7 of the UK’s best sightseeing destinations

We’re edging ever closer to the Summer each day here in the UK. So, to make the most of the warmer weather and lighter nights, why not start exploring some of the UK’s top sights and attractions? From the natural beauty of the Scilly Isles to the magic of Loch Lomond, through to the fascinating history and culture of Bath and Edinburgh. Follow us as we guide you through 7 of the UK’s top destinations for Summer sightseeing.

Scilly Isles

Discover the breath-taking beauty of the Isles of Scilly, located just a few miles from Cornwall. Cause a splash with friendly local seals, stroll along white-sand beaches and explore the hidden bays aboard a paddle-boarding excursion. Hop around the isles with afternoon tea at St. Mary’s, wander through the stunning Tresco Abbey Garden or simply kick-back and relax on the soft sands of St. Martin’s coastline.

sandy beach blue sea england

Edinburgh

The capital city of Scotland is bursting with life awaiting your discovery. Wind your way along the famous Royal Mile from the glorious Edinburgh Castle to the phenomenal Palace of Holyrood House before popping onto Princes Street for a spot of shopping. Ride the local tourist buses to uncover the history of the city, with popular stops including Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia to the spooky Georgian ghost tours exploring Edinburgh’s hidden past. For the best view in the city however, walk the famous path to the peak of Arthur’s Seat, offering unrivalled views across Edinburgh.

medieval castle edinburgh scotland

Cotswolds

Ease into country life with a visit to the Cotswolds, sampling some of the best afternoon tea England has to offer in wonderfully quaint villages. Take a trip to the iconic Tewkesbury Abbey or get lost in the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath and its unforgettable sights, notably the Roman Baths. Blenheim Palace is another famous stop along the Cotswolds trail whilst the peaceful Westonbirt Arboretum and Longleat safari park can’t be missed either.

roman baths and abbey in background

Glasgow

Glasgow, also referred to as the ”Dear Green Place”, is home to over 90 parks and gardens, ideal for taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Delve back into the city and you’ll find a 13th Century Cathedral, one of the city’s hallmarks or stop by The Lighthouse for a glimpse of Charles Rennie Macintosh architecture. Taste a tipple of Scotland’s finest at the Glengoyne Distillery with a whiskey tour and stroll through Buchanan Street for a spot of afternoon shopping.

red chairs cobbled street glasgow

Cornwall

Cornwall is a true beauty in the south of England, home to many natural wonders, including the famed Land’s End and Lizard Point, the tips of the British Isles. Staying with nature, the Eden Project is a fascinating day out with incredible biomes to explore as well as the longest zip wire in England. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are famous for their wonderful displays or for a more interactive display head over to the Minack Theatre for a performance on an open air stage.

castle on hill in sea cornwall

New Forest

Hop on a bike and cycle your way through the rural trails of the New Forest to discover a world seemingly untouched for centuries and where wild horses and ponies still roam free. This romantic woodland retreat is filled with quaint villages and country pubs ideal for an afternoon lunch in the sun or for thirst-quenching refreshments. Uncover the intriguing history of motoring with a visit to the Beaulieu Motor Museum and sample the New Forest’s finest at the Ringwood Brewery.

white pony in new forest england

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a true jewel in Scotland’s crown and boasts some of the best natural beauty in the UK. Explore the loch by chartering a private yacht for the afternoon keeping your eyes peeled for the wallabies of Inchconnachan island. Capture the magnificence of the Dochart Falls, step back in time wandering around Dumbarton Castle and admire it all from atop Ben Lomond’s peak.

white ship in loch lomond scotland

Callum Davies is Marketing Manager at eXpectations Holidays. eXpectations Holidays is a Private Members Club specifically designed for families and couples who like to take one or more quality holidays each year.

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Comments (2)

  1. Cornwall has been on my travel list for a while Callum. It feels like one of the more beautiful places in the UK. Plus it has a coast which works for me too.

  2. Roger Smith says:

    So Cool! Its amazing all the beautiful, wonderful things this world has to offer.

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