With the amount of history the United Kingdom possesses, it is no surprise to discover that there are some highly unusual sights and activities to see. Whether it be the rolling hills of Ireland, the valleys of Wales, the mysteries of Scotland or histories on England, there is bound to be something to find, hidden deep away in the most unexpected places.
Famed for whiskey, Guinness and beautiful scenery, Northern Ireland has something to keep you busy no matter how long your stay might be. From visiting castles to taking whiskey tours, there is something for all ages across the Irish Sea. Additionally, the countryside town of Tandragee offers not just beautiful nature, but its personal history to enthral any traveller. Northern Ireland is so much more than St. Patrick’s Day and leprechauns, make the most by exploring what you don’t see in the media.
Not just the home of (in)famous Barry Island and a more-than-alright rugby team, Wales has coasts and mountains and urban hotspots all within just eight thousand square miles. Whether you want to explore the ancient castles or try to pronounce place names as tongue twisting as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, you will be sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Furthermore, travelling across the English border and through the tremendous winding valleys towards the coast can provide beautiful views and remind you that Wales is much more than sheep and dragons.
Famed for Nessie, haggis and bagpipes, Scotland has something for everyone. Whether you want to go deep into the night light, among other things to do in Edinburgh, or take great hikes up some of their famous mountains, you will be sure to discover something to remember. Attractions such as the kayak trail, whale and dolphin watching, and campsites dotted throughout the vast landscape are perfect for the outdoor junkies among us. For those who enjoy being close to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, Glasgow, Inverness, and Aberdeen, along with the previously mentioned capital can provide exciting nightlife and interesting experiences for anyone.
While the neighbouring members of the Kingdom may consider the English to be nothing more than flat track bullies, there are many little pockets of the country that will make you forget about any opinion that the rest of the world holds towards England. Castles in near enough every city, free walking tours through ancient towns founded as far back as Roman times and an extensive countryside with beautiful little hamlets spread across the country can give you a taste of life outside of London. With some of the weirder places found anywhere you look, there is always a new experience waiting to be discovered in a country small in size but large in festivities.
It’s not just what you see on the television, and the UK is much, much more than just London. Some of the best experiences of your life are usually found in places you’d never expect. For your next visit across the UK, consider going against the grain and finding something weird and wonderful, and really British.