Britain is open: visit Wales and Scotland for a slice of Celtic life

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With four nations to explore, the UK is the perfect travel destination for history buffs and nature lovers alike. But we think Wales and Scotland have something very special to offer, full of romantic castles, rugged peaks and protruding coasts.

Here are some of our favorite places to visit any time of the year in these two Celtic countries.

What are the travel restrictions in the UK?

Britain only has abandoned its red list, so fully vaccinated visitors from any country are allowed to come to the UK without quarantine.

Passengers fully vaccinated with approved vaccines – You can see the list here – You also no longer need to do a COVID-19 test before you set off.

You will need to prove you are fully vaccinated at least 14 days in advance of the flight before boarding the aircraft.

What do I have to do when I arrive in the UK?

Fully vaccinated visitors to the UK are required to have a lateral flow test two days after arrival. This test must be booked prior to travel and you must provide a picture of your negative result. How to do it, you will find out here.

These tests must be booked privately, you cannot use NHS kits. You will also need to fill out a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to travel that you will find here.

If you want to check other rules for your country, you can here.

What to do in Wales

Wales is located in the south west of England and has a rich and independent culture. With epic mountain peaks, extensive coastlines and rolling green fields, there is a lot of nature to discover here.

With so many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we’ve picked our two favorite places in Wales if you’re looking for some outdoor adventure.

Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles of Wales and is a rugged, wild landscape.

Combination of ancient Celtic rainforests, windswept beaches and the tallest mountain in Wales Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon), the park offers visitors a variety of nature experiences.

Can I climb Mount Snowdon?

There are six different ways up the mountain, each between eleven and fourteen kilometers long. Although they vary in intensity, they are all quite rocky, so take these hiking poles.

If you don’t feel like hiking, you can also reach the summit via the Snowdon mountain railwaywhich runs between March and October.

Where can I take the steam train in Snowdonia?

In the 19th century, many steam trains transported slate from the quarries to the surrounding cities.

Nowadays the picturesque trains only carry passengers, but there are many beautiful views on the different tracks, from Llyn Tegid Lake to the port city of Porthmadog.

Which castles should I visit in Snowdonia?

There is no shortage of Castles in Snowdoniamany of which date from the 13th century.

Harlech Castle, once the home of Edward I, overlooks the town below and is a short walk from the long Harlech Beach, valued for its breathtaking sand dunes and views.

How do I get to the island of Anglesey?

Just off the North Wales coast, across the Menai Strait, is Anglesey.

The island is fully accessible to cars thanks to the Menai Suspension Bridge and has a 200-mile coastline.

What’s the story of Anglesey?

Anglesey, an island with an ancient history, was sacred to the Celts and druid priests planted many holy oaks here.

It is also home to the UK’s longest place name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Family activities in Anglesey

There are also lots of great activities for families in Anglesey.

the Pili Palas Nature Reserve has a tropical butterfly house and a nature trail while visitors Anglesey Riding School you can explore the Menai Straits on horseback, with a view of Caernarfon Castle across the water.

What wildlife can I see on Puffin Island?

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can visit Puffin Island, one of the smaller islands in the Anglesey Archipelago.

Atlantic gray seals are native to the Atlantic all year round, with the main travel season being April to July when you can see guillemots, razorbills and puffins during their breeding season.

What to do in Scotland

At the tip of the British Isles, Scotland is a land of epic landscapes and bold spirit.

The vast highlands are the best place to visit if you like lush green landscapes and mountains. We have selected two of our favorite places for an amazing vacation.

Should I visit the Cairngorms?

Located in the northwest highlands, the Cairngorms is the UK’s largest national park and has five of the UK’s tallest mountains. It’s also full of wildlife.

There is a lot to see here, from the rare squirrels to golden eagles and highland cows.

What animals can I see in the Cairngorms?

If nature watching is your thing, you can hire a wildlife guide to help you get to the right place at the right time. There is a lot to see here, from the rare squirrels to golden eagles and highland cows.

Whether you want to see capercaillie and yolk or hunt badgers and pine marten at night, a guide will help you spot them all.

How about a whiskey tour?

If whiskey is your favorite drink, there are far worse things you can do than visit Speyside.

The region is home to many distilleries and is famous for the Glenlivet whiskey. Gin distilling is also becoming increasingly popular and gin lovers can visit it Caorunn distillery to try the latest Scottish produce.

What are the snow roads in the Cairngorms?

The highest road in Great Britain is the Snow road scenic route is 90 miles long and takes you through the wild landscapes of the highlands. With Photo contributions – a citizen science initiative to map the changing landscape – there’s plenty to see along the way so you can stop at key locations and admire the views.

With plenty of tight turns and single lane stretches, take it easy as the road takes you from Blairgowrie to Grantown-on-Sprey.

Where is the Isle of Skye?

Located off the northwest coast of Scotland, Isle of Skye is a rough-hewn beauty linked to the mainland by the Skye Bridge.

Full of fishing villages, weathered rocks and sheer cliffs, Skye is a must see when in this part of Scotland.

What is the capital of Skye?

Portree is the capital of Skye, which was founded as a fishing village just 200 years ago.

With colorful houses surrounding a natural harbor and a backdrop of rugged mountains, it’s an ideal place to explore Skye. Boat trips depart from the harbor and the town is home to a thriving arts scene, including the popular one Aros center.

Is it worth climbing the Old Man of Storr?

The most famous walk on Skye, the Old man from Storr, is a collection of tall rocks that can be seen from afar.

A ledge formed by an old landslide near Portree with panoramic views. The climb from the parking lot takes about 45 minutes – longer if you admire the view.

Can I swim in Skye’s fairy pool?

This is near Glenbrittle in southwest Skye Fairy pool are crisp green and blue pools formed by the Brittle River.

The pools with waterfalls and at the foot of the Black Cuillin Mountains are adored by wild swimmers. But be careful, it’s very, very cold here in Scotland.


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