Sitting at the top of the list is Cornwall, one of the most beautiful places in the country, rural and coastal settings a plenty and a friendly atmosphere. Cornwall forms a peninsula with wild moorlands and many sandy beaches. The south coast of Cornwall is dubbed the Cornish riviera due to the climate and picturesque landscapes. Cornwall has a host of picturesque villages and seaside resorts
A small yet humble town in the borough of Wigan has made it onto our list due to the small population, low pollution and lack of traffic jams. The village has a population of less than 14,000 people making it a perfect place to settle.
3.The Lake District
One of the most beautiful places in the UK, it was always going to make it onto the list. A favourite for nationals and tourists the lake district is a region of Cumbria in the northwest of England. With a low pollution level and beautiful market towns such as Keswick, Kendal, Ambleside and Derwentwater. The lake district is a wonderful place to visit and live.
Wales made it on to the list due to the low levels of pollution and traffic free roads (mostly). Wales is a well known part of southwest Great Britain. With rugged coastlines and famous mountains located there. The celtic culture and welsh language is a draw for tourism.
5. Scottish Highlands
Home to famous loch Ness and many other famous attractions the Scottish Highland is a wonderful place to move to and relax, benefit from rural locations and lower house prices you can pick up a lot of real estate for a lower cost.
As you can tell the most relaxing places to live in the UK appear to be more rural locations, this goes to show that city life really does have an impact on our health and ability to de-stress. Not everyone will be able to move to the locations or may not even want to but a short visit to a rural location is proven to reduce stress and help relax. If you live in a busy area it can be a great way to relax with a rural weekend away.
With the value of the dollar so low and the American economy just barely slogging along, the prospect of a dream vacation in Scotland might seem like an improbable and distant fantasy. But before you stow away your tam o’shanter and box up your kilt, take heart. By following a few money-wise tips, you’ll be gallivanting through the highland heather in no time.
The Flight. The critical part of the trip, as well as the bulk of your expenses, will be the overseas flight. There’s no denying that air travel is getting both more expensive and more uncomfortable with each passing year. Generally, the key to finding the cheapest airfare is to frequently check websites that offer bundled vacation packages, such as packaged fly-drive promotions that include air travel as well as car rental (I like Go-Today Travel but there are many online options). One rule of thumb for the economical traveler: avoid guided tours. Self-drive vacations are cheaper and provide you with more freedom to tailor your Scottish getaway to your own individualized interests. Securing a rental car is a necessary component to making the most of your highlands adventure, as Scotland is not renowned for its public transportation system. As far as driving in Scotland, you will need to become familiar with both driving on the left side of the road and navigating the ubiquitous Scottish roundabout. You might want to take a few practice turns around the rental car lot to get the feel of it.
The Accommodations. As most international flights enter the country at either Glasgow or Edinburgh, you might want to make arrangements to spend a couple of days exploring around the city (though I would not recommend spending the bulk of your vacation in the big city as prices there are considerably higher). I like Edinburgh for its architecture, history, and good shopping. A-Haven Townhouse Hotel provides lovely Georgian accommodations complete with a full Scottish breakfast for an eminently affordable price. The Hotel has great personal service (the owner went out of his way to accommodate my disabled sister) and a central location close to the Edinburgh city center. Park your rental care in their secure car lot and hop a bus to Princes Street to shop for souvenirs at Jenner’s Department Store or take a tour of the majestic Edinburgh Castle. After a couple of days exploring around the big city, it’s time to move on to your Scottish vacation base camp. A central location in the heart of the country will provide you with a great starting point for a number of adventurous day trips. Scotland is a small country (by American standards anyway – it’s roughly the size of Maine), and most of it will be within a day’s drive of any centrally located point of origin. I like Killin, a quaint village near Loch Tay and Lock Lomond that is nestled beside the glorious Falls of Dochart. There are a number of economical accommodations in Killin (most are guesthouses, but there are a couple of hotels and at least one youth hostel as well). Killin Highland Lodges, self-catering cabins complete with small kitchenettes and a fabulously scenic location alongside a waterfall, are a great choice for the budget traveler. You can save a lot of money by cooking your meals at home and bringing your lunch with you on day trips. The small co-op grocery on Killin’s main street offers a wonderful selection of cheap and wholesome foods (as well as a few not-so-wholesome but perhaps more delicious ones in the form of pastries and meringues).
The Adventure. Scotland is full of spectacular sights and amazing historical landmarks so pace yourself. Your Scottish vacation should be tailored to your particular interests so plan your day trips accordingly. If you are an outdoors enthusiast, and Scotland offers some lovely wilderness, you will definitely want to check out the Trossachs National Park, which resembles a fairy glade with its rushing waterfalls and mossy glens, and the rugged but beautiful mountains around Glencoe. Historians will want to check out the location of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s disastrous last stand at Culloden (a longer drive from Killin at roughly three hours), the Jacobite rallying point in Glenfinnan, memorialized now with a heroically poignant monument at the waterside, and the grave of Robert Roy MacGregor at Balquhidder. For the kids or simply the young at heart, there are numerous castles and ruins to explore, not the least of which are the magnificent remains of Urquhart castle along Loch Ness, which affords you a good vantage point for Nessie-spotting. Shoppers will be delighted by the myriad of reasonably priced souvenirs and other items available at the Scottish Wool Centre in nearby Aberfoyle as well as the countless antique stores decorating each quaint little highland village. Also in Aberfoyle, for those with a penchant for the fantastic, there is the mysterious Doon Hill, where the local Reverend Robert Kirk was allegedly stolen away by the fairies and where modern-day fairy enthusiasts leave various gifts to beseech the favor of the wee folk. And finally, although Scotland is not generally noted for the quality of their cuisine, even foodies will find something to enrich their highland adventure, sampling the daily specials at the spectacularly located Falls of Dochart Inn in Killin or enjoying the uniquely delicious Ploughman’s Special at the Coach House Restaurant in Aberfoyle, topped off with a yummy Turkish Delight from the Rainbow’s End candy store next door. So pull that tam o’shanter on at a cocky angle and don your kilt with pride – your Scottish vacation awaits!
Suffolk is a coastal county in the east of England. There are a lot of reasons to visit this beautiful county. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Castles
Suffolk is a great place to visit if you are interested in Norman castles. Framlingham and Orford are both located near the east coast.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Somerleyton Hall
Suffolk is full of stately homes to visit, that span many periods in history, such as the Jacobean era. The difficulty is not in finding stately homes, but in choosing which ones to visit. Somerleyton Hall and Gardens is situated in Somerleyton. It was remodelled from its original Jacobean design and is now modelled after the Victorian period.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Pleasurewood Hills
Pleasurewood Hills is one of the top theme parks in Suffolk. Set in 50 acres and full of fun rides such as the Pirate Ship, Enigma and many others, children and adults are bound to have a fun day at this exciting theme park.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Hiking
Suffolk is a green, lush county with many locations throughout the county to go hiking in the open woods and forests. Try the “Flint Walk” beginning at Grimes Graves, near Brandon for an insight into the flint industry during the Neolithic period.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Felixstowe
Suffolk is conveniently located by the east coast. Even in west Suffolk, you are never much more than an hour away from the beach. Felixstowe is more than just a port town with services running every day to the Continent. It is also worth a visit if you would like to take a stroll down the pier or a paddle in the North Sea. If you would rather take a swim in the North Sea, be warned. It is very cold!
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: International Markets
Suffolk is a very cosmopolitan county and this is reflected by the international markets that are often arranged in the county, featuring delights from France, Portugal and other countries.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Horseracing in Newmarket
If horseracing is your passion, then you will feel right at home in Suffolk. Newmarket is the home of British horseracing.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Cycling Holidays
A great way to appreciate Suffolk is on a bicycle. Cycling holidays combine sightseeing with staying amongst lovely Suffolk surroundings. The Castle amp; Vineyards Trip B lasts for three days and gives you a taste of Suffolk wine, a trip to a castle and to a working windmill.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Boating
Boating opportunities abound in Suffolk. You can take your rowing boat out on the River Lark for a carefree experience and watch the ducks as they swim alongside your boat.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Suffolk, England: Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group
If you enjoy bird watching, you may want to join the Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group, where you will learn more about Suffolk birds and their habits.
These are just a few things to see and do on a trip to Suffolk, England. You will be glad you made room in your busy schedule to stop off in Suffolk to see all that is on offer year round.
There definitely is a sadness associated with that last pre-Labor Day walk on the beach. A whole season and all its beauty has seemed to vanish as in an instant . Yet with dependable regularity we know that right behind the beautiful sparkling sunshine of summer comes September and October ‘s bright blue skies and a myriad of colorful leaves beneath. Fall is a glorious season, even if we know that snow may be next on the docket . For a few months we can enjoy this perfect season of color. Fall foliage tips in New England allow you the opportunity to see that autumn beauty from one end of the region to the other. Week Long Adventure Have you got a week to spend luxuriating in fall foliage beauty? If so, then you may want to check out what is offered by Escorted Fall Foliage Tours in their 8 day Package through New England.
In one week you are invited to take in the breathtaking color New England as well as the many historic and cultural sites along the way. The tour begins in Boston travels across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts then heads to Vermont , takes you to New Hampshire, finishes up in Maine and returns you to Boston. Along the way you will enjoy in depth tours through historic Boston, the scenic Green Mountains of Vermont and the neighboring White Mountains of New Hampshire. You will also enjoy orientation tours in Woodstock and Stowe Vermont, Kennebunkport, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. And of course traveling in autumn will mean that all you visit will be seen against the backdrop of magnificent color.
Escorted Tours offers you an experienced tour guide , luxury air conditioned coach and a group size that will never exceed forty people . The foliage tour package includes first class hotels which include the Omni Parker House in Boston, the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, the North Conway Grand and the Sheraton Harborside in Kennebunkport. Your tour provides 7 full breakfasts, 3 hotel dinners and one highlight dinner in Portsmouth, NH.
There are a lot of special features during your eight days away but among the most memorable may be the many tastes of New England that you will savor. When your trip is done you will remember the beauty of the foliage and the history that you learned but you will also remember the great cheese, cider, ice cream and lobster that provided their own tasty addition to your trip. For more information about this tour contact www.escortedfallfolliagetours.com.
Grand Autumn New England Tour. Got a little more time and money that you can part with? You might want to consider a rather extended version of the tour above. The Grand Autumn New England tour , also offered via Escorted Fall Foliage Tours website actually begins in New York City. Lying just across the board from western New England, New York State can easily continue the foliage theme.
Tour members will spend the first day riding north from New York City until they reach Lake Placid . They will put themselves in position for for a great ferry ride across Lake Champlain into New England. The chance to be on the ferry looking out across the water to see majestic color at every angle is really a spectacular view.
The Grand Autumn New England tour will include a stay at the Trapp Family Lodge, passage through the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A wonderful stretch of road that will do its best to take your breath away is the scenic Kancamagus Byway. This extension of road passes along small falls, gorges and beautiful water over rocks scenery all set against the exquisite fall foliage backdrop. People come from miles away just to ride along this roadway. It’s all part of your package and you don’t have to watch the road.
The downeast state of Maine is next on tap and you will remember your time their for at least two reasons the tasty Maine lobster and the breathtaking beauty of Boothbay Harbor. Massachusetts gives you its best shot. In the Baystate you will get to indulge your interest in history with time spent in historic Boston and Plimouth Plantation. The Grand Autumn Tour is so grand that it doesn’t leave a single New England State out of the action. The tour spends its final day along the seacoast at Newport, RI and Mystic Seaport, CT . Both of these towns are historic gems but they also allow you to close out your trip with memories of fall colors and beautiful open waters. Quite a combination. The Grand Autumn New England Tour ends where it began, in New York City .
An Escape Weekend, or Mid Week . Okay, so you don’t have a week or more to spend but you do want a taste of the beauty of fall foliage. A great place to enjoy the fall colors, experience some excellent recreational options and just plain get away can be found in Maine at Sebago Lake. Put a few miles on your car and take yourself up country to Point Sebago Resort in Casco Maine. You can enjoy the foliage all the way there and back and savor every moment of your time at Sebago Lake.
Well known as a Maine summer recreational area Point Sebago Resort also offers exceptional packages for weekends and during September and October for mid week excursions. So come for those few days that you can fit into your schedule.
You probably won’t be interested in swimming but the presence of this picture perfect lake may entice you to enjoy other waterfront activities. There is great, actually nationally known, salmon fishing here. But you will also find the opportunity to rent all kinds of watercraft like motor boats, pontoon boats, kayaks and canoes. You can spend a good portion of any day touring the lake and drinking in the impressive ring of color that extends around it. There are special golf and fishing packages you may wish to consider. If you happen to take your getaway during the days between Sept. 30- Oct. 7 then you will also be in position to enjoy the annual Fryeburg Fair. This mega fair has been operating for the last 150 years and includes rides, games, food, livestock, racing and just an incredible melange of activities for all ages.
Point Sebago Resort is there with accommodations that will satisfy your tastes and not overly cramp your budget. Available are vacation homes , resort cottages, park homes on the lake and also wooded RV sites. You pick the time, the number of days you can spend and what you can afford and don’t miss out on a fall foliage trip in New England.
The peak color season in New England is short but extremely sweet . Don’t miss out this year, like you maybe did last year, and the year before that and… Well you get the point. New England beckons!