52 summer bargains that prove Britain isn’t a holiday rip-off

Ardnamurchan, meaning ‘headland of the great seas’, is the most remote of the West Highland peninsulas, accessible mainly by a winding, single-track road along the shores of Loch Sunart. Designated a National Scenic Area, it extends to a historic lighthouse on the most westerly point of the British mainland and is a short ferry ride to the Isle of Mull. Tucked away by the water’s edge is Laga Lodge, a three-bedroom boatman’s cottage available from June 30-July 3 for £447.50, based on a family of four (selfcatering-ardnamurchan.co.uk).

If you fancy glamping by a secluded beach in a treehouse or beach cottage, head for Harvest Moon Holidays between North Berwick and Dunbar. All accommodations have wood-burning stoves, en-suite loos and hot showers, and there’s an on-site farm shop, BBQ and campfire facilities, and a Kids’ Corner with chickens, alpacas, lambs and pygmy goats. A treehouse sleeping six is ​​£790 for four nights in late July (harvestmoonholidays.com).

Hidden at the end of a remote country road in ‘secret Argyll’ lies Port Ban Holiday Park with a small beachside collection of modern caravans, campers and glamping. It is a perfect place to unwind with a swim, cycle or walk, and nearby is a highly rated restaurant with rooms, the Kilberry Inn. Two-bedroom caravans are available for £328 in late August (portban.com).

By Gavin Bell


It’s a known fact that rates tumble and summer availability arises the minute you cross the Severn Bridge. And the deeper you venture into the heart of Wales, the rosier the picture gets. Yes, the weather is a tease, but who cares about the odd shower with some of Britain’s most ravishing beaches, mountains and valleys to explore. And you’ll be dodging a bullet when it comes to airport chaos and exorbitant flight prices. To keep things affordable, steer clear of coastal hotspots like Gower and Tenby, which positively heave when school’s out.

Try Mid Wales for peaceful trails, wild swims and starry night skies. Tucked into the waterfall-draped folds of Abergwesyn Valley, Welsh Glamping (welshglamping.com) has Lotus Belle Tents sleeping four from £580 per week, with decks, barbecues, firepits and dreamy forest views. Hand-crafted log cabins with four-poster bunk beds and hot tubs cost from £740 per week. Or spent drowsy days watching dragonflies flutter above the lake at working farm Dŵr Y Felin (dwryfelin.co.uk), in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, which offers four-night, mid-week stays from £495 in hand-built log cabins with hot tubs. Eco-luxe By the Wye (bythewye.uk) in Hay has super-stylish treetop glamping, with three-night summer breaks from £605.


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