanic Garden

Another day I drove north to Fife to climb up Falkland Hill. It was touch and go if I’d stay dry as as it was a showery day but I was lucky.

View from ascent of Falkland Hill

I booked 2 nights at the Travelodge Perth Broxden Junction at the start of May 2011 at the price of £15 a night, booked in the Travelodge sale in early April 2011. I love Perthshire and we visited Hermitage at Dunkeld. There’s a leisure pool in Perth, a museum, theatre and concert hall.

Robert Burns statue at the Birks of Aberfeldy in Perthshire

In late July we had a three night Summer break to Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland based on a £19 a night Travelodge room. The total cost was £80 a night including accommodation, food and transport.

Looking toward Kilcreggan Pier in western Scotland

Kilcreggan, near Helensburgh

I hope that reading this has got you planning your next UK staycation.