Sampling the Best of the British Isles

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Hello darlings!

The term ‘the British Isles’ can cause a lot of confusion for those unfamiliar with the islands’ history. Is it just England? Is it just England and Scotland? What is a Wales? And where does Ireland fit into all of this? 

ENGLAND

While England has a bad reputation among those from Europe (can’t imagine why), there is still a lot of exciting places to visit that stretch far further than Old London Town. Visiting the White Cliffs of Dover on the coast will provide you with scenery straight out of Arthurian Legend while venturing further north and sampling the culture shift within just one hundred miles or so is something to behold.



And, driving through the little towns that no one knows about will demonstrate just how quaint the country can be. It’s not just mouthy Brits spilling onto streets after a night on the town, but instead, a nation that is still, after millennia, full of hidden treasures. 

SCOTLAND

The same can be said for Scotland. While the big cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow can treat you to a metropolitan experience, searching further and winding through endless greenery will wow you as you edge further north.



Though famous for Nessie, haggis, and bagpipes, Scotland has a whole lot more to offer. You can climb Ben Nevis and stand atop the world, explore the highlands that have just as much history attached as any other place in the world, or even one of the many surrounding islands way up north, if you can handle the chill. And if you are up to a road trip don't miss the chance to see the Isle of Skye, it's gorgeous!

WALES

Wales is often ignored when people plan their trips to the British Isles. But it is much more than rugby and sheep. Driving through Wales is a sight to behold, and there is something to do in every town. 


From the capital of Cardiff to exploring Snowdonia National Park, along with everything in between, you can find something to tickle your fancy. Furthermore, places such as Abersoch allow you to camp on cliffs overlooking the ocean and come with a quaint little seaside town to indulge in fish ‘n’ chips like a proper Brit, just don’t let the locals hear you say that.

IRELAND

Not to be confused with the land north of the border, the Emerald Isle is a magical place, but not part of the United Kingdom.



That doesn’t mean it is any less worth visiting, though. Ireland boasts rolling hills and the feeling of diving deep into history, being the birthplace of Oscar Wilde, Guinness and more. Visit Dublin, or any of the many hamlets dotted around the country, and get lost in this fairytale-esque nation. 

If you leave still craving the peerless Irish drink, then consider visiting https://www.obrienswine.ie/beers.html, where you can order all of the brews you sampled and get them delivered to your door after the journey ends.

NORTHERN IRELAND

This little slice of what was once all Ireland is part of the UK. Here, you can visit Belfast, explore the legends that permeate the country, and go skipping through beach coves along the coast.


While not as massive as England or the Republic of Ireland, you will still find a plethora of activities to do, or, if you just want to relax, you can find an inn anywhere along the road to unwind in the centre of nature. 

Wherever you choose, there will be something to inspire your love for the British Isles and indulge in a history that spreads as far back as the Romans and further. Experiencing everything outside of the big cities is a must, and it can all be done within a couple of weeks. 

Lots of love


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33 comments

  1. I always confused the two Irelands. Thanks for clarifying! Cute sheep too, lol!

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  2. I live very close to London so we go a few times a year, I have visited Wales but not managed Scotland or Ireland yet, but it is places we do plan to x

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  3. I would love to visit London, and all of these places one day. They all sound so lovely.

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  4. Looks like a great experience! Thank you for sharing your moments with us. xo, Suzanne

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  5. All of these places look beautiful! I have to say, I have been dying to get over to London soon. I think 2018 will be the year. These are beautiful photographs. Thanks for sharing these places :) made my Monday better

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  6. It has been quite a while since I was in the UK (other than a flight stopover) but I enjoyed everywhere I visited. The Cotswold, the Lake District, parts of Scotland and parts of Wales too. Next time I would love to see the Scottish islands like Skye and Shetland.

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  7. I agree that there is more to England than just London and there are so many places I would like to visit in the UK. I would love to go to Glasgow because of the history especially with all the castles there is in Scotland. Plus I have heard that they have great vegetarian options as well!

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  8. Wales has been on my list! Always wanted to go to Snowdonia and climb the mountain!

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  9. There really is so much to do in the UK, I would love to see more of it myself, as even though I have lived here all my life, I have seen only a small slice.

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  10. Scotland and Ireland are the ones, I really have it in my bucket list. I love those castles of Scotland and wanna cover them really soon. Wales is also a great option basis our list.

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  11. I would love to visit Ireland one say! Im very into the whole Scandinavian Trend 😀😀

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  12. You have lovely pictures taken there! I wish I could also experience the best of the British Isles in the near future!

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  13. I was born and partially raised in the U.K. and was so fortunate that my parents took us to some of these places you have listed. One of the places on your list that we never visited was Ireland which I would love to go to now as I have heard it is so beautiful .

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  14. I would really love to visit London again soon, and explore all of these places.I would love to visit Ireland

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  15. Living in England I consider myself very lucky to have these places around us. Scotland is my absolute favourite place to visit!

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  16. Thanks you for clarifying something here, a times am confused between Ireland and northern Ireland. I have always loved England.

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  17. All of these places looks so amazing and beautiful. Picture Perfect to be precise. I so wish to visit these places, more now because I have seen your pictures :)

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  18. There is so much to explore and see at the British Isles I am hoping to explore more of my home country.

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  19. Beautiful photography! That's something one would love to visit with family!

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  20. If there was a top item on my travel bucket list, it would be to visit the British Isles. The countryside alone in Wales is calling to me!

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  21. I an in Africa, all of these places sound strange to me. You did a good job clarifying the Isles. Thanks for sharing 👌

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  22. As someone from the US, these all sound wonderful and I want and hope to visit each one day. Each destination has a rich history and something to offer by way of food, sites, culture, and general tourism.

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  23. I would love to visit London one day. It looks like a wonderful place to spend time and learn about the culture.

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  24. We have a caravan in Wales, it is so stunning with beautiful coastline. I love it there.

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  25. Oh yeees! Wales is the place to be! I am a die hard of beaches and that beach in Wales is just beautiful . People should be flocking the Abersoch especially that it is allowed to camp on cliffs overlooking the ocean; it is an awesome getaway!

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  26. Amazing photos! I would love to visit Wales and Ireland. Love the sounds of layback country side life and be closed to nature.

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  27. When I see photographs like this I'm so proud to be from such a beautiful place. Then like you, remember our reputation abroad and its a bit embarrassing! This year we're making more of an effort to explore more of the UK and I'm hoping to visit Scotland. I live in the North of England but for some reason just haven't crossed the border.

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  28. I would love to visit Ireland sometime !Scandinavian countries is something i really enjoy visiting!

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  29. These pictures are beautiful... It looks like you went back in time!

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  30. I went to london last year and loved it, i wish we had more time to explore more of eurpoe! Loved this post!

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  31. This is wonderfully informative while being very digestible and pleasant to read! I love the way you vividly described each place. I feel a desperate need to get up and travel right now! Wales and Ireland, pretty please!

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  32. Britain is beautiful! I need to visit Northern Ireland Wales to see all the beauty:)

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  33. I love how you encompassed so many countries in a single blog. I did not know Whales had such spectacular beaches. I think that was the first photo of a beach that I have ever seen in the UK.

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