Eight of the Best Adventures in the UK and Ireland

Active UK adventures | John Millen
Active UK adventures | John Millen

Epic Adventures Worldwide In The UK and Ireland

The best active breaks to take in the British Isles, inspired by your favourite destinations from around the world


Torn between travelling overseas or staying closer to home for your next active break? If you are unsure about the best places to visit in the UK and Ireland, we are here to help. 


Check out our list of eight favourite active holiday destinations from around the world and find an alternative trip to embark on in the British Isles instead. 

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Loved the traverse of Costa Rica under your own steam?

    You may like the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast 

Coast to Coast walkers in Swaledale near Muker
Whether by bicycle or on foot, the ultimate crossing of England that you can do under your own steam is the Coast to Coast, or C2C when you’re cycling it. 

Loved the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage in Japan? 

    You may like the Kerry Camino Walk in Ireland

Hiking along the Kerry Way |  <i>Arthur Ward</i>
The Kerry Camino is an inspiring pilgrim route along the Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland. St James Church in Dingle was originally a farewell point for pilgrims as they set sail to Finisterre in Spain to continue their walk to Santiago de Compostela. As with any pilgrimage, be sure to have your pilgrim passport available to be stamped. 

Did you know? If you complete both the Kumano Kodo and Camino de Santiago pilgrimages you can qualify for the dual pilgrim passport? 

Loved your Everest Base Camp trek? 

    You may like to summit Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis across Loch Linnie
Choose to add an extra day to our West Highland Way walks in Scotland and you have a chance to summit Britain’s highest peak. Although slightly shorter than Mount Everest, with 4408ft (1345m), Ben Nevis does offer rewarding views of the surrounding highlands. On the walk (claimed by some to be the most popular walking train in the UK), follow valley routes through the mountains round Crianlarich and open heather moorland across the Rannoch Moor wilderness area.

Loved walking the Great Wall of China?

    You may like to follow Hadrian’s Wall Trail

Take a walk back through history along Hadrian's Wall, England
Emperor Hadrian’s wall was built “to separate Romans from Barbarians,” across northern Britain at its narrowest point back in 122 AD. Today, you can experience the scenic variety of this part of England from cities such as Newcastle Upon Tyne and medieval Carlisle of from the heights of Highshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park. Along the way, discover ruins of Roman forts & reservoirs, the old ‘vallum’, and ancient castles. 

Loved the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman hike in NZ?

    You may like to walk the South West Coastal Path

Hike along Cape Cornwall on the Cornish Coastal Path |  <i>John Millen</i>
England’s longest and, many would say, finest trail is the 630 miles long South West Peninsula Coastal Path from Poole to Minehead, of which almost half is in Cornwall. Escape the crowds, dip in and out of coves and harbours and ascend beside dramatic cliffs, up to high viewpoints, along promontories and back down to expansive beaches in Cornwall. 

Loved the John Muir Trail in Yosemite Park?

    You may like to follow in John Muir’s footsteps in his native Scotland

Fishermens' cottages  in Port Seton |  <i>John Millen</i>
The John Muir Trail in California has been famous for years, and Scotland in 2014 also recognized its famous son with a trail in his native land. The John Muir Way is a route that symbolically links Dunbar with Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and with Helensburgh in the west, forming a fabulous Scottish coast to coast route.

Loved taking in life along the Mekong River?

    You may like to walk the Thames Path

Approaching Kingston |  <i>John Millen</i>
The Thames Path offers a huge range of mixed scenery and an amazing amount of history. See palaces such as Hampton Court and Syon Park; castles such as Windsor and the Tower of London, multiple bridges each with their own history and wildlife reserves. As the backdrop to it all the life on the river, barges, yachts, powerboats, kayaks and paddle boards. The walking is generally easy and few of the days are too long that you could not pause at an attraction for an hour or two.

Loved cycling on Prince Edward Island in Canada?

    You may like to explore the Isle of Wight on two wheels

Taking a break above Alum Bay
This is a lovely short break for cyclists who want an attractive sightseeing tour, with a mixture of town and country. Almost half the island has been designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and after the beaches of the north, the route tracks inland on fast roads through some attractive forest and farmlands. 
If you require any specific advice on travelling in the UK, contact us during business hours. We're here to help you organise your break away.  
United Kingdom, Alternatives, Walking, Cycling, Europe

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