Explore your own backyard right here in the UK.

To most of us, the idea of an adventure has always involved a long-haul flight and a week or two away from home. But right now is a perfect opportunity to get out there and explore a bit closer to home – Intrepid style. To support local communities in the UK who are working to rebuild and recover. And, to experience all the little moments that make travel special – connecting with a stranger, that incredible meal you’ll remember forever or the unexpected interactions that make you cry with laughter – no matter whether you’re two hours or two days from home. There are so many adventures on your doorstep.

Popular UK staycations

Every Intrepid small group tour has been carefully designed to make sure you have an unforgettable grassroots travel experience, with ultimate itineraries, perfectly sized groups, legendary local leaders and plenty of authentic real life experiences.

Explore the UK by country 

Highlights of the UK

Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands

Explore the natural beauty of the Orkney Islands

They might be located just a few miles off the northern tip of Scotland, but the Orkney Islands are a world of their own. Explore these rugged Scottish isles and immerse yourself in nature, history, mystery and a whiskey (or two). Step back in time in the Neolithic town of Skara Brae (older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids!), learn about Viking culture, hike the gorgeous Shapinsay Island and tap your toes to live music in traditional Scottish pubs.

Durdle Door in Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast

Walk the rugged Jurrasic Coast

You might be wondering if Jurrasic Park was filmed here. Unfortunately not, but it could've easily made the cut. Spanning 95 miles from Devon to Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is nothing short of spectacular. Discover dramatic cliffs, soul-stirring rock formations and beautiful beaches between Weymouth and Swanage. You'll also learn about the history and secrets of these lands. There’ll be plenty of time to rest and refuel in cosy local watering holes along the way.

A cyclist on the Newland Pass in the Lake District

Cycle some of the UK’s most epic routes

Escape to the country and experience some of the UK’s most glorious landscapes from two wheels. A cycling tour in the Lake District or Peak District is the perfect way to combine an active adventure with downtime. Spend your days whooshing down iconic routes like the Honister Pass or the Winnats Pass and enjoying endless views, followed by brewery tours (and tastings, of course), refreshing lake swims and relaxing evenings in local villages.

Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Discover the highlights of Scotland

Steeped in fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes and rich culture, Scotland doesn't disappoint. A Scotland tour gives you a true taste of the country's natural beauty and the warmth of Scottish hospitality. Explore mystical lochs, peek inside medieval castles, hike the untouched Cairngorms National Park, nip over to the idyllic Isle of Skye, and discover how to have a good time (the Scottish way) in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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UK FAQs 

Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. 

All travellers are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

  • All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

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The UK is small and compact with good transport links to Europe and the rest of the world. Driving gives you more freedom to explore at your own pace, but it can be expensive with the cost of renting a car and buying fuel. The next best option is public transport – it’s also a more eco-friendly way to get around. Major towns and cities are well connected with buses and trains, but travel can be limited in more remote areas so make sure you plan in advance.

You can check train routes, times and ticket prices for your destination with the National Rail. Local bus services operate in cities, towns and most villages, but if you’re travelling long-distance you could also take a coach with companies including National Express, Stagecoach and easyBus. They may offer travel passes for multiple journeys which is ideal if you’re travelling to several destinations in England or Britain. 

One of the great things about the UK is that you’re never too far from historical ruins and ancient sites where you can delve into the past. If you want to explore medieval fortresses and castles, Wales takes top place. Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world – 600 to be precise! Scotland, England and Northern Ireland are close runners up with some spectacular ruins and castles that are still in use today. Some of the castles we visit on our UK tours include Eilean Donan, Caernarfon Castle, Dunluce Castle and Corfe Castle.

The UK isn’t usually a top choice when searching for a beach holiday, but you might be surprised at how gorgeous some of the UK’s beaches are. From vast sweeping sands and craggy headlands to secluded bays with calm turquoise waters, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy warm summer days or go for a crisp coastal walk. Wales has a stunning coastline and pristine beaches, especially those along the Pembrokeshire Coast, such as North Tenby, Barafundle Bay and Rhossili Bay (which was voted among the most beautiful beaches in the world). Scotland boasts clear blue waters and secluded beaches on the Isle of Harris and Skye. Down in England, you’ve got the magnificent beaches along the Jurassic Coast, Cornish Coast and Sussex.  

Your packing list will change a little depending on the season and the type of trip you’re doing, but here are some essential items to bring on your UK staycation:

  • Comfortable pair of walking boots or trainers

  • Socks and underwear

  • Raincoat (don’t get caught out!)

  • A warm, wind-proof jacket 

  • T-shirts and long-sleeved tops

  • Trousers/shorts/skirts

  • Jumper and warm layers 

  • Daysack

  • Toiletries 

  • Umbrella

  • Travel towel 

  • Camera

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UK weather has a bit of a reputation for being unpredictable, and it's true. It rains, a lot. So it’s never a bad idea to pack a brolly and a rain jacket at the bottom of your daysack for those unexpected showers. That being said, it hardly ever experiences hot or cold extremes. Winter tends to be cold, wet and windy, summer is mild and (sometimes) sunny, and spring and autumn are often a bit all over the place. The weather in late spring and early autumn can be lovely and mild with plenty of daylight to make the most of the days. But one thing’s for sure – people in the UK sure know how to make the most of the sunshine when it makes an appearance. 

Average temperatures in the UK

MONTH

AVERAGE TEMP (°C)  

January 

3

February

4

March

7

April

9

May 12
June  15
July 17
August  16
September 14
October  11
November  8
December  5

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Learn more about Accessible Travel with Intrepid

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