British Seaside Holidays
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…
Remember when you were a kid and the promise of a trip to the seaside was the highlight of the summer?
Life in its simplest form – a bucket, a spade and an ice-cream cone and all was well with the world. Over the years the great British seaside holiday was to take a dip in popularity as holidays abroad become more affordable and available to the masses.
Recent trends with tripsologists show that holidays at home are on the rise. As well as pumping cash back into Britain’s economy, there are many other great reasons to visit the UK’s stunning coastal towns this summer.
The beauty of living on an island is that you’re never too far from the coast. Nowhere in the United Kingdom is more than 70 miles from the coast – some of us have little more than a half hour drive to the seaside for some bracing air.
The geography of the UK coastline is made up of a variety of islands, bays, headlands and peninsulas. Stunning scenery, craggy cliffs and peaceful sea views are practically on our doorsteps.
Scotland boasts some great coastal towns for short weekend breaks or family holidays. The Ayrshire coast has long been a firm favourite for blowing off the city cobwebs. Ardrossan, Ayr and Saltcoats sit on the edge of an area of exceptional beauty and the peaks of the Isle of Arran are visible on a clear day.
Troon has also become a popular destination for kite surfing. Strong winds from the Atlantic and from the north down the Firth of Clyde make it an ideal spot.
Heading east, a visit to Edinburgh can quickly turn into a seaside trip. East Lothian’s coast runs from the remote rocky area of Torness to the outskirts of the Capital.
A popular area for walkers and day-trippers in tranquil North Berwick at the mouth of the Firth of Forth. Popular with horse-riders and windsurfers alike are the pretty beaches of Gullane and Portobello.
Travel further south down the splendid east coast and there’s rugged coastline to be enjoyed through Northumberland, Yorkshire and beyond as you head to the beautiful south and the bustling ports along the Channel coast.
A jewel in the coastal crown is the English Riviera. Miles of unspoilt coastline and golden beaches with style and glamour to rival many of its Mediterranean counterparts.
In each of Britain’s traditional seaside towns there are still the same tried and tested attractions of end of pier shows, fairgrounds, ice cram cafes and suchlike but a lot of resorts have really raised their game and top quality bars, restaurants, theatres and hotels are on offer these days. The only downside is the Great British weather. This cannot be guaranteed and sometimes visitors can experience four seasons in one day…especially in Scotland.
Although I’m pretty sure you’ll still be able to buy a stick of rock to bring back, just like the good old days!