Forget beaches packed elbow-to-elbow this summer and head out to one of the UK’s lesser known spots instead. As part of the Travelodge #GetUpAndGo campaign (see the video at the end of the post) we’ve chosen our collective favourite UK and Ireland under-the-radar destinations…
The Mumbles, Wales
Newly fashionable and strewn with gourmet restaurants, Catherine Zeta-Jone’s home town is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. The historic seaside retreat stretches along the shoreline at the southern end of Swansea Bay – a place which has now been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Expect award-winning beaches, gorgeous sunsets and miles of unspoilt countryside.
Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland
Although it’s home to some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes, Scotland is a hugely underrated travel destination. For much more than a little peace, try the ancient fishing of Lower Largo which has its very own secluded white sandy beach. Overlooking the North Sea it’s a family friendly spot where kids can paddle, dig for lugworms and poke around in rock pools. Other highlights include the chance to abseil, sea-kayak or just explore the long lush coastline.
While most visitors head for Dublin or even Cork, Ireland’s third largest city tends to get overlooked. Filled with perfectly preserved medieval architecture, anatomic narrow lanes and a bursting calendar of cultural events it’s both a fun and traditional place to enjoy the craic. The unspoilt surrounding countryside has also remained virtually unchanged for 150 years and arguably offers some of the most scenic views in Ireland.
Appledore, Devon, England
This sleepy Devon fishing village is an excellent summer break option for those who want to escape the crowds. While most head for more famous spots in Devon and Cornwall this picturesque place – located on the estuary of the Two and Torridge rivers – tends to get overlooked. With shimmering blue water on three sides and steep streets lined with pretty, whitewashed houses, Appledore makes a great base to soak up some of Devon’s famously fresh salty air.
Yorkshire Dales, England
Recently mentioned as Lonely Planet’s third best region in the world, the bleakly beautiful Yorkshire Dales has finally been put on the map. Here the unseemingly endless unspoilt landscapes are dotted with a few sheep, pubs serving up hearty traditional fayre and charming teashops. Okay you can’t be guaranteed of good weather but the friendly residents and the locally brewed beer will more than make up for that.
Canterbury, Kent, England
Chaucer’s favourite haunt sits demurely in the county commonly known as the Garden of England. The jewel in Kent’s crown, the medieval city is filled with UNESCO heritage sites, extraordinary architecture and gorgeous independent boutiques. Make a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral (one of England’s most important religious sites), pay a visit to the Chaucer-themed Canterbury Tales or use the city as a base to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.