For many Brit’s holidaying at home in 2021 is top of the agenda. Fortunately, the UK has thousands of amazing places to unwind, relax and rediscover yourself. However, a lot of its best bits are hidden away, and this is where companies such as ToursByLocals come to the forefront.
The UK government’s coloured lighting system for where Brits can travel abroad is causing no end of confusion for some. It would be unfair to blame the government as it doesn’t require the brains of a rocket scientist to follow; green means you can go, red means no, and amber means only in exceptional circumstances. However, as with most things, people will always try to bend the rules.
Those who are not trying to find a loophole will be opting to stay within the safe confines of our green and pleasant land, and the good news is that the warmer weather will be here in time for the summer months.
For obvious reasons, vacations in 2021 will be somewhat different to previous years. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t make them amazing and memorable. If you want to make your UK break extra special, one way is to utilise the knowledge and experience of handpicked tour guides.
When it comes to UK guided holidays, companies such as ToursByLocals should be your first port of call. In this travel article, we’re taking a look at some of the British adventures they’re offering, which seem more than a match for similarly-styled overseas offerings.
Swap the glitzy French Riviera for golden beaches in Cornwall
Is Cornwall the new Cannes? From its sandy beaches, turquoise gin-clear waters, family-friendly activities and stylish eateries, the most popular UK destination on the ToursByLocals platform this year is the most southerly UK county; and there is no surprise why! Experience all of Cornwall’s iconic locations with the family alongside Peter, a local guide on an active and jam-packed private day trip.
From Land’s End to the Lizard Peninsula, you’ll drive through the picturesque towns of St Ives and Penzance to hear the stories of Treasure Island and little fishing ports such as Mousehole. Check out the dramatic St Michael’s Mount, one of the most iconic and photographed landmarks in the whole of Great Britain, with a delicious Cornish pasty in hand.
The nine-hour Essential Cornwall Private Tour is for up to five people. The tour includes guiding services and private transportation in a seven-seat Land Rover Discovery.
Swap Seljalandsfoss in Iceland for The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Coldwater wild swimming is great for family bonding, and jumping straight into the water is ideal for soaking up Skye. ToursByLocals offers the Wild Swimming Adventure Tour with local historian Michelle and outdoors guide Matt, where guests will have the opportunity to visit five unique locations spread across the breathtakingly beautiful Isle of Skye.
Some of the locations that families will visit include The Fairy Pools, which are located at the foot of the Black Cuillins. Children will love listening to the magical stories of folklore in the great open space, in-between swims.
The seven and a half hours Wild Swimming Adventure Full Day Tour is for up to four people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation for the family, towels, warm blankets, wet suit boots, goggle, hot chocolate, light snacks and refreshments. The tour ends with a dram of Skye’s finest whisky for the adults. The expert guide, Matt, will give families the option of the day being recorded to then edit the experience into a small film to keep the family memories forever.
Swap the Great Ocean Road in Australia for Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
From beautiful beaches and sheer cliffs to walking in the footsteps of giant dinosaurs, local guide Barry has lived and worked in Dorset since 1995 and has a wealth of knowledge in geology.
Explore the world-famous Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole and Durdle Door, followed by a trip to Kimmeridge Bay Marine Nature Reserve and search for ancient dinosaur fossils. Head to the idyllic village of Worth Matravers and enjoy a spot of lunch at a local pub followed by an afternoon of spotting dolphins and seals (no sharks here) from Durlston Head.
The eight and a half hour Jurassic Coast of Dorset Tour is for a family of four. However, it can be customised to include a maximum of six people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation and admission tickets.
Swap the Amalfi Coast in Italy for the stunning Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Cotswolds
Known as ‘the lakes’, the Lake District is a popular family destination for an action-packed, wet and wild adventure. Families can book an epic eight-day adventure exploring the northern lakes, the rolling hills in the Yorkshire Dales before heading down south to the Derbyshire Dales, Stonehenge and Thomas Hardy’s Wessex.
The eight-day tour is led by expert guide Keith, a geologist and science teacher with over 20 years of experience. The tour is fully customisable and can be personalised to suit the needs and interests of each family.
The eight-day England in Eight Days Tour is for up to seven people and includes guiding services, private transportation and refreshments. Accommodation is not included.
For pricing information and to make a booking for any of the tours listed above, please visit www.toursbylocals.com.