Some beautiful UK beach spots also get a lot of rain (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Top holiday destinations are among the 20 rainiest seaside towns in the UK.
Tenby in Wales, Bude in Cornwall and Blackpool are all in the top 20 wettest coastal places according to rainfall data.
Met Office figures from 1991 to 2020 have revealed the seaside towns and cities that get the most rain.
And Autlbea in the Scottish Highlands has taken the top spot.
The fishing village gets an average of 121mm of rain every month, with 209 days a year seeing more than 1mm of rainfall.
Tiree, Lochboisdale and Helensburgh – all places in Scotland – make up the top four spots, with Northern Ireland, Shetland and parts of Wales making up the rest of the top ten.
A UK map shows the wettest coastal towns around the country (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Tiree, an island in the Inner Hebrides, has been crowned the second rainiest coastal spot, with a monthly average of 106mm, while Lochboisdale in the Outer Hebrides rounded out the top three with a monthly average of 100mm.
Other seaside locations which feature on the list include Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Morecambe in Lancashire, and Slapton in Devon.
This said, 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.
Thankfully 72 per cent of adults don’t let typically wet British weather get in the way of a good staycation.
Portrush in Northern Ireland is among the top 10 rainiest coastal towns in the UK (Picture: Getty Images)
According to research from Sykes Holiday Cottages and former BBC weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans, 61 per cent don’t think it would be British holiday if it didn’t rain.
And plenty of people said they would still do sightseeing, enjoy walks along the pier and tuck into fish and chips if they went to the seaside, whether it rained or not.
Graham Donoghue, chief executive at Sykes Holiday Cottages 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.’
Owain Wyn Evans said: ‘I love that even in the rain, holidaymakers will still embrace a Great British staycation.
Popular staycation spot Blackpool gets a lot of rain each year (Picture: Getty Images)
‘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.’
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.
Lochboisdale in Scotland is the second wettest coastal time in the UK (Picture: Caia/ Getty Images)
The research, conducted via OnePoll, found that 19 per cent who’ve experienced a rainy staycation said it gives you more to look back on and it’s all about making memories.
Funny stories of getting caught in downpours, spending more time getting familiar with the local pub or café and unwinding in accommodation are among the more favourable recollections of trips.
Mr Donoghue added: ‘We’ve found that rain can create lots of opportunity to do things UK travellers may not have otherwise considered.
Plenty of adults in the UK say it wouldn’t be a UK staycation without some rain (Picture: Getty Images)
‘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.’
Top 20 wettest seaside towns in the UK
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
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