Cycling holidays on the British Isles
Cycling holidays on the British Isles! If there's one thing they're not, then it's boring! No matter if you're out by bike, by foot or bike & boat, get to know the British Isles just as you like! Cycling in the Scottish Borders, let the wind from the North Sea blow in your hair and discover here and there tales of the eventful history of lofty landscape. You'll see magnificent mountains and lakes shrouded in mystery all along the West Highland Way. On a bike & boat holiday on the Flying Dutchman, visit the Isle of Mull and one of the most fascinating waterways in Europe - the Caledonian Canal. Feeling dapper? Well you soon will on your cycle from London to the county of Suffolk. Charming little villages, medieval towns and the wonderful North Sea coast invite you to slow down and enjoy! Conviviality is what you'll experience all along your trip through Wales. The Pembrokeshire coastal cycle path takes you into picturesque fishing villages and harbour towns. In the west of Ireland, Connemara beckons with wild countryside and simply magical impressions. If you're wanting more adventure, we can recommend a bike & boat holiday in Northern Ireland. Visit Belfast and experience the wild Inner Seas off the Coast of Scotland.
On our cycling holidays on the British Isles, you'll find the dishes served at table very varied. Even though Scotland, England and Wales are all on the same island, the traditional dishes have all evolved differently over the last few hundreds of years. While in Scotland you'll find porridge, haggis and shortbread on the menu, the English look forward to lamb with mint sauce, Sunday Roast and Eton Mess. And the Welsh love their national vegetable - the leek and their Welsh Cakes. In Ireland, Irish Stew and Colcannon are the specialities here. Everywhere on the British Isles ale is the favourite type of beer. Top-fermented and unhopped. Another classic: whisky! Don't just drink it, visit a distillery and find out how it's made.
Your trip to the Scottish Borders begins in the northern most town in England - Berwick-upon-Tweed. Cycle to Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island. On this once hard-fought border region between England and Scotland, is Lindsifarne Castle, which dates back to the 16th century. Following the River Tweed inland, you cycle into the dreamlike Kelso and visit the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey. In Jedburgh, try some Jethart Snails, sweets with a peppermint flavour, and visit Abbotsford House which was built and lived in by the internationally known Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott.
In the South East of London, London's vibrant pulse awaits you as does the time-honoured county of Suffolk. Enjoy views of London from the Shard - 220 metres up in the air. Go and see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace or follow the traces of British history in Westminster Abbey. After you have left London by train, you start your cycle ride through Suffolk in idyllic Stowmarket. Pedaling through hilly countryside, you go through Lavenham - one of the most intact Medieval towns in England. The beaches close to Westleton invite you to go go for a dip in the North Sea waves. Before you reach your holiday destination, Ipswich, visit Sutton Hoo, an archaeological burial site, close to Woodbridge.
The former fishing village Galway is the start and end to your cycling holiday through the west of Ireland. The lively and colourful university town will captivate you because of its multifarious art, music and pub culture. Experience the bleak charm of the scraggy, green landscape of Connemara. Countryside at the edge of the Atlantic. On the path to Clifden, admire Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, and the Twelve Bens mountain range. Clifden, Connemara's unofficial capital, is the starting point of the Sky Road along which you explore the bays on this Atlantic coastline. On the Aran islands, experience a very special part of Ireland. Traditions are very much kept alive here.
Fancy exploring Wales by foot rather than by bike? No problem. You start on the Welsh peninsula, Marloes, on the Pembrokeshire coastal footpath. This takes you to the sandy beach at Marloes Strands, to the picturesque, old fishing village of Little Haven, the harbour town Solva and the site of St. David, the patron saint of Wales. Visit these bird islands - Skomer Island and Ramsey islands. It's worth it! Your walk is outlined by wild pieces of coastline and gentle hills.
If you've dreamed of exploring the Scottish Highlands by foot, then you'll love the challenge of the West Highland Way. This well-signposted path calls for a certain level of fitness. The arduous parts of the walk are rewarded however with sensational views of this raw landscape. You start in Milngavie, a suburb of Glasgow. Along the banks of Loch Lomond, passing Inversnaid Falls you walk to the Devil's Staircase, the highest point on the path. Cast your gaze over to Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain, once you have reached your destination at Fort William. Enjoy a typical Scottish whisky in one of the traditional pubs.
With a hand's breadth of water under the keel you can combine a cycling holiday in Northern Ireland perfectly with a boat trip. The three-master, Thalassa, is always slightly ahead of you when you set off from the capital city of Belfast, along Northern Ireland's coastline. Where Belfast was once scene to the conflict in Northern Ireland, today the town has a lot of sights we can recommend visiting: City Hall or the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, for example. Visit Glenarm Castle, the nature paradise - Rathlin Island - Londonderry's old town and Dunluce Castle, one of the biggest Medieval castles in Ireland. From the water, let the beauty of the rough cliffs inspire you or get stuck in and help the crew set sail!
Similarly spectacular is the bike & boat holiday in Scotland. You start on the west coast in the peaceful town of Oban. On the Isle of Mull, visit Duart Castle. See sheep and Highland Cattle or try a smoky, aromatic Ledaig whisky in Tobermory. After you have cycled the Morvern peninsular, explore from Fort William onwards, the Caledonian Canal, surrounded on all sides by an impressive range of mountains.