British Isles

The British Isles are a group of islands off the northwestern coast of continental Europe consisting of two major islands, Great Britain and Ireland, and over six thousand smaller islands, most of them not permanently inhabited.

Britain and Ireland are among the world’s most visited regions as a result of their famous landmarks, historical sites dating back thousands of years, global cities, quaint towns, beautiful countryside, and unique natural environments. English-speaking visitors are guaranteed of being able to communicate everywhere within the region, read all the signs and maps, and get to know the people.

Britain is made up of three constituent parts: England, Scotland and Wales, while Northern Ireland in the northeast of the Irish island completes the United Kingdom (UK).

Ireland was a vassal state of the UK for several centuries before seceding after the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Anglo-Irish Treaty (1919–1922).

Farmland dominates outside urban areas, but relatively large areas of forest remain in Ireland, northern Scotland, and southeast England.

The isles have a temperate marine climate, resulting from the North Atlantic Drift (“Gulf Stream”) that flows from the Gulf of Mexico and moderates temperatures while bringing significant moisture. Rain is common throughout the year.

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Europe (British Isles) (photo by Wikimedia Commons)

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Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

England

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Best Weather: May, June, July, August, September

 EnglandEngland is the largest country comprising the United Kingdom. It is a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures, possessing a fascinating history and dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential in the wider world. It combines major cities, including its capital, London, with many quaint villages and scenic countryside. Combined with the universality of English, England has long been one of the top travel countries in the world. Geographically, most of England consists of lowland terrain, with mountainous terrain in the northwest.
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Ireland

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: May, June, July, August, September

 IrelandIreland combines mainstream Western culture with a strong indigenous culture. This is expressed through the Gaelic games, Irish music, the Irish language, and other distinctive cultural features. There is also a strong British influence in the culture including widespread use of the English language and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature.
 
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Northern Ireland

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 Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland is the smallest of the countries comprising the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is best known for its extended and scenic coastline. It is mostly hilly in its interior, with extensive hiking opportunities. As with other countries in the UK, it represents a diverse patchwork of its own unique native culture combined with elements of the other UK countries. English is the common language.
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Scotland

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Best Weather: June, July, August, September

 ScotlandScotland is the second largest country comprising the United Kingdom. Located in the northern part of the main island it includes nearly eight hundred islands. It is well-known for its mountainous terrain and offers extensive hiking and climbing opportunities. As with other countries in the UK, it represents a diverse patchwork of its own unique native culture combined with elements of the other UK countries. English is the common language.
 
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Wales

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: May, June, July, August, September

 WalesWales is the third largest country comprising the United Kingdom. Located in the southwestern part of the main island, it is well-known for well-known for its distinctive history and language, which can often be found in exotically named villages. As with other countries in the UK, it represents a diverse patchwork of its own unique native culture combined with elements of the other UK countries. English is the common language.