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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.

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

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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 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.

Sheppard's Hut, Terrington St. Clements near King's Lynn, Norfolk Sheppard's Hut, Terrington St. Clements near King's Lynn, Norfolk
This cosy and welcoming Terrington St. Clements cottage offers a well equipped kitchen, a four poster bed, and a private garden with wide open skies and far-reaching views across the Fenland fields. A little further is the West Norfolk coastline with RSPB sites, and the Queen's Sandringham Estate.
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Corner Cottage, Wangford near Southwold, Suffolk Corner Cottage, Wangford near Southwold, Suffolk
Restored in a contemporary style and well equipped throughout, this delightful property sits overlooking the church boasting exposed beams, quirkily-shaped rooms and latched doors throughout.
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Sea View, Greenodd near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District Sea View, Greenodd near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District
Carefully renovated to retain many of its original features, this charming cottage boasts beautiful beams, a warm and cosy sitting room and a well-equipped modern kitchen.
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Long Acres, Old Leake near Boston, Lincolnshire Long Acres, Old Leake near Boston, Lincolnshire
This detached modern bungalow is a lovely Lincolnshire cottage, in a rural location on the edge of Old Leake village, known locally as Leake Commonside.
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Little Lodge 2, Bylaugh near Dereham, Norfolk Little Lodge 2, Bylaugh near Dereham, Norfolk
One of two holiday cottages on the site, this well-equipped holiday home provides spacious and bright accommodation, and a raised patio with furniture, ideal for relaxing after a day out. Guests also have shared use of a large lawned garden with woodland views.
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Albion Cottage, Silloth, Solway Firth, Cumbria & The Lake District Albion Cottage, Silloth, Solway Firth, Cumbria & The Lake District
A charming, brick-built terraced cottage, situated next to the owner's traditional public house, in the popular seaside resort of Silloth. Miles of unspoilt coastline afford wonderful opportunities for walking and birdwatching, while the magnificent Northern Lakes are easily accessible.
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Kath's Cottage, Heacham, Norfolk Kath's Cottage, Heacham, Norfolk
Built in the local Carstone, this Heacham cottage is set back from the road down a private driveway, and offers well-equipped and well-furnished accommodation. Enjoy unspoilt beaches with golden sands, including the Blue Flag beach at nearby Hunstanton, travel further along the coast and see small inlets with fishing boats, or visit the RSPB reserve of Titchwell Marsh
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Nethergill Hay Mew, Oughtershaw near Buckden, Yorkshire Dales Nethergill Hay Mew, Oughtershaw near Buckden, Yorkshire Dales
This cottage has been awarded a gold star by the Green Tourism Business and offers complete, peace and tranquillity and a great opportunity to completely relax, unwind and get away from it all yet is within a few miles of the traditional market town of Hawes.
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Lavender Cottage, Burton Near Chester Lavender Cottage, Burton Near Chester
A Grade II listed, mid-18th century end-terrace, sandstone Cheshire cottage, situated on a working livestock farm, in the very quiet and pretty hamlet of Burton, three miles from Neston on the Wirral Peninsula.
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Jamaal Lodge, South Broomhill Near Amble, Northumberland Jamaal Lodge, South Broomhill Near Amble, Northumberland
Situated close to the beautiful Druridge Bay Country Park and Nature Reserve, this spacious property boasts bedrooms on both the ground and first floors, two bathrooms, a first floor balcony and a lovely large garden surrounding the property, including an enclosed rear lawned area, ideal for dining alfresco.
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Nethergill Farm Byre, Oughtershaw Near Buckden, Yorkshire Dales Nethergill Farm Byre, Oughtershaw Near Buckden, Yorkshire Dales
A wonderful, three-storey, semi-detached barn conversion dating back to 1871, set amongst wonderful, wild and rugged Dales' countryside. Part way up the stairs is a viewing window, specifically located to watch the chickens roosting in the attached barn, as well as swallows nesting and fledging through the spring and summer.
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31 Plantation Avenue, Arnside, Cumbria & The Lake District 31 Plantation Avenue, Arnside, Cumbria & The Lake District
A semi-detached house set on a high promontory above the Lakeland village of Arnside, just a ten minute walk from the lovely promenade. Sample the village's fine pubs with beer gardens, overlooking the beautiful estuary, or, in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, enjoy fantastic walks along the coast or in the surrounding picturesque limestone hills.
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Woodside Barn, Pennington near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District Woodside Barn, Pennington near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District
An outstanding, stone-built detached barn conversion, in the beautiful, secluded hamlet of Pennington, three miles from the ancient market town of Ulverstone. The Cumbrian Way and several footpaths run close to this Pennington cottage, ideal for bird watching, walking and cycling.
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Upper Barn Stable, Reepham, Norfolk Upper Barn Stable, Reepham, Norfolk
A delightful, semi-detached stable conversion, peacefully situated on the outskirts of the historic market town of Reepham in Norfolk, between the Bure and Wensum valleys. Reepham offers a lovely market square, interesting shops and ancient inns, while excellent walking and birdwatching can be enjoyed in the coastal areas of Cley and Blakeney.
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Kingsway, Ubbeston Green, Suffolk Kingsway, Ubbeston Green, Suffolk
Kingsway is a delightful detached property in the village of Ubbeston Green, on a quiet country road between the market towns of Eye and Halesworth. 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.
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Coquet Cottage, Amble-by-the-Sea, Northumberland Coquet Cottage, Amble-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
A lovely, traditional, mid-terrace cottage situated in a residential area close to the centre of Amble, known locally as 'the friendliest port'. Just a 5 minute walk from one of the area's most popular harbours and marinas, Coquet Cottage makes an ideal base from which to explore Northumberland's beautiful Heritage Coast, countryside and castles.
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Glebe Barn, Caynham near Ludlow, Shropshire Glebe Barn, Caynham near Ludlow, Shropshire
A delightful 19th century, detached barn conversion, across the courtyard from the owner's impressive country house, in the picturesque rural village of Caynham, 3 miles from Ludlow. The surrounding countryside offers fabulous walking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching from the doorstep.
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Hill Side Barn, Pennington nr. Ulverston, Cumbria Hill Side Barn, Pennington nr. Ulverston, Cumbria
Fully renovated and lovingly restored, this Pennington cottage offers first class accommodation; the spacious, open-plan first floor living area features a beautiful kitchen with central island, a dining area and a sitting area with woodburner, as well as exposed beams and doors to the patio and garden. All of the attractions of the National Park are easily reached. The Furness Coast boasts sandy beaches and good birdwatching.
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Wharf Cottage,  Burton-in-Kendal nr. Kirkby Lonsdale Wharf Cottage, Burton-in-Kendal nr. Kirkby Lonsdale
Located at historic Burton Wharf almost midway along a 5-mile closed and secluded section of the Lancaster to Kendal Canal, this comfortable and thoughtfully modernised cottage is full of charm and character. The acclaimed RSPB wildfowl reserve of Leighton Moss is only 4 miles away, while Morecambe Bay is also famous for birdwatching.
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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.

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