Back to Blog

As Earth Month unfolds and the weather (presumably) gets better, there's no better time to start planning your late spring and summer getaways. If you need inspiration to decide where to go within the UK, you've come to the right place! The must-visit destinations in our UK Explorer Mug, like Pembrokeshire Coast National Park or the city of Bath, will definitely get you started.

But besides the most popular spots, our island nation is brimming with hidden gems waiting to be discovered, from rugged coastlines to lush countryside. At Trouvaille, we believe in the power of travel to enrich our lives while preserving the beauty of our planet. In this post, we discuss some of the benefits of eco-friendly travel and give you a few tips to explore sustainably. More importantly, we share a list of 10 lesser known and epic destinations in the UK you definitely can’t miss if you’re planning a staycation this year.

Probably, you want to keep travelling as much as you can without having a negative impact on the planet in the process. So, what can you do to travel a little bit more sustainably?

Embrace Slow Travel

In a world of fast-paced living, slow travel offers a refreshing escape to reconnect with ourselves and the world around us. What does this mean? Take the time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the UK's landscapes. By slowing down and savouring each moment, you'll not only reduce your carbon footprint but also gain a deeper appreciation for the natural wonders around you.

Support Local Communities

One of the joys of travelling locally is the opportunity to support small businesses and local artisans. Seek out independent cafes serving locally sourced produce, browse farmers' markets for handmade crafts, and stay in family-run guesthouses that prioritise sustainability. By investing in local communities, you'll contribute to their economic resilience while fostering authentic connections with the places you visit.

Minimise Your Environmental Impact

Every journey leaves a footprint, but there are steps you can take to minimise your environmental impact. Opt for eco-friendly transportation options such as cycling, walking, or taking public transport whenever possible. Pack light, bring reusable water bottles and food containers, and say no to single-use plastics. And don't forget to leave no trace—respect wildlife, dispose of waste responsibly, and leave natural spaces as you found them.

Our Colour-In Cotton Tote Bag goes wherever we go and is a fabulous light-weight accessory for sightseeing walks, beach days, and shopping! Also, our totes are helping to fight deforestation in Africa thanks to the work of Tree Aid with local communities. Find out more here.

Explore Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations

While tourist hotspots have their appeal, some of the UK's most enchanting destinations lie off the beaten path. Venture beyond the guidebooks to discover secluded beaches, hidden waterfalls, and charming villages untouched by mass tourism.

These lesser-known destinations and eco-friendly travel experiences within the UK offer the opportunity to explore and connect with nature while minimising your environmental impact. Whether you're seeking secluded beaches, rugged landscapes, or dark skies for stargazing, there's something for everyone to discover in these hidden gems of the UK.

1. Llŷn Peninsula, Wales

Explore one of Wales' best-kept secrets, its rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and picturesque villages. Enjoy panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia National Park while hiking the Wales Coast Path. Find eco-friendly options to spend the night in nearby towns like Abersoch and Aberdaron supporting local businesses. Engage in outdoor adventures like surfing, sailing, and sea kayaking, or immerse yourself in Welsh culture and tradition in charming fishing villages like Porthdinllaen or Pwllheli. 

2. The Southern Upland Way, Scotland

Scotland's coast-to-coast long-distance walking route, stretching approximately 214 miles from Portpatrick on the west coast to Cockburnspath on the east coast, traverses through the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Borders, including rolling hills, moorlands, forests, and picturesque villages. The Southern Upland Way passes through several protected areas and nature reserves, providing opportunities to learn about local wildlife, flora, and fauna while contributing to the preservation of these fragile ecosystems through responsible tourism practices.

3. Northumberland Dark Sky Park, England

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the magic of stargazing in Northumberland Dark Sky Park. Recognised as one of the best places in the world to observe the night sky, this designated Dark Sky Reserve offers guided stargazing experiences, eco-friendly accommodation options, and opportunities to learn about astronomy and conservation. After the trip, draw all the constellations you spotted on our Stargazing Colour-In Mug and enjoy your morning coffee amongst the stars.

4. Mourne Mountains and Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland

While the Mourne Mountains are a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, they are often overshadowed by the Giant's Causeway. However, they offer equally stunning landscapes with fewer crowds, making them a perfect destination for those seeking a quieter and more secluded outdoor experience. You can explore a network of trails that wind through ancient woodlands, heather-clad hills, and cascading waterfalls, all while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the region. In addition to outdoor adventures, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich culture and heritage of the area. From traditional music sessions in local pubs to guided tours of historic sites such as Castlewellan Castle and the Mourne Heritage Trust, there's plenty to discover beyond the hiking trails.

5. Isle of Eigg, Scotland

This small, picturesque island is known for its stunning landscapes, including sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and rugged hills. Visitors can explore Eigg's rich biodiversity, participate in conservation projects, and stay in eco-friendly accommodations such as off-grid cottages and eco-hostels.

6. The Broads, England

With its network of rivers, lakes, and marshes, The Broads is a unique and biodiverse wetland area perfect for eco-friendly exploration. You can kayak or canoe through serene waterways, spot rare birds and wildlife, and support sustainable tourism initiatives such as wildlife conservation projects and locally-run boat tours.

7. Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, Wales

Spanning 125 miles of coastline, the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path offers breathtaking views and abundant opportunities for sustainable outdoor adventures. Hike along rugged cliffs, explore secluded beaches, and discover ancient ruins and wildlife habitats along the way.

8. Assynt-Coigach National Scenic Area, Scottish Highlands

Nestled in the northwest Highlands of Scotland, this area is characterised by its dramatic mountain peaks, pristine lochs, and ancient woodlands. Enjoy a beautiful landscape shaped by glaciers and geological formations, with opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and photography in a setting untouched by mass tourism. Visitors can also explore the Assynt Geopark, home to some of the oldest rocks in the world, and enjoy kayaking, fishing, and wildlife cruises on the pristine waters of Loch Assynt and Lochinver Bay.

9. Isles of Scilly, England

Situated off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly are an undiscovered paradise boasting pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a laid-back island vibe. Kayak through sea caves, snorkel among colourful marine life, and experience unique eco-friendly accommodation in an off-grid yurt!

10. The Gower Peninsula, Wales

Known for its stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, and ancient landscapes, the Gower Peninsula offers endless opportunities for sustainable outdoor adventures. Hike the Wales Coast Path, surf on world-class waves, and stay in eco-friendly accommodations such as eco-lodges and glamping sites nestled in nature.


As we celebrate Earth Month, let's embrace the spirit of adventure and explore places we’ve never been before, without going far. By practicing sustainable travel habits and supporting local communities right here in the UK, we can protect the places we love and ensure they remain vibrant for generations to come.

Oh, and if you love writing, you can document it all in our Recycled Paper Travel Journal.

Happy travels!