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.

  • Scotland

    Scotland

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

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  • John O'Groats

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  • Thurso

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  • Edinburgh

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  • Dumfries and Galloway

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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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  • 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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  • Orkney Islands

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  • Isle of Arran

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  • Glasgow

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  • Fort William

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  • Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

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  • Aberdeen

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  • Balmoral

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  • Morvern Peninsula

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  • Loch Linnhe

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  • Sound of Arisaig

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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...
  • Dorset

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  • Cornwall

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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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  • Dartmoor National Park

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  • Devon

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  • Exmoor National Park

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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 National Park

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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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  • Tyne & Wear

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  • Shropshire

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  • Somerset

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  • Northumberland

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  • South Downs National Park

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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...
  • Brecon Beacons National Park

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  • Monmouthshire

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  • Pembrokeshire

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  • Powys

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The United Kingdom Travel Specialists

Encounter Walking Holidays

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

Macs Adventure

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

Open Road Open Skies

Cycling and walking adventures
Destinations The United Kingdom
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Active, Biking

Wandering Aengus

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

Sherpa Expeditions

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

Scot Mountain Holidays

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

Ticket To Ride

Bike rental & transport in the Highlands
Destinations Scotland
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Active, Biking

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Self-guided biking in England & Wales
Destinations England, Wales
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Biking

South Downs Discovery

South Downs Way walking holidays
Destinations South Downs National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking

EasyWays

Specialists in Scotland walking holidays
Destinations Scotland
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking

Albion Trails

Walking holidays around Hadrian’s Wall
Destinations England
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking

VIP Wales

Guided & self-guided walking holidays in Pembrokeshire
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Walking Holiday

Midtown Farm B&B

Ideally located for Hadrian's Wall
Destinations Cumbria
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Family, Active, Walking Holiday

The Wensleydale Heifer

Family-owned boutique hotel in gorgeous Yorkshire Dales
Destinations North Yorkshire
Activity Luxury, Active, Walking Holiday

Simonstone Hall

Country house hotel in the Yorkshire Dales
Destinations North Yorkshire
Activity Luxury, Active, Walking Holiday

Stow House

Bed, breakfast and cocktails in the Yorkshire Dales
Destinations North Yorkshire
Activity Luxury, Family, Active, Walking Holiday

The Samling

Hotel overlooking Lake Windermere
Destinations Lake District
Activity Luxury, Active, Walking Holiday

Lindeth Fell

Five-star B&B in the Lakes
Destinations Lake District
Activity Luxury, Active, Walking Holiday

The Cottage in the Wood

Restaurant and boutique B&B
Destinations Lake District
Activity Luxury, Family, Active, Walking Holiday

The Saracens Head

Riverside B&B on the River Wye
Destinations Herefordshire
Activity Family, Active, Walking Holiday

Castle House

Family-owned boutique hotel
Destinations Herefordshire
Activity Luxury, Active, Walking Holiday

Pilgrim Hotel

Herefordshire country house hotel
Destinations Herefordshire
Activity Family, Active, Walking Holiday

Augill Castle

Boutique castle hotel
Destinations Cumbria
Activity Luxury, Family, Active, Walking Holiday

The Grange Hotel

Luxury gem on the edge of the Lake District
Destinations Cumbria
Activity Luxury, Active, Walking Holiday

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