Top UK Summer Holidays Come Rain or Shine

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Published: 29th June 2012
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The key to a great British holiday is to choose a destination where the unpredictable weather won't be able to dampen your spirits. So the ultimate location is somewhere where you can find plenty to do both indoors and out. Whether it's an area known for its museums or pubs, great hideaways are needed both for resting in and drying off after a sudden downpour.
Take a look at this selection of places in the UK that tick all the right boxes for lone travellers, friends or families.

Holidays in the Cairngorms

The Cairngorms form part of the great Scottish Highlands. It's a stunning mountainous region centred around the tourist town of Aviemore, easily accessible by car, train and coach from Scotland's major cities and airports.
In the summer the area is flooded with hikers and cyclists enjoying some of the freshest air in the UK. The area's lochs and rivers are also excellent for boating and fishing.
When the rain starts falling, you can seek shelter in one of Scotland's many fabulous castles including the royal residence itself in Balmoral, Blair Castle, and Braemar Castle. You can also just hop on the quaint old steam train starting in Aviemore that is a great way to see more of the Cairngorms National Park.
Restaurants and pubs are aplenty, where visitors should indulge in local delicacy haggis.
Even the smallest towns will be home to at least one bed and breakfast to rest and recuperate in after a day out making the most of the great outdoors. They'll serve up a fantastic breakfast to keep you energised.

Pembrokeshire holidays

A quaint seaside resort holiday is just what the doctor ordered. For a magical experience, head to Pembrokeshire on the Welsh Coast. With sprawling, sandy beaches and cliff trails boasting awe-inspiring views, it's a great change from some of Britain's more commercialised seaside towns.
Some of the best beaches can be found at Tenby, Whitesands, Broad Haven and Lydstep. When the weather's good, these are dotted with sunbathers, sand castle builders, and water sport fanatics.
If the weather does take a turn for the worse, warm the cockles of your heart at one of the area's fantastic old pubs. Most towns will boast at least one where you can not only have a tipple, but also enjoy a hearty meal.
You can also visit attractions like Picton Castle, and Pembroke Castle. Over the summer months markets are a popular event, from Fishguard Farmers' Market to Pembrokeshire Fish Week in Milford Haven.

Holidays in tshe Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a traditional holiday favourite among Brits and foreign visitors alike. A beautifully hilly region with peaceful village scattered throughout, it's perfect for a road trip or cycling holiday, the former being more appropriate for wet weather.
The area is arguably one of the most romantic parts of the UK. Visitors can stroll along the many trails and walkways snaking through the hills and luscious forests, home to plenty of flora and fauna. You can also visit some of the many sumptuous public gardens such as Painswick Rococo Garden, and the Matara Gardens of Wellbeing.
During wet weather, the Cotswolds' towns are there to provide entertainment and hideaways. Athelstan Museum showcases the area's past through artefacts and storytelling, while Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum houses an impressive collection of fine art, jewellery, ceramics and more.
A good Cotswolds hotel will house a restaurant serving seasonal local produce, and might even have a spa for you to unwind in after a busy day exploring.

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