The UK has no shortage of scenic natural vistas and exceptional monuments. However, for some vacationers sightseeing is simply not enough. Here are some ideas for holidaymakers who seek not just leisure, but also thrill, adventure, challenge, and accomplishment.
Escape rooms - Belfast
This indoor cooperative activity can be enjoyed in Northern Ireland and parts of the UK. A group of people is placed in a room with the challenge to find a means of escaping. They must do so within limited time. Finding clues requires solving puzzles and invokes the participants' creative and logical talents. Visitors also get to enjoy the historic architecture of Northern Ireland’s capital before and after the escape attempts.
Venues offering escape rooms are easily accessible internationally from the Belfast International Airport. Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place, given the interior close quarter setting of the activity. Typical escape room bookings cost GBP 30-100 depending on venue and scenario.
Catamaran cruises - Bermuda
One variety of catamarans is indigenous to the Caribbean, and is the perfect way to explore the waters around Bermuda. The cruises are as active as they are relaxing, allowing visitors to absorb the picture postcard surroundings. Expect to pay GBP 75-200 for a booking.
This British Overseas Territory in the Atlantic offers a range of other water activities including sport fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and diving. Some activities such as diving in the open ocean require prior certification. Bermuda is serviced by L.F. Wade International Airport. Visitors should anticipate COVID-19 precautionary measures and some travel restrictions.
Spitfire flights - Biggin Hill
The Supermarine Spitfire is a legendary fighter aircraft which was extensively used by the Royal Air Force in World War II. A visit to the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar is a chance to fly in one of these. Only a handful of these planes remain airworthy, and this can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One can enjoy this unique adventure for a surprisingly affordable ticket price of GBP 50. Flights are only available during the daytime on weekends. Because of the limited availability booking well in advance is recommended. The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar is serviced directly from the Biggin Hill Airport near the eponymous town. London’s major transport hubs are also within reach.
White water rafting - Scotland
Many visitors to Scotland don't venture far from big cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. These are preferred destinations for migrant workers, who work hard and send international money transfers to their home countries as remittances. Scotland is also well known for its highlands, lochs, and world famous scotch. Less well known is the fact that it has great white water rafting.
Rafting trips on the River Tay start from the small town of Aberfeldy. There are plenty of rapids to navigate on this stretch. Participants get a good workout while enjoying the scenic Scottish vistas on both sides of the water. Rafting is available all year round, even though Scottish winters can be rather nippy. Bookings cost between GBP 90-125 per person for the entire span. Gear and safety training are provided by the operators. COVID-19 precautionary measures include gear sanitizing. Aberfeldy is easily accessible via either the Dundee or Perth Airports, with Perth being the closest.
Motorcycle adventures - Isle of Man
The island is famous for its annual motorcycle race, the Isle of Man TT (tourist trophy). It is easily among the most dangerous motoring events on the planet. However, when not being used for racing, the circuit is available to enthusiasts. One can rent a motorbike and experience the island’s winding motorways firsthand. Motorcycle rentals cost GBP 200-500 per day. Having a full motorcycle driving licence is a prerequisite. The usual COVID-19 precautionary measures apply to both UK nationals and international visitors. The island is serviced by the Isle of Man Airport in Ronaldsway.
eBike Tours - Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory in the Mediterranean. The iconic Rock of Gibraltar is a unique geological formation with a rich history dating back to ancient Greece. Tourists can enjoy eBike tours through the winding roads, labyrinthine tunnels, and a vast nature reserve. These are a great way to explore this natural wonder for a few hours at a relaxed pace, while getting a moderate workout. The tours cost GBP 80-100 per person for 2 hours. The Gibraltar International Airport serves the entire territory.
Horseback riding - Anglesey
Anglesey is the largest island off the northwest coast of Wales. There is hardly a more British way to enjoy the beautiful Welsh countryside than on horseback. Tours are available to both seasoned equestrians and first time riders. Enjoy the sights of the Menai Straits and the many geological formations of the isle. Anglesey also offers riding lessons. Tour prices vary from GBP 14 for half hour jaunts to GBP 60 for more elaborate excursions.
About the author:
Hemant G is a contributing writer at Sparkwebs LLC, a Digital and Content Marketing Agency. When he’s not writing, he loves to travel, scuba dive, and watch documentaries.