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...
  • 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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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 Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland
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 England, Wales
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 Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland
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

Ticket To Ride

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

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

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

Albion Trails

Walking holidays around Hadrian’s Wall
Destinations Hadrian's Wall
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

VIP Wales

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

Treads & Trails

Guided adventures in the Brecon Beacons
Destinations Brecon Beacons National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Family, Active, Walking, Backpacking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Contours Holidays

Self-guided walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
Destinations Scotland, England, Wales
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife

Snowdonia Walking & Climbing

Guided mountaineering in Snowdonia National Park
Destinations Snowdonia National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Climbing, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

British & Irish Walks

Offering the best of British & Irish walking holidays
Destinations Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Byways Breaks

Award winning walking & cycling holidays in UK
Destinations England, Wales
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Family, Active, Walking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife

Compass Holidays

Self-guided walking & cycling tours
Destinations Europe, South Asia
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Family, Active, Walking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife

Thistle Trekking

Guided trekking & mountaineering holidays
Destinations Scotland
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Backpacking, Camping, Climbing, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Solo Travel

Shepherds Walks Holidays

Guided & self-guided walks in Northumberland & The Borders
Destinations Scotland, England
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

The Carter Company

Walking, cycling and touring across the UK & Europe
Destinations The United Kingdom
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Luxury, Active, Walking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife

Active England Tours

Biking, walking and paddling in the UK
Destinations Cornwall, Cotswolds, Lake District
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Family, Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Biking, Water Sports, Nature & Wildlife

New Experience Holidays

Holidays for Walkers, Created by Walkers
Destinations England, Wales
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Family, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife

Discovery Travel

Self-guided walks across Britain
Destinations Scotland, England, Wales
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

HF Holidays

UK walking holidays since 1913
Destinations Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Family, Active, Walking, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife, Solo Travel

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