They might both be part of the UK, but the weather difference between Edinburgh and Newquay is very noticeable. If you want to swap the rain and winds of Edinburgh for the balmy sunshine on a Cornish beach, a flight ticket from Edinburgh to Newquay might be the answer.
Flybe (flybe.com) offers direct flights from Edinburgh to Newquay with 2011 outward flights istarting at £38.60 and inward flights starting from £43.38. These fares include taxes, but there may be additional charges for checked-in luggage.
The direct flight service ends at the beginning of November but resumes in April, and look out for offers and bargain fares by booking well in advance. Note that Newquay airport levies a passenger charge of £5 for each adult travelling through the airport. This is payable before you go through airport security.
From Newquay airport Western Greyhound (westerngreyhound.com) buses provide services to Newquay town centre or Padstow, with the 556 service stopping outside the airport hourly.
Newquay is popularly regarded as the UK's main surf centre, with excellent surf beaches within easy reach of the town. Even out-of-season it has a youthful feel with plenty of nightlife.
Walkers will enjoy the spectacular clifftop trails of the South-West Coastal Path (southwestcoastpath.com) which offers a variety of short strolls or long hikes, most of them never too far from a real ale pub or a Cornish cream tea.
Other attractions in reach of Newquay include the Eden Project, the National Maritime Museum, and the Tate Gallery at St. Ives, Gourmets will enjoy sampling the menus at Rick Stein's restaurants in Padstow. It's a chance to spend some of the cash saved on the flight ticket from Edinburgh.