The top 20 rainiest coastal locations in the UK have been revealed. 

Analysis of Met Office figures, from 1991 to 2020, revealed the seaside towns and cities which see the most rain, with Aultbea in the Scottish Highlands taking the top spot.

The fishing village has an average of 121mm of rainfall each month, with more than half the year - 209 days - seeing more than 1mm of daily rainfall.

Ranking at number seven, the only Cumbria entry is St Bees which averages 92mm a month and rain on 14 days a month.

Other seaside locations which feature on the list include Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Morecambe in Lancashire, and Slapton in Devon.

However, on average, seaside towns are drier than the rest of the UK, with analysis showing they get an average of 75mm of rainfall a month, compared to 97mm for the rest of the country.

The findings were compiled by Sykes Holiday Cottages, and former BBC weather presenter, Owain Wyn Evans, after research of 2,000 adults found 72 per cent don't let typical wet British weather get in the way of a good staycation.

While 61 per cent don't think it would be a British holiday if it didn't rain, with sightseeing (53 per cent), strolls along the pier (37 per cent), and tucking into fish and chips (30 per cent) among the activities they would do regardless.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive at Sykes Holiday Cottages, which has also created a Rainy Day Guide to Seaside Towns with wet weather activity inspiration, said: "Rain is often part and parcel of a UK holiday, but our latest research shows that wet weather isn't necessarily a dampener on people's staycation experiences.

"With our new Rainy Day Guide, we want to help holiday-goers make the most of their trips closer to home - come rain or shine.

"Whether that's visiting a museum or spending the day in a local paint-a-pot or board game café, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a packed staycation itinerary even when it's raining."

Owain Wyn Evans, former BBC weather presenter, said: "I love that even in the rain, holidaymakers will still embrace a Great British staycation.

"Us Brits won't let a bit of wet weather keep us indoors, and I'd argue some activities can even be better with a few rain drops.

"Despite my experience as a weather presenter, the exact detail on rain, especially showers can be hard to predict, so hopefully this analysis will give Brits some idea of what to expect and plan for if they're heading to a seaside location this year."

The study also found 34 per cent have 'rainy day' plans in their back pocket for a UK break, with visiting a restaurant or café, a local pub, or museums among the most popular choices.

And despite knowing there's a strong chance of rain during a staycation, half of holidaymakers are happy to book a getaway anyway because they want to explore more of the UK.

While four in 10 rate the convenience of a holiday closer to home, and 30 per cent find it's easier to plan a staycation than a holiday abroad.

The research, conducted via OnePoll, also found 63 per cent pack with rainy days in mind, with 75 per cent expecting to experience drizzle during a UK winter break.

But it's all about making memories, as 19 per cent who've experienced a rainy staycation said it gives you more to look back on.

Funny stories of getting caught in downpours (38 per cent), spending more time getting familiar with the local pub or café (35 per cent) and unwinding in accommodation (34 per cent) are among the more favourable recollections of trips.

Sykes Holiday Cottages' Graham Donoghue added: "We've found that rain can create lots of opportunity to do things UK travellers may not have otherwise considered.

"You don't need to shy away from the wet weather while on staycation - in fact, you may find you get to know your chosen location better than you would've in the sunshine by spending more time with the local community in pubs, restaurants, and local eateries."


1. Aultbea, Scottish Highlands, average 121mm a month and 17 days a month
2. Tiree, Inner Hebrides, average 106mm a month and 17 days a month
3. Lochboisdale, Outer Hebrides, average 100mm a month and 17 days a month
4. Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, average 137mm a month and 16 days a month
5. Portrush, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, average 81mm a month and 15 days a month
6. Fair Isle, Shetland, average 77mm a month and 15 days a month
7. St Bees, Cumbria, average 92mm a month and 14 days a month
8. Cardiff, South Glamorgan, average 100mm a month and 13 days a month
9. Tenby, Pembrokeshire, average 95mm a month and 13 days a month
10. Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, average 90mm a month and 13 days a month
11. Killowen, County Down, Northern Ireland, average 88mm a month and 13 days a month
12. Morecambe, Lancashire, average 88mm a month and 13 days a month
13. St-Athan, The Vale of Glamorgan, average 87mm a month and 13 days a month
14. Mumbles Head, Swansea, average 85mm a month and 13 days a month
15. Helens Bay, County Down, Northern Ireland, average 81mm a month and 13 days a month
16. Aberporth, Ceredigion, average 77mm a month and 13 days a month
17. Bude, Cornwall, average 75mm a month and 13 days a month
18. Slapton, Devon, average 93mm a month and 12 days a month
19. Aberdaron, Gwynedd, average 76mm a month and 12 days a month
20. Blackpool, Lancashire, average 73mm a month and 12 days a month ENDS