10 best lake holidays in the UK

10 best lake holidays in the UK

From the stunning Scottish Highlands to the glistening lakes just outside of London, here is a list of the ten best lake holidays in the UK.

The grey clouds of winter have dispersed and the rains have finally waned, and this means one thing: summer is on its way! Take advantage of the few glorious weeks of sunshine this upcoming season and spend some quality time with loved ones on holiday at one of these lakes.

1.  Windermere, Cumbria

Once a significant Roman waterway, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England’s Lake District and boasts spectacular sailing conditions.  Boats glide across this deep blue wonder while charming historical homes line its shores. Lovely bed and breakfasts, lodges and guest homes make planning a luxurious lakeside holiday at Windermere easy this summer.

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2.  Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid), Bala

Wales’ largest natural lake, Llyn Tegid is a great place for water sports like canoeing, sailing and windsurfing as well as for trekking in the lush surrounding hills. If you like fishing, Llyn Tegid is home to a wide variety of fish, including Pike that grow up to 40lbs (2.8 stone).

3. Loch Awe, Scotland

Found within the stunning Scottish Highlands and home to the iconic ruins of Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe is a wonder to behold. Spend your holiday exploring ancient castle fortresses amongst rolling hills of green, have a picnic or if you’re a strong swimmer, test your endurance and swim the one-kilometre width or forty-one kilometre length of this great waterway.

4.  Buttermere, Cumbria  

Boasting some of Lakeland’s most beautiful walkable countryside, Buttermere Lake offers visitors lovely trails along its perimeter as well as to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike.  Easily accessible, Buttermere is perfect for a family holiday filled with stunning scenery, relaxing picnics and refreshing swims.

5. Derwentwater, Lake District

Extremely family friendly, Derwentwater Lake has lots of fun activities to choose from and all the necessary water safety equipment for beginners. Great for swimming, canoeing, walking, fishing, camping, Derwentwater is a lake holiday paradise. Treat yourself to a stay at a lakeside bed and breakfast.

Would you rather go wild camping or stay in a posh country hotel? I'm skint, sadly, so camping in the Lake District, Cumbria would be my pick! How gorgeous is this English countryside shot by @christographer.owens? This glorious vista is from Loughrigg Fell above Ambleside toward the northern end of Lake Windermere and Waterhead, Cumbria. . The @lake.district is where England's scenery takes an unexpected walk on the wild side. Nowhere in the nation packs such an instant panoramic punch: rivers rush, forces tumble, lakes glisten and lonely fells loom along an ever reaching horizon. But the @Lake.District is much more than just epic views. It's an historic textbook, a rural heartland, a foodie heaven, an outdoor playground and a literary landmark all rolled into one breathtakingly beautiful scenic bundle. . And of course – this is Beatrix Potter land. Growing up, I loved reading the adventures of Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and Jemima Puddle-Duck to name but a few. Potter holidayed as a child in the Lake District and was inspired by the flora, fauna and landscape, which she observed closely and painted. With the proceeds from her books, Potter bought ‘Hill Top Farm’ in Near Sawrey and over the following decades, purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape. Potter wrote 30 books in all, the most famous being ‘The tale of Peter Rabbit’. Following her death in 1943, she left almost all of her property to the National Trust. What a truly wonderful woman. . If you want to see more stunning shots from this part of England, head over to my dedicated @lake.district hub! Lovely shot by @christographer.owens 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too! 🇬🇧

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6. Loch Lomond, Scotland

Located about a forty-five minutes from Glasgow, Loch Lomond and the surrounding Trossachs National Park is a natural sanctuary. A wonderful spot for nature lovers, the area is home to many fairy-tale like trails with vibrant moss-covered rocks, wooden walking bridges over trickling streams and cascading waterfalls. The lake also hosts a variety of activities, and there are plenty of restaurants and inns nearby.

7. Loch Ness, Scotland

Another magnificent lake in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness is a lake home to majestic views and of course, the iconic legend of the Loch Ness monster, known colloquially as ‘Nessie’. Even if you don’t get to see the legendary monster yourself, the area isn’t short of things to do.  Explore the many whiskey distilleries,  Urquhart Castle ruins, Ness Islands, the beautiful Cairngorns National Park and much more.

One of my fave places – Urquhart Castle 💕🏰

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8. Loch Shiel, Scotland

Loch Shiel casts a magical spell on all those who behold it due to its steep surrounding mountainous cliffs, wild scenery and long ribbon-like appearance. Its mystical atmosphere made it the perfect filming location of the ‘Black Lake’ near Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.  Let Loch Shiel transport you to another world.

Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, West Scotland.

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9. Bewl Water, Kent and East Sussex

About an hour-and-a-half drive from London, Bewl Water Lake in Kent and East Sussex is a fantastic n holiday destination with tons of outdoor recreational activities like cycling, boating and fishing. You can also visit the lovely Scotney Castle and relax on the patio of one of the many restaurants.

10.  Llyn Gwynant, Wales

A great choice for a camping adventure, Llyn Gwynant Lake is located in the heart of Snowdonia and is open all year long. With many campsites and facilities such as public toilets, hot showers, baby changing stations, campfire sites and drinking water taps all around the lake, Llyn Gwynant provides a fun and comfortable camping experience.


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