Best UK Staycations for 2021 | Explore with Curve

Looking for your next staycation and a chance to have an adventure in a new place?

You might be thinking of taking off somewhere far away, but when planning your next getaway, why not skip the international flight and hop in a car or board a train to explore the UK’s staycation gems? Avoiding a plane and international Covid-19 travel measures also means you’ll save the planet and money at the same time. 

We’ve compiled a list of UK holiday destinations for you to escape and get out and enjoy the natural beauty the UK has to offer. 

Best UK Staycations for 2021 | Explore with Curve

Hiking Staycations for the Active Ones 

Shropshire Hills 

Known for its outstanding natural beauty, enjoy the paths and open spaces of Shropshire Hills in Southern England. Find a scenic walk through river valleys, pastures, meadows, ancient woodlands, quaint towns and hilltops of rock and heather. 

A prime walking destination, you can plan your experience ahead of time on the Shropshire Hills website, including a searchable directory for self-guided walks. 


On the northeast coast of Scotland, Aberdeenshire stretches from the Banffshire coast around to the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve. 

Set off on a weekend getaway across the coastline, explore seaside towns and sandy bays. Make sure to check out the list of hidden gems across the region, including parklands, gardens, ancient castles and the best dolphin spotting locations. 

County Antrim 

Located in Northern Ireland just outside of the coastal town of Ballygally, County Antrim will have you feeling like you’re walking through a dream with its castles and waterfalls. 

Enjoy a picnic at Glenoe Waterfall, which is a quick and easy walk from the car park, so it’s perfect for the whole family. Bring Curve along to keep track of your picnic basket and bags for peace of mind.

Best UK Staycations for 2021 | Explore with Curve

Relaxing Weekend Getaways for the Beach Bums 

Northumberland Beaches

Northumberland Beaches are one of Britain’s best-kept secrets. With over 10 beach spots to choose from, including Bamburgh and its historic castle, Beadnell Bay, Seahouse and Alnmouth. 

Due to the remoteness of the area, it was once used to smuggle in whisky, but now you can smuggle yourself away from the crowds to one of these beautiful beaches for the perfect getaway. 


You can thank the gulf stream for the warm air that sweeps across the white sand beaches of this Scottish region. Home to plenty of wildlife, you might catch a glimpse of otters, pine martens and a variety of seabirds on the beaches of Sanna, Bay of Flies and Loch Sunart. It’s the perfect UK holiday destination for those missing the warm beaches of Spain. 

Isles of Scilly 

Known as ‘England’s Enchanted Archipelago,’ these five islands with white sand and turquoise water beaches are as close as you can get to a Caribbean vacation without the long flight. 

Summer is the best time for beach bums to make their way into the Isles of Scilly’s waters. However, autumn is the best time to observe the migrating birds through the region, and get the chance to spot a fluffy seal pup or two, making this a great choice for summer and autumn breaks alike.

Best UK Staycations for 2021 | Explore with Curve

Staycation Ideas for the Cyclists 

Cornish Way 

Running from Land’s End to Bude, this 180-mile route will have you witness the UK’s most stunning coastlines and natural beauty. 

This route can be a bit hilly in places, but if you’re prepared to sweat it out, you’re in for a rewarding bicycle trip. 

The New Forest 

With over 100 miles of waymarked routes, The New Forest is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts with wild ponies, deer, cattle and donkeys across the region.

The New Forest is perfect for cycling families looking for safe and gentle off-road cycle routes. You can even check out the most family-friendly routes this UK holiday destination has to offer. 

Land’s End to John O’Groats

This isn’t a cycle path for the faint of heart. Spanning the 874 miles from England to Scotland this definitive route for hardcore cyclists calls out for you to take on the challenge and discover all the UK has to offer. 

For cyclists old and new to keep safe on the roads, make sure to bring along your GPS smart device, Curve Bike light & GPS tracker for the ride. 

Best UK Staycations for 2021 | Explore with Curve

Quick Getaways for the Adventure Seekers

Lulworth Cove 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lulworth Cove is famous for its unique geology like the Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole, as well as its panoramic views and crystal clear waters. 

This must-visit UK holiday destination is perfect for rock pooling, walking, coasteering and watersports. Accessibility is also a key feature with all-terrain scooters available for rental

Malvern Hills and Herefordshire 

Situated where England meets Wales, take in the spectacular landscape Malvern Hills and Herefordshire has to offer. 

Explore history-filled market towns, or cycle or drive the Herefordshire Cider Route, where you can stop to taste some of England’s best apples and thirst-quenching ciders. Keep track of the things you love by bringing along Curve, the Smart GPS Tracker

Lough Erne 

Situated off the beaten path of the Game of Thrones tourist circuit, Northern Ireland’s Lough Erne is dotted with 150 islands, including Devenish, which was raided by Vikings in the 9th century. 

Packed with history, beauty, wild swimming spots and is rarely crowded, Lough Erne is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway to take in the beautiful scenery. 

Best UK Staycations for 2021 | Explore with Curve

Autumn Staycation Ideas for October Half-Term Breaks

Fruit picking in Somerset

For fruit picking this October half-term, bring the family to West Bradley Orchards, home of the British cider. Visitors can enter the farm for free during select weekends this autumn and enjoy the 70 acres of beautiful 80-year-old trees. Pick apples or pears, drink cider and enjoy nature with your family this autumn.

Mabie Forest

Just outside the town of Dumfries in south-west Scotland lies this reserve that is managed in association with Butterfly Conservation Scotland. Not only will you encounter some butterflies, but you’ll also see bats, red squirrels, deer and dragonflies. 

Enjoy the changing colours in the trees and try your hand at finding some butterflies. This is a perfect place for September breaks.


Follow in the steps of John Keats’ Ode to Autumn by starting next to King Alfred’s statue in Winchester and embarking on a two-mile walk. See for yourself the inspiration behind the poem and enjoy the calming sights of autumn in the UK.

Stay for the day or enjoy as a weekend getaway – the autumn breaks mean milder weather and fewer tourists so you can enjoy what the city has to offer, making it perfect for weekend staycations.

Whichever location you decide on for your journey to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy these UK treasures, make sure to take Curve Smart GPS Tracker. Discover the features of Curve today.

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