Travel The Back-Roads, Not Freeways In The UK

23 October 2015
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The United Kingdom may be famed for the big-name attractions found in London and the fairytale castles of Scotland but if you push past the limelight, you will find a wealth of natural wonders that are second to none. From the rolling hills of the Cotswolds to expansive freshwater lochs and glorious coastlines, that simply cannot be rivalled.

Back-Roads Touring is passionate about taking travellers beyond the tourist facade of popular destinations and serving up an unparalleled balance of renowned and lesser-known sites. By limiting their group sizes to a maximum of 18 passengers, their luxury mini coaches can literally take the road less travelled to find the extraordinary - from going deep into the heart of medieval towns and villages to meandering along narrow, hedge-lined Cornish lanes.

On your Back-Roads tour, you could discover the leafy side of England, where lush greenery and untouched beaches abound. As you explore the exquisite counties of the Cotswold, you will be enamoured by the region’s picturesque landscapes that are steeped in history. Take a detour to visit Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon – a real treat for literary enthusiasts. Then it’s onwards to Bath, where you can enjoy the region’s soothing natural hot springs.

 Discover the glassy waterways and rolling landscape of Snowdonia National Park (image: Getty)

Dartmoor National Park is a highlight for nature lovers, with its dramatic landscapes and remarkable countryside where wild ponies roam. The 10 hectare sub-tropical Gardens of Trebah will delight with its impressive coastal background and array of impressive flora. Be sure to visit in spring to marvel at the colourful blooms.

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On the other hand, Scotland is also brimming with natural masterpieces. Travel through the verdant forest of Cairngorms National Park, considered the largest national park in the United Kingdom. Then visit the expansive waters of Loch Ness but remember to keep an eye out for Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness Monster!

Next is the Isle of Skye, with its timeless collection of startling geological features including the extraordinary Quiraing, the famous Kilt Rock and the spectacular Old Man of Storr. You will also have the chance to see Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Take a ferry over to the Isle of Mull to visit the charming village of Fionnphort, where you can admire the unique red granite and pristine beaches that boast silky white sands.

Northern Ireland is equally blessed, from the layered basalt columns of the Giants Causeway to the heavenly Mourne Mountains. Meanwhile, Wales is home to perhaps the prettiest landscapes of all. Tour the country’s prized Snowdonia National Park with its verdant valleys, shimmering lakes, dense forest and cascading waterfalls, and be captivated by the stunning vistas of the Wye Valley.

Delve a little deeper with Back-Roads Touring and you will discover the scenic side of the United Kingdom, full of natural wonders.

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Jessica Holmes

A foodie at heart, I love to travel to the USA and explore their expansive culinary culture. You’ll typically find me satisfying my sweet tooth in an American candy store, sampling macarons in a quaint New York patisserie or stocking up on American baking supplies.