A road less travelled can provide you with new perspectives and experiences that will last a lifetime. With that in mind, here’s our list of UK holiday spots off the beaten track that you might not have heard of. So get your map and compass ready and let’s take the plunge into the (relatively) unknown…
20. Solva, Pembrokeshire
Just a few miles down the Pembrokeshire coast from St Davids, deep in the valley of the River Solva, the attractive harbour village of Solva has been delighting day trippers for eons. Away from the village you’ll find some amazing coastal paths to explore, each providing unmissable views of the Solva coast and the spectacular St Bride’s Bay. If you’d prefer to stay closer to the quayside, Solva has lots of great independent pubs and cafés to sample some locally made produce and a charming high street, full of pastel-coloured shops.
19. Seahouses, Northumberland
Out on the rural north east coast, not far from the borders of the Northumberland National Park, sits the quaint fishing port of Seahouses. It’s been a haunt for travelling Mackems and Geordies for decades but today, sightseers from further afield than Tyne and Wear are choosing to visit the ‘gateway to the Farnes’: a cluster of islands teeming with terns and grey seals just off the coast. Why not board a boat at Seahouses and sail to the islands for one of the UK’s top wildlife experiences?
18. Porthtowan, Cornwall
From the Cornish for ‘cove of sand dunes’, Porthtowan (Porth Tewyn) is a beachcomber’s paradise. This charming village entices thousands of visitors each year to delight in its dramatic cliffs, stunning beach and fascinating wildlife. It’s also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the village attracts surfers looking for the next big wave and budding archaeologists who’re interested in Cornish mining heritage.
17. Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway
Set among the hills and cliffs of the Rhins of Galloway, is a pretty, crescent-shaped seaside town. Pastel-coloured period houses and sturdy stone sea defences give this former commercial port a quirky aesthetic that’s full of character and charm. Popular with anglers and ramblers alike (Dunskey Castle is only a short walk along the cliffs), Portpatrick is a sure-fire hit with tourists looking for a peaceful break on Scotland’s sensational south west coast.