With three and a half countries combined in one, the United Kingdom is always somewhere I love to go. Once you’ve done the big tourist cities like Edinburgh, Belfast, London and Cardiff there’s still a huge amount of things to experience. All too often, when people visit the UK it’s for city breaks or with a focus on sights like Buckingham Palace, the Beatles’ Liverpool haunts or Edinburgh castle.
It’s not that these aren’t amazing places to see – night-life in Edinburgh is a blast, and the shopping in Manchester and Birmingham makes my wallet look pretty empty after a day or two. The thing is that the UK’s countryside just offers so much that it’s a shame for it to be overlooked or eclipsed by the bright city lights.
I’ve been checking out Regional-Cottages.co.uk
to plan my countryside visits to the UK. The current must-sees and must-dos are:
- The Lake District in North West England – I want to go boating at Coniston, maybe with a spot of fishing.
- The Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland: This looks absolutely amazing in pictures – seeing it in person will be great. The county is also a prime location for horse-riding.
- The Highlands in Scotland: I have an image of myself tramping through heather and gazing on sparkling lochs. I’ll probably also be singing ‘Over the sea to Skye’.
- The Beaches of Cornwall: If I manage to time my visit with some sunny days I’ll definitely head to the seaside towns and beaches of Cornwall.
- Snowdonia National Park in Wales: Cliffs, beaches, forests, mountains and all in all spectacular natural beauty,
Where are your must-see UK countryside locations? What other activities would you recommend I get up to away from the cities?