Travel in the UK: Cities
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The UK is full of energetic cities with rich cultural heritage. We love to advise Alpine Exploratory clients about extending their UK trip to take in such places as Edinburgh, Manchester and Glasgow. Visiting a city can be an invigourating contrast and a way to celebrate a succcesful trip to the mountains.
Clients receive our detailed Travel Notes on booking; as well as directions to and from the following cities relevant to each route, we include brief hotel lists that we maintain as we pass through on our recces. Please tell us how many days you have to spare, and we'll advise.
Alpine Exploratory UK trip
Arrival and departure airports for the best experience
Coast to Coast
Great Glen Way
Lake District Tour
West Highland Way
For our treks in Northern England, Manchester is the key city. Fly here instead of London for a shorter train ride to the start.
Recognisably the UK's second city after London, Manchester has much of the bustle in a compact city centre. The industrial revolution started here, the original Lowell, Massachusetts. Mills and warehouses have become offices and apartments. Manchester pulls people in from across the North and was Alpine Exploratory's local capital during our years based in Settle.
Our treks in Scotland are convenient for both Edinburgh and Glasgow; in fact the West Highland Way starts from a suburb of Glasgow, Milngavie. The two cities are linked by regular trains taking one hour.
Scotland's capital but smaller than Glasgow, Edinburgh is first on the list for tourists because of its sheer look: the quality of architecture and the situation on seven hills. August is the big festival month and sees the streets surging. At Alpine Exploratory we love having our base here. Edinburgh Airport is surprisingly well-linked to North America and Europe.
Glasgow with Manchester and Birmingham is a formerly industrial city spread over a large area. The subway is the only one in the UK outside London. We like to explore widely in Glasgow from West to East, linking busy high streets (shops, restaurants) with the grand central buildings. The underground helps show the pattern of economic ups and downs either side of the Clyde.