If you’re looking for inspiration for a great day out, look no further. We have 5 fabulous ideas for day trips around the UK that you can enjoy with the family, just the two of you or as a savvy solo traveller. From the highly active to the insanely interesting, natural to historical, you may end up planning more than one day out.
Get your sea legs ready and take to the water on a classic tall ship. On the Bessie Ellen, you’ll get to learn the ropes, literally, as the 100 year-old lady of the seas sets sail from Fowey every day in September.
Cruise the coast around Charlestown and Mevagissey, drop anchor for lunch and dive in for a swim before returning to Fowey and taking in the gorgeous views. A wonderful way to spend the day if you’re staying at CLC Trenython Manor near Fowey. Find out more here.
Hike the Highlands, Scotland
Pull on your hiking boots and head for the hills, with some of the most stunning scenery in Britain waiting for you. From your base at CLC Duchally Country Estate, you can experience the Perthshire countryside including the graceful River Tay and the ‘big trees’ of the regions’ forests with mountain backdrops.
In the south of the region, the lowlands are moors and pillow like hills. This variety means that whether you’re looking for an easy ramble for all the family or something more strenuous, you’ll not be disappointed. Ask at Duchally Reception for information on local walks or consult the Walk Highlands website.
Horseriding, The Lake District
Nothing beats the thrill of exploring the countryside on horseback. Whether it’s a hack through the hills, a gallop along the beach or a full day ride out, you will have fantastic views and the joy of getting to know your horse.
There are many stables and riding centres in the Lake District, so check this site for the most appropriate for you and your riding level. There really is nothing more exhilarating exploring the world from the back of a horse.
Check out a Castle, Various
With the UK literally bursting at the seams with history, you’d be hard pushed not to find a castle you’d like to visit. From the longest occupied – Windsor Castle – to the fairytale look of Dunrobin Castle in Scotland, the magic of the Cornish Tintagel ruins and the perfection of Beaumaris Castle, Wales – you’re spoilt for choice.
Kids love exploring the castle walls imagining they’re knights and princesses, and a few of the adults too. So don your imaginary suit of armour and ride your invisible horse across the drawbridge.
Discover Nature at a Reserve, Various
Explore meadows, wetlands, ancient woodlands, moorland, heathlands, coast and mountains at Britain’s nature reserves. There are currently 224 Nature Reserves in England with a total area of over 94,400 hectares, which sounds a lot but is only 0.7% of the country’s land surface.
Insh Marshes in the Scottish Highlands is considered one of the most important wetland sites in Europe and is home to lapwings, redshanks and curlews as well as roe deer and foxes. Donna Nook in Lincolnshire is home to one of Englands’ biggest grey seal populations. Every winter they choose to give birth to their calves and breed again on the beaches there.
The UK government has a list of the different reserves, so you can choose the best one for you.