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The highlands and islands of Scotland are home to many local species of birds including ptarmigan, golden eagles, snowy owls, crossbills, capercaillies and black grouse. Near the coast, as well as opportunities for bird watching, you may be lucky enough to spot a variety of marine mammals such as otters, basking sharks, dolphins and seals.

Bird Watching Holidays In Scotland

These self catering holiday cottages have been specially chosen for being close to areas in Scotland known to be excellent for bird watching as well as other outdoor pursuits and wildlife.

RSPB nature reserves in Scotland include Loch Garten in Abernethy, Hoy in Orkney and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire and the manager of your holiday cottage will be happy to give you directions and further information about the nearest reserve.

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The Old Cottage, Suladale nr Portree, Fort WilliamThe Old Cottage, Suladale nr Portree, Fort William
A superbly renovated, detached stone-built former crofters' cottage, set in a peaceful isolated hamlet, centrally located for touring the Isle of Skye. There are sea trips available from Portree as well as tours of Dunvegan Castle, fishing, walking, birdwatching and horse riding.
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Katchana, Kincraig nr. Aviemore, Northern HighlandsKatchana, Kincraig nr Aviemore, Northern Highlands
In an elevated position overlooking Loch Insh on one side and with magnificent views of the Cairngorms from the other, this welcoming and extremely well equipped cottage offers superb accommodation, with an open fire and well placed windows to afford easy viewing of the plethora of bird and wildlife on the doorstep, including red squirrels, pine martins and ospreys.
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The Bothy, Bridge of Marnoch nr Huntly, MorayThe Bothy, Bridge of Marnoch nr Huntly, Moray
The Bothy is a compact yet very cosy stone cottage, perfect for a couple to hide away and relax in this wonderful region of Scotland. The Moray Coast is just a short drive to the north where you will find delightful fishing villages, friendly market towns and the historic town of Elgin.
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Hilltop, Clachtoll nr. Lochinver, Northern HighlandsHilltop, Clachtoll nr. Lochinver, Northern Highlands
This cottage is warm and spacious and is ideal for a family or group of friends who want to be in a truly get away from it all location amongst fabulous scenery. The area is ideal for touring with its quiet single track coastal roads ideal for exploring the small villages along the way and always have your camera at the ready as wildlife and marine life are abundant.
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Recroy, Nedd nr. Lochinver, Northern HighlandsRecroy, Nedd nr. Lochinver, Northern Highlands
Offering comfortable well-equipped accommodation, this property is ideal for families wishing to really get away from it all and explore the area. The numerous spectacular beaches along this coast make it a perfect seaside holiday base, as well as something of a birdwatcher's paradise, with the famous puffin colony and bird sanctuary on Handa Island close by.
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Rose Cottage, Inchbare nr. Edzell, PerthshireRose Cottage, Inchbare nr. Edzell, Perthshire
This charming semi-detached cottage is set in the grounds of the owner’s home in the hamlet of Inchbare surrounded by open Angus countryside which is wonderful for all kinds of wildlife especially birds. Ideally situated for exploring the great outdoors, Rose Cottage is half an hour away from the superb Lunan Bay beach or the coastal St Cyrus Nature Reserve and the superb Angus Glens and the magnificent Cairngorms are reachable within an hour
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Burnside Cottages, Linlithgow, Scottish Borders3 Burnside Cottages, Linlithgow, Scottish Borders
This charming terraced cottage is three miles outside the historic town of Linlithgow. The highlight of Linlithgow are the ruins of its spectacular Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, its grounds and Linlithgow Loch, where visitors enjoy sailing, fishing and bird watching.
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Gateside Farm Cottage, Fossoway, PerthshireGateside Farm Cottage, Fossoway, Perthshire
A cosy, comfortable bothy in the grounds of a non-working farm near Kinross surrounded by beautiful southern Perthshire. A perfect touring base for discovering the delights of rural Perth, Fife and central Scotland or for snuggling down with a good book after a long country walk, a round of golf, fishing, bird watching or horse riding.
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Buttermere Cottage, Banff, Moray, AberdeenshireButtermere Cottage, Banff, Moray, Aberdeenshire
Standing amidst lovely rolling countryside, this charming, detached stone cottage is in the grounds of the owners' home and has a real 'wow' factor that guests will love. The Moray Firth also has its famous dolphins and from Banff, it is well worth taking a dolphin , bird and wildlife watching boat trip; remember to take your camera!
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Gamepark Wood, Castle Douglas, AyrshireGamepark Wood, Castle Douglas, Ayrshire
Set within an acre of grounds, the cottage is ideal for families, friends or couples seeking a great location for touring this beautiful and varied part of Scotland. Gamepark Wood’s close proximity to the local red kite viewing station means there is always something worth watching overhead. Nearby, the tranquil atmosphere of the Ken-Dee Marshes Nature Reserve offers a delightful setting around Loch Ken and the River Dee, which you can stroll beside, sure to catch sight of a variety of birds.
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Harbour's Reach, Findochty nr. Buckie, MorayHarbour's Reach, Findochty nr. Buckie, Moray
Full of charm and tasteful character, this comfortable link-detached cottage, styled in a nautical theme, is set just yards from the sea in the quaint village of Findochty. For wildlife lovers, there’s plenty to see with the exceptional birdlife and famous Moray Firth dolphins making regular appearances.
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Bailey's Cottage, Mauchline near Ayr, AyrshireBailey's Cottage, Mauchline nr. Ayr, Ayrshire
A former pauper’s cottage dating from the 19th century, this comfy cottage has been lovingly updated to provide stylish accommodation while retaining its original charm and is ideal if you[re looking for a great base to explore this part of Scotland. The kitchen opens onto the rear garden where you can sit and soak up the relaxing countryside atmosphere on the patio overlooking the garden and the fields beyond, with just the sound of birdsong to accompany you.
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The Dairy, Newton Stewart, AyrshireThe Dairy, Newton Stewart, Ayrshire
This stone-built terraced Galloway cottage is part of a courtyard steading conversion and accommodates four people in a double and a twin bedroom. The beautiful coastline is a mixture of sandy beaches and rocky shores teeming with birdlife, whilst inland there is superb walking country to be discovered in the Galloway Hills and Forest Park.
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Darnhay Cottage, Mauchline near Ayr, AyrshireDarnhay Cottage, Mauchline nr. Ayr, Ayrshire
Enjoying splendid views over the peaceful, rolling Ayrshire countryside, this lovingly-renovated property has been furnished to a high standard and boasts two spacious bedrooms, an open plan sitting/dining area with woodburner and a delightful patio area ideal for dining alfresco. The surrounding countryside provides good birdwatching opportunities, whilst many walks are available from the doorstep.
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The breathtaking landscapes of Wales are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Red kite and buzzards can be spotted soaring over forests and heather moorland and choughs swoop above coastal cliffs beside which you may see puffins, guillemonts, razorbills, and fulmars.

Bird Watching Holidays In Wales

These self catering holiday cottages have been chosen specifically for being close to areas known to be excellent for bird watching as well as other outdoor pursuits and wildlife.

There are 11 RSPB nature reserves in Wales including Ynys-hir in Ceredigion, Conwy on the edge of Snowdonia and Valley Wetlands on the Isle of Anglesey and the manager of your holiday cottage will be happy to give you directions and further information about the nearest reserve.

For 1000s more holiday cottages throughout Wales please visit our partner Sykes Cottages.

Click on the "MORE INFO ..." links to see more images and specifications, take a virtual tour, read customer comments, check availability and make a booking.

River's Nest, Llangynog River's Nest, Llangynog
Offering quality, contemporary accommodation, surrounded by the Berwyn Mountains, and boasting stunning riverside views, this Llangynog self-catering cottage makes the perfect getaway for anyone who wants some peace and quiet. The area has a history of lead, silver and slate mining dating back to the 17th Century but today it is a renowned location for climbing, birdwatching, walking and cycling.
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Little Gwaelod, Caergeiliog, Anglesey	Little Gwaelod, Caergeiliog, Anglesey
Offering accommodation set only on the ground floor, this cosy cottage is surrounded by lovely gardens including a wildlife lake, and is a perfect location for a couple to enjoy a romantic break or an activity holiday. It's a great place for nature lovers, with renowned birdwatching at the South Stack Lighthouse RSPB Reserve and at Valley Lakes, as well as lots of rock pools and scenic cliff top walks to explore.
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Cwm Derw Cottage, Llanafan Fawr nr. Builth Wells Cwm Derw Cottage, Llanafan Fawr nr. Builth Wells
Two charmingly individual cottages on the owners’ 14-acre smallholding in stunning countryside where peace is only disturbed with bleating lambs and wild birdsong. Both properties are beautifully and uniquely presented and ideal for a romantic break away.
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Bwthyn, Penrhyddion Pella, Capel Garmon nr. Betws-y-Coed Bwthyn, Penrhyddion Pella, Capel Garmon nr. Betws-y-Coed
A traditional 18th century barn, converted into three cottages, situated within the Snowdonia National Park on a 5-acre livestock smallholding just outside the tiny village of Capel Garmon. Set amidst stunning scenery and providing the perfect base throughout the year for walking, cycling and birdwatching.
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The Stables, Clynnog nr. Newborough, Anglesey The Stables, Clynnog nr. Newborough, Anglesey
An appealing, stone-built, semi-detached barn conversion in a pleasant courtyard setting. Close by is Llanddwyn Bay, renowned as one of the finest beaches in Britain, ideal for swimming, canoeing, beachcombing and birdwatching or just relaxing. Behind the beach, the 1500 acre sand dune system of Newborough Warren is home to skylarks, meadow pipits and oyster catchers as well as toads and lizards and is protected as a National Nature Reserve.
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Wern Bach, Pen-y-Cefn near Caerwys Wern Bach, Pen-y-Cefn nr. Caerwys
With two attractive fireplaces and a warm, welcoming cottage atmosphere throughout, this cosy property offers an ideal blend between traditional charm and modern comfort. This is an ideal location for exploring the attractions of North Wales, with access to superb walking, mountain biking and birdwatching amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Clwydian Hill Range and on the Offa's Dyke Pathway.
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Y Bwthyn, Ysbyty Ifan Y Bwthyn, Ysbyty Ifan
This charming, semi-detached property has been renovated to a high standard to retain many original features including lime washed stone walls and a wealth of beams and trusses. Enjoy superb walking, cycling and birdwatching from the doorstep, or visit beautiful Betws-y-Coed, just 6 miles away, offering an array of shops, restaurants and pretty riverside walks.
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Mountain View, Conwy Mountain View, Conwy
This pretty cottage is located a mile from Conwy Castle, making it perfect for experiencing the town and harbour and exploring the medieval battlements, plus close by are excellent birdwatching opportunities at Conwy RSPB Reserve, Pensychnant Reserve, which is just a short walk away and Coastal Reserves.
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Rhoslan, Rhosgoch nr. Cemaes Bay Rhoslan, Rhosgoch nr. Cemaes Bay
A detached, modern bungalow on an 80-acre beef farm, in a lovely rural location near to the pretty seaside village of Cemaes Bay, on the beautiful northern coastline of Anglesey. This is a great base from which to explore this beautiful island, renowned for its watersports, fishing, golf, birdwatching and wonderful coastal walks.
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Gwynfan Bungalow, Llanyre nr. Llandrindod Wells Gwynfan Bungalow, Llanyre nr. Llandrindod Wells
Boasting three delightful bedrooms, it offers comfortable sleeping accommodation ideal for any family or group who want to explore this lovely region of Wales. This area is a birdwatcher's paradise, and with red kites filling the skies that surround it, this delightful cottage provides a refreshing break in the beautiful Welsh countryside.
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Fairway, Deganwy Cottage, Deganwy nr. Llandudno Fairway, Deganwy Cottage, Deganwy nr. Llandudno
This Deganwy cottage is within walking distance of Deganwy's marina and amenities, and offers easy access to numerous attractions in the area, from links golf courses and walks on the famous Great Orme to sea angling, horse riding or birdwatching at the nearby RSPB bird reserve.
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  Llanallgo Church Rooms, Llanallgo nr. Moelfre
Once the Llanallgo Village Church Rooms, and visited by Charles Dickens in 1859, the Rooms were later referred to in his book The Uncommercial Traveller. Visit the hugely popular local Seawatch Centre, take boat trips around the coast and enjoy fishing or watching sea birds, seals and even dolphins, or discover wonderful cliff-top walks with stunning mountain views.
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Bwthyn Bach, Blaenau Ffestiniog Bwthyn Bach, Blaenau Ffestiniog
This traditional, two-storey, Welsh quarryman’s cottage is situated in the quiet residential area of Rhiwbryfdir on the fringe of the unique historical slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.This cosy holiday cottage, located in the centre of the Snowdonia National Park, offers an ideal base for discovering the rugged natural beauty of the park, along with its villages and abundance of wildlife and fauna. For outdoor enthusiasts looking for a bit extra - caving, white water rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, horse riding, bird watching, fishing and even train spotting are available.
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From the avocets, godwits and Brent geese that flock to the Exe estuary to the puffins, razorbills and arctic terns of the Farne Islands, England is home to an abundance of wild birds.

Bird Watching Holidays In England

Take a holiday by the coast to spot sea birds such as kittiwakes, guillemots, and gulls or venture inland to the beautiful English countryside where you can see woodland birds such as finches, tits and woodpeckers. If you holiday near water you may be lucky enough to glimpse the flash of blue of a kingfisher.

These self catering holiday cottages have been chosen specifically for being close to areas known to be excellent for bird watching as well as other outdoor pursuits and wildlife.

There are RSPB nature reserves all over England including the most visited, Titchwell Marsh in Norfolk, and the manager of your holiday cottage will be happy to give you directions and further information about the nearest reserve.

For 1000s more bird watching holiday cottages throughout England please visit our partner Cottages.com.

Click on the "MORE INFO ..." links to see more images and specifications, take a virtual tour, read customer comments, check availability and make a booking.

Lintel Barn, Runcton Holme, Norfolk
In the timeless, open landscape of the Norfolk Fens, Thorpland Manor Farm offers visitors a wonderfully peaceful rural setting and shared enjoyment of a fine range of facilities including a heated open air swimming pool. The heathland and forests of the Norfolk Brecks offer excellent walking and cycling opportunities, whilst the north Norfolk coast,with its picturesque villages, salt marshes and bird reserves, is an easy drive. Read more ...

Hogsnorting Villa, Blythburgh, near Southwold, Suffolk
Near the Suffolk Heritage Coast, situated in the charming village of Blythburgh, this beautiful detached cottage sits on a tranquil country lane. Thoughtfully decorated throughout, Hogsnorting Villa boasts two double bedrooms, two shower rooms, contemporary kitchen and a cosy living room with wood burner. With views across the Blyth estuary and close to the ever popular town of Southwold. MORE INFO ...

Brogden Cottage, Ulverston, Cumbria
This ideally situated end-terraced holiday cottage is a perfect base for visiting the Lake District and the surrounding area. The property has been renovated and is located in the town of Ulverston, a historic market town, with a cobbled main street offering specialist shops, real ale pubs, restaurants and cafés. The area is perfect for oudoor enthusiasts, as the Grizedale Forest is only 30 minutes away and is ideal for mountain biking, walkers , bird watching and outdoor pursuits. MORE INFO ...

Fisherman’s Retreat, Old Leake, near Boston, Lincolnshire
Situated alongside a large, well-stocked fishing lake, this detached holiday property is ideal for those looking for a peaceful fishing break or a relaxing base from which to explore the area. The local RSPB nature reserve at Freiston Shore is 5 miles away, whilst Leverton to the south has a cafe, village shop and pub. There are many country lanes around the site which are ideal for walking and cycling and the beach is 14 miles away. MORE INFO ...

Church Hill Cottage, Billingford, near Dereham, Norfolk
This middle terraced holiday cottage is set above a quiet road and looks across to the church and rolling farmland. Comfortably furnished and fitted with a lovely kitchen and bathroom. Good touring area with several local market towns, historic houses, museums and a wildlife park, all a few minutes drive. Good walks locally. Easy access to coast. Read more ...

Beachcomber Cottage, Allonby, Cumbria
Beachcomber Cottage is one of the original properties within the cobbled streets of this charming village. Once frequented by smugglers, Allonby became an important centre for herring fishing and trade. For shopping and sights head into Maryport, just 5 miles away or 16 miles to Bassenthwaite, where you’ll find stunning panoramic views over the lake as well as The Lake District Wildlife Park with over 100 animal species. Read more ...

Sandpiper, Hunstanton, Norfolk
Only 150 yards from the sandy south beach, this single storey property with small, enclosed garden, is a great holiday home from which to enjoy the town’s many attractions. Attractions nearby include the Royal Sandringham Estate, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, site of BBC’s "Springwatch" programme, RSPB Titchwell and Snettisham, Norfolk Lavender and Snettisham Park Farm. Read more ...

Rumbolds Farm - Stable Cottage. Plaistow, near Petworth, Sussex
This single-storey bolt-hole offers comfortable and cosy accommodation for couples, and is tucked away enough for it to offer a peaceful retreat. Inside there are beams, some low, a traditional wood burner and views over the lake from the living room window. Visit Chichester, with its ornate cathedral, tea rooms, extensive shopping, festival theatre and harbour tours, or alternatively Arundel, which also has a cathedral, famous castle and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Read more ...

Elm Cottage, Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Yorkshire
With the Dales Way passing the front door and the surrounding Yorkshire countryside views, Elm Cottage enjoys a quiet location with local amenities. An ideal touring base and perfect for cycling, mountain biking or driving. The bustling market town of Hawes is 6 miles away with shops, restaurants and take-aways. Attractions include Gayle Mill, Countryside Museum and Wensleydale Creamery, home to Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese. Read more ...

Weetwood Lodge, Weetwood, near Kelsall, Cheshire
This detached, cosy holiday property is located in a lovely rural part of Cheshire, with a wonderful private patio looking out over the fields. In the grounds of the owners’ small farm, it provides an ideal base for walkers being close to the Sandstone Trail and Eddisbury Way and there being a number of footpaths locally. The village of Kelsall is a short distance away and the delightful leafy Delamere Forest Park is a short drive. Read more ...

Buttercup Lodge, North Togston near Amble, Northumberland
Buttercup Lodge is a charming little lodge, ideal for couples, with uninterrupted views across open fields towards Warkworth Castle. Set in the owners grounds, this detached lodge with a large enclosed garden and secluded patio sitting-area with chimnea to the front, is a lovely spot to relax after a day’s exploring. A short drive takes you to the popular Druridge Bay Nature Resort. This ideally located holiday home offers a superb base from which to explore the magnificent Heritage Coast, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read more ...

The Stables, East Coker, near Yeovil, Somerset
Set peacefully in East Coker, South Somerset, near the Dorset border, this single-storey detached converted stables is ideally situated to explore many attractions in both counties. Golf and fly fishing are available locally, and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Westbay and Lyme Regis for wonderful scenery and walks is within easy driving distance. This holiday cottage is only 3 miles from Yeovil, a busy but pleasant market town, and 8 miles from Sherborne with its quaint shops, abbey and castle. Read more ...

Apartment 14, Hazelwood Hall, Silverdale, near Arnside, Lancashire
Apartment 14 offers guests comfort, contemporary facilities and quality furnishings. Off the open plan living area is a good sized private patio with level access directly into the surrounding woodland. Surrounded by the tidal sands of Morecambe Bay, ancient woodlands and marshes famous for its bird inhabitants, Silverdale is home to Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve. Read more ...

The Cowshed, Reepham, Norfolk
This property occupies an idyllic and private position situated in the grounds of the owner’s home benefiting from good walks and cycle routes direct from the doorstep with access to the Marriotts Way. The Norfolk coastline has a wealth of sandy beaches, including Wells-next-the-Sea, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Horsey, and the traditional seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham are both within an hour’s drive. You will also find RSPB nature reserves, bird reserves and coastal paths nearby. Read more ...

The Dairy, Ubbeston, near Halesworth, Suffolk
ust off the picturesque tourist route, in the village of Ubbeston in Suffolk, you will find The Dairy, a lovingly decorated barn conversion in the grounds of the owners non-working farm. Framlingham is home to the historic castle with its impressive moat, and offers pubs, cafe´s and independent shops to browse at your leisure. The nearby coastline offers the pretty seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold, both with local RSPB sites and the latter with a delightful pier as well. Read more ...

Fram Park - Farnes, Longframlington, Northumberland
This charming log cabin is in an ideal base for exploring, just 30 miles from the Scottish Borders and 10 miles from the beautiful coast. Less than 30 miles from the Scottish Borders and 10 miles from the coast where there are long stretches of golden sands - home to the quietest beaches in Britain. And of course a boat trip to the nearby Farne Islands is a must for any bird lover. Read more ...

Angel Barn, Bitterley, near Ludlow, Shropshire
This detached cottage is nestled away in the grounds of the owner’s home and situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Angel Barn is the perfect location for guests wishing to really enjoy the magnificent Shropshire and Herefordshire countryside. Located on the slopes of Clee Hill in the heart of Shropshire, Angel Barn is a beautiful stone built, detached barn which offers guests fabulous views and peaceful surroundings. Perfectly located for guests to visit and explore the local area, guests will find the historic market town of Ludlow just a few miles away. Read more ...

Regent House - Portland, Starcross, near Dawlish
These fabulous apartments, with stunning views across the Exe estuary (Portland has limited views), were once the home of Captain George Peacock who constructed the Panama canal and they provide the ideal base for a really relaxing holiday. The fine beach and nature reserve at Dawlish Warren are 2 miles whilst sightseeing and shopping in the cathedral city of Exeter are 7 miles. Guided bird watching cruises are available, river cruises run all year and Jurassic Coast cruises in summer. Read more ...

Rose Cottage, Burton-in-Kendal, near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
This spacious, well-equipped terraced cottage, with exposed beams is centrally situated in a peaceful, picturesque, cobbled area in a historic village, which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk up to Farleton Knott and Burton Fell to see the limestone pavements. Nearby is the canal, a fishery and the RSPB Leighton Moss reserve. Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall, Leighton Hall and Borwick Hall are a short drive away. Read more ...



Despite the recent upturn in the economy, so-called staycations remain popular, with more and more Brits choosing to holiday in the UK or even not go away at all and spend their time at home with day trips to local attractions.

A visit to a bird park or sanctuary is a great way to spend the day and get children interested in wildlife and nature. Or get up close and personal to hawks, buzzards and owls with a birds of experience day.

Join the RSPB or National Trust and you can visit all their reserves and properties where you can see a variety of bird life and take part in events such as wildlife walks and nocturnal bird watching.


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