With rich history and a landscape that varies from green pasture to rugged mountains, the combined nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland capture the imagination of visitors from all over the globe. Let Luggage Mule ship your luggage to the UK so you can make the most of your trip to the British Isles.
Customs: Due to the UK’s place within the EU, travel between other EU countries is fairly easy. However, meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets including dogs, cats and birds.
Price: One way shipping from £15.49!
Shipping times: 2 working days
Flights: Nearly all international airlines provide a service to the UK. Major gateways include London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Belfast.
Currency: Pound Sterling (£)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens do not need a visa to travel to any part of the UK. Other nationalities however may need a visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit UK.
Time zone: GMT
Packing for the UK
While temperature extremes are rare outside the height of summer and the depths of winter, the British weather can still be unpredictable. It’s best to be prepared for both rain and sun. If you’re coming in winter or planning to hike in mountainous areas, bring suitable gear – thick jumpers and heavy-dutry waterproofs, plus hiking boots. Summers are usually warm, but it’s worth bringing light sweaters or jumpers to keep off the chill in the evening. If you’re headed for the seaside or planning a lot of outdoor activity, pack sun cream, sunglasses and a hat.
Ship your bike to the UK
Some of Britain’s most scenic cycling routes are found in the south of England. In Cornwall, try the 17-mile Camel Trail, which runs from Poley’s Bridge to Padstow via Bodmin and Wadebridge. Further north, the Peak District offers more of a challenge – highlights include the High Peak Trail, the Tissington Trail and the Manifold Way. In Wales, the 11-mile Lôn Mawddach Trail runs from Barmouth to Dolgellau alongside the Mawddach Estuary, and in Scotland you can take on the 43-mile Bealach na Bà trail in the Highlands. Wherever you’re headed, Luggage Mule’s UK bike shipping service will take your bike to your destination safely and at reasonable rates, so all you have to do is turn up and ride.
Ship your golfing gear to the UK
With nearly 2,000 clubs around the country, there’s no shortage of golf courses in the UK. While England has more courses than Ireland, Scotland and Wales combined, most overseas visitors head to the Celtic nations to hit coastal courses. The course at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland is a good place to start for those getting to grips with links golf. Those with a bit more experience may want to tackle Royal Dornoch and Nairn in Scotland, with spectacular across the Moray Firth and the Black Isle. Back in England, Albion, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire is on The Open Championship list and has a world-class back nine. Luggage Mule provides safe, affordable golf club shipping throughout the UK, so your clubs and gear will be waiting at your destination of choice when you arrive.
What to ship home from the UK
The UK has some of the most world’s most recognisable and idiosyncratic souvenirs. In Scotland, shop for traditional tartans – head to Geoffrey Tailor Kiltmaker on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, one of the last traditional tartan producers in the country – and delicacies such as haggis, shortbread and single malt whiskies. In England, London is famous for its top-end shopping; browse designer clothes and luxury gifts at famous department stores such as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Liberty, or head to Soho and Camden for alternative and underground fashion. Whatever you want to bring home from the UK, Luggage Mule’s generous 30kg allowance will give you plenty of space to pack it.