Historic coastal destinations around the UK for solo explorations

Immerse yourself in local history while enjoying coastal walks and sea views. All around the British Isles there are plenty of places with historic sights and experiences waiting to be enjoyed. Discover places recommended by solo travellers for when you travel next.

Aberdeen, Scotland. Take in the architecture on a walk around Old Aberdeen Tom

1. Aberdeen, Scotland

Take in the architecture on a walk around Old Aberdeen

J Jonathan

The granite buildings look nice in the sunshine. Old Aberdeen is the best area to take an afternoon stroll. I liked the old architecture... and the fresh North Eastern breeze. I recommend walking around Old Aberdeen, up to St. Machar Cathedral and around Seaton Park. 

O Ogdan-cdbbb

The beautiful silver city with golden beaches. De-stressing tips: Walking on the beach, visiting Old Aberdeen and the botanical gardens. The local churches were welcoming... The castles and beaches [are highly recommended]. I saw Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Marischal College – the world's second biggest granite building. 

Guernsey, Channel Islands. Understand the island’s history through several wars Dominic

2. Guernsey, Channel Islands

Understand the island’s history through several wars

D Derek Charles

Guernsey is stunning, I have been a few times and never been disappointed. There are many places of interest, especially if you like your history! It was Liberation day when I was there and there were celebrations all over the island. 

D Denise

Weather was lovely, lots to see and do. Guernsey is a fantastic place to visit. De-stressing tips: Visit to Herm, lovely weather, beautiful relaxing surroundings and no traffic. I saw Isle of Herm, Victor Hugo House and Castle Cornet. I liked the visit to Victor Hugo House. 

Port Erin, Isle Of Man. The steam train to Douglas is one of many iconic experiences Heather

3. Port Erin, Isle Of Man

The steam train to Douglas is one of many iconic experiences

S Sverre

Over the years I have been a lot in Port Erin, and seen Bradda Head (Milners Tower), the Sound of Man (nice restaurant), Port St. Mary, Castletown (very interesting castle), Douglas (good for shopping, theatre and cinema), Laxey (the wheel), Peel (Viking museum), Snaefell (beautiful view to all sides), the Zoo near Kirk Michael (groundsel) the four railways – particularly the steam-engine from Port Erin to Douglas, and the electric railway to Snaefell. Besides I like the remote places, like Fleshwick, Sulby, and the deserted part of the island... There are a lot of sights to see, ancient and modern, and beautiful sceneries that vary from place to place on the island. 

Jersey, Channel Islands. Learn local history from the museums, war tunnels and tours Catherine

4. Jersey, Channel Islands

Learn local history from the museums, war tunnels and tours

M Marion Lbb

The walking all over the island is excellent... The main museum has very interesting exhibitions of local history and highlights art and activities on the island. The beaches are clean and beautiful and the wild flowers and birds are in abundance. 

A Adelaide

Took two coach trips, one round the Island and the other to the War Tunnels. Got to see a lot on the... island trip and the War Tunnels are very interesting. There is so much to see on Jersey and the beaches are beautiful. De-stressing tips: Just relaxing, wandering around St Helier and the island. 

Belfast, Northern Ireland. Explore this fascinating city – but look beyond the top tourist spots Annetta

5. Belfast, Northern Ireland

Explore this fascinating city – but look beyond the top tourist spots

M Michele

I think the political history of the city is fascinating and if you have the chance to venture away from the big tourist attractions, it's much more pleasant. Also, joining tours run by locals rather than tourist companies is a must! I did a city walking tour (enjoyed this the most), [I saw] West Belfast Wall (enjoyed this second to most), City hall, Titanic studios.... I took a 3 hour guided tour. The first half was taken by a Nationalist of Belfast and the second by a Unionist of Belfast. Great to see the juxtaposition and how the story of the city was told from two opposing perspectives. 

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