For many travellers, the lush green isles and classical cities of Britain and Ireland form their first taste of Europe. Relatively familiar yet vastly different, it’s a region that promises both iconic scenes that already ingrained in our minds as well as hidden treasures still beyond the realms of imagination. Encompassing the historic, the obvious and the beautiful, here are our top 10 picks for Britain and Ireland.
Do London once, twice or one hundred times – there’s always something new to discover. World class museums, striking architecture, ritzy theatres, royal palaces and many iconic bucket list attractions make this a mandatory stop for every traveller to the UK.
This famous loop takes in the picture-perfect panoramas of Ireland's stunning Iveragh Peninsula. Hire a car and trail through the lush valleys and mountains, pristine beaches and lakes between stops at medieval ruins and atmospheric fishing villages. This 179km route is one drive you’ll never forget.
England’s Lakes District is prime driving country. Rolling green hills and jagged mountains frame sparkling blue lakes and tumbling waterfalls, while charming stone-built villages offer a place to stop and spend the night. Discover why the likes of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsmith found inspiration here.
Galway is unique for its arty, bohemian vibe off the back of a vibrant and colourful mix of art, culture and music. What makes it stand out is that it’s also widely regarded as the ‘most Irish’ city in Ireland, which means it’s both creatively pulsating and historically significant. This is one place you may even hear real Irish being spoken in the streets.
The Giant’s Causeway is actually the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland. A true coastal marvel created by a volcanic eruption, this impressive geological feat consists of around 40,000 interlocking rustic basalt columns. Stunning views and fun discoveries await.
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Loch Lomond is not only perfectly picturesque and serene, but it’s also Britain’s largest lake. Crossing the Highland Boundary Fault not far from Glasgow, this beautiful body of water is surrounded by engrossing forests, snow-capped peaks and lovely little villages and creative towns nearby.
Wales is an often overlooked slice of the UK and a perfect place to explore for return travellers. The nation is ripe with dramatic landscapes, old-fashioned market towns and maintains a distinct Celtic culture. But most impressive are its castles; Wales boasts more than any other country in Europe.
One of Europe’s most famous prehistoric monuments and a British icon, the ancient stone formations of Stonehenge are shrouded in mystery and evoke intrigue. Ponder this remarkable feat as it stands today and come face to face with incredible historic artefacts in the exhibition and visitor centre.
Scotland's capital Edinburgh has a colourful reputation as the ‘Festival City’. A steady stream of charismatic events fills the city’s calendar year-round, drawing many a crowd for the festivities alone. Two of the most famous include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, both in August.
Set in the rolling English countryside, Bath is a beautiful small city that is rich in historical sights and beautiful attractions that are also quite romantic. Famous for the 2,000 year old Roman baths built around the city’s hot springs, Bath is also adorned in breathtaking gardens and significant works of Georgian architecture.
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