The United Kingdom consists of 4 countries England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each one is unique and beautiful in their own way.
Although you are not guaranteed the weather it is a fantastic Island to visit! All around the coasts are beautiful towns that make fantastic holiday destinations. It’s one of the greenest countries that you will ever see!
If you can catch it on a sunny day it Is very beautiful.
Where ever you are you are never more than a couple of hours drive from a beach! Many of them with dunes to explore, rock pools and hidden coves with lovely soft sand.
The currency throughout the whole of the United Kingdom is pound sterling. If you are visiting the Republic of Ireland which is not part of the United Kingdom then the currency is Euro.
Although the UK is part of the European Union the Euro is not currently used. If you are visiting Scotland it is common to receive Bank of Scotland notes.
You should also be able to use these all over the UK (Except Ireland), however, some shops in England can be funny about it.
The weather across the whole of the United Kingdom is subject to 4 seasons. Although if you ask the locals many will disagree! Winters feel long, cold and wet and summers short and wet especially the more up North you are.
It is this weather that makes the country lush and green! The south and East tend to be lot more dryer and warmer, especially opposite France.
Early spring and late autumn especially September time can be hot.
Summer is lovely with long light days and the sound of birds tweeting everywhere! Sunny days in the summer can also get quite hot sometimes into the late 20’s but rainfall is also common.
There is no set period of hot weather. It’s an element of surprise when visiting the UK so bring clothes for all seasons!
The main and official language of the United Kingdom is English which is spoken by 98% of the population. A few other native regional languages which are still used and spoken these are Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Scots, Irish and Cornish.
There are also a number of immigrant languages spoken the main one being Polish.
Traditional cuisine in the UK tends to be meat dishes including pork. Most dishes come with fresh and seasonal vegetables.
A pie is a pastry filled with a savoury filling inside but can also be a dessert with a fruit filling! ‘Chippy’ is a local English take-out food that sells hot chips with sauces such as gravy! You can also get ‘Puddings’ pastry with meat inside, fish in batter and sausages.
In more recent years the UK has also adopted more of a foreign cuisine. Expats from countries such as China, Poland and Turkey have introduced their cuisine.
Each county has traditional dishes. Cornwall, for example, is well known for its famous Cornish pasties.
Scotland is well known shortbread biscuits and Haggis and Wales Welsh Rarebit. Welsh Rarebit is a melted cheese sauce poured over hot toast!
A traditional English breakfast consists of various items. It includes bacon, sausages, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, black pudding, toast and tea.
This tends to be a weekend tradition as the busy lives of the British people don’t allow time for this during the week.
Cereal or toast seems to be the preferred choice Monday to Friday in households.
Coasts in the UK
Wales is a beautiful country to the West of the United Kingdom. It has an outstanding coastline full of natural treasures! And is well known for its much-loved sport Rugby.
Wales has tall beautiful mountains! There is so much that this country has to offer.
It is a hikers’ paradise with old ruins and castles to see. The unique and special culture of the Welsh people will capture your heart.
Popular resorts along the coast of Wales are; Llandudno, Conway, Holyhead, Penclawwd and Cardiff.
Luscious landscapes and serene scenery, are all words that describe Scotland! Home to the UK’s tallest mountains Scotland is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit.
It is full of rich culture and heritage! The Scottish people are some of the friendliest and most welcoming you will meet.
Bagpipes are a traditional Sottish instrument and are fantastic! Listen to them if you get the chance!
A visit to Skara Bre in Orkney will show you one of the best-preserved stone houses of Western Europe! The stone furniture and ovens are still there to this day! It is incredible to see how our ancestors lived over 5,000 years ago.
Great towns to visit in this area are Tobermory, Edinburgh, Kelso, Melrose and Pittenweem.
If you have ever heard of Poldark then you will know all about Cornwall! Located on the very south coast of the UK, Cornwall is full of historical heritage.
Quint fishing towns and rock cliffs all form part of Cornwall. Again it is another area of the UK that is full of nature and hidden treasures.
There are plenty of hikes for nature lovers! You can go crab fishing off the rocks or in the harbours and Cornwall has some of the best placed for surfing!
Towns along this stunning coast are Looe, St Ives, Penzance, Newquay, Liskeard, Truro and Mevagissey.