The Highlands- For Two -£200

The Highlands and Islands may seem a long way off for people below Liverpool. What strange people they must be, living in minus temperatures and surviving merely on drams, hot toddies and Scots Porridge Oats.  But look closer and you’ll see that if you haven’t stepped foot past the Angel of The North – you’ve been missing out.

A trip to Scotland makes a great Christmas gift –so – if it’s getting close to Christmas and you haven’t bought your parents, grandparents or girlfriend a gift – this automatically, online booked, e-delivered and confirmed booking will make your heart sing like a bagpipe. And if you were considering cheap socks and bath salts – then stop! If they looked after you when you were drawing on walls, married you, or didn’t tell your parents about ‘that’ incident back in 1999- then don’t you think they deserve a weekend away?

On the menu:

A stay in a beautiful hotel facing Ben Lomond for 1 night for two – £139

  • AA pub of the Year 2009/2010
  • Winner of a gold medal for bar food at the Scottish Hotel Award 2010
  • Mr.Co’s Fish and Whisky restaurant offers  West Coast fish teas and Buccleuch steaks and burgers
  • 250 whiskies, 30 wines, by the glass, and a quality choice of real ales
  • Traditional live folk music at weekends

A trip wakeboarding for two in Loch Lomond for two – £57.98

Optionals:

  • Trip to a distillery
  • Trip around the Cashel Millenium 800 acre forest
  • A cycle around Ben Lomond
  • Trip to choose your tartan!
  • A trip on the Paddle steam boat around Loch Lomond

Saturday Am – Early doors – Check in at The Inn at Inverbeg – £139 per night

Just have a look at these pictures. I’ve even booked myself in for a weekend. Slick bathtubs, 4 posters, fish and chips, whiskey and a big roaring fire- if this isn’t a good present, then I’m not sure what is!

For £139 a night you have views over Loch or hillside. Warm and cosy, the rooms are fitted with hand crafted walnut furniture and rich fabrics- scrumptious. Or if your boss agrees that holiday bonus, as they say in America, then shell out for £149 per night – all these rooms face towards Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond is on the east side of Loch Lomond, which is 3000ft high!

Click here to book the Inn at Inverbeg!
Saturday plans- Inform your guest they will be walking Ben Lomond. (With the aforementioned part about it being 300ft high this should cause some interesting squawks of disapproval, or, if they are very cool indeed, will see them strapping on their crampons.)

In reality, you can walk around in, cycle around the Lomon ( if you start at Rowardennan, although this isn’t for the easily swayed by heights or steep drops!) or the day could be spent exploring. Saturday could see you enjoying the Cashel Millenium Forest with 800 acres of woodland this is a great walk and very romantic! If the female of the species has anything to do with the weekend then shopping will be crucial. We really recommend a trip to get kitted out at Totally Tartan kilt makers.

After this, kitted in tartan, swathed in the pine tree scent from your walk and laden down with bags, we suggest a trip to the restaurant to collapse in front of fish and chips before staggering cross to the fire for a boozy nightcap.
Then to bed!

Sunday

Yesterday was all about shopping and walking. Today; it’s time for a dram or two. Head to the Glengoyne distillery tour to enjoy, ahem, learning about whiskey. One of you will be the designated driver- unless you have planned ahead and got a train up!
With one of you comically unsteady on your feet you can head to the side of Loch Lomond shore in Balloch for a trip on the Maid Loch, a paddle steamer.

If you prefer to be in water that bobbing on it in a paddle steamer, then a day of wakeboarding for two will be perfect. Glide along the water, be taught all the skills before your arms give out!

So there you have it. A luxury holiday break in the UK for your nearest and dearest- all bookable from goactivities.

To book this package- simply head to www.goactivities.co.uk OR click for wakeboarding and click the dates you would like to book the Inn for – and checkout!

It’s as simple as that. You will receive immediate, printable or forward-able confirmation in your email.

Let us know if you book it!

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UK Castles with Accommodation

My castle for my kingdom, king of the castle, an Englishman’s home is his castle, castles in the sky… There’s plenty to be said for staying in a castle.

Stately and high on the horizon, Britain has a variety of castles that have been converted or adapted to make them warm and comfortable enough for today’s standards. (Some even have wi-fi and Blu Ray DVD’s for the easily restless!)

So pack your bags and take The GO Activities virtual tour of the castles Britain has to offer for a short break. From under £30 to some with heli pads- there’s bound to be a regal getaway for you to pick.

Leasowe Castle  From £49.00

Leasowe Castle

With 6 acres of land, and a history dating to 1592 when the 2nd Heir to the English throne built Leasowe Castle to watch horseracing from, this is now an ideal weekend break.

Have a round in the Leasowe Golf Course, enjoy the luxury leisure centre, or just enjoy the views of the sea! In the evening you might even be able to take part in a murder mystery set in the castle!

After your sleep enjoy a big breakfast in the dining rooms, or head to nearby Liverpool for a day of shopping.

You can enjoy a few rounds of golf nearby, or just take a walk for views of the nearby Irish Sea.

Camelot Castle From £98.00 pppn

Camelot Castle Hotel

If you want a castle with a difference then try the Camelot Castle near Newquay.

The birthplace of King Arthur, this is a 64 bedroom hotel with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Cornish coastline with a great restaurant and big comfy beds.

See Ted Stourton’s butterfly paintings in the great hall, or just head up to your room for the beautiful views and then relax in your  iron framed 4 poster bed.

The magical location and warm reception will ensure that even if the coastal weather isn’t spot on then you can still have a magnificent time of it.

Enjoy a hot chocolate with brandy and marshmallows at the bar, or have a coffee before a walk to one of the pubs nearby or a walk around the area.

Then for dinner, enjoy a meal at the Round Table ala King Arthur in the main dining hall, watching the sunset through the windows as you do.

Bath Lodge Castle From £115 pppn

Bath Lodge Castle

For luxury and beauty, look no further than the Bath Lodge Castle. Surrounded by Somerset countryside with a pavilion spa and boutique bedrooms, prepare the explore the deer forest and relax by the flowing stream in the grounds once used as a hunting ground for medieval kings!

Sumptuous bedrooms with luxury toiletries and fluffy robes, Egyptian linen and locally sourced cooked breakfasts in the dining room, an outdoor jacuzzi, relaxing sauna and a decked terrace.

10 miles from Longleat Safari Park. and 40 minutes from Stonehenge this is the perfect weekend break.

Withchery By The Castle ( Edinburgh) From £195 pppn

Witchery By The Castle

Located at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, the 16th century James Thomson’s Witchery is actually a restaurant with rooms, with fantastic food, wine and service.

Visited by Ewan MacGregor, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jack Nicholson and Clarissa Dickson Wright and Andrew Lloyd Webber called it the prettiest restaurant ever!

Explore the building made in 1595 from the Witchery dining room, the Secret Garden and stay in one of the indulgent suites.

Bathe in a claw footed roll top bath, admire the thick velvet curtains in rich colours and wonderful designs and comfy beds, before collapsing into sleep!

With everything taken care of, from your hairdryer to platters full of sweet treats, this is a stay you won’t forget.

Thornberry Castle £120 pppn

Thornbury Castle

The floors of the Thornbury castle where once walked by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This 500 year-old castle has beautiful, indulgent rooms with real fires but with the modern luxury of colour TVs. Find your welcome decanter of sherry.

The Thornberry is 90 minutes from London by car, although if you are a real mover and shaker there is even a heli-pad on site!

Narrow staircases and big Tudor gardens give a magical feel to the castle, whilst the food is known to be spectacular. Visit the Wye forest or take a drive to Bristol, whatever you feel like.

With an onsite valet and helpful staff at every turn, this is the perfect antidote to budget hotels.

Barcaldine Castle, West Coast of Scotland – From £135

Barcaldine Castle

In the West Coast of Scotland on the shores of Loch Creren lies the 16th century Barcaldine Castle. See the snow-capped mountains of Glencoe or just stay in, relaxing on your king size bed with luxury bed linen and pure new wool throws.

You don’t have to live like a medieval serf either with WiFi, a flat screen HDTV with Blu-ray DVD player, with films available on request, along with a good selection of games and magazines, hairdryer and luxury toiletries you can keep the best bits of the past and the present in harmony for the ultimate scenic, yet comfortable holiday.

The Barcaldine is run like and B& B, so expect guided tours, home cooked food, biscuits and snacks, as well as time alone to explore the spooky dungeons, the library and to learn more about the castle’s history.

Ruthin Castle, Wales – From £65 

Originally built by Edward 1 in 1282 Ruthin Castle is set in 35 acres of gardens and grounds perfect for the romantic getaway (although the easily spooked should stay away from the ruins and dungeons!)

With two magnificent lounges, an oak panelled entrance hall and a bar in the library you can dine in the award winning restaurant or you can experience Wales’s original medieval banquet!

Ruthin Castle is just 42 miles from Manchester airport and 22 miles from Chester railway station.

Barony Castle, Scotland – From £65

Barony Castle

Barony Castle is actually a beautiful mansion house – but it looks so much like a castle we had to include it. First built in 1536 in 25 acres of land this is a quiet and peaceful castle near the Scottish Borders, yet only 40 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh or 5 minutes from the small town of Peebles.

Barony Castle has all you need for luxury – from the indoor heated swimming pool, multi gym, sauna and spa bath. You will be able to eat like a king as well, with a Scottish buffet style breakfast served daily and a 3 course table d’hote menu for dinner!

Around eating and sleeping try mountain biking at Glentress Forest, walking the River Tweed or fishing for salmon and trout. You can also try the Whisky Distillery, and explore the Crystal Factory, local Cashmere and Woollen Mills and Factory Shops and enjoy all the local towns and shops.

The Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel – North Wales- From £140

The Bodelwyddan Castle

The Bodelwyddan, once you get round to pronouncing it, is a beautiful place for a weekend away. With 200 acres of parkland, views of the Clwydian Hills and Snowdonia less than an hour away, the Grade II listed Bodelwyddan Castle is the perfect break.

With ivy clad turrets, this castle has a Jacobean-style staircase, medieval weaponry in the entrance hall, a sculpture gallery, vaulted ceiling, original marble chimneypiece from 1700.

The Bodelwyddan is attached to the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian Collection so you can enjoy croquet or the pool and health suite and a four rink indoor Bowls complex or go see the unique First World War practice trenches.

Norbreck Castle –  From £29 – Blackpool

Norbreck Castle

If you want to experience Blackpool in all it’s hen do, cabaret and theme park glory, then stay in a castle whilst you do it!

Technically, this is a very cheap hotel, but the sight of the castle with 480 en suite rooms does make an impressive statement against the North Shore.

Norbreck Castle offers seafront views, as well as 480 en-suite bedrooms. Enjoy a tipple in the conservatory bar, or head to Copper Face Jack’s Bar for large screens showing most sporting events with a lively atmosphere.

Durham Castle– From £28.50

Durham Castle

If you are a looking for a budget room then look no further than Durham Castle. Student style accommodation without many frills, Durham Castle is an 11th century castle and a World Heritage Site adjacent to Durham Cathedral.

Although the rooms are a little bare, the price is not one to sneer at, and your stay includes a full English breakfast in a huge medieval dining room, plus you can also soak up dome free culture and join one of the hotel’s public guided tours around Durham!

Renowned as being a very cheap and cheerful place to stay near Newcastle and Durham, you might need to take ear plugs for the squeaky floors but you will have more in your pocket for shopping in the beautiful city of Durham the next day.

Tulloch Castle – Dingwall, From £60

Tulloch Castle

The 12th century Tulloch Castle is a magnificent fortress, complete with history in the form of the 250-year old panelled Great Hall. Restored original fireplaces and ceilings, the Tulloch Castle has just 20 en-suite bedrooms making this a cosy stay you won’t forget.

Admire the views of Inverness and feel free to drive the short route to the nearby town for a paper or a look around. Walk up Rogie Halls in good weather for a stretch of the legs after a hot dinner.

If it’s a Scottish experience you are after, then why not try the haggis with a whiskey from the bar?

If you’re feeling brave with Dutch courage, then take the on site ghost tour for the creeps before bed time, and see if you can spot the undead that lurks in Tulloch Castle…

A Weekend For Two For £65

The Peak District is a great place to come for a weekend- and we decided to set ourselves a real challenge, getting it as close to £50 each for two people as we could for the barren month of January. After the celebrations have been detoxed and the Christmas decorations taken down, you need something to tide you over. Asking for tropical sunshine and a week away from the office might be too much- so why not spend your weekend in England on a cheap UK getaway instead? Pick the Peak District for your January pick-me-up.

On the menu is: 

  • A 3* Hotel with Breakfast – £40 for 2
  • A morning of paintballing – £15 for two
  • An afternoon of bike hire (£28) or tandem (£20)  plus a stop at a tea room  (£10 for two cream teas) 
  • A morning of abseiling – £50 for two 
Total = £130/ £65 Per Person

Sat 

On your drive up from the South, why not drop your bags at Rangemoor Park Hotel in Derby before heading on to paintballing? The Rangemoor is a family run hotel in Derby City Centre. Complete with a TV, radio, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality trays and a large, free private car park located at the rear, your stay also includes a Continental Breakfast or a  Full English breakfast on a Sunday!

At £40 a night for two you can also stay there a day early for an extra £20 each.

9am – Paintballing 

Time to get your Ready Brek in early and to set that alarm, because we want you to arrive early in your grubby gear for a morning wake up call of paintballing!

Based in Sheffield at The Strines with 100 acres of leafy woodland on the edge of the Peak District to play with, you will have a chance to play war games, to shoot opponents  and to unleash all your energy from the drive onto your competitors!

If you are coming from the North, head to paintballing first before taking the final leg down to Derby. If you have come from the South or from the hotel, The Strines is an hour and a half away.

After your paintablling why not explore the peaks some more?

Why not stop off at Hassop after and hire a bike from the Monsal Trail?

Half a day will only cost £14 per bike- or you can try persuade your other half onto a tandem for £20 all in!

The trail will take you from Hassop towards Buxton, following the River Wye, and you can also hire an electric bike for a new exprience (great if you got a paint ball bullet to the thigh!)

When in Buxton stop off at No6 The Square Tea rooms for some amazing hot food for the energy on the way back or a cream tea for around £5 each complete with jam, clotted cream, a scone and a pot of Yorkshire Tea.

Sunday

9.30am – Abseiling

It’s an early start today for some Abseiling in Millers Dale, the Peak District at 9.30am. Check out and take the half hour drive to the Miller’s Dale Bridge.

The Millers Dale Bridge, carrying the Monsal Trail over the beautiful River Wye provides a spectacular Peak District abseiling location for your next adrenaline rush. You can even take a bike to walk or cycle to the bridge. You will have 2 hours with an instructor to lead you through your adventure.

You will have a minimum of 3 abseils each down a pillarwith your feet in contact with the brickwork all the way down, or over the arch above the River Wye with an 80 foot abseil (of which 65 feet is free hanging!)

Fitness levels do not need to be anything special either. The hardest physical activity by far is the walk back up the steps to the top of the bridge after your first go when your legs are still a bit wobbly!

Stop off for a Sunday lunch and a Yorkshire Ale before heading back into the car and off home!

As you can see from the planner below- this weekend has been created for January 2012, but you can apply your own interests!

Book a spa day or a helicopter ride, a day or segway riding to 4 x 4 off roading or clay pigeon shooting! You can also give a relative or friend gift vouchers, making this a great idea for those friends who you can never buy for! With activities from £5 – what will you choose?

3 Day Weekend For Two -£208

December is one of the better months of the year. Presents, Christmas cheer, mince pies and heartbreaking TV adverts that could melt the coldest heart. (Looking at you, John Lewis.)

What better way to use up your holiday than with a long weekend for two on a cheap UK break?  You don’t need a voucher deal with strings attached either, just use our planner on http://www.goactivities.co.uk to book your own weekend and watch as it slots into your own timetable, with the price updating as you go.

From paintballing and walks to spa days or quad biking – it’s your weekend- so what will you plan?

Here’s our selection of a long weekend in the Lakes- complete with Gorge Scrambling, Archery, Photography, Canoeing, as well as 3 nights in a lovely hotel for just over £200 per person!

Plan your own activities with GO Activities unique planner!

Thursday Night

Check in at the lovely Briery Wood Hotel in Windermere.
Right next to Cumbria’s National Park and surrounded by lakes, fells, valleys and coastline between Windermere and Ambleside, this is a stones throw from Lake Windermere.

Enjoy a stay at Briery Wood Hotel, Windermere

Set in 7 acres of secluded gardens and woodland you can have dinner, bed and breakfast, and enjoy the licenced bar or you can wander around Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside in the evening for some food

Friday

9 am – A half day of photography, Keswick

Rise and shine for some photography with the Half Day Photography Course. Great for beginner or advanced students, you can work with the latest Digital SLR’s. With 4 hours of practical work starting at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, you move slowly along the shoreline learning to see and select aspects of the landscape from which to make great pictures.

After an hour or two, you head to a cafe for a working break to discuss elements relating to accomplishment and areas to improve.
It’s then hands on again for the remainder of the course, with time to practice individually supported by our staff photographer!

With your photos in hand, why not explore the nearby restaurants and shops of Ambleside?

Saturday

Shake off the cobwebs with a dive into the waters of the Lake District!

Try Gorge Scrambling for the first time

Gorge Scrambling – 9.30 am , Church Beck, Coniston

Try leaping from waterfalls- all watched by an instructor for a safe yet exhilarating thrill like no other with Gorge Scrambling – no experience needed!

You will meet the instructor close to the venue; amid the stunning Lake District mountain scenery. Here you will be kitted out with wetsuits, wetsuit socks, boots, helmets and buoyancy aids ready for your adventure! Start crossing small pools and boulder hopping, then head to the waterfalls. Climb, traverse , crawls under logs, swims across the pools and leaps from rocks into the water!

Next up – it’s time to get dry, kitted out in a wetsuit and to head to Derwentwater for canoeing!

Canoeing Adventure at Derwentwater – 1.30pm

The rest of the day will be spent Canoeing in the Canoeing Adventure sessions around Derwentwater, one of the most picturesque lakes in the Lake District.

‘Canadian Canoeing’ or ‘Open Canoeing’, is easily mastered with a crew of two or more and your canoeing adventure starts with a brief paddling introduction, followed by a journey around the lake, exploring the beaches, islands and bays, and if the wind gets up you can raft the canoes together creating more stability, ‘perfect for sailing down the lake’.

Try your hand at canoeing!

Sunday

Today is a day of Archery at the Archery Target Shooting Day Try your hand at target shooting challenges in Bassenthwaite, starting at 09:30am. You can learn to safely use the equipment and when to retrieve arrows. Then it will be over to you to have a go, instructors on hand to help you get the most out of the session.

Run outdoors in a Lake District Farmer’s field you will have a 10 to 15 minute brief on range safety, equipment and bow handling, followed by target challenges, archery games and more, all before packing up and dismantling the bows.

Then it’s back to the hotel to grab your gear and hit the road!

What did you do on your last trip to The Lakes? Did you manage to pack in as much adventure? What else would you recommend? Comment below!

Christmas Present Ideas

Santa Claus has it alright doesn’t he? Fuelled by Kit Kats and Coca Cola he compacts a year’s worth of work into one night, making him the ultimate flexi time worker.

The best way of ensuring St Nick doesn’t get bogged down is to have a clear list of what you want. However, some adults aren’t as thoughtful as they used to be and leave you to buy gifts unaided- with cries of ‘oh, I’m sure whatever you get I will love!’ A likely tale, as you discovered that year you got them that foot lotion set and saw their face plummet lower than the mercury. But November is coming to an end and it’s time to crack on. So scrap the gift boxes and the ‘humorous’ socks, pick an experience or activity this year that they are sure to love and remember. You can find and browse on www.goactivities.co.uk or you can click on the direct links. Easy.

Christmas presents for the family with young children

Families are usually a tricky set of customers, requiring multiple gifts (toys for the kids, something for the mum and dad- too much.)

You can skip the pain of multiple shopping with a family day out. Why not try a High Ropes Course for a family, a day out learning bushcraft skills, a day on a kayak or canoe or a day of archery, karting or clay pigeon shooting?

The reclusive uncle

He’s been a bit down ever since he lost that winning lottery ticket last year. Turn that frown upside down and get him meeting people with a walking holiday. Get him booked on for a long trek, the 3 peaks challenge or a cycling tour and watch as he comes back out of his shell, or hand him an axe for an ‘axe workshop’ day to get that stress out!

Christmas gifts for teenagers and big kids

What better way to get some of that heavy body spray off a teenager or to get a big kid grinning than by getting them dispatched from a plane on a skydive, a parachute jump or a day of skiing?

Presents for your step dad and step mum

A holiday is in order for the stepdad and step mums of the world. Show your affection for them in the crazy world of step brothers, half sisters and multiple divorces by paying for an overnight stay for them both in the woods on a guided walk away or a day spa trip. 

For the outdoorsy couple

You can’t pay for them to jet off anywhere fancy, but what about a session of zorbing – they can even go in as a tandem together!

For your fashionable sister

If your sister wouldn’t be seen dead in a canoe and thinks that quad biking is against the laws of style, then the only way to travel is by hot air balloon.

Otherwise, why not choose a spa day or send her to a fabric spinning course to learn about the fashion industry from the bottom up (she’ll be weaving you scarves in no time….)

For your trendy brother

He’s got his The North Face gilet and his boots, now get them put to the test. Why not book a weekend away learning bushcraft and navigation skills, or bring on that suppressed sibling rivalry again with quad biking or go karting!

For the gap year student

She’s heading off on the adventure of a lifetime next summer with some A-levels and a conditional offer to Dartmoor. Make sure she has a great time by booking some scuba diving courses before she goes!

For the kids

Most kids love animals. Why not go otter spotting, bird watching or on an Autumn forage? Or if you’re forseeing chaos over Christmas, you can always let them pump out that E number stocking fodder energy with a day of clay pigeon shooting!

For your mum

If your mum is the John Lewis type (happy to browse homewares for multiple days without any sustenance) then you need to look into booking her on a weaving, photography or pottery course.

If she puts your Dad to shame with her bicep curls and tricep dips at cardio combat classes, then why not get her on an activity day or high ropes course with her friends? And finally, if she’s always pranging the Audi when she reverses it- get her up to speed with a day of 4 x 4 driving lessons in the mud!

For your dad

What man wouldn’t love the idea of chartering a crew for a boat? Whatever you can get, from a canoe experience or a  trip on a kayak or a day on a dinghy, let Dad be king of the waters on a boating holiday!

For your loved one

To show your love, what could be better than a walking weekend away? Book some lovely accommodation, get exhausted from your day out of walking and then book your lady in for spa day – or your man in for some bushcraft and foraging skills for some ‘me Tarzan, you Jane’ style romance.

For your mad aunt

She wears bindis after that trip to India and has a wardrobe of floaty multicoloured things. Appeal to her sense of adventure with a trip to enjoy segways, or get her zorbing, climbing or the more gentle leisure cycling

Your grandma and grandad

Grannies and grandpas aren’t as old as they used to be. If yours have plenty of get up and go, then book them in for a guided walk around some of the UK’s most beautiful hotspots. From parts of Hadrian’s wall to walks near the Lakes and beyond, spoil her with a trip full of likeminded people.

Check that the walk is suited to their fitness and includes some nice accommodation or pack them an air bed– they didn’t work for 50 years to have to sleep on a hard mattress! If they are up for even more adrenaline, then consider an aeroplane flight – where they get to control the machine! Chocks away!

Christmas presents for your friends

Get the lads together for a day of indoor paintballing (or outdoor paintballing), lazer shooting or tank driving. Still not adrenaline fuelled enough? Try a monster truck driving day. For the ladies, we can recommend a spa day, a day of surfing on the beach, or a trip camping to catch up together.

Christmas team building for the colleagues

If you’re lucky enough to be a manager then we know what your staff want. A pay rise. Failing that, a day of raft building, archery, or team canoeing will be far better than a yawn inducing trust exercises. Be the good boss!

Marketing waited patiently for the chance to sink their MD- and thanks to raft building it was all completely legal.

A Weekend In Pembrokeshire

 If you want to get away from your wi-fi, hi-fi and i-docking-usb-pods for a weeked, you need to take a relaxing trip to Wales, and more specifically to lovely Pembrokeshire.

(We can’t promise that the journey won’t be stressful, especially if you’ve got a variety of generations in the car with you demanding toilet breaks, Werthers original or Radio Loud on. Still, plow on and you’ll soon be in your own little Haven- there’s a clue…)

Pembrokeshire is based in the south west of Wales and is ideal for a weekend getaway. With plenty to visit such as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, animals to spot, and beaches to visit, the county’ of Pembrokeshire is a great place to relax and take part in activities too.

Pembrokeshire has a huge coastline , with a variety of bays for you to explore including Newport, Fishguard, Carmarthen bay, as well as small islands like Skomer and Ramey.

We suggest that you head to somewhere when you can see the coast and enjoy the national parks, but with nearby access to lakes so you can  kayak, raft, gorge scramble, abseil, go shooting. If you stay in the right place you can  also indulge in Welsh breakfasts, excellent ales and come back heavier (but happier) than when you left!

Friday Night

Arrive in Pembrokeshire at Little Haven Haverfordwest.

This is the perfect place to see beautiful coasts and unspoilt shores.  Like a little heaven, Little Haven is on the west coast of Pembrokeshire and is an old fishing village that’s ideal for a peaceful, rested weekend away.

However, staying in Pembrokeshire means you are still close enough to action sports, kayaking, rafting and more for a great ‘GO Activities’ appropriate long weekend away!

Late Rooms offer a few hotels in Haverfordwest but as they are so idyllic, they can be costly.

The stunning £100 per night rooms are found at David’s Guesthouse, a grade II listed former Vicarage, set  with four poster suites, hearty English or Welsh Breakfasts, thick doorstop bread, secure parking, and even space for boats should you have brought them with you! Mere steps from the Norman Castle and the River Cleddau as well as pubs, this might be a great treat. If that’s too much, just 10 miles away lies the more modern Idos Boutique Suites in Narberth, a traditional stable block conversion close to the town of Narberth, complete with premium beds, wi-fi and i-docking for the modern traveler at a lower price.

After you drop your bags, we recommend getting into outdoor life! Start with an exploration of the stunning Pembrokeshire coast. You can do this on foot, or with the Costal Bus Service. Head to the south side of The Point in the Settlands and see the area called ‘The Sheep Wash’. Then for dinner we recommend an appropriate pub after seeing where they got washed previously- The Black Sheep (!) for some local produce. We can assure you that the dark chocolate torte and some drinks will certainly go down well after a day of driving!

If it’s still light, head back via Haverfordwest Castle which was built in the mid-12th century- there’s not much left of it, but it’s amazing what the castle has stood up against, from the Civil wars  and an attack in 1405. A local story also tells how in 1644 the castle was abandoned after cows on the hill were mistaken for attackers!

Saturday

We recommend an early start for breakfast (you have to try a Welsh fry up!) before you drive to St David’s half an hour away. There you will find the gorgeous Whitesands Bay, about two miles west of St. Davids, which is great for surfing, kayaking, rock pooling and climbing. Book in for a day of activity here and prepare to be exhilarated! A canoe trip in an open top or Canadian type boat can be as thrilling or as tame as you need it to be.

You can enjoy a picnic on the sands with your provider, or you can go your own way for lunch- why not try the The Farmers Arms, a nearby family pub to refuel?

The you can take the day down an adrenaline notch with clay pigeon shooting or golfing.

Or why not go to Ramey Island, an RSPB Boat Reserve. You can get a boat from the nearby St Justinians to spot some Guillemots Razorbills and even Atlantic grey seal colonies.

Afterwards, head back to Little Haven via the town of Broad Haven. With a few shops and some nice pubs, this is worth a look at.

Then head to the Griffin Inn In Dale for some scrumptious fish pie, a great steak or a couple of real ales before going bed!

Sunday

Sunday is usually the day of rest but we say, make an exception whilst your here.

Why not spend a day at the National Park Coasteering with a cliff jump or gorge scrambling for added measure? You can get involved in some rock building whilst you are there.

If you want a break from nature, then you can always do a spot of paintballing, karting or off road driving. Then stop at the Swan Inn for a fabulous roast before you hit the road and head home again.

Elaine