Our Holiday Destination of the Year shortlist, compiled by Lonely Planet Traveller.
ISLES OF SCILLY
From classic British scenery to spectacular sub-tropical gardens and waters that wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean, the Isles of Scilly are unique. Just attempting to reach the southernmost point of the British Isles is half the adventure of visiting.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Downs form the UK’s newest National Park. Arundel, with its fairytale castle, is a good base from which to explore, while the broad and blustery sweep of sand at West Wittering is perfect for a British seaside holiday.
This glorious corner of England’s north west has been an inspiration for artists and poets throughout the ages, famed for centuries for the beauty of its lakes, mountains and fells. It offers wonderful hillwalking and watersports, not to mention a treasure trove of restaurants and inns.
With its rolling valleys, timeless villages and wild moors, it’s no wonder Yorkshire is known as God’s Own County. Explore this wide-ranging stretch of the north, from the home of the Brontës in Haworth to the windswept coastline around Whitby where, arguably, Britain’s finest fish and chips await the visitor.
Taking its name from the old Norse for ‘islands at the edge of the sea’, this island chain stands at the UK’s northwestern frontier. There are more than 100 sparsely inhabited islands, characterised by craggy hills, grassy dunes and white-sand beaches – offering encounters with puffins, seals, whales and dolphins.