The UK is full of fantastic places to visit for short breaks and days out, but if you fancy going for something a little bit special why not get off the mainland. Hopping onto a ferry needn`t commit you to a long trip. You can jump across from Dover to Calais in just 90 minutes and there are plenty of other short crossing routes available too. Once you`re there it`s just a short drive to some of the finest sites in northern France including Bayeux and the famous beaches of Normandy. Alternatively the hypermarkets are attractively situated within a few minutes travel from the ferry so you can make the most of your time finding great deals on wine, beer and continental foods. Just off the coast of France the Isles of Scilly are another destination of natural beauty that you might consider.
Ireland too is within rech of a day trip, particularly if you take the fast catamaran ferry that makes the journey from Fishguard to Rosslare or Holyhead to Dublin, for example, in under 2 hours . Once across the Irish sea, take a drive into the splendid Wicklow Mountains national park and observe nature at its finest or relax in the coffee shops and bars of historic Dublin before hopping back on the ferry and heading for home.
Departing from further North, the Scottish Islands offer excellent scope for exciting and memorable day trips. The famous island of Skye is just one destination within reach and you won`t be disappointed when you get there. Skye has something for everyone from sites of geological interest to the Talisker distillery and Dunvegan Castle. If not Skye, the isles of Arran and Mull are two other possibilities, well worthy of a day trip. Further North still and the Shetland islands come within reach. Here you find superb scenery and bird watching opportunities. Be careful of the ferry times however if you are committed to a single day trip as you may end up stranded overnight due the infrequency of some routes.
If you do have a little more time why not make an overnight stay or two and truly explore what lies beyond the extremities of the British Isles. Alternatively, taking a minicruise is a great way to explore and opens up a number of extra possibilities including slightly longer crossings to Amsterdam, Bruges or Rotterdam to name but a few. Enjoy all the luxuries of a good hotel on board one of the cruise ferries leaving you fresh to take in everything your destination has to offer.
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