COVID-19 has put pay to everyone’s travel plans, and left the nation dreaming of times that they can once again, book holidays and breaks away.
But currently, we are all currently unable to travel at this time, and that is something that really bugs us, as intrigue and wonder are in our very nature. Glamping as an immersive outdoor activity is one you have to throw yourself into. Or, ‘out’ to, if that makes sense.
As a firm rooted in tourism, we also believe that our staff are our lifeblood, and it’s these people, who love travel, tourism and exploration that are the make-up of our business. It stands to reason that those people who help run a travel-focused company, hold travel and nature as close to their hearts, as our thousands of guests that we bring to all corners of the UK, and to France, on an annual basis.
Therefore, when thinking about the next places we wanted to go to, we decided to ask the Quality Unearthed team what their plans were regarding travelling when the lockdown is over, and the current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
We asked. They told us.
We’ve posted some of our favourite ideas here to help inspire, in you, some digital daydreaming; put some “pins” on your ‘where next‘ map so that when we can all finally go outside and taste the freedom of unrestricted movement again, you’ll know exactly where your next destination will be.
France (with some Outer Hebrides thrown in)
Bethan Walker, Operations & Projects Manager, is planning a French odyssey or failing that, a trip to the Outer Hebrides.
“If we can’t get to Provence in the Campervan, we’ll go back to find some sandy beaches on one of the western isles of Scotland“
As you can see from the above image, the Western Isles of Scotland, on their day, can compete with anywhere in the world for sandy beach breaks. The Isle of Vatersay, which is shown above, which translates as ‘Water Island‘ is a testament to this.
In regards to the plan of a French road-trip, in Beth’s fabled campervan, the destination in Southern France of Provence would prove an epic adventure for sure. Making the drive from West Wales to South France would see many pitstops taking in some fantastic French countryside, where they are now also spoiled for choice when it comes to glamping structures.
One of the best in the Provence region itself would be La Cabane de Pan, which you can find on the Quality Unearthed website.
Fiona Llewellyn, Customer Services Manager, is planning to visit historic Beddgelert
“We camp nearby at Llyn Gwynant and love the pretty village with lovely river running through it, a great place to have lunch and a wander”
Beddgelert is a small village found in the absolute heart of Snowdonia but is home to one of the most powerful and well-known Welsh legends – the tale of Gelert and the Wolf. Gelert was the loyal hound of Llewellyn the Great, and is said to be buried in one of the fields off the river trail in Beddgelert. In fact, the legend gives its name to the village itself, ‘bedd‘ literally meaning ‘grave‘.
At the site of the buried hound, there are two stones, one written in Welsh, the other in English, and translates the story of Gelert, as follows:
“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent.
On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.
The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry.
Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here”.
So, in one of the smallest and most unassuming little villages in all of North Wales, you will find a whole heap of culture and folklore.
Find out more about Beddgelert from the Beddgelert Tourism Association, for travel information after COVID-19 is over.
Hayley Gerry says that she wants to go to the mountains for downhill mountain biking, so Snowdonia is on the cards
“We want to go to the mountains for some downhill mountain biking; any will do. Snowdonia [is probably most likely] as we feel drawn to staying in the UK this year.”
Hayley is used to finding the thrill of downhill biking in many places. She and her family spent two weeks in the alps last summer and says all that fresh air and thrilling exercise was brilliant. But this year, as the draw and appeal of staycationing in the UK continues to grow, the destination is likely to be Snowdonia.
Where else better?
Tim Rees, Founder of Quality Unearthed, is also planning a trip to Scotland, this time to the Highlands
“Planning a trip to the Highlands is more like planning an adventure, then planning a holiday”
The Scottish Highlands stretch from Fort William in the west, and up the coast to Skye. Then around the North Coast 500 – a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland – around to Durness and then onto John O’ Groats in the far north. The Highlands also run up to Inverness and then east, out to Elgin, taking in Aviemore and some of the Cairngorms National Park.
Within the boundaries of what is considered the Scottish Highlands, there is so much history and beauty. And nestled inside the Highland borders, you can find Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, the North West Highlands Geopark and the Glenfinnan Viaduct, to name just a few of many fantastic landmarks and places to visit. Be sure to check with Visit Scotland for updates on COVID-19 and travel to the region.
Megan Phillips, Operations team, is another who sees her next destination in the Scottish Highlands
“I have visited Edinburgh and Glasgow many times but would love to explore more of the country particularly the Highlands. Caledonian Escape looks amazing and we would get to see the lochs, moors and local villages.
We couldn’t have said it better, thank you Meg.
One person who has already been to Caledonian Escape, is Gareth Robinson, our GM and he’s looking to go back ASAP
“Without a doubt Scotland , we love the rugged landscapes and stunning woodland. Scotland has more woodland now, than it did 100 years ago and is a photographer’s dream.”
Gareth has family members in Scotland, so he tries to visit at least once a year. He plans to visit Caledonian Escape, near Loch Garry, for a second time at the end of the year, providing the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted. There are some stunning woodlands and a loch you can walk down to near the Canadian-type lodge. Also due to it being a dark sky area great for stargazing. Also, Loch Ness is only a short drive away, and Ben Nevis only an hour away too.
Thom James, in Marketing, wants to experience the southwest of England, exploring in Devon and Cornwall
“I’ve been to Cornwall and Devon, far too briefly in the past, and would love to spend more time in these counties, exploring the rural areas.”
And during his time in the Southwest, Thom would love to stay in one of the most sought-after and unique structures on the Quality Unearthed portfolio. On the very southern tip of the Devon coastline, on the opposing side of the estuary to Salcombe, you will find Oyster. She is positioned in an extremely tranquil part of the estuary, in a secret hideaway moored at the bottom of an ancient quarry path, and this is where Thom would like to set up base.
So, Scotland seems to be a firm winner with many of us, but travel in general, is very much still at the forefront of our minds. When COVID-19 is over, and the travel bans are lifted, look out for us in the above spots.