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Best Places in the UK for Holidays by the Waterside

The UK has so many inspiring options when it comes to waterside holidays. Choices include renting a holiday cottage along Britain or Ireland’s expansive coastline, staying by the lakeside, by a loch, river or stream. And let’s not forget canal-side holidays, for breaks aboard houseboats or barges for those seeking a more unusual option.


Holiday by the Coast for Wonderful Waterside Holidays

West Country coastline
The scenic West Country coastline

Who can resist the idea of a break where you can enjoy days out by the beach, walking along the sands or paddling in the waves? There’s something about being by the seaside that makes us feel so great. We may not understand the exact science behind it but nothing can refute the feel-good factor of being by the seaside.

Rent a coastal cottage and you can enjoy plenty of that special seaside high. Whether you love to throw pebbles in to the sea, walk the dog by the beach, build sandcastles with the kids or lie back and soak up the sun’s rays, take a break by the seaside and you can enjoy all of this and more.

Some of the UK’s best loved places for seaside holidays include Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset in the West Country, Northumbria, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Sussex and Kent. In Scotland, Argyll and Bute, the Scottish islands and the Aberdeenshire coast are particular favourites. In Ireland, County Kerry and the Dingle peninsula offer some of the best coastal scenery in the whole of the UK.


Lakeside Holidays for Water-Wonderland Breaks

Stunning Coniston Water in the Lake District
Stunning Coniston Water in the Lake District

When it comes to feeling truly relaxed a holiday by the lakeside comes highly recommended. Whether it’s sitting out in the morning or in the evening and looking out over the lake as the colours change according to the sunrise or sunset, there’s something particularly calming and grounding about staying by a lake. Lakeside holidays are also popular with those who love to fish too. To appeal to all groups, some lakeside cabins feature hot tubs too so there’s something to appeal to everyone, whether you like to fish or not.

Some of the UK’s best places for lakeside holidays have to be England’s Lake District where huge glassy lakes, complete with swans and ducks are huge draws. Whether you love walking, cycling or watersports, Cumbria’s Lake District are a playground for adults and kids alike. For those who love to enjoy watersports, the Cotswold Water Park has to be one of the best places to holiday. Rutland Water offers similar allure with the choice of water sports, land-sports like biking, walking and more adventurous options.

In Scotland the scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is hard to beat with its glittering beauty and is another wonderful area to enjoy outdoor activities galore.

For those keen to explore the Emerald Isle, Ireland is home to its own water wonderlands with its Lakelands region.



Riverside Getaways for Holidays right by the Water’s Edge

Self-catering watermills for riverside holidays
Self-catering watermills for riverside holidays

If you are dreaming of staying right by the water’s edge, a break in a riverside cottage could be perfection itself. Sit out in a garden and watch the river flow by, feed the ducks and even take a rowing boat out at some riverside retreats. Self-catering watermills are popular riverside holiday homes and some boast fascinating original features like water-wheels.

Top UK holiday destinations for holidays by the river include the Wye Valley with the River Wye flowing through and Aberdeenshire in Scotland where the River Dee flows freely and where the Queen likes to holiday.


Canal-side Breaks for Holidays right on the Water

Grand Union Canal
The gorgeous Grand Union Canal

For a holiday right on the water, a stay on a barge or houseboat could be the very best choice. Wake up to wonderful water views, watch the sun set and rise and the colours reflect and change over the water. Watch the ducks and swans paddling by and feel at perfect ease with a holiday by a canal.

Some of the most popular British canals include the Grand Union Canal, the Wey and Arun canal, the Kennet and Avon Canal, the Shropshire Union Canal and perhaps the best known and most instantly recognisable; the Llangollen Canal with the superb Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.


Whether you opt to stay by the seaside, by a river, a lake or by a canal, we hope you find the perfect waterside holiday home for your next holiday on CountryCottagesOnline.Net