The UK is a wonderful location for beautiful self-catering seaside and beach holidays, with a great combination of countryside and coastal beauty you get the best of both worlds, whilst relaxing in your very own homely cottage.
Cottages situated in coastal towns or villages often have fantastic views out to sea or across some wonderful countryside.They also provide the opportunity to take part in some fantastic activities both on land and sea, such as yachting, sailing, coasteering, climbing, walking, ballooning, surfing, waterskiing, hiking, and horse riding. With so much to do you wont be getting bored on your seaside retreat.There is also plenty to see for those of you who wish to spend your holidays relaxing, many coastal villages and towns have an interesting history behind them and therefore boast some great achitecture and heritage sites to visit.
Seaside towns have a quaint charm about them, with unique streets full of unusual shops and privately owned cafes and restaurants. There are often many opportunities to purchase a bucket and spade for some fun on the beach and of course plenty of places to get your hands on an icecream. There are an amazing amount of sandy beaches surrounding the coast of the UK so you and your family can enjoy building sand castles and burying each other all day long. Places such as Cornwall and Devon, and many other coastal counties are abundant with the british seaside charisma and magic. Many coastal UK tourist destinations have even won awards such as Devon which received the 2011 Silver Award from the British Travel Awards for the Best UK Holiday County or Region. Part of Devon also makes up the fascinating Jurassic coast which has achieved UNESCO world heritage status.
Other areas with fantastic countryside wonders or attractions near the seaside include much of the West country for its 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty', also Aberdeenshire in Scotland is part of the 'Castle country' so has a great selection of scottish architecture to visit. Much of the scottish coast also gives you the opportunity to spot some amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and sometimes whales!
In Wales you can explore the amazing blue flag rated beaches covering its brilliant 750 miles of coastline. Providing you with plenty of options for coastal and seaside towns right next to the sea! Even Wales's big cities can be found by the sea, such as Cardiff and Swansea which has a great maritime history.
Northern Ireland also has a great seaside atmosphere, with towering cliffs, beautiful views, large bays and secluded beaches.There is plenty to see and do and much of Northern Ireland reflects mainland Britain, even down to place names as Northern Ireland has a Bangor and Newcastle.There are many awarded beaches in Northern Ireland and the county of Down also has two stunning peninsulas.
With so many options and locations across the UK you will be spoilt for choice when looking for your perfect Seaside self-catering holiday cottage! If your feeling like spending your self-catering seaside break in a high quality luxury cottage then click to discover Luxury coastal cottages in the UK and Ireland.