STUNNING countryside, wondrous wildlife, gorgeous beaches, family adventures and activities . . . all on our doorstep.

Even if we cannot fly after lockdown is lifted – or you simply do not want to – a world of options for a fabulous holiday are waiting to be discovered.

 Visit gorgeous countrysides by driving to a ferry port and sail off to one of our nearby isles or countries, we give you a flavour of six destinations

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Visit gorgeous countrysides by driving to a ferry port and sail off to one of our nearby isles or countries, we give you a flavour of six destinationsCredit: � CHRIS GEORGE 07781 42 44 12 – VISIT GUERNSEY

So pack up the car, drive to a ferry port and sail off to one of our nearby isles or neighbouring countries. Here, Trisha Harbord gives you a flavour of six destinations.

Isle of Man

SOMETIMES the best discoveries are right under your nose. That is how tourism bosses on the Isle of Man are selling the island to holidaymakers, hoping to lure them to this treasure in the Irish Sea.

It is best known, of course, for the annual TT motorcycle races on the mountain course. But the island is truly a destination for all seasons, rich in history, culture and attractions.

With 100 miles of coastline, you will find spectacular views and sandy beaches around every corner. The rugged landscape is perfect for hikers, walkers and cyclists.

The peaceful countryside is a haven for wildlife, too – including the native tailless cats and wild wallabies.
Meanwhile, the western coast is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

 The Isle of Man's peaceful countryside is a haven for wildlife, it truly is a beautiful destination rich in history, culture and attractions

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The Isle of Man’s peaceful countryside is a haven for wildlife, it truly is a beautiful destination rich in history, culture and attractions

Explore castles and medieval ruins or visit the eastern village of Laxey to see the world’s largest functioning waterwheel, which is 72ft in diameter and 6ft wide. Go coastal kayaking, take a Segway tour, catch a comedy show or a concert at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas, and eat “queenies” – queen scallops, the Manx national dish.

Special treat: Stargazing. There are 26 Dark Sky Discovery Sites around the island where you can see the Milky Way or perhaps even the Northern Lights.

Ferry time: Steam Packet Company Liverpool-Douglas 2hrs 45mins, or from Heysham, Lancs-Douglas 3hrs 45mins.

Check out: The 4 star Mannin Hotel in Douglas and 5 star Lily Bank Lodges in Foxdale (steampacketholidays.com; visitisleofman.com)

 

Isle of Arran

IT’S known as Scotland in Miniature because the Isle of Arran has a little bit of everything – mountains, beaches, forests, glens and a famous single-­malt whisky.

As you approach Arran by ferry, you will behold its biggest mountain, Goat Fell, which is popular with walkers with spectacular views from the summit.

The beautiful island is a haven for wildlife, so look out for seal colonies, basking sharks, porpoises, eagles and otters.

There is loads of history to explore. too. Visit Brodick Castle Garden and Country Park for a perfect family day out – there is an interactive visitor experience, a collection of wonderful artefacts in the castle and an Isle Be Wild adventure play area. Family entry costs £36.

 The Isle of Arran will please everyone as it has a little bit of everything, from mountains, beaches, forests, glens and a famous single-­malt whisky

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The Isle of Arran will please everyone as it has a little bit of everything, from mountains, beaches, forests, glens and a famous single-­malt whiskyCredit: Getty – Contributor

Check out the art gallery by the sea in Whiting Bay, full of original works, and the Torrylinn Creamery for the famous Arran cheese. Enjoy rock-climbing, fishing or an off-road safari, or try one of the many watersports including sailing and kayaking.

Special treat: A guided tour of Lochranza Distillery to see how whisky is produced and sample a dram or two.

Ferry time: CalMac Ferries Ardrossan-Brodick 55mins. Ardrossan Harbour is 30 miles from Glasgow. See calmac.co.uk.

Check out: Self-catering apartments at The Shorehouse, Brodick. See theshorehouse.co.uk and visitscotland.com.

France

WHILE in lockdown, start teaching the children a few words of French ready for when you can cross the Channel again. They will love ordering their own croissants and crepes on one of the many holiday parks perfect for families.

Brittany is brimming with activities and attractions as well as boasting beautiful sandy beaches, sweeping countryside, forests and sensational sunsets.

Set in 400 acres in the grounds of a 13th-century chateau, Domaine des Ormes is one of Brittany’s finest holiday parks with lodges, mobile homes and tents. There is an amazing tropical pool dome, pictured, with water-slides and lazy river.

Other fun includes outside pools, a boating lake, zipwire and treetop adventure course, horseriding school and kids’ clubs. Domaine des Ormes is near the medieval cathedral city of Dol-de-Bretagne, with ramparts, wooden houses, pretty squares, cafes, bars and shops. It is a great place to buy local crafts and souvenirs.

 Travel to Brittany in France, perfect for children, as it is full of activities and attractions as well as boasting beautiful sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets

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Travel to Brittany in France, perfect for children, as it is full of activities and attractions as well as boasting beautiful sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets

The park is just 35 minutes from the ferry port of St Malo, which is well worth visiting for its…

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