Planning a trip around the UK and not sure where to go, and what to see? The United Kingdom is full of great locations that are packed with heritage, remarkable landscapes and cultural attractions. There are many perfect destinations suited for the older travellers. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to relax or try some local activities. Global Disabled Stairlift provider, Acorn, list their top destinations and highlight what you can do there.
The Northern Irish Coast, Northern Ireland
This stunning coast, offers a lot of potential memories, so it’s well worth the visit. If you’re concerned about accommodations than you could consider looking into staying in Belfast. Belfast has a well-organized transportation system in and out of the city and it’s not too far from the sights you’ll want to see.
One of these sights is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. It was first built by fisherman in 1755 to and was built to connect the mainland to a tiny island. The rope bridge is suspended around 30 metres above the sea level and is famous for its scenic views and can test your nerves If you’re like being dared, then this is one for you. The Giant’s Causeway is located nearby too which is another popular site for Irish tourists. This attraction is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, but legends say it was built by an Irish Giant who wanted to reach a Scottish Giant in order to fight.
You can visit the Dark Hedges, which is famous from the hit TV series, Game of Thrones. It is an avenue of Beech trees that date back to the 18th century and make an amazing backdrop of a walk in the country or for some memorable photos.
The Highlands, Scotland
Offering a range of break-taking views or picturesque moments, The Highlands located in Scotland is a great destination. The country is small compared to most European countries and there are plenty of transport links which allow you to see a lot within a short space of time.
You can take the West Highland Line, a trainline which runs between Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and more. You’ll be able to see rugged mountains, rich greenery and other scenes that you’d only spot in the countryside.
If you prefer a trip at sea, then Moray Firth is a recommended place for you. Moray Firth is populated with 130 bottlenose dolphins and there are many boat trips that can take you to close to them along with many other marine wildlife such as, seals, whales and porpoises.
A trip to Edinburgh, can’t be completed without visiting the Capital, Edinburgh. It’s a remarkable city that offers a whole range of exploration, such as a Zoo that hosts the UK only Giant Panda and wide variety or city tours. There’s so much to see and do at Edinburgh. Once a year In August, Edinburgh plays host the world’s largest arts and culture festival called Fringe Festival.
The Lake District, North West England
Chosen by many UK residents who enjoy escaping the big cities, the Lake District is a fantastic destination. It’s full of great views, stretched of land which you can explore around the lakes or mountains and also offers the choice to relax within the villages scattered around it.
The region hosts many country shows and festivals throughout the year such as farmers’ markets, food markets and unique film festivals, which could make your trip even more special. Regardless on when you go there’s certainly something suited for all hobbies. You can also visit The Lakes working distillery and see how whisky, gin and vodka is produced on-site.
If you’re one that enjoys walking, then there are plenty of walking trails to suit all abilities and time scales. Consider taking a picnic up one of mountains and enjoy the views below with a hot beverage and a bite to eat. There are boat rides that take across the lakes to see the landscape from a different perspective.
The Cotswolds, England
Springing across 6 countries, The Cotswolds is located in the South West of England. Birthplace of Winston Churchill, and where Beatrix Potter took inspiration for her book ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’. The area is known for its old-fashioned villages and thatched-roof cottages.
There also enchanted homes and castles located in The Cotswolds. Sudeley Castle which was famously owned by Henry VIII’s last wife Katherine Parr is amongst one of them located within the Cotswold. Katherine Parr was buried on grounds of the castle and you can visit where she lies. Another House is Rodmarton Manor that is located within the Cotswold. Its architecture is more than impressive and all the materials that were used to build it were sourced from regional locations and handcrafted by craftsmen in the area.
If you enjoy the outdoors, then there is a range of trails, which you can either follow on your own or as part of a guided group. There are walks to suit all abilities, with shorter detours available, and you’re never far from a small village to take breaks in and explore.
Can’t decide on which village to visit? Consider walking The Cotswold Way National Trail. The trail stretches over 102 miles and weaves between the hills. You can walk the entire way and stay in villages over night to rest.
Cornwall, South West England
During summer, people often head to Cornwall beaches to sunbathe and enjoy the UK temperatures that can be higher here than most other UK destinations. Cornwall is home to fisherman villages such as Fowey and Falmouth and a town famous for its surf beaches, St Ives.
For history lovers, explore the Largest World Heritage Site that’s home to the UK. This is a collection of ten places that represent Cornish Mining. You can take a tour through Carnglaze Slate Caverns which is made up of three huge caverns that played a part in Cornwall’s slate mining industry. Morwellham Quay is also a place to visit that takes you back to the Victoria era with a copper mine, working farm, railway and museum,
A trip to Cornwall can’t be completed without visiting the Eden Project. It is made up of two biomes, one of which stimulates a rainforest environment and the other stimulates a Mediterranean climate. You can see Flora all shapes and size that wouldn’t usually be found anywhere else in England. You can take elevated pathways that allow you to walk amongst the treetops and a waterfall that’s made from rain water that’s falls on the biome.
You could also take a boat to St Michael’s Mount, which is a rocky island off the coast of Cornwall. This place is ideal if you have an appreciation of gardens with a range of blossoms and herbs to see.
As we’ve discovered, the UK is home to many attractions that shouldn’t be missed. There are opportunities to suit everyone, whether you looking to test your adrenaline or enjoy beautiful walks amongst the countryside.