Grab Your Single Ticket: The brilliant UK getaways that put the interests and needs of solo travelers first (and there are no shared rooms with strangers!)
- A soli vacation is the incredible 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line in Scotland
- Cornwall is set to be popular again this summer – take a tour of Falmouth Bay & St Ives on vacation
- A four day break in Yorkshire includes lunch at Betty’s Tea Room in Harrogate and a chocolate master class
Every week, our vacation hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at one brilliant vacation theme and does all the work so you don’t have to. This Week: Britain’s Best Solo Vacation.
Solo travelers should be spoiled for choice this summer as tour operators have added a range of small group getaways to their post-lockdown offerings.
Forget about sharing rooms with strangers, punitive individual supplements and tables – these imaginative itineraries bring like-minded solo travelers together whose interests and needs come first.
Highlight in the highlands: A solo vacation is the incredible 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line
This includes a four-day Classic Yorkshire break with One Traveler which is slated to include lunch in the original Betty’s Tea Room in Harrogate and a chocolate master class in the York Cocoa House.
After tasting York’s “dark gold” in class, guests can find the calories on a guided walking tour of the city, a boat trip on the River Ouse, and a tour of Harlow Carr, the Royal Horticultural Society’s 58-acre garden on the fringes mining the Yorkshire Dales. The basis is the Grade II Middletons Hotel in the heart of York. From £ 890 (onetraveller.co.uk).
If train travel is your preference, Newmarket Holidays’ Scottish Highland Railways solo tour is well worth a look. The four-day break includes three scenic train rides, starting with the 80-mile journey from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, overlooking the Isle of Skye.
Guests will also experience the Strathspey Steam Railway and cross the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line. From £ 765 including flights from Bristol, Luton or Manchester (newmarketholidays.co.uk).
Looking ahead, the company is also offering a four-day Christmas break in the Highlands from £ 779.
One of the new tours from Saga features a variety of culinary delights on the menu. The four-day Splendor Of The Peak District vacation, open to those over 50, includes a homemade pudding session in Bakewell and the chance to soak in the spa water in Buxton. It also includes a tour of Chatsworth House and Gardens, as well as a leisurely stroll through Lathkill Dale in search of orchids, butterflies, woodpeckers and voles. From £ 619 (saga.co.uk).
A four-day break in Classic Yorkshire with One Traveler includes lunch at the original Betty’s Tea Room in Harrogate and a chocolate master class at York Cocoa House
The perfect pub lunch is promised at Fox & Hounds in the Oxfordshire village of Christmas Common at the start of a new Solos Holidays break in the Chiltern Hills. You’ll be accompanied by a qualified Blue Badge tour guide who will lead the group across rolling fields and past thatched cottages with flint walls in one of the UK’s most underrated beauty spots.
The walk takes you past the Getty family’s Wormsley estate. See the Waterfront Pavilion in Garsington, famous for its open-air operas on summer nights, and follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I on the medieval London Waye to near Woodstock. The two-day break costs from £ 359 (solosholidays.co.uk).
Cornwall is set to be popular again this summer and solo travelers can join the new tour of Falmouth Bay & St Ives with Riviera Travel.
Cornwall is set to be popular again this summer and solo travelers can join the new Falmouth Bay & St Ives tour with Riviera Travel. St. Michael’s Mount is shown
Guests can cross the dam to St. Michael’s Mount, explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and walk to Tintagel Castle on the cliff edge. There are visits to Falmouth, Padstow and Mevagissey, as well as a tasting at Healey’s traditional Cornish cyder farm.
Better still, everyone has plenty of room to spread out while traveling. Due to Riviera’s social distancing policy, coaches will never be more than half full and tours are limited to 25 guests.
From £ 899 for four nights (rivieratravel.co.uk).