Top 5 relaxing vacations in the UK

Our top five relaxing vacations in the UK are about getting back to nature and leaving the pressures of the modern world far behind. You’re invited to seek out the wild and woolly shores of Scotland as you retrace the threads back to the past on a handicrafts vacation. Further south, beyond the Big Yin’s wall, you’ll find equally relaxing climes in England. From festive family camping in Bedfordshire to a stone cottage on a farm in Devon – if you’re looking for a quiet break, here’s where the stresses of the daily grind start to unwind.

Keep reading to discover our best relaxing vacations in the UK.

1. Art vacation in the Hebrides

This is your opportunity to reconnect with nature. The wild and calming environment of the Inner and Outer Hebrides will be your muse – from the rainbow of harbourfront houses in Tobermory to Fingal’s Cave on Staffa – as you capture the sea and landscapes using a range of creative mediums.
The essence of this relaxing art cruise in Scotland is self-discovery. No experience is necessary – just a willingness to explore the senses and spend time with like-minded people.

2. Farm stay in Devon

Book yourself into a self-catering cottage in rural Devon, and you’ll see signs of stress disappearing from the moment you set foot over the stone threshold. Set within eight hectares of farmland, you can stroll down to the river and spy on kingfishers and dragonflies by day, before returning to the cottage to watch the stars at night.

With a range of hiking, cycling and historic coast and country trails right on your doorstep, it’s no wonder that city folk arriving in Devon always feel so relaxed. Borrow a bike and pop to the local farm shop for supplies or, if you fancy a night away from the outdoor barbecue, see what time the local pub opens.

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3. Small ship cruise in the Inner Hebrides

Set sail for a week of slow cruising around the sounds of Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura, and you probably won’t see a living soul other than seals, dolphins and seabirds from the moment you depart to the moment you return to the Isle of Mull. This is a relaxing way to spend a week in the Inner Hebrides, getting to know the local skipper and cook, as well as your fellow shipmates – a maximum of 11 passengers. Seafaring tales, stargazing from the deck and the gentle lapping of waves will lull you into a deep sleep.
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4. Traditional crafts vacation in Scotland

A traditional crafts vacation in Scotland gives you an opportunity to forage, dye, shear and explore in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Getting to know a range of old-fashioned farming and crofting philosophies gives an added educational element to this trip, as well as a deeper understanding of the natural world. Discover inspiration amongst the heather-strewn Highlands as you learn how to create your own felted souvenir to take home… alongside a bottle of the local Glen Affric whisky, no doubt.

5. Well-being retreat in Lincolnshire

If you’re a yogi who loves to camp, you’ll be well aware why this retreat is such a relaxing vacation. Yes, there are morning stretches, aerial yoga and cooking classes – but there are relaxed vibes throughout. You can get as involved as you like, sticking to the included activities or adding optional extras like stargazing and chatting with new friends over the campfire. A retreat is one thing, but camping amongst oak trees, fruit trees and vegetable plots that provide your dinner is something else. There are even cosier rooms in the main house, if you prefer.

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Written by Chris Owen
Photo credits: [Page banner: Mikadun] [Hebrides art cruise: Nils Leonhardt] [Inner Hebrides: Desire Kranenburg] [Scottish highlands: Damien Ramage]