Travelling is a great way to bring two people closer together. You can explore new destinations, sample new experiences, and get to know each other on a deeper level. You also don’t have to go to far-flung places to get enjoy each others company as there are many spots closer to home that offer this and more. The UK and Ireland have some of the most beautiful locations to discover, and many create a truly romantic getaway paired with adventure. Check out some of the top spots that are perfect for a weekend away and explore a range of beautiful places that take you a world away from the bustle of everyday life.
Within a few hours of London by train or car, you can arrive in the stunning county of Devon. This region is home to not one but two National Parks, which are ideal for outdoor adventures plus a choice of two captivating coastlines. The variety of romantic getaways here is fantastic as you can mix a city stay in Devon’s cultural hub of Exeter in a mere twenty minutes, finding yourself walking along the sandy shores of South Devon.
The Lake District
For couples that love exploring the great outdoors, The Lake District is the one for you. Here you can spend endless hours walking and hiking the miles of secluded routes through pretty villages and lively market towns or, of course, take a boat out onto the beautiful lakes. This area gives you time to enjoy each other company in a romantic and tranquil spot plus isn’t too far from bustling locations to grab a bite to eat for a romantic dinner date.
Just a short hop over to Ireland opens up a world of stunning locations and dreamy places to explore. A favourite on the West coast and at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way is the spectacular Aran Islands. This is an ideal location if you want to truly soak up the landscape as the rugged cliff faces, sweeping landscapes and jaw-dropping views offer tranquillity and escapism at its finest. It’s easy to get back to nature here too as there are plenty of luxury options including some of the best romantic glamping Ireland locations for the perfect short break.
Another great spot to discover both city and countryside destinations is Wales. There is an abundance of breaks here, and you can choose everything from luxury stays in the country’s National Parks or feel the buzz of its capital city Cardiff. In the west, you’ll find the natural beauty of Cardigan Bay and a stay here could grab you a front seat to the enchanting dolphins and seals in the bay.
There are plenty of destinations in both the UK and Ireland for a cosy break together. All of these locations are just a short distance from London and are perfect if you want to spend a weekend or few days together in the tranquillity of both coast and countryside.