United Kingdom Off The Beaten Path Tips by scotlandscotour Top 5 Page for this destination
United Kingdom Off The Beaten Path: 411 reviews and 399 photos
Island Life - Isle of Skye, Scotland
Now that arrival in the UK is easy by plane, that sense of visiting an island is largely lost.
There is the Chunnel too, sneaking you into the country without a hint of water (Channel Tunnel from France). Even the ferries are floating casinos, distracting you from the coastline.
So, in search of the "island life" we head to smaller islands around the UK ... Orkney Islands (70 of them), Isle of Skye, Isle of Wight, Man, Mull ... the list goes on.
Here life is a little slower, friendlier, more "traditional". Here we feel "at home" - both relaxed and enchanted.
So, to discover far more about life in Britain and Ireland, the celtic, viking and fishing past ... visit the little islands of the British Isles. This picture is taken on Skye, but is typical and could be many other places too.
Step off the beaten path and you are rewarded by a feeling inside far stronger far more durable than any picture memory. This is life!
Other Contact: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
Cliffs - South Ronaldsay - Orkney Islands Scotland
Britain Is An Island, Remember!
Such a beautiful coastline too. So diverse and ever changing but often unspoilt and retaining charm lost inland.
From little fishing ports, smugglers coves and estuaries of silt, to the white cliffs of Dover, via sandy beaches, rocky headlands and lighthouses. This is Britain.
Imagine being a Roman, a Viking, or a Bronze-Age Trader ... this is how you first saw the island of Britain! From the sea!
The British Empire (sorry) was founded upon a military navy ... Britain is patriotic beyond belief about "ruling the waves" ... and from Victorian times to the present day, the British love to visit the sea side.
It may now be tacky novelties and candy floss, bingo arcades and concrete flood walls but even the "seaside resorts" hold a charm.
To get to know Britain / United Kingdom, you have to explore the coastline and understand how this "living on an island" effects are psychy, today.
Other Contact: http://www.goodbeachguide.co.uk/
Aerial Shot of Fenlands - East Anglai
North of London you get to the Fenlands ... from Cambridge up to Kings Lynn and Lincoln / Boston.
This is flat land ... farm land ... drained and often below sea level.
The countryside is characterised by dark, rich soils (sadly not as dark as in my youth), drainage dtches (dykes) and fields of crops, vegetables and flowers.
Old "windmills" litter the landscape - these were wind pumps to drain the land and keep sea water at bay, as well as grain mills to process the rich wheat grown.
The land is also planted with sugar beat, leading to some nasty smells from Sugar processing factories, and potoatoes. Flowers and market gardens also are popular ... good area to buy fresh produce.
As well as Cambridge, check out Ely*(Cathedral) and Thetford (home of flint knapping and Queen Boudica). Lots of interesting places to see in Norfolk and Suffolk, like Grimes Graves* (neoloithic flint mines) and West Stow (Anglo Saxon village).
The landscape has a strong resemblance to the American mid west, and this is enhanced by a strong US presence (largely due to the airfields - since the second world war) and the fairly isolated / rural lifestyle of folk here.
Further East you have Norwich and the Norfolk Broads (beautiful) and the coastline around Hunstanton is sandy and unspoilt (the Queen has Sandringham Palace here).
All in all, a forgotten area of England well worth getting to know.
Grimes Graves are over 4000 years old, pre-dating metal. Neolithic people mined the valuable flint from cramped underground tunnels using antler picks. Excavated flints were knapped to produce highly important cutting tools, before metal was introduced. Open to the public. NW of Thetford on the A134 to Downham Market. See weblink.
Ely Means Eel Island - showing how the area was once wild fen marshland - hard to capture by invading tribes. Eels would have been part of the local diet. Ely Cathedral is impressive -one of the Middle Ages greatest engineering feats.
Fortingall Church, Scotland
All over the UK are these amazingly beautiful but very modest churches. Every village has at least one.
Not only are they interesting architecturally, being old stone buildings - but they are wrapped in mystery and the history of Britain, as the country see-sawed between catholic and protestant faiths.
Some even have incredible carved gargoyles depicting Pagan imagery - quite incongruous to modern christian worshippers but fascinating ... recording the shift from a pagan to a christian religion in the 5th and 6th centuries AD.
It is amazingly enriching to find and walk amongst these old churches ... often the doors are open ... pay your respects and get a feel for the country.
The grounds are also rich in stories of life and death ... these were the very centres of community life.
This church has a Yew Tree in its churchyard, like so many, but this one is the oldest living thing in Europe!!!
More Reviews (23)
- Fluorescent Yellow Clothing Everywhere
- Megabus Fails To Show Up
- See All Megabus Fails To Show Up
scotlandscotour's Related Pages
United Kingdom Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Firas in Wonderland"
- "My U.K. - a home I love very dearly."
- "United Kingdom Adventure"
- "A Taste of Real Britain - Tourist Information"
- "UNITED KINGDOM"
- "Jet Ski!"
- "Christmas 2010"
- See All...
- Things to Do in United Kingdom
- Hotels in United Kingdom
- Transportation in United Kingdom
- Nightlife in United Kingdom
- Restaurants in United Kingdom
- Shopping in United Kingdom
- Warnings and Dangers in United Kingdom
- See All...
Explore the World
- Gibraltar Hotels
- Königsdorf Hotels
- Petah Tiqwa
- High Wycombe
- Liliw Hotels
- Prince Rupert
- Wells Hotels
- Gatlinburg Off The Beaten Path
- Halifax Off The Beaten Path
- Natchez Off The Beaten Path
- Kyoto Off The Beaten Path
- Lisbon Off The Beaten Path
- Fulda Off The Beaten Path
- Rab Off The Beaten Path
- Iceland Off The Beaten Path
- Islamorada Off The Beaten Path
- Rochester Off The Beaten Path
- Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path
Badges & Stats in United Kingdom
- 430 Reviews
- 402 Photos
- 189 Forum posts
- 20 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (14)
Have you been to United Kingdom?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in United Kingdom
- Posted in Travel Scotland Forum "Re: Costs in Scotland"
- Wrote a Review Fluorescent Yellow Clothing Everywhere in United Kingdom Local Customs
- updated a United Kingdom Travel Page "A Taste of Real Britain - Tourist Information"
- Uploaded a Photo to "Megabus Fails To Show Up"
- Commented on one of blint's United Kingdom travel pages
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Scotland Intro, 95 reviews, 111 photos, 2 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Edinburgh Intro, 68 reviews, 60 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Orkney Intro, 47 reviews, 71 photos, 3 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Perth Intro, 42 reviews, 40 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Glasgow Intro, 28 reviews, 27 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination United Kingdom Intro, 27 reviews, 27 photos
- London Intro, 22 reviews, 9 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Isle of Skye Intro, 24 reviews, 6 photos
- Ronda Intro, 12 reviews, 15 photos
- Wales Intro, 11 reviews, 9 photos
Top United Kingdom hotels
- London Hotels
- 23314 Reviews - 48908 Photos
- Blackpool Hotels
- 481 Reviews - 891 Photos
- Llandudno Hotels
- 243 Reviews - 479 Photos
- Edinburgh Hotels
- 3409 Reviews - 6784 Photos
- Manchester Hotels
- 1741 Reviews - 4028 Photos
- Torquay Hotels
- 178 Reviews - 352 Photos
- York Hotels
- 1631 Reviews - 3979 Photos
- Bournemouth Hotels
- 207 Reviews - 462 Photos
- Scarborough Hotels
- 276 Reviews - 409 Photos
- Eastbourne Hotels
- 94 Reviews - 207 Photos
- Glasgow Hotels
- 1241 Reviews - 2065 Photos
- Whitby Hotels
- 355 Reviews - 743 Photos
- Liverpool Hotels
- 1280 Reviews - 2297 Photos
- Birmingham Hotels
- 766 Reviews - 1269 Photos
- Chester Hotels
- 471 Reviews - 1183 Photos