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Incorporating England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, the UK's variety is both astounding and one of its greatest treasures. Surely one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, it never ceases to amaze with its battle-scarred castles, elegant cathedrals, dramatic seacliffs, windswept coastline, prehistoric ruins and home-spun hospitality. And that's before you leave England...the UK really is bigger than it appears on the map. And while there are world class attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Windsor Castle, Durham Cathedral and Loch Ness, there are many pockets of undisturbed country where you ...

Incorporating England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, the UK's variety is both astounding and one of its greatest treasures. Surely one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, it never ceases to amaze with its battle-scarred castles, elegant cathedrals, dramatic seacliffs, windswept coastline, prehistoric ruins and home-spun hospitality. And that's before you leave England...the UK really is bigger than it appears on the map. And while there are world class attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Windsor Castle, Durham Cathedral and Loch Ness, there are many pockets of undisturbed country where you can explore the soul of this nation tourist-free. Villages where hospitality at the local inn makes you feel like a local, honey-colored, thatched-roofed villages that time and the crowds seem to have forgotten and big sky countryside that is as magnificent as it is wild. The UK is densely populated and very developed and yet contains regions such as the north of Scotland where single-track roads and vast regions of desolate mountains, circling golden eagles and steely-blue lochs make you wonder whether you've reached the end of the Earth.

Alan Murphy
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Alan Murphy is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Britain, Scotland, India and North India. He has been writing and updating travel guidebooks for the past 12 years.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom and Britain, is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe.
  • Language: English, Welsh, and Scottish form of Gaelic
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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