The UK’s coastline is around 19,491 miles long including all of its principal islands, so we’re sure there are a number of activities to be tackled or sights to be seen along the way, unless you feel you can walk to coastline itself. Whilst it is common knowledge that Britain’s coastline offers some fantastic scenery and engaging activities, there are some weird and wacky coastal sites that we’re sure you didn’t even know existed :
1. Meet The ‘King of Piel’
Found just half a mile away off the southern tip of the Furness Peninsula, with a population of around 4 or 5 people (depending on tourists !) The king of Piel or better known as Steve the landlord, sits in his lonely castle (The Ship Inn) awaiting camping enthusiasts to visit what is deemed to be ‘The smallest kingdom in the United Kingdom’, a fifty acre island in the middle of nowhere. Camping charges are of £5 concession, with ferries consistently running from Roa Island (11am – 6pm), with the addition of more excitement through daily seal watching and fishing trips available on fully licensed boats.
For those that aren’t so enthusiastic on the camping front, the main hotel building on the island will be happy to accommodate, providing freshly caught food for you and your family, preparing you for the exciting day ahead.
2. Durdle Door, Dorset
Lulworth, Dorset, hosts an idyllic natural limestone arch for any keen geologists amongst you. ‘Durdle’ deriving from ‘thirl’ an old English meaning for bore or drill. The iconic arch draws in crowds from all over Europe to come an explore the Jurassic coast, free of charge ! For the adventurous ones, why not try out some of the activities available, including ‘coasteering’ off the sheer drops, kayaking from Lulworth cove under Durdle door or even fossil hunting with some of the experts within the industry ?
Durdle door has more to offer than you might think, just because it isn’t located in the Mediterranean, it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy a great day out. Give it a chance, you wont regret it !
3. Abersoch Golf Club
The ‘Welsh riviera’, with plentiful amounts of sun, sea, sand and nightlife for the ambitious ones, so why bother splashing out on the Algarve when its’ replacement is in your very own backyard ?
Located on the Cambrian Coast of North Wales, Abersoch Golf Club provides idyllic, yet testing holes throughout its’ course, which was founded on Boxing day in 1907,since offering some magnificent coastal views whilst playing a relaxing round with friends. If this isn’t sufficient, then why not try out the Abersoch nightlife, with a selection of local pubs, bars and even clubs ! The ideal retreat for an extended golfing weekend with friends.
4. ‘The Edge Of The World ?’
Feeling adventurous ? Why not check out one of Great Britain’s most remote permanently inhabited islands … ‘Foula’, or ‘Bird Island’ in Old Norse.
Found within the Shetland Islands of Scotland, Foula has an area of just 12.65km, whereby nobody resides. The island is rich with wildlife and boasts some dramatic scenery, even playing host to the film ‘The edge of the World’, which was released in 1938. With little human interaction, Foula is an unspoiled location, recommended for the keen hikers amongst you, whilst also offering breathtaking cliffs and drops for the geologists to toil over. The island is also a designated Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds, the perfect weekend away for keen bird watchers and/or photographers, providing a great opportunity to capture the perfect snap.
5. Mousehole Fishing Port, Cornwall
If adventure, photography and golf really isn’t your thing, then why not simply enjoy the scenery and adapt to the relaxed lifestyle Mousehole has to offer ? Its character and charm can be found in very few places today, particularly within the UK, this is why we believe it is one of Britains best kept secrets (pssst don’t tell anyone!).
A picturesque hamlet/village situated on the Cornish coast, whereby locals are seen to be enjoying every moment of life as it comes around the idyllic harbour. It’s narrow streets, local shops, galleries and village pubs provide the perfect opportunity for those that just want to kick back and relax. But if you change your mind… it is possible to walk or cycle along the coastal path along the Cornish coast with your dog !
Mousehole isn’t just a must see in the cliche summer months, it has built up quite some reputation for its Christmas lights around the village and harbour, with helicopter flights even available to capture a glimpse of something special !