Discover the UK’s Top Attractions

The United Kingdom is home to some of the world’s most famous locations and landmarks, from the historic city of Edinburgh to the stunning beauty of the Scilly Isles and Cornwall. Here we explore some of the top day trips and excursions the UK has to offer outside of London for couples and families alike. We’ve also included some of the fantastic nearby accommodation members of eXpectations Holidays could book too!


Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh is a melting pot for history and culture. Tread the famous cobbled Royal Mile leading away from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House and explore popular shopping on Princes Street. Head down to Leith and climb aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia, experience a ghostly tour through this gorgeous Georgian city and capture it all from the viewpoint of Arthur’s Seat.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have enjoyed a day trip to Edinburgh during the UK August School Holidays 2017 whilst staying at the Kilconquhar Estate & Country Club.

2Scilly Isles

Dive into the picture-postcard Scilly Isles just off the coast of Cornwall and swim with friendly seals, paddleboard in secluded bays and enjoy an energetic afternoon of coasteering. Island hop to the famous Tresco Abbey Garden, stroll the stunning beaches of St. Martin’s before stopping for afternoon tea on St. Mary’s.

eXpectations Holidays members could have explored the Isles of Scilly for 7-nights by staying at Karma St. Martins during July 2017.


Step back in time with a visit to the Cotswolds by wandering around quaint villages, exploring the historic Tewkesbury Abbey and stopping for lunch in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath. Discover the magnificent Blenheim Palace, spot the wonderful wildlife at Longleat and stroll around the Westonbirt arboretum.

As a member of eXpectations Holidays you could have visited the pretty stone villages of the Costswolds by checking into the Stouts Hill resort for 7-nights in September 2017.


Dating back to the 13th Century Glasgow Cathedral is a must-see for visitors whilst The Lighthouse is a haven for Charles Rennie Macintosh architecture lovers. For a taste of Scotland stop by the Glengoyne Distillery to sample whiskey heritage, shop ‘til you drop on Buchanan Street and gaze in wonder at the displays of Loch Lomond Aquarium.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have celebrated New Year with a 7-night stay at MacDonald Forest Hills resort during 30th December 2017– 6th January 2018.


Explore the famous biomes of the Eden Project where you’ll also find England’s longest zip wire and stop by the Minack Theatre for a performance on Cornwall’s iconic stage. Stroll around the Lost Gardens of Heligan, admire St Michael’s Mount and visit the tip of the UK with a day trip to Land’s End.

eXpectations Holidays members could have experienced the wonderful Eden Project in Cornwall at Christmas 2017 with a 7-night stay at the Clowance Estate and Country Club.

6New Forest

Escape to the New Forest and cycle the rural trails alongside wild horses and ponies, falling in love with quaint villages and romantic woodland along the way. Visit Beaulieu Motor Museum to discover a rich history of motoring, admire fine art at Breamore House and sample a taste of the Forest at the Ringwood Brewery.

eXpectations Holidays members could have explored the New Forest by checking into a stylish 2-bedroom apartment at MacDonald Elmers Court during 5th – 12th August 2017.

7Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Breathe in the natural beauty of the Trosachs National Park with a luxury yacht cruise around Loch Lomond spotting wild wallabies on Inchconnachan island. Feel the raw power of nature at Dochart Falls, experience the history of the region at Dumbarton Castle and take in the beautiful scenery of the region by climbing to the top of Ben Lomond.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have discovered the beauty of Loch Lomond with a 7-night stay at the luxury Cameron House resort during 17th – 24th March 2017.

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