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5 Places to visit in the uk for a relaxing break

There are so many different places to visit in the uk you cannot fit them all into one visit, getmemymortgage.co.uk have put together there list of the top 5 most relaxing places you can visit on your next trip

1. Cornwall 

Sitting at the top of the list is Cornwall, one of the most beautiful places in the country, rural and coastal settings a plenty and a friendly atmosphere. Cornwall forms a peninsula with wild moorlands and many sandy beaches. The south coast of Cornwall is dubbed the Cornish riviera due to the climate and picturesque landscapes. Cornwall has a host of picturesque villages and seaside resorts

2. Standish 

A small yet humble town in the borough of Wigan has made it onto our list due to the small population, low pollution and lack of traffic jams. The village has a population of less than 14,000 people making it a perfect place to settle.

3.The Lake District 

One of the most beautiful places in the UK, it was always going to make it onto the list. A favourite for nationals and tourists the lake district is a region of Cumbria in the northwest of England. With a low pollution level and beautiful market towns such as Keswick, Kendal, Ambleside and Derwentwater. The lake district is a wonderful place to visit and live.

4. Wales

Wales made it on to the list due to the low levels of pollution and traffic free roads (mostly). Wales is a well known part of southwest Great Britain. With rugged coastlines and famous mountains located there. The celtic culture and welsh language is a draw for tourism.

5. Scottish Highlands

Home to famous loch Ness and many other famous attractions  the Scottish Highland is a wonderful place to move to and relax, benefit from rural locations and lower house prices you can pick up a lot of real estate for a lower cost.

As you can tell the most relaxing places to live in the UK appear to be more rural locations, this goes to show that city life really does have an impact on our health and ability to de-stress. Not everyone will be able to move to the locations or may not even want to but a short visit to a rural location is proven to reduce stress and help relax. If you live in a busy area it can be a great way to relax with a rural weekend away.

Best Fish and Chip Shops in Blackpool, England

This Famous British Comfort Food is Awesome in Blackpool

Growing up in England, I ate fish and chips, Britain’s national dish, at least twice a week. Then, as a child on holiday in Blackpool in north England, my family and I would eat them for lunch or dinner often as they were cheap and delicious. So, it was with great delight last month on my latest trip to Blackpool, I saw how many fish and chip shops still remain. In fact, Blackpool now has some of the best shops in northern England serving fresh fish and home cut chips.


The Cottage

The most famous, and many say the best, fish and chip shop in Blackpool, The Cottage first opened its doors in the 1920s. Fifty years ago, my great-grandmother used to eat fish and chips from The Cottage and, in 2011, I can still do the same.

The Cottage serves superbly fresh fish and their own home cut chips, not the frozen ready-cut kind served by some Blackpool shops. They also serve a wide variety of fish from the typical cod to hake, plaice, cat fish, Dover sole and even sea bass and octopus. Chips are cut fresh on site and are only cut from British potatoes and, if you’re a mushy pea lover like me, you’ll go away dreaming of The Cottage’s mushy peas, they’re really that amazing. Their curry sauce too is incredible and a superb addition on top of a large portion of chips.

The Cottage is located in an old whitewashed ‘cottage’, where you can either eat in, sitting at one of their pinewood tables, or grab a typical British takeaway and eat them at home.

Look for The Cottage at 31 Newhouse Road, Marton in Blackpool

Seniors Fish and Chip Restaurant – One of not only Blackpool’s best fish and chip shops, but now talked about as one of the best in the country, Seniors serves the best fish meals at dirt cheap prices.

Located on Normoss Road, just a couple of minutes from all of Blackpool’s famous attractions, Seniors serves 15 different kinds of fish and has a massive menu including cheeseburgers, calamari and scampi.

Seniors also specializes in what they call ‘Square Meals’. These are smaller meals that come with chips and a side order, for a very cheap price. For only £4 ($6.40), you can get fish and chips, steak and kidney pudding, pies or sausage and chips.

For an inexpensive lunch or tea (dinner), head to Seniors for both its sit-in restaurant or takeaway meals, and also check out their branches in nearby Lytham and Thornton. They’re both lovely too.

Seniors is in a large restaurant facility at 106 Normoss Road, Blackpool

Harry Ramsdens – You can’t think about Blackpool’s best fish and chip shops without including Harry Ramsdens. England’s largest and most famous fish and chip chain with 35 restaurans, Harry Ramsdens is often the first place people go if they want a meal that’s consistently excellent no matter which branch you eat at.

In Blackpool, you’ll find Harry Ramsdens in the best location in town. Right next to the world-famous Blackpool Tower and the North Pier and with lovely views out over the promenade and ocean.

Start off with a bowl of soup, shrimp cocktail or an order of Cajun prawns. Then onto their traditional fish and chips or, if you’re really hungry, a Harry’s Big Fish Challenge (Giant cod or haddock with all the sides). For dessert, don’t miss Harry’s sticky toffee pudding or a slice of cheesecake, and wash it all down with a glass of red wine or a beer (yes, Harry’s is a bit more upscale than some other Blackpool fish and chip shops).

Harry Ramsden’s is easy to find on Blackpool’s promenade, next to Blackpool Tower. You might also want to book online, if you know when you’re going, as it gets very busy and I’d hate you to have to wait.

Carnoustie Golf Courses …more Than One!

When serious golfers make the trip to the Mecca of golf …Scotland …they generally head straight to the Old Course at St. Andrews or maybe Glen Eagles. Those in the know also include time spent in Carnoustie, which is literally just across the Tay.
Carnoustie is a charming seaside village where golf is king and the golf visitor is treated like one. You’ll find new friends in every pub and hotel and with a choice of three terrific courses to play, it’s a golfer’s dream destination.

The three main courses at Carnoustie are the Championship Links, the Burnside and the Buddon and each is individually packed with character and challenges.

The Championship Links are the oldest, and it is said that golf was being played there as early as the 1520s. What we do know is that the course as we know it now was really first designed in the 1840s with a few design tweaks done after that. It’s possibly the most challenging course in Scotland if you listen to the pros who both love and dread tournaments there. It’s a quintessential links course with a gentle rolling terrain near sandy beaches but don’t be fooled by its gentle looks. It is perhaps the greatest challenge in golf with scratch golfers rarely beating the par 72 with less than a 75 day. The sand traps are vicious and the burns are sneaky but to be able to go back home saying you played it will make you the envy of your golfing friends. The greens fee are not inexpensive at approximately $200 for a round, but what price glory?

The Burnside Course is a great introduction to golf and is a course, which, if it stood geographically apart from the Championship course, would certainly be much more recognized. But it’s proximity is a blessing for the visiting golfer! It’s a shorter par 68 course with unique challenges of its own. The tree lined fairways and gentle terrain lull you into a sense of security and then one of its tricky little traps will snare you …oh all in a great day of golf! The 5th, 9th and 14th par three holes are the ones you’ll go home talking about especially if you manage a par after their wicked little tests of your game.


The Burnside is a bargain at about $62 per round!

The Buddon course is the newest of the three Carnoustie courses and was built in the 1970s along the outer edges of the other two. Tree lined and with man made lakes, it’s a lovely and gentle course at a par 66. The land originally belong to the Ministry of Defense so all of the holes are named for famous military battles adding a little humor to your game. This is a favorite course for locals as it provides plenty of challenges in a lovely and scenic setting. Many serious golfers like to start off with this course in the morning before playing one of the other two in the afternoon …just for a little warm-up.


And, at $54 it’s well worth it

Carnoustie will again host the British Open in 2007 but it’s more accessible than the Old Course at St. Andrews and no golfer who visits Scotland should pass an opportunity to play on it. They even offer a great package deal for the three courses.
For $240 you can play all three courses over a three day period and even get morning coffee and breakfast rolls thrown in …not to mention some great camaraderie from the caddies and local golfers. These are priceless stories to take back home!

Amazing Vacation on the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man – 50 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide – is situated in the Irish Sea, midway between Ireland, England and Scotland the Island is often described as “northern England” in miniature, but it is culturally distinct, with a Celtic and Viking heritage. It has its own language, postal service, parliament (Tynewald) and an independent fiscal system which has allowed it to develop as an offshore finance centre. In Victorian times holidaymakers reached the Isle of Man by steamship, sailing out of Liverpool, Heysham, Belfast and Dublin. In recent years fast catamarans have also been introduce, but the success of the island’s airline – Manx (now a subsidiary of British Airways) made it at important carrier for business and leisure passengers. The island’s airport, Ronaldsway, is linked to many regional airports in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.
The island can provide a variety of at attractions, such as:

Douglas, with its sweeping Victorian promenade of guest houses and terraced hotels, is the capital and major seaport of the Isle of Man, featuring the Manx museum and ‘The Story of Mann’ exhibition. It represents the main concentration of bed spaces, and offers a range of restaurants and entertainment facilities that are used by residents and visitors alike, such as the Summerland casino and leisure centre. Other coastal towns, each with a range of small visitor attractions, craft workshops and accommodation, include Port Erin, Peel, Ramsey and Castle town.

The cultural heritage includes many historic buildings, for example the castle and cathedral in Peel and Castle Rushen at Castle town, which was the former capital. The best-known feature is the world’s largest working waterwheel at Laxey. There are a number of museums and craft centers, while the Cregneash Folk Village interprets the crafting way of life of islanders in the past.

The natural heritage provides the setting for special interest holidays and both walking and cycling trails are available.

The transport heritage includes horse-drawn trams and narrow gauge railways. But the most famous attraction is the annual Tourist Trophy (TT) motorcycle races, which started in 1904 as a way of extending the holiday season. This event takes place on a road circuit around the island and fills hotels to capacity during ‘TT Week’ in June.

The Isle of Man has a varied accommodation base, ranging from luxury country house hotels to value-for-money guesthouses. The Manx government has a longstanding scheme to assist the accommodation sector both to adjust to the demands of the contemporary holidaymaker and to attract new accommodation stock. The tourism authorities also operate a compulsory registration and grading scheme for accommodation. By 2002 there were almost 7000 bed spaces available on the island, mostly in serviced accommodation.

The Department of Tourism and Leisure has responsibility for both the promotion and development of tourism on the island as well as leisure and public transport. The Isle of Man has had to adapt its tourism product to the tastes of twenty-first century holidaymakers. The island’s traditional markets sought an English seaside product, and while this still forms part of the island’s appeal, other elements of the destination mix are now seen as more important in attracting visitors.

Ways of Entering Britain: 4 Options for Travelers

Travelers entering Britain can do so through a variety of gateways, but in fact air and surface transport networks focus on the south-east of England.
Air. Over 80 percent of international passengers traveling by air are channeled through the London airports and airlines are reluctant to move out from these gateways. Manchester has been identified as the UK’s second major airport and Glasgow’s international status has stimulated major growth. Airports on Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man complete the network, and although holiday traffic to these islands is not nor inconsiderable, it has a highly seasonal pattern. Overall, Britain’s major airports handled around 142 million passenger movements in 200l.

Sea

For sea traffic, there is again a concentration of passengers in southern England due to the dominance of cross-Channel ferry routes. Elsewhere there is a diversification of routes such as those from Hull and Harwich on the east coast. A second concentration of routes is from the west coasts of mainland Britain to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. On the sea routes the upgrading of ships and the introduction of high-speed ‘catamarans’ is a response both to the threat of the Channel Tunnel and the rise in the expectations of travelers.

The Channel Tunnel

The ‘Channel’ opened in 1994 and has not only stimulated new traffic, but also taken traffic from both air and especially sea services to Europe. Its impact is expected to continue as high-speed rail links are developed on the English side of the Tunnel. Interestingly, the response of ferry operators to develop routes in the western English Channel has been less successful than hoped. Other responses have been mergers on the short sea routes, closure of some routes (Newhaven to Dieppe for example) and price competition.

Land transport

In the domestic holiday market, and for overseas travelers touring Britain, road transport dominates. Since the Second World War the use of the car has become more important than either rail or coach services, as road improvements have been completed or the real cost of motoring has fallen.

The 1980 Transport Act revolutionized bus/ coach operations in the UK by deregulating services. Coach travel poses a very real alternative to the railways on journeys of up to 400 kilometers and the new generation of luxury coaches has increased passenger numbers for this type of public transport.

British Railroad

Privatization of British Rail in the mid-1990s resulted in train services being operated by a multiplicity of companies while the permanent way and terminals remained the responsibility of a separate organization. There has been much private sector investment, particularly on some inter-city routes and those serving coastal and inland holiday areas. There are also over 40 small private railways outside the network which are tourist attractions in themselves, trading on nostalgia for the ‘age of steam’.