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Top 5 Places to Visit in the UK That You

Wouldn't Believe Existed

February 25, 2020

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It's never too late start making 'new you' resolutions and for the second half of 2017 I decided - or rather my limited holiday allowance decided for me - that I was going to start focusing on exploring my own backyard, a bit more often. Well the United Kingdom is a big place, so where do you even start?

Alice Ogeh

FOUNDER & EDITOR

A Lawyer in her previous life, the copious hours of scrutinising law text books, case law and wikipedia have resulted in the birth of a creature, whose capability to research into the paths less trodden, surpasses most seasoned travellers.

London itself and Greater London is speckled with hidden spots, waiting to be explored for the few who find it. But after hours of trawling through the interwebs and my own experiences, I have been able to narrow down at least 5 places in the UK that would leave you gobsmacked and questioning how you never knew about these hotspots before - AND SPOILER ALERT - none of them are located in London.

Isle of Scilly

Although it may sound like it, this isle of bountiful botanical gardens, wondrous white sand and clear turquoise waters, is in no shape or form related to the island of Sicily, off the coast of Italy.

However, you would be forgiven for thinking that it may be, after taking one look at its many gorgeous shorelines and uninhabited beaches (only 5 islands -  St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin, Bryher and St Agnes - are inhabited by a population of circa 2,200 people).

If the pictures above aren't enough to make you want to jump on the Night Riviera Train direct from London Paddington for only £70 per double occupancy cabin, perhaps you would prefer taking a plane.

Why not add this as a day trip to a long weekend spent along the equally beautiful coastal shorelines of Newquay, Exeter or Land's End, which are on the way.

Fairytales in Scotland

Call me a big kid if you want, but landscapes which bring back childhood memories of fairytales and bedtime stories, never cease to amaze me. One such whimsical spectacle is the Fairy Pools located in the Isle of Skye in Scotland. A formation of beautifully crystal clear blue pools and waterfalls on the River Brittle, the site has been an attraction for photographers and wild swimmers (brave enough to brace the freezing cold temperature of the pools), for some time.

But if you're looking for less 'Peter Pan' and more like 'Game of Thrones' check out the magnificent and striking Fingalls Cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa. There are a number of tour operators that offer round trip bout rides from Iona and Fionnphort for around £30 (adult) return.

And to top it off, no visit to the Hebrides would be complete without at least trying to visit one of the most remote beaches in Scotland - Luskentyre Beach. Boasting sands almost as white as those in Zanzibar, Luskentyre is one of the largest and most spectacular eaches on Harris. Named one of the UK’s best beaches in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, Luskentyre sands boasts miles of white sand and stunning green-blue water.

A Day in the Park

Known as one of Britain's most  striking and largest park, the Peak District is not only a harbour of interesting plant and wildlife, pretty lakes and scenic routes. It is also home to a number of scaling cliffs on its surface and plunging caves underground.

Fancy your hand at rock climbing, opportunities are rife at the Peak District, with Gritstone faces such as Windgather Rocks, the Roaches or Stanage Edge. And it's not just experienced climbers that can get in on the fun, there are many instructors/tour operators that provide introductory day courses to beginners e.g. check out Dolomite Training in the popular Bakewell area.

Checkout our short insight video below to find out what we got up to on our Afro-Weekender Break in the Peak District:

Starstruck in the Isle of Man

Little known to some, the Isle of Man is one of the best places in Britain for a clear night's sky. Thanks to low levels of light pollution, travellers and residents alike can enjoy flashes of astronomical wonders, including (if you are lucky enough) the northern lights, in the isle's most north-eastern coast.

Home to 26 of the British Isles Dark Sky sites, opportunities to feel inspired and uplifted by the natural lights are bountiful and the number of accommodation providers offering star-gazing-friendly accommodation is plentiful. If you can check out Peel Castle at night for layers of Manx history sitting against the backdrop of a twinkling sky.

Wildlife in Norfolk

Although Norfolk is yet another UK location with beautiful beach spots, its not the beaches here that are the centre of attention, but rather what lies on them. Other than a small population of Killer Whale Orcinus orca in the Outer Hebrides, the Grey Seal is the largest living carnivore in the UK and a great number of them can be found along the shores of Norfolk. The colony at Blakeney Point is made up of Common and Grey seals and in recent Winters has been the biggest colony in England, with around 2500 pups. Bull seals fight for territories with mating taking place soon after pupping making it quite a dramatic place to be.

Only a 2 hour drive away from London and a 1-2 hour boat trip costing only around £12 per adult, this area makes a great option to witness some of the UK's most spectacular wildlife.

Have you ever visited any of these places or have plans to? Let us know below 🙂


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