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Best places in the UK to go on vacation to write

Updated on August 12, 2013
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Where writers can go away for a holiday

Writers cannot always afford to take the time from writing to take a vacation. However, families want a vacation, or holiday, and a change of scene inspires and encourages writers. The answer is to combine a vacation with writing. Fortunately, writing is a movable occupation and a writer can write anywhere that he or she can take notebooks or a laptop computer. The best places to write are anywhere you feel comfortable.

However if you are considering a writing vacation in the United Kingdom, there are some beautiful places which would be very conducive to productivity. Writers may prefer to write near the sea, in the countryside, or in a historic place, and the United Kingdom certainly has all of those different types of location. A writer, who writes all the time, gets stale and needs other experiences to feed the mind and inspire the muse.

Visitors to the United Kingdom may care to know that School Holidays are from June to the end of August, in Scotland, around the 21st July to around the 10th September in England, Northern Ireland and Wales are different again. Accommodation and other prices are much higher, during school holiday periods, especially in the summer and some popular counties such as Cornwall are very full with tourists.

Some writers are inspired by the sea and a vacation at the seaside could prove very productive for the freelance writer as well as a great vacation. Writers may prefer a quiet seaside village for writing and places nearby to visit, when not writing. The atmosphere in some Cornish seaside villages would inspire a writer and there is much to see and do in Cornwall, when one is not writing.

Sennen Cove is a very small very beautiful seaside location, on a dead end road, so if you require just sea and quiet it is an ideal location. There is an excellent guest house, right on the edge of the beach having rooms, which look out over the sands, where you wake each morning to the sound of the waves. If you would like to write, where there is both seaside and history, the ancient town of Mousehole, pronounced “Mouzell”, is for you, this ancient fishing village has the tons of atmosphere and inspiration to inspire any writer. Scottish or Welsh seaside villages, such as Stonehaven or Morfa Nefyn could also fulfill similar needs.

You may prefer a countryside location. The Bronte sisters took inspiration from the wild Yorkshire moors around their home. The hauntingly beautiful Yorkshire Moors appear as an extra character in Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” and would inspire some writers to similarly great writing. There are similarly wild places, throughout the United Kingdom, Dartmoor, The Scottish Highlands, North Wales, The glens in Northern Ireland are but a few suggestions for wild places.

Your inspiration may come from busy places. Wandering through London’s historic streets, absorbing the history and the busy air might inspire writers to great things.London is also a very cosmopolitan city, its residents come from all over the world, and its very diversity and colour may manifest itself in your writing. Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, is a smaller city than London, but history still pervades its streets. Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is now a vibrant city, with its own history, and Cardiff, Wales’s capital, has a bustling air fed by the regeneration that the Welsh Assembly building has brought to the area.

You may wish for rather more than history and busy streets. Brighton, one of England’s newest cities, is a cosmopolitan city with a historic bohemian air. Brighton hosts numerous art and literary festivals. A walk through Brighton’s historic ‘Lanes’ sparks writers’ imaginations and may elicit a historical novel, or something lighter inspired by Brighton’s diverse and fun atmosphere. Brighton Pavilion, once home to the notorious Prince Regent, is a mad building that looks as though it belongs in Arabia or India, rather than an English seaside resort, and may inspire a lyrical phase in your writing. Graham Greene did some great work in Brighton.

Although most people think that the British Isles consists of two islands, the United Kingdom covers thousands of islands, including the four hundred or so inhabited islands. The Scilly Isles, The Isle of Man, Anglesey, the Inner, or Outer, Hebrides, Iona, or the other Islands around the mainland UK could provide the ideal writing vacation for you. If you need to combine a writing vacation with a family holiday, try the Channel Islands, not technically part of the UK, but part of the English crown. Jersey the largest Channel Island is a traditional holiday Island. Guernsey, a little quieter, but still has towns and might prove a good compromise between giving you a quieter place, in which to write, whilst still providing a family feel and activities and attractions, to keep the family occupied.

Perhaps a Literary tour might inspire you. Many Travel companies provide literary tours throughout the UK. Touring England, Scotland, or Ireland would enable you to enjoy several literary places, whilst doing some serious writing. Who knows walking in your literary Heroes’ footsteps may influence you to write some terrific work.

The best writing vacation destinations, in the United Kingdom, are whichever places and activities inspire you. Inspiration is an individual and personal matter and whether it is wild countryside, rural villages, cities, the sea, literary figures or anything else, you can find a suitable destination in the UK and successfully combine your writing with a memorable vacation.

Visit Britain is the official tourist board for the whole United Kingdom, there are separate, official, tourist board web sites for each country within the United Kingdom, and county tourist boards with web sites. Most UK hotels and other tourist accommodations have fast internet connections. The United Kingdom is an excellent destination for writers, offering many types of locations to inspire and encourage writers to write as well as super vacations. Take your writing vacation in the United Kingdom, make some good memories, do great writing and enjoy yourself too.


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  • Mercia Collins profile image

    Mercia Collins 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Dear Eddy

    thank-you so much for your kind words, I am so glad that you enjoyed my piece.

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    A wonderful read and thank you for sharing. I now look forward to many more by you.


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    Mercia Collins 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank-you for your kind comment Thelma. They are some of my most favourite places in the World.

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

    What a wonderful places to visit for writing! I have been to some places you have mentioned and they are definitely good places and very inspiring also for writing. Thanks for sharing.