From lordly strongholds filled with resident phantoms to dramatic fortresses keeping watch over the waves, Devon has a spectacular...
The popularity of staycations are on the rise, as people prefer to save money, breath in the fresh air and stay on home turf with a domestic holiday. But sometimes staying at home can feel a little dull as our natural sense of adventure urges us to explore the wider world. Well if like me you want to investigate new surroundings whilst saving some pennies why not try an island break? You can trick your senses into thinking you’re miles away by simply crossing a small measure of water. Here at Sykes Cottages we have a selection of islands we like to retreat to for some rest and relaxation, so take a look at some of our holiday ideas below and start planning an exciting island adventure today!
Take a trip to the enchanted Isle of Skye and discover the fascinating myths and legends associated with this beautiful island. If you are a keen walker, artist, writer or even a simple traveller who seeks out all inspiring views then we would suggest lacing up your boots and heading to Faerie Glen. This magical glen will enchant the children and makes for a perfect picnic spot, be sure to make a wish in one of the small stone circles before you leave and the fairies will make all your holiday dreams come true! If you would prefer to stick to historical facts then Dunvegan Castle and Gardens is the place for you. This magnificent castle is steeped in history and surrounded by a stunning and fragrant garden, perfect for exploring on a summer’s afternoon.
With no less than 6 blue flag beaches Anglesey is the place to be if you are a sea lover. This wonderful island boasts a number of delicious sea-food restaurants, stunning coastal walks, fabulous historic sites, beautiful scenery and some of the friendliest locals you will ever meet! Anglesey is the perfect island for an exciting holiday at any time of year; during the summer you can while away the hours relaxing on the coast or exploring the gorgeous grounds at Plas Newydd, or visit during the autumn and take a trip to Mynydd Llwydiarth forest and you will be able to watch the red squirrels at play collecting nuts and berries amongst the colourful autumn leaves.
This jolly little island is one of the most well known in the UK, with gorgeous sandy beaches, rolling hills and a fabulous selection of wildlife it makes the Isle of Wight the ideal location for a family holiday. This busy and well-populated island has a number of great festivals to visit throughout the year including the famous Isle of Wight Festival which brings large crowds to the island every year and is a must on Sykes’ social calendar.
Exploring the rustic Isle of Lewis really allows you to experience island living first hand. This wonderfully vibrant island is packed with history and from this homely base you can even explore other, smaller islands like the stunning volcanic island of St. Kilda with its fascinating ruins of old medieval villages. An Isle of Lewis holiday cottage makes for the perfect holiday location as the mythical setting never fails to excite the young and old. For a spellbinding day out we would suggest a visit to the Calanais Standing Stones, this ancient site holds significant archaeological interest and is the perfect landmark for a quick photo opportunity.