UK Wales Coway Castle
UK London carnaby street
UK Scotland loch lomand

Where can you find four countries in one, each with its own defining characteristics, but with at least one big thing in common?

The United Kingdom is that rare beast. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are the four separate entities: Four capital cities, four unique histories, four national football teams, four ways (at least) of looking at the world… all rolled into one haphazard, at times strained, but unquestionably fascinating union.

With its self-contradictory national myths, the UK can be hard to pin down for locals and visitors alike. Brits are oddly proud of their reputation for mind-your-own-business reserve, while simultaneously fond of tipsy banter with strangers in friendly pubs. They cultivate the so-called “stiff upper lip” and a supposed penchant for good manners, while roaring for their local football team with a rowdy, delirious tribalism. The UK has global, culture-defining cities among its fair share of small-town parochialism. It celebrates its history, monuments and Monarchic rituals alongside an ever more diverse and progressive urban society which borrows (admittedly, often without asking) from cultures in every corner of the world.

It’s an onion of a national identity. All the visitor can do is keep peeling back the layers to see what lies beneath.

Where to go? What to do? It’s all a matter of taste. You’ll find towns and cities with world beating museums, music and cultural festivals; Edinburgh, Hay, Glastonbury, among a panoply of others. You’ll find a country that’s working hard to shake off its reputation for stodgy cuisine (yes, really!) You’ll find castles, estates and ruins that are older than many countries all set in timeless, rolling (and occasionally dramatic) countryside that is tailor-made for walking and hiking trips.

From country pubs to the Notting Hill Carnival; Sunday afternoons on village greens to the world’s largest Diwali festival outside India. The ball’s in your court. With four countries in one calling you, and countless good reasons persuading you, all you have to do is…go.

Cycling in Scotland

Best routes, regions and how to plan your trip

  • Scotland

    Scotland

    Highlands and Islands
    There is a border between England and Scotland, but it’s easy to miss...
  • The Highlands

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  • Great Glen Way

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  • Caithness

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  • John O'Groats

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  • Thurso

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  • Speyside

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  • Cairngorms National Park

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  • Loch Ness

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  • Caledonian Canal

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  • Inverness

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  • Fort William

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  • Sound of Arisaig

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  • Knoydart

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  • The Borders

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  • Dumfries and Galloway

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  • Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

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  • Loch Linnhe

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  • Edinburgh

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  • Hebrides

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  • Isle of Mull

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  • Isle of Jura

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  • Isle of Islay

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  • Shuna Island

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  • Isle of Barra

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  • Isle of Lewis

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  • Isle of Skye

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  • St. Kilda

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  • Isle of Rùm

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  • Isle of Eigg

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  • Isle of Arran

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  • Oban

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  • Orkney Islands

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  • Isle of Arran

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  • Glasgow

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  • Aberdeen

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  • Balmoral

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  • Morvern Peninsula

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  • Kintyre Peninsula

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  • England

    England

    Rolling countryside and special cities
    Compared to its European neighbours, England might seem pretty small and lacking in cultural charm and culinary expertise...
  • South West Coast Path

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  • Dorset

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  • Cornwall

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  • Dartmoor National Park

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  • Exmoor National Park

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  • Somerset

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  • Devon

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  • Cotswolds

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  • Isle of Wight

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  • South Downs

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  • Kent

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  • Chiltern Hills

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  • Norfolk

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  • Suffolk

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  • Cheshire

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  • Cumbria

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  • Easton

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  • Kirkby Stephen

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  • Grange over Sands

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  • Herefordshire

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  • Symonds Yat

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  • Hereford

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  • Lake District

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  • Windermere

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  • Keswick

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  • Peak District

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  • North Yorkshire

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  • York

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  • Yorkshire Dales National Park

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  • North York Moors

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  • West Witton

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  • Hawes

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  • Aysgarth

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  • Yorkshire Wolds

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  • Tyne & Wear

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  • Shropshire

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  • Northumberland

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  • Worcestershire

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  • Broadway

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  • Hadrian's Wall

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  • Wales

    Wales

    History, hills and Hiraeth
    Wild Wales is the perfect place to get away from it all and explore nature...
  • Cardigan Bay

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  • Brecon Beacons National Park

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  • Monmouthshire

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  • Pembrokeshire

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  • Powys

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  • Snowdonia National Park

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  • Anglesey

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  • Llyn Peninsula

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  • Northern Ireland

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Places to go in The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom Tours

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path South

Self-guided walking holiday

5 daysFrom £400
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path North

Self-guided walking holiday

4 daysFrom £320
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

The South West Coast Path (all sections)

Self-guided walking holidays on the SWCP

4 daysFrom £340
Destinations South West Coast Path, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, Devon
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Classic Cornwall Short Break

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
Destinations South West Coast Path, Cornwall
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

The Smugglers Way

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
Destinations South West Coast Path, Cornwall
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Self-guided walking holiday

12 daysFrom £1,020
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

The United Kingdom Travel Companies

EasyWays

Specialists in Scotland walking holidays
Destinations Scotland
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Macs Adventure

Active adventures at home and abroad
Destinations The United Kingdom
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife

Encounter Walking Holidays

Self-guided walks in South West England & Wales
Destinations The United Kingdom
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

South Downs Discovery

South Downs Way walking holidays
Destinations South Downs
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Open Road Open Skies

Cycling and walking adventures
Destinations The United Kingdom
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Biking

Wandering Aengus

Walking holidays in the Lake District & beyond
Destinations England
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife

Sherpa Expeditions

Self guided holidays & baggage transfer service
Destinations The United Kingdom
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife

Scot Mountain Holidays

Self-guided & guided activity holidays in Scotland
Destinations The Highlands
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Camping, Biking, Winter Sports, Horseback Riding, Nature & Wildlife

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