Magical Experiences in the UK

The British Isles has an abundance of legends, folklore and faeries dating back to medieval times. Here are the must visit places in the British Isles that you can enjoy throughout the year, with something for the whole family.

Must Visit Places in the British Isles

Legend

Tintagel Castle

Why not have a magical day out exploring the 13th century Tintagel Castle, located on the Peninsula of Tintagel Island in Cornwall? Surrounded by myths and legends, said to be the birth place of King Arthur and nearby you can visit Merlin’s Cave. The castle is located high upon the cliffs, with steep stone stairs and views onto the beach. Tintagel summer program’s include Fighting Knights and Storytelling Tales of King Arthur.

Must Visit Places in the British Isles: Tintagel Castle Cornwall England
Tintagel Castle in Cornwall ©MDHarding

Loch Ness

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster is still to be solved! One man has dedicated 25 years to solving it. Why not take a look and see if you can solve the mystery today?

Loch Ness is easily accessible via the Citylink Bus going to Inverness.  The stop is opposite the car park or with more flexibility by car.

Must Visit Places in the British Isles: The Loch Ness Monster Caledonian Canal Fort Augustus
The Loch Ness Monster next to the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus ©MDHarding

Folklore

Helix Park, Falkirk

The Kelpies are mythological water horses, said to appear as tame ponies by the riverside attracting children and luring them to their death. The magnificent structures created by Andy Scott can be seen at Helix Park, Falkirk. If you take the guided tour you can hear about the history and links between these mythological creatures and working horses that once worked along the canals. There is also the opportunity to see inside one of these grand sculptures.

Must Visit Places in the British Isles: The kelpies ©MDHarding
The Kelpies ©MDHarding

South Queensferry

The Burryman covered from head to toe in sticky burs of burdock heads is an annual tradition dating back to 1687 but believed to date back much further than that. It is thought the tradition comes from warding off evil spirits or perhaps related to the Pagan Green Man. The festival takes place in South Queensferry alongside the Ferry Fair Festival.

The Burryman South Queensferry Scotland
The Burryman: Photo on Flickr by Angus McDiarmid / CC BY-NC 2.0

Faeries

Trentham Gardens

The Faeries or Fairy is presented as being a powerful being and sometimes most mischievous. A great day out can be had by all at Trentham Gardens. Located by Stoke on Trent in the area of Staffordshire, England find the wonderful fairy sculptures throughout the gardens.  There is also a small train ride and a boat that takes you across the lake.

Fairy Sculptures, Trentham Gardens ©MDHarding
Fairy Sculptures, Trentham Gardens ©MDHarding

Doon Hill

Doon Hill, located in Aberfoyle, is shrouded in mystery. Enjoy a magical Faerie experience in the heartland of Scotland. There is a short walk from the car park up Doon Hill, on the way watch out for Faerie dwellings. Pop into the local visitor centre for more details and see if you can spot the residential fairy. For a more interactive experience for the family don’t forget to take ribbons and small change.

Must Visit Places in the British Isles: Scot's Pine on Doon Hill, Aberfoyle ©MDHarding
Scot’s Pine on Doon Hill, Aberfoyle ©MDHarding

 

There is a number of accommodation options available for all the above mentioned locations. I can highly recommend the holiday Inn Express Stoke on Trent, while visiting Trentham Gardens. It is located only a few minutes drive away with complimentary car parking, wifi and full breakfast! The easiest way to reach all of the above must visit places in the British Isles is by car. If arriving into Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport, why not pre-book car hire to collect upon arrival.

I hope I have inspired you to spend some time in those must visit places in the British Isles and have a magical family day out. If you know of any other magical places we would love to hear.  Please leave any comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x

Thank you to Trentham Gardens.

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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