The British Isles are blessed with incredible natural beauty and travellers come from all over the world to experience what England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have to offer. If you are flying to the UK and plan on hiring a motorhome for the first time, or indeed if you are a seasoned motorhome holidaymaker but are short of ideas on where to drive, here are five tips on great UK destinations that have camping facilities within easy reach.
1. Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys, Wales
Difficult to pronounce unless you’re Welsh, Pistyll Rhaeadr (which means ‘spring of the waterfall’) is the highest waterfall in Wales. With a drop of over 75 metres, this natural wonder is simply stunning and is set in amazing scenery, offering great hiking and walking possibilities. You can navigate your way along trails from the bottom of the gorge up to the top of the falls so you can view it from both vantage points. For the adventurous, the Berwyn Mountains are further upstream and offer stunning views.
2. Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Formed from the cooling of lava some 50 to 60 million years ago, legend has it that the world-famous Giant’s Causeway on the County Antrim coast was created by Finn MacCool for a fight with a Scottish giant. Whatever its genesis – be it magical or geological – the Causeway is a truly unique rock formation, resembling a series of granite stepping stones big enough to accommodate giant feet. Well worth a visit.
3. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
At the southern end of the Mendip Hills, the intrepid traveller find England’s deepest gorge, an impressive 150m deep chasm carved from the limestone cliffs. Take the Clifftop Gorge Walk, a three-mile round trip, or take an open-top bus ride if that sounds like too much work. The area offers excellent caving, hiking and climbing opportunities.
4. Loch Lomond, Scotland
Lying on the boundary between the Highlands and the lowlands of central Scotland, Loch Lomond is the largest lake in mainland Britain at 24 miles long with a maximum depth of about 620 feet. As well as the stunning natural scenery, the area offers excellent golfing facilities, hiking, rock climbing and watersports. In particular, the loch contains around 60 islands – what writer HV Morton referred to as “those beautiful green tangled islands that lie like jewels on its surface” – and many of them can be explored by boat.
5. Scafell Pike, Lake District
England’s highest mountain is Scafell Pike, which rises 3,209 feet out of the beautiful Lake District. Not very high by Himalayan standards, but still a glorious sight. Make the Pike your motorhome destination, and enjoy the wonders of the Lake District while you’re at it. Camping and motorhome facilities dot the area. Check with motorhome drivers’ information websites before you travel to review the best ones.
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Source by Michael D. Hall