With all the recent negative press about finding LGBT-friendly holiday accommodation in the UK, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only way to have a hassle-free holiday was to leave British shores.  Happily, you’d be wrong.  There’s actually never been a better time to travel thanks to Stonewall redoubling their efforts to stamp out discrimination on the grounds of sexual preference.

Now you’ve heard the good news, the hardest decision is where to travel.  The UK is a fantastic year-round holiday destination so you’re guaranteed to find something which takes your fancy.  This is our guide to three fabulous holiday hotspots in the UK which you may have missed.

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Head down south to Plymouth for a lively city break.  There’s plenty to do in the city itself; why not take a tour of the Plymouth gin distillery where they’ve been making the spirit since 1793 or catch Plymouth Albion in action.  Make the most of your position on the Cornish border and explore the south coast; the stunning beaches of Wembury and Bovisand are easily accessible from Plymouth.  Those after something a little more strenuous should travel the short distance to the Dartmoor National Park and tackle the famous Tors on foot or two wheels.  When it comes to nightlife, this popular university city will certainly not disappoint.  You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of LGBT bars and clubs offering a great night out.  Don’t fret if you’re after something a bit more low-key.  Plymouth is a home to many fabulous restaurants and venues across the city regularly host music and comedy nights.

Lively Lakes

The Lake District might have a bit of a reputation for being an OAP’s hill-walking paradise but travel to the Lakes today and it’s a whole different story.  Yes it’s fantastic walking country but what most people overlook are the area’s adrenaline credentials.  This is THE place for water-sports enthusiasts whether wild swimming, windsurfing or kayaking is your thing.  Why not give aqua zorbing a go?  This New Zealand-born crazy activity sees you stand (or at least trying to) on Derwent Water in a giant inflatable hamster ball.  You won’t get wet but I guarantee you’ll have a good laugh trying to keep upright!

Foodie Fun

Die-hard foodies should travel north to Scotland for a culinary cottage holiday.  If fine dining floats your boat, there are plenty of native Scots like Andrew Fairlie and Tom Kitchin racking up Michelin stars across the country.  You’ll be spoilt for choice if you fancy something more modest; just ask a local for a recommendation.  Find a farmers’ market and stock up on Arbroath smokies, haggis, whisky and raspberries for a typically Scottish supper, although probably not all at once!  Aim to coincide your break with one of the big Scottish holidays like St Andrews Day or Burns Night and tuck in to some traditional Scottish fare.

So maybe it’s time to give the UK another go?  When it comes to choosing holiday accommodation, a self-catering cottage is the ideal choice.  Sykes Cottages have a great selection of holiday cottages across the UK from converted farmhouses in the countryside to cool city apartments.  Why not browse the website and find the perfect cottage for your next UK holiday?

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