Scalpay, Outer Hebrides

Scalpay, Outer Hebrides

Photo by David Wake (Wikimedia Commons)

Getting off the Beaten Track

Photo by muba (Wikimedia Commons)Aberystwyth Castle, Mid Wales Photo by muba (Wikimedia Commons)

A motorhome rental or campervan hire United Kingdom is a fantastic way to experience some of the UK’s more undiscovered areas; and despite it being relatively small and having quite a large population, there are still some places considered to be off the beaten track.  Here are a couple of suggestions.

Mid Wales.

The south and north of the country are pretty well known and well travelled by visitors in motorhome rental and campervan hire vehicles, but the Mid Wales section is often overlooked, which is good news if you’re looking at getting off the beaten track.  This is an area of rural landscapes, forests, lakes, and coastline.  
The major destination is the university city of Aberystwyth, and although pretty well known by the locals, visitors seem to pass by en route somewhere else.  It’s worth spending a day here visiting the remains of the castle, the cliff railway, and taking a trip on the scenic 12-mile narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge.

South of Aberystwyth is the pretty seaside town of Aberaeron.  The town has some very elegant Georgian buildings, brightly coloured houses, and tasty harbour side cafés and pubs.  It’s a well kept secret, but for how long?

Just a little further south is New Quay, another small seaside resort with a quaint harbour.  The beach here is sand, unlike the shingle at some other beaches in the area.  A must do is to take one of the dolphin watching cruises out into the bay.  You may or may not see the dolphins, but there are lots off seabirds and the scenery is beautiful.

Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides are some of the most beautiful areas of the whole country and they remain off the beaten track because they are such a long way from the south of the UK and not easily accessible.  Good news for those who love tranquillity and a feeling of space.

The Outer Hebrides are a collection of islands Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra, and St Kilda, and from these islands visitors on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday can take to the waters on wildlife cruises, try a spot of fishing, golf, or even windsurfing.  The islands are also a haven for birds, because the land is unspoilt and peaceful they attract a wide range of rare species such as puffins and golden eagle, but its not just birds the waters also attract basking sharks, whales, dolphin, and otters too.  Getting to the islands of the Outer Hebrides can take some planning but if you’re patient there are ferries which ply the waters, just make sure you check the timetables.

Both Mid Wales and the Outer Hebrides are ideal for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire because there are less facilities than in the more touristy spots.  The great thing about having a home on wheels is that it allows you to stop and admire your surroundings for as long as you like, without the need to search for a hotel.

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