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SUMMER STAYCATION: THE UK ISLANDS

Kathryn Parsons Evans Contributor

Summer is my favourite time of year and it’s not because the days are longer and warmer. It has more to do with my West Indian heritage, than the desire to be relaxing in a English beer garden.  It’s the time of year that I blossom and spring to life, and what better way to be one with Mother Nature than to be exploring what she has to offer with a Summer Staycation.

The United Kingdom has lots to offer, and while at first glance she may not seem to possess endless beaches, rugged rolling hillsides that massage the senses, and lush hiking trails that traverse ardent rivers as they meander to the sea, there are pockets of absolute heaven that are dying to be explored.

ACU|BIEN has saved you the hassle of endlessly searching for that affordable island vacation, and instead have created a list of destinations within and around the UK that may be equally as amazing as the Caribbean, without the hassle of long haul flights and airport queues.

We appreciate that everyone’s taste is different with preferences for what constitutes an appealing vacation – be it an adventure break that massage ones senses, or the desire to lie all day, carefree on a stunning beach. We have taken it all into consideration and with so much on available we proffer destinations which appeals to each and every individual, all in one location.

THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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The Isle of Wight is arguably one of the prettiest islands in the UK with a temperate climate and natural beauty. From historic sites to natural delights, the Isle of Wight is a unique destination with something for everyone.  The island’s beaches are one of its biggest attractions and with 57 miles of sand and shingle beaches, a visit will be essential to your vacation.

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The Isle of Wight transports you to a different place and make you forget that you are still very much in the UK.  Gone are the bustling noisy streets of London and in place are country lanes with  amazing views, and importantly the beach within walking distance. For me, there is no better feeling than the rays of the sun on my face and sand between me toes, but for the explorers vacationers there are endless hiking and cycling trails waiting to be discovered.

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HOW TO GET THERE

»  Isle of Wight Council Visitors Service

WHAT TO DO

»  Tree Top Climbing                                                            »  Horse Riding
»  Paragliding

ATTRACTIONS

»  Model Village                                                                                       »  Museums
»  Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr                                               »  The Needles
»  The Zoo                                                                         »  Steam Railway
»  Butterfly World

CHANNEL ISLANDS: JERSEY

Jersey Marina sunset

Jersey is the largest and southernmost Channel Island measuring 118.2 square kilometres, and with its cool summers and mild winters it is an ideal holiday destination.  Jersey is ideal for everyone, and with its sandy beaches and scenic walking trails, it’s difficult to find a holiday destination that has so much on offer. Jersey has that unique island vibe with knowing that everything is within reach and one can accomplish so much in a short space of time. 

Jersey Beach

Jersey provides that outdoor scene that is perfect for adrenaline junkies – one can either sky dive or go abseiling to get that fix. The island is also ideal for those that want to lie on a beach and soak up the rays, and with twenty different beaches to choose from it’s not hard to spend your vacation fixed on a different beach each day.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

»  Jersey Tourism

ATTRACTIONS

»  Durrell Wildlife Park                                                       »  The Channel Islands Military Museum
»  Corbiere Lighthouse                                                                           »  Mont Orgueil Castle
»  Eric Young Orchid Foundation

WHAT TO DO

»  Abseiling                                                                                             »  Skydiving
»  Blokarting

CHANNEL ISLANDS: GUERNSEY

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The first thing that strikes me about Guernsey is its natural beauty and friendly people, the island is reminiscent of my carefree childhood summers spent on the Grenadine Island of Bequia, with the beach within walking distance of everything and hiking trails that offer the opportunity to hike or cycle the entire island; whilst being surrounded by rich landscape and beautiful scenery. Guernsey is far removed from the bustling, noisy streets of London with its reserved inhabitants and heavy air, yet this tiny idyllic island is only 120 kilometres south of Weymouth, England.

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Guernsey BeachGuernsey has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiast of all types who will love to roam this gorgeous island. It’s a great base for fishing and angling trips and there is plenty to see and do. Guernsey embraces the smaller islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm, which means there is more
to see and explore from kayaking to windsurfing, with these three additional islands you will be hard pressed to find another location that has as much to offer.

HOW TO GET THERE

»  Visit Guernsey

WHAT TO DO  

»  Visit Sark                                                                                  »  Kayaking
»  Bumblebee Boat Cruise

ATTRACTIONS

»  The Guernsey Tapestry                                                          »  The Little Chapel
»  German Occupation Museum                                              »  Castle Cornet
»  Herm Garden Tour

 

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27 August, 2013

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