Touring in the UK

I think there's something incredibly special about taking a touring holiday in the UK. Whether you are touring in a caravan, or touring with a tent, or perhaps a camper van and tent, there is something gloriously idiosyncratic about touring holidays in the UK, simply because of the people that you meet and the amazing countryside that we have right on our doorstep; from the wilds of the Shetland Isles, right through to the genteel English Riviera in Devon and Cornwall and of course, not forgetting Wales.

The last UK staycation we had was one of those glorious touring holidays combining the best of camping, exploring and sightseeing.  British camping is amazing if there's fantastic weather, and on this occasion there was.   We had been on touring holidays to the north of Scotland and Orkney and Shetland, with the amazing puffins (Tammie Norries as they are called there) and seals that will follow you round if you whistle to them softly - but this time we wanted to leave the wilds behind and instead look at touring caravan sites, with a little bit of camping thrown in. So we went to the South Coast and started off at Weymouth (having gone to Stonehenge en route) then we moved along the Jurassic Coast until we ended up in Devon and Cornwall. It was a delightful holiday, but luckily I had actually booked us some touring pitches before we went, because I knew it would be peak camping season in Devon and Cornwall.

I found all the information that I needed about touring caravan parks from the Haven Holidays website, and in the end I was really glad to have booked pitches before we left, because some of the sites were pretty full and we wouldn’t have got such a good deal or such a great view had we just showed up and then tried to book any of the touring pitches. So a word from the ‘wise’, if you are going to go to some of the larger resorts get at least a base booked up, then you don’t waste precious holiday time trying to find somewhere to stay. Yes it is not spontaneous, but getting good touring pitches or even camping pitches at the last minute is an unnecessary stress.

Even when you have a base, you can still tour around. I met my husband on one of the best touring holidays I have ever had, based in a touring caravan site in Scotland.  Since then we've retained a love for the whole idea of finding new places - little coastal towns in Wales, or busy cities like Poole. Who needs to go abroad for adventure? You can even go caving in the UK!  Whatever you plan I promise you, you will meet some fabulous characters and have a fantastic time: we always do!

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