Top trips to take in 2018
Tick these trips off your list this year - explore our selection of the best trips to take in 2018.
Whether you're looking for adventure, or a quiet weekend away for two, we can offer you sites in locations across the UK and Europe to suit your every need. We've selected our top ten trips to take in 2018 - which will you take?
The Wales Way
Tipped to be as popular as the North Coast 500, Visit Wales has curated three new national routes for you to explore the heart of Wales. Choose from The Coastal Way, The Cambrian Way or The North Wales Way. Each route is different, showcasing the very best of the Welsh countryside.
North Coast 500
Inverness Castle, Scotland
Created in 2014, this route officially starts and ends in Inverness and is a circular trip which follows 500 miles along the coastal edges of the North Highlands, taking in the villages and towns of places like Ullapool, Durness, John O'Groats and Dornoch. Travel in April, early May and mid-September for the best weather and views.
Known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ or the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Croatia should definitely be on your list of places to visit. The country offers huge variety, from natural wonders like Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park to fascinating historical cities like Dubrovnik and Split.
We recommend twinning both Dubrovnik and Split in one holiday, with a drive time of just over 3 hours between the two resorts.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia shares the soaring Alpine scenery, rolling hills, rushing rivers and sparkling lakes of its neighbours, but remains ‘off the beaten track’ for many holiday makers. Discover breath taking scenery, best showcased by the myriad of mountain walks and hikes that cross the country.
Highlights include taking a traditional wooden boat on to the idyllic Lake Bled, Brezice Castle and Ljubljana – the ornate and picturesque capital which offers a wealth of cultural and arts events and a café lined river promenade.
Land’s End and Lizard Peninsular, Cornwall
Iconic sign at Land's End, Cornwall
Two of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks are a must for your touring holiday in 2018. First up, the UK’s most south-westerly point Land’s End is a fantastic place for nature lovers with reported sightings of gannets, grey seals, basking sharks and even dolphins in and around the high cliff. Enjoy a walk around the cliff top and stop to have your picture taken at the famous signpost.
Drive east and you’ll discover Lizard Peninsular which is designated an area of scientific interest and is home to one of the world’s best beaches - Kynance Cove, exotic subtropical plants, rugged caves and exquisite bays.
Stanage Edge, Peak District
Stanage Edge, Peak District
Popular with hikers, this flat top mountain in the Peak District is the UK’s answer to Table Mountain. Four miles of cliff make up Stanage Edge - the perfect place for long walks and amazing views. Stop off at the village of Hathersage and walk in the footsteps of Jane Eyre or visit St Michael and All Angels' Church - a must for Robin Hood fans.
Stay at: Castleton Club Site (50% off mid week stays, Open all year)
Lake Garda, Italy
Italy is incredibly rich in beauty, art and style. Head north to the shores of Lake Garda or Lake Como and stay in the cool forests and foothills of the Alps, for spectacular scenery take a cable car to Bergamo or hike through hilltop meadows.
Italy offers show-stopping cities such as Venice, Rome, Naples and Florence, as well as iconic sights such as the leaning Tower of Pisa, Vesuvius and Pompeii. If you are looking for more of a classic, rural experience, head to the region of Tuscany, for the extraordinary countryside, vineyards and iconic Cypress trees.
Praia da Rocha in the Algarve, Portugal
Showcasing a striking rocky coastline, golden beaches and charming towns plus around 3000 hours of sunshine a year, Portugal is a haven for surfers and holiday makers alike.
For sun, sea and sand head south to the Algarve and for more urban pursuits head to Portugal’s star city, Lisbon, a picturesque coastal town such as Cascais or historic Sagres on Cape St Vincent. We recommend taking a visit to UNESCO World Heritage site Douro Valley – one of the oldest wine regions in the world.
North Yorkshire Moors National Park
View of the Milky Way from the North Yorkshire Moors National Park
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park offers something for everyone, from hiking up Roseberry Topping to surfing in Robin Hood’s Bay or strolling around Hutton le Hole and riding the steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
The park also has three dark sky discovery sites, where the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye and up to 2,000 stars can be seen: Danby, Sutton Bank and the observatories in Dalby Forest. There are lots of activities taking place from 9 to 25 February for the Dark Skies Festival, including stargazing, wildlife and ghost walks and starlight runs.
Walk the Cotswolds Way
Cotswolds countryside in the summer
Enjoy a relaxed way of life exploring the beautiful Cotswolds villages. The pretty buildings are built from the warm, golden Cotswold stone giving them their unique charm and are set in lush green river valleys. Walk The Cotswolds Way National Trail or enjoy some of the great pubs recommended by our members including The Swan or Crown and Trumpet in Broadway or The Black Bear Inn near Moreton in Marsh.
The Steam Railway in Broadway reopens on 30 March 2018; it’s the first time steam trains have run into Broadway since 1960.
Bourton-on-the-Water Club Site (Open Mar - Oct), Broadway Club Site (Open all year), Burford Club Site (Open Mar - Nov), Cheltenham Racecourse Club Site (Open Apr - Oct), Cirencester Park Club Site (Open Mar - Jan 2019) or Moreton-in-Marsh Club Site (Open all year).