When it gets to January, we often start thinking about the things we want to do and the places we’d like to see this year. Consider travelling a little closer to home this year with some of the UK’s most magnificent, magical and completely underrated travel destinations.
For seasoned travellers, city slickers and every-kind of adventurer, we’ve collated a fine guide to 8 of the UK’s most delectable retreats.
Man of War Bay, Dorset
If you were to mistake the Man of War Bay for a luxury beach retreat in Siciliy, you would certainly not be the first. The Man Of War Bay in Dorset is recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.
Situated just a stones-throw away from the striking ‘Durdle Door’ landmark, this stretched-out shoreline on the Jurassic Coast provides the perfect retreat for those in need of a real escape.
Glenshee, translated in Gaelic to ‘Glen of the Fairies’ is an ideal retreat for those seeking snow over sun this year. Glenshee homes the UK’s largest Skiing Resort which extends across 2,000 acres, four mountains and three valleys.
Glenshee Ski Centre offers 36 exhilirating runs for Ski and Snowboard with their most popular run reaching out across 2km. If you’re not crazy about Skiiing, Glenshee packs in lots of attractions for cultured travellers including Distilleries, Castles, Outdoor Activities and Wildlife Conservations.
Llyn Peninsula, Anglesey
If you commute North West of Wales and South West of Anglesey, you will discover the unforgettable natural wonder of the Llyn Peninsula.
Rich in protected beaches, hidden bays, volcanic peaks and rolling landscapes, this picture perfect Peninsula will captivate the traditional travelling man in a moment.
The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney
If you’re seeking cinematic scenery, we recommend taking a trip to Ballymoney on the Causeway Coast. Here you will find the illustrious ‘The Dark Hedges’. The Dark Hedges appears heavily in Film and TV with features in Game of Thrones and Transformers.
This enchanting attraction explores the avenue of trees planted in 1775 by the Stuart family and the folktale of the ‘Grey Lady’, who allegedly haunts the conservation. Plus – on your trip, you may as well visit, the also intriguing Giant Causeyway for a panoramic view of nature’s most unique work.
Blue Lagoon of Buxton, Derbyshire
Buxton in the Peak District has been a popular tourist hotspot since the 14th century. The towns quaint and historic appeal, makes it a fantastic destination for someone who enjoys music, theatre, food and festivals in a humble setting. However, Buxton is also home to an unusual, hidden gem.
The Blue Lagoon of Buxton is a flooded former quarry which, due to calcium oxide, has turned a vibrant shade of blue. Don’t be fooled though – the Lagoon may look appealing, but tourists are warned to not enter due to high PH levels which can irritate the skin and eyes. If you’re visiting Derbyshire, make a trip to the Blue Lagoon of Buxton for some perfect photo opportunities.
Tresco Abbey Garden, The Scilly Isles
Situated on The Scilly Isles, just off the coast of Cornwall, lies the surprising Tresco Abbey Garden. This tropical garden offers an unexpected oasis for travellers that’s brimming with plants, flowers and wildlife.
The warm gulf air stream provides the perfect climate for it’s Mediterranean inhabitants and heats the water on its charming coast. You can reach this sub-tropical sanctuary on a short boat ride from the neighbouring islands of St Mary’s, St Martins and St Agnes.
North Coast 500, Scotland
So, this one is more of a journey than a destination but trust me when I say, it will not disappoint. The North Coast 500 is a 830km route which starts at Inverness and ends in the Royal Burgh of Dingwall. This beautiful route features many breath-taking stops and attractions with castles, surfing locations, sandy beaches and caves on the way.
If you’re looking to take-in all the finery of the Scottish Highlands, then indulge in the freedom of the North Coast 500 – a long, open road that will bombard you with all the coastal scenery and mountainous back-drops you’d ever need.
Devil’s Hole, Jersey
On the North Coast of Jersey at St. Mary, you can find an incredible natural crater, historically named the ‘Devil’s Hole’. The Devil’s Hole has become a macabre attraction and point of wonderment for many travellers and can be accessed by a trail or an exhilarating walk along the cliff.
The Devil’s Hole has become the focal point of many historical events and macabre folk-tales. If you’re not impressed by the Devil’s Hole, then the surrounding scenery and coastal hikes are definitely worth a trip to the isle that’s ‘shaped by the sea’.
Know of any other hidden gems in the UK, that we haven’t covered in this list? Feel free to drop a comment below, we’d love to hear about them!