Hiring a car for the summer is a great way to go exploring. With flexible and affordable deals available, it’s certainly an option to be considered. Hiring a car not only means you will not be limited to public transport timetables if you don’t already own a vehicle. For those who do, it can also mean having a bigger vehicle than usual to fit all of your family. There is no limit to the experiences that can be enjoyed. Here are some of the best things to do this summer in a car rental.
Spending Time at the Beach
The summer is the perfect time to take a trip to the seaside and spend time building sandcastles while soaking up the sun. A large number of beautiful beaches can be found all around the UK which can be reached with ease with a summer hire car. The picturesque Isle of Sheppey is a pretty island that boasts several excellent Blue Flag beaches. Driving along the south coast of England is also an enchanting experience. Take your hire car on a coastal journey and enjoy being able to stop wherever the mood strikes them to unwind on the sand for a while.
Take in a Summer Festival
A large number of festivals are held in the summer months and music lovers are sure to be in their element. Taking the time to enjoy a festival is sure to be one of the most exciting things to do in the UK in summer. There are festivals for people of all tastes and people who have a hire car can time their trip so that they can enjoy a large number of different festivals throughout the summer. Some of the highlights include the Isle of Wight Festival, British Summer Time in Hyde Park in London, Depot in the Castle in Cardiff and the Rewind Festival in Perth.
Having Fun in Bournemouth
People who are looking for fun places to go for summer are sure to have a ball in Bournemouth. Bournemouth is an ideal base for exploring England’s south coast. Just a short drive will take you lovely Poole and its enormous natural harbour. Across the way are the rugged Purbecks, perfect for stunning coastal walks. Or inland, there are many quaint Dorset villages that inspired Hardy’s classics. Many stately homes, National Trust properties and the expansive New Forest are all within easy reach. The award-winning beach is perfect for a family holiday, with clean sand, clear water and a variety of activities, such as volleyball and sandcastle competitions. You can also visit the Waterfront Complex and the funfair on Bournemouth Pier.
Getting Back to Nature
The UK is blessed with a large number of picturesque nature reserves and national parks that are just waiting to be explored. The Blashwood Lakes Nature Reserve is an enticing tourist attraction, offering a myriad of leisure activities and an abundance of flora and fauna. Sailing and water skiing are popular recreational pastimes here and the area surrounding the lakes is peppered with scenic walking trails and picnic spots. The reserve is an important sanctuary for animals and birds and has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Explore the Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads is a unique area of water, marshes, fen and woodland, and this large and lovely area is also home to some of the rarest plants and creatures in the UK. This area boasts the title of Britain’s largest protected wetland and people who enjoy messing about on the water are sure to be in their element here. Sailing, motor boating, rowing, canoeing, fishing, walking, sightseeing and bird watching are just some of the activities that are waiting to be enjoyed, while this is the perfect place to pause for a picnic.
Discover the Giant’s Causeway
The Emerald Isle is the perfect place to explore by car and many of the attractions in Ireland combine natural beauty with a rich history. One of the most famous of them all is the Giants’ Causeway, which is natural rock formation that consists of thousands of tightly packed basalt columns that extend for around three miles along the coast. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the foot of the cliffs and disappear under the sea. This is also a great place to pause and simply gaze out to sea.
Of course, this is just a small selection of the interesting things that await people who hire a rental car. One of the great things about the United Kingdom is that no matter where you live you will find that numerous destinations can be reached by car in just a couple of hours. However, simply driving through the countryside and pausing to explore the charming towns and villages is also a great way to spend a few days.