Some of our planet’s greatest attributes are its natural creations, from the expansive oceans that cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and the distinctive landscapes of each unique country and region, to the 8.7 million different species of animals that call our world home. The UK alone boasts countless naturally breathtaking offerings, including rugged wind-beaten coastlines, rolling countryside, glistening lakes and a fine collection of native wildlife, so you’d be silly not to take advantage.
For outdoorsy types, there are so many ways to indulge their passion for the natural world and at Red Letter Days, we’re true advocates of making the most of what Mother Nature gave us. After all, it’s been proven that spending time outside can be beneficial to your mental well being and something as simple as a walk in a green space can offer an instant mood boost.
If you’re looking to treat nature lovers in your life, look not further than our top pick of outdoorsy gifts.
Embark on a Rural Getaway
Retreat to the great British countryside and reignite a love for nature with a rural glamping escape – it’s the ultimate way to enjoy an authentic camping experience, without having to give up creature comforts. Whether you’re looking for a spot of luxury or somewhere quirky, there are plenty of fantastic venues across the UK.
The Glamping Orchard in Gloucester proves that getting back to nature doesn’t have to mean getting back to basics, with their cosy furnished bell tents, complete with plush beds and homely decor.
Alternatively, bring the Lord of the Rings tales to life with a short break in a real life hobbit hole in the Lake District! The unique underground living space is concealed in lush landscape and comes equipped with electricity, a toilet and even heating. What more could you want?
Take to the Skies
If exploring the local area by foot isn’t quite hitting the spot, take your adventure to dizzy new heights with a high-altitude hot air balloon ride. Soaring thousands of feet above the ground in an open-air basket, it’s the most spectacular way of taking in the landscape below. The peace and tranquillity up there is pretty hard to replicate.
For views that will take your breath away, choose a sunrise or sunset ride for stunning lighting and dramatic skies.
Meet Some Wonderful Wildlife
From magnificent marine life to feathered friends, our selection of native wildlife is pretty incredible. Grasp the opportunity to get up close and personal with some amazing beings, or even capture them in their natural habitat with one of our awesome animal experiences.
Feed a fascination for sea creatures with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales and sharks in the wild. Embark on a boat trip off the coast of Falmouth and keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose and common dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, minke and pilot whales, Atlantic grey seals and plenty of seabirds. Daredevils can even go for a dip in the sea with basking sharks in Oban if they’re feeling brave!
If winged wonders have more appeal, come face-to-beak with some of the UK’s many species of birds of prey on a falconry day.
Explore the Great Outdoors on Horseback
A long country walk is fantastic, but by switching up your transport you can cover a lot more ground in less time, and by this we mean horseback! Whether an experienced rider, a beginner or someone looking to get back in the saddle, our horse riding experiences are a really fun way of exploring the British countryside.
Have we inspired you with a few great ideas of what to buy those special nature lovers! For more gift inspiration, be sure to check out our other gift guides.
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