Cornmarket Teachers: Day Trip ideas around the UK and Ireland

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ROAD TRIP IN UK AND IRELAND

Finally, June has arrived and the school holidays are almost here. Did you know that school teachers’ average working hours range from around 55.2 hours right up to 63.3 hours per week? That’s why we think it’s important for our teacher customers to make the most of their summer breaks with some well-deserved downtime.
To inspire you, we’ve come up with some of our favourite road-trip destinations around the UK and Ireland.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge england

(source: English-heritage.org.uk)

Stonehenge is one of the best-known prehistoric monuments in the world. It’s located in Wiltshire, England, 2 miles west of Amesbury. The attraction has a world-class exhibition and visitor centre. Although visitors can’t physically walk amongst the stones, they stand on the Salisbury Plain and the giant stones can be seen from miles around.
Although it is not known exactly why Stonehenge was built, there is widespread speculation as to why it was created. These ideas range from astronomy to ancient healing grounds.

Caledonian Canal, Inverness, Scotland

Inverness in Scotland

Source: By The original uploader was Flaxton at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by sevela.p., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3878047

The 62 mile (100 km) coast to coast canal is located from the northeast to the southwest of Scotland, and only one third is man-made (engineered by famous Scotsman Thomas Telford), the rest has been formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.

The canal attracts over half a million visitors each year, with visitors enjoying walking, cycling and taking boat cruises.

Ring of Gullion, Northern Ireland

Ring of Gullion in Northern Ireland

Source: geographical.co.uk

The Ring of Gullion is located in South Armagh in Northern Ireland. It’s an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which was the first ring dyke to be geographically mapped. Alongside this, it is surrounded by the Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Camlough Lake and the Cashel Lakes.

Norfolk Lavender Fields, England

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Visit the world famous and picturesque Lavender Gardens and Lavender Oil Distillery in Norfolk. Around 100 acres of lavender fields with tea rooms, a restaurant and an on-site gift shop filled with creative lavender themed gifts.

Gaping Gill and Ingleborough Cave, England

Gaping Gill

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Gaping Gill is one of the most famous caves in the Dales in Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. At 233ft deep, it retains the records for highest unbroken waterfall in England. Visitors are warned not to attempt to explore side passages without experienced guidance.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, North Coast of Northern Ireland

rope bridge in northern ireland

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Put your fear of heights to the test by crossing the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The 30 metre high rope bridge is a great spot to take in the coastal views of the North Coast of Northern Ireland.

Developed by the National Trust, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is located close to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of moher in Ireland

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Experience nature in its wildest form at the Cliff of Moher. The cliffs are located at the South-western edge of County Clare in Ireland and are one of Irelands most visited tourist destinations. Not to mention, making appearances in several blockbuster films, such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and featured in music videos by Maroon 5 and Westlife.

Loch Awe, Scotland

loch awe in scotland

(source: loch-awe.com)

One of the largest freshwater lochs in Scotland, with a surface area of 39 sq miles, Loch Awe contains several ruined castles on the islands, including Kilchurn Castle. It’s also the home of two hydroelectric projects.
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