15 days out in England, Scotland & Wales
When faced with the prospect of not being able to fly, I realised it was time to look at the places that were right in front of me in the UK. You forget just how lucky we are to have such beautiful places to go in just a few hours from leaving your front door. Look at our list of top places to go and get planning!
Visit St Ives – pop in to the iconic Tate St Ives gallery, discover the magical home and unique garden of artist Barbara Hepworth, take a boat trip to ‘Seal Island’ to spot the seals and enjoy a traditional Cornish crab sarnie at one of the many restaurants in the bay.
Visit Burntisland, Aberdour When you can’t get to the Caribbean, go to Scotland (you might not think it) but some of the beaches here are the kind of things that dreams are made of. From Edinburgh, jump on the Forth Bridge and you’re away. The white sands of Burntisland are stunning – can you spot Arthur’s Seat in the distance?
Visit Edinburgh – take a trip up Arthur’s Seat with its sweeping views across the city, walk up the Royal Mile and head off the beaten track in the medieval Old Town to check out the culture, and sample the city’s latest cafes and bars in the elegant Georgian New Town with its gardens and neoclassical buildings. Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere in Princes Street with Edinburgh Castle looming over you, and then head up Carlton Hill, topped with monuments and memorials. It’s one for a long weekend away. Ruxtpin Travel Backpack?
Visit the Beach House at South Milton – with its Boutique b&b, great food and great views. One of the UK’s top seaside venues uniquely situated at south milton sands, on the coast between thurlestone and hope cove in the beautiful south hams, a laid back foodie destination on a stunning stretch of Devon coast. You’ll think you’re in Oz!
Walk around the Riverside Gardens at Webbs – not many people know they are there! (that’s why they feel like a secret garden). Designed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner Marigold Webb, are a series of high quality themed gardens beside the River Salwarpe at Webbs. Great for little ones!
Visit Lulworth Cove – The beautiful white pebble beach of Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast, with its blue waters and easy access make it a popular destination.
Visit Port Isaac, home to ITV’s Doc Martin series. A quaint and vibrant fishing village in North Cornwall with its narrow winding streets. Sample the fish!
Get the Chain Ferry shuttle from Studland to Sandbanks crossing Poole harbour. Arguably the Costa Smeralda of the UK! Quickly becoming one of the most expensive places to buy houses and land in the country, with its well-known residents and lavish lifestyles of some of its occupants. Grab a coffee from the famous Café Shore, pop your flip flops on and feel the sand between your toes on the golden sands. Then why not walk the coast to Bournemouth pier?
Relax at the Thermae Bath Spa, Bath “Britain’s original natural thermal spa”. Mix historic spa and contemporary in the beautiful city of Bath and that’s what you have here – look after your body and soul!
Get a portion of the famous Rick Stein’s fish and chips in Padstow. From cod and haddock with local fish including hake, monkfish, John Dory and bass and eat overlooking the beautiful harbour. After, get the boat to Rock for some celeb-spotting!
Stay in a castle – Visit the Landmark Trust or Air bnb. Britain is blessed with many castles, often in stunning locations, all full of history – pick one to make your own for the night!
Visit Hope Cove. Completely switch off in this sleepy village – walk the coastal path and take in the scenery of this Area of Outstanding Beauty.
We wouldn’t be able to go off the beaten path without making sure we have a few things with us… from camera to water it’s important you have a strong and comfortable bag with you…