Staycation alternatives for holidaymakers wanting to avoid the crowds this summer

An accommodation lettings specialist has unveiled a series of alternative destinations to avoid the crowds for holidaymakers staying in the UK this summer.

While restrictions around international travel remain uncertain, staycations are becoming an extremely popular option with concerns that some UK resorts may become very busy.

Property letting firm holidaycottages.co.uk specialises in letting holiday properties across the UK with more than 7,000 in the collection – from barn conversions on working farms to grand mansions sleeping large numbers of guests.

Research has pinpointed the best alternative destinations to the top staycation hotspots in the UK.

It reveals that 84 per cent of holidaymakers are considering a staycation this year, as well as discovering their top wish list destinations for 2021.

Top tourist destinations, according to the study, are:

  • Cornwall (48%)
  • Devon (43%)
  • Cumbria (41%)
  • Yorkshire Dales (35%)
  • Edinburgh (34%)

Here are the best alternative destinations to enjoy without the crowds.

Cornwall: Instead of St Ives, why not try Penryn?

Just 24 miles away from St Ives, Penryn offers so much for holidaymakers. From its historic character to its golden beaches and the beautiful Penryn river, it’s an amazing option for a UK staycation. Penryn is also very close to the coastal town of Falmouth which offers many different activities as well as its stunning scenery. Make sure to visit The Roseland Heritage Coast and Enys Gardens.

Devon: Instead of Woolacombe, why not try Branscombe?

Situated 73 miles from Woolacombe, Branscombe’s National Trust owned beach is the perfect destination for an unforgettable family holiday. Branscombe is a great place for rock pooling and sea swimming and is less crowded than its neighbour.

Cumbria: Instead of Windermere, why not try Hawkshead?

Only nine miles from Windermere, there’s a lot to explore in Hawkshead including the beautiful Coniston Water and Esthwaite Water, which make spectacular walking locations.

Yorkshire Dales: Instead of Whitby, why not try Runswick Bay?

For those who are looking for a quieter and more peaceful holiday this year, only nine miles away from Whitby is Runswick Bay. Surrounded by red-roofed houses and picturesque cliffs, Runswick Bay is an amazing UK coastal holiday location. As well as stunning scenery, there are plenty of walks to enjoy in Runswick Bay including the Cleveland Way National Trail.

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Edinburgh: Instead of Edinburgh, why not try the Isle of Arran?

Described as ‘Scotland in miniature’ and accessible by ferry, this beautiful island offers amazing views, delicious food and drink and countless coastal activities.

Shannon Keary, PR & Communications Manager at holidaycottages.co.uk, said: “It’s amazing to see all of these alternative travel locations available to us within the UK.

“For everyone who found a love for staycationing last year, we hope that this will inspire them to visit some of the lesser-known gems rather than heading straight for the hotspots.”