Celtic Travel - The Celtic nations - UK and Ireland
For the visitor, the six Celtic nations have very distinct personalities, yet share much in common. Their location on the western fringes of the European continent means that the are tied together by the sea. Rugged cliffs, tiny coves, fishing villages, gently sloping river estuaries, seemingly endless sandy beaches and wind-swept offshore islands; you'll find every conceivable variety of coastal geography.
There are mountains as well...
From the Scottish Highlands to the peaks of Welsh Snowdonia, the visitor is presented with a wilder contrast to the more gentle charms of the coast.
A sense of a shared Celtic past also unites the different regions. Standing stones, Iron Age forts, holy wells and Celtic crosses are dotted throughout the six lands. Castles, country houses and grand estates tell of more recent incursions by outsiders seeking to tame the native countryside.
Quite simply there's something for everyone in Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, The Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.
For those seeking a true Celtic experience, there’s a lifetime of exploring ahead.
The Celtic Nations
Brittany - Bretagne
On a peninsula in the northwestern corner of France, Brittany is an outlying region with a real sense of separateness from the rest of the country thanks to its strong Celtic heritage.
Cornwall - Kernow
If there’s one thing that defines Cornwall more than anything else, it’s the sea. A peninsula jutting out from the west of England with some 300 miles of coastline, nowhere in Cornwall is more than 20 miles from the sea.
Isle of Man - Ellan Vannin
By far the smallest of the Celtic nations, the Isle of Man’s 83,000 residents inhabit an island just 32 miles long and 14 miles wide.
Scotland - Alba
How do you begin to sum up Scotland? The nation occupies the northern third of the British Isles and a huge variety of landscapes make up its 30,000 square miles.
Wales - Cymru
Wales is dominated by two primary geographic features: its 1,680 miles of coastline (Wales is surrounded by water on three sides) and the mountains that dominate the country’s interior.