28 July 2020
Should you prefer to avoid transiting through airports or boarding aircraft this summer, there are still incredible holiday ideas to explore – although mainland UK options for August are becoming increasingly limited. Avoiding flying doesn’t mean being limited to Britain; alongside popular staycations like forest lodges and home rentals, your personal Travel Counsellor can also explore options for those destinations accessible by ferry.
Take a self-drive tour through the land of giants, castles and islands. Start your journey on the unspoilt North Antrim Coast, where stunning Glens sweep down to the sea and the route takes you through ‘Dark Hedges’ - King’s Road in ‘Game of Thrones’.
Not to be missed, of course, is the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, with its signature columns of dark cut rock, or take the ferry to Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland’s largest seabird sanctuary overlooking the western isles of Scotland. Then travel along the coast into County Donegal – a place of turf fires, Neolithic standing stones and cairns and thatched cottages.
Accommodation is arranged along your route and includes an inn with a sixteenth-century snug; a small village hotel close to an incredible sandy beach with good local food and traditional Irish music; and a country home with croquet lawn and dark oak-panelled rooms. Round off your trip in Belfast.
Good to know: Ask your personal Travel Counsellor about bespoke driving tours and specialist itineraries throughout our home nations.
For a slice of island life, Jersey has a lot to explore for a pocket-sized place, with plenty of beach walks in the fresh salt air. Take a skippered RIB boat around Jersey’s waters; the Les Écréhous or Les Minquiers seafaris whisk you to small groups of islands with clusters of small fishermen’s cottages and reefs where you may spot atlantic grey seals or a pod of bottlenose dolphins. The area is perfect for paddle-boarding, swimming and picnics. Elsewhere, visit the La Mare Wine Estate, a 20-acre working estate well known for its wines and popular Jersey Apple Brandy Cream.
Stay in St Helier for its shopping and dining scene. The Revere Hotel is a friendly, family-owned 3-star boutique hotel in the capital. Originally a 17th-century coaching house, it has an olde-world charm and is close to the town centre, marina and beach.
“I’d recommend Jersey for people of all ages who like to visit somewhere with a familiar feel, but at the same time has its own character. An additional bonus, if you don’t like flying you can always take the ferry from the south coast”
Tina, Travel Counsellor
Towering chalk cliffs and golden sandy beaches, rolling pastoral fields and lush marshland, downlands and chines – the Isle has some of the UK's most impressive landscapes all in one place, yet just two hours from London. Having recently become a UNESCO biosphere reserve, it has some of the darkest skies in the UK, perfect for a spot of stargazing.
With a rich royal history, resorts here have been holiday destinations since Victorian times. Take the chairlift to the Isle’s most famous attraction, the Needles, or explore one of the 14 award-winning beaches; uncover fossils in hidden coves, build sandcastles or stroll along the promenade for fish and chips.
Keats Cottage, at the top of the old village in Shanklin, is steeped in history - some parts of the building are over 400 years old – and named after the English Romantic poet who wrote some of his works here. Take to the quieter area of the beach beneath Shanklin Chine before tucking into the seafood platter at the thatched Fisherman’s Cottage inn.
Good to know: Ferries are operational, and you will be asked to vacate your vehicle and enjoy the passenger lounges during your crossings. Masks must be worn on the Needles chairlift, all other advice is as per UK guidance.