From the heights of John o’Groats to the tip of Lizard Point, there’s no doubt the beautiful British Isles has so many jewels just waiting to be discovered, or even rediscovered. Whether you love taking a step back in time, seeking out local wildlife or simply soaking up the natural beauty of an area, every county and city from Belfast to Bath has its own distinct character. We’ve picked seven of our must-see UK landmarks and why they make the perfect staycation inspiration.
The Norfolk Broads
One of the most famous waterways in England, it’s no wonder so much glorious British wildlife calls this network of rivers and lakes home. Travelling by boat is the finest way to discover this wonderful area. With picturesque windmills dotted providing the backdrop, spy countless rare plants, birds and animals as you navigate this unforgettable part of Norfolk and Suffolk. Gaze in awe at the likes of colourful kingfishers, bouncing otters and tawny bitterns hiding amongst the white waterlilies and rare fen orchids. On our Norfolk – Royal Sandringham & the Broads tour we do just this, starting our journey in Wroxham, admiring pretty villages and wildlife along the way on a relaxing boat cruise.
Set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast, Tintagel Castle became famous for its links with King Arthur in the 12th century, when Geoffrey of Monmouth claimed that King Arthur was conceived there. Centuries of erosion have resulted in the loss of parts of the castle and other buildings, eroding the land which divides the island from the mainland, but there are still plenty of medieval remains to be explored. For keen walkers, you can also walk along the coastal path for stunning views of the castle and dramatic coastline.
On our Cornwall – Falmouth Bay & St Ives tour, we take a scenic drive to this iconic spot. As the silhouette comes into view, you’ll begin to understand why this is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular historic sites in England.
Do you believe in the myth of the Loch Ness Monster? As well as being the reference for legendary stories of times gone by, this impressive Loch is both fascinating and beautiful. Our Scottish Highlands and Skye tour is your chance to delve deeper into the mystery of Nessie. Our journey begins on a Loch cruise with a commentary on board, telling tales of the Loch and unravelling its mystifying history, as well as learning about the local wildlife which we may spot on our cruise.
The highest mountain in Wales, the imposing Snowdon stands at over 1000 metres above sea level. In fact, on a clear day the breathtaking views can stretch as far as Ireland. As well as the mountain itself, Snowdonia is home to the beautiful Bala lake, nine mountain ranges and miles and miles of incredible public footpaths – 1497 to be precise. On our Conwy Coast & Snowdonia Walk & Discover tour, we make our way to Llanberis for a spectacular trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway – one of the highlights of this part of Wales, which is both picturesque and wildly rugged. This is Britain’s only rack railway, and undoubtedly one of the most scenic railway journeys in the UK. The views are stunning on all sides as we slowly get to the summit whilst taking in the views of the stark landscape, with sparse vegetation.
Home to the intriguing Thorpe Cloud, a large flat-topped hill, and the famous stepping stones, Dovedale is a must-visit in the Midlands. On our Peak District tour, we enjoy a leisurely scenic walk along the river Dove to the Dovedale Nature Reserve, ambling through ancient ash woodland, wildflower-rich grassland and plenty of river wildlife. Our wonderful walk is rounded off this afternoon with a well-deserved afternoon tea overlooking the beautiful countryside.
It’ll come as no surprise this geographical wonder is acknowledged as a UNESCO heritage site. One of the most famous natural marvels of Northern Ireland, the Giants Causeway’s basalt hexagonal columns have spawned many legends, notably Finn McCool, fabled hunter-warrior in Irish mythology. On the Belfast, Giant’s Causeway & Mount Stewart tour, we discover more about this fascinating spot, plus pay a visit the state-of-the-art visitors centre, illuminating the science behind the site as well as the fairytales that have been weaved along the way.
It was the Romans who first discovered Bath’s potential by siting a bathhouse here, which lead to the development of a settlement in the area. On the Bath, Somerset & Glastonbury tour, after our guided walking tour of historic Bath, we will visit one of the best-preserved Roman bathhouses in the world, taking advantage of the hot springs located here which reach temperatures of up to 46C.
Have you visited one any of these incredible jewels of the UK and Northern Ireland? Where are you most looking forward to travelling next? Discover, or rediscover, the best of the British Isles in our UK holiday collection.