When you think of a vacation to the United Kingdom, most people think of cities such as London, Edinburgh and Liverpool. However, the UK is also naturally stunning! The island is enriched with greenery and a gorgeous 20,000-mile-long coastline. From unique canyons, river valleys, lakes, mountains, and mesmerising beaches, some say the UK has it all.
According to official statistics on tourism, around 38 million people visited the UK in 2018, 50% of which was to London. It’s not surprising since there are lots of things to do in London, but the UK has so much more to offer outside of the capital. The UK is packed full of places to feel at one with both nature and wildlife. Below are some of the best places for this!
The Scafell Pike and the Screes
UNESCO acclaimed and recognised England’s Lake District as a World Heritage site fairly recently, in 2017. This area is packed full of wildlife, beautiful nature and incredible lakes. The area is surrounded by the lovely Lake Windermere, the biggest natural lake in England. Other natural beauties include England’s highest peak – Scafell Pike, and the Screes, seen from the 260 feet deep Wast Water. The area was once voted ‘Britain’s Favourite View’ and for good reason.
The area of Dorset is one of the most tranquil and scenic beauties to visit in the UK. From Kingcombe to Lulworth and Durdle Door, there is so much to see here. The area displays a huge array of wildlife, flora and fauna as well as a crystal blue coastline. The location is a perfect vacation spot for tourists and travellers who are looking for a break from city life. Wildlife photographers will particularly enjoy this location, due to its vivid landscape. Though you can visit year-round, the best time to enjoy Dorset is during the Summer months.
Kynance Cove, also called adventure beach, is a group of huge rock towers, low tide islands, and deep-sea caves. It is the perfect destination for thrill-seeking tourists as getting to Kynance Cove is an adventure in itself. Another great way to enjoy the beach is by walking along the coast from Lizard Point. The location has basic facilities including parking services, toilets, and beach cafes. If you’re a beach lover, its the perfect location to enjoy the tides and swim in the spectacular turquoise sea.
Orkney and the Shetland islands
If you are seeking sea life like dolphins, humpback whales, and seabird colonies, we know just the place for you. We are of course talking about the northernmost isles in the UK, the Orkney, and the Shetland Islands. Here, you’ll get the opportunity to explore the beautiful wildlife and rare species of birds around the seabird areas of Noss, Skara Brae, and Sumburgh. A highlight up here is a trip to ancient Pictish broch stonework – Mousa during dusk.
Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain range in Wales and is definitely worth a visit. It is a spectacular spot for vacationers and avid hikers, with views for miles on a clear sunny day. The easiest route to the top is the Llanberis path, also called the Tourist path, ranging at a distance of 9 miles. For more seasoned hikers, there are 7 other paths which will get you to the top. The area boasts dramatic vistas and changing scenery to make your walk memorable. If hiking isn’t for you, there is a Snowden Mountain railway facility for the tourists from March to November.
Swallow Falls in Snowdonia National Park
Swallow falls are a scenic beauty to watch, west of Snowdonia National Park in Betws-y-Coed. The waterfall is the tallest continuous waterfall in Wales. You should definitely visit this natural beauty and climb the sturdy staircase running alongside the waterfall. Thrillseekers can also enjoy whitewater kayaking adventures down these waterfalls. As this is located in Snowdonia National Park, you can time it with a visit to Mount Snowdon.
Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are scattered across the southwest of Cornwall. Five of them are inhabited with unique character and charm. It’s the perfect location for travellers who seek solace from the chaos of cities as it’s unspoilt with very little traffic. The climate and environment are arguably the best in the United Kingdom. You can visit the biggest and busiest island inhabited islands in the Isles of Scilly, St. Mary, with miles-long coastal plains and nature’s trails. Alternatively, the south-western outpost of St. Agnes, with gorgeous views out to the Atlantic ocean.
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