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Dads are always the most difficult to buy for aren’t they? To get a Father’s Day gift for them that they actually like, and is a little bit different, is the Holy Grail for sons and daughters all over the country. and as we roll around to the 20th June, you can almost sense the universal resignation of adding another mug to the already overflowing cupboard.

But here at Not In The Guidebooks, we’re here to save you from the drudgery of another dressing gown. We’ve got experiences and things to do that are genuinely unique, fun, and interesting, and won’t break the bank – it’s not too late to save Father’s Day 2021.

Glasgow West End Whisky Tour

holding up a glass of whisky

A solid place to start any kind of experience would be one that includes some great bars, and a bit of traditional culture in a buzzing, vibrant city. On this whisky tour of Glasgow’s West End, you’ll try four premium malt Scotch whiskies at four of the best whisky bars in the city.

Alongside that, you’ll hear the city brought to life by an expert local guide, passionate about the stories and the quirks that make this characterful city so special. Anyone with a dad who’s got a passion for whisky, or even just a good time, look no further than this as a great Father’s Day gift idea.

Mountain Biking in the Brecon Beacons

mountain biking fathers day gift

Perhaps you dad is someone with more of a thirst for adventure, in which case this private mountain biking adventure in the stunning hills and mountains of the Brecon Beacons is surely the perfect Father’s Day gift idea.

Strap on your helmet and hop into the saddle, for a day out that gets you out of a centre and on to world-class trails that snake through the national park. From tricky technical routes to beginner options on flowing single tracks, your private guide and instructor will help you navigate the landscape seamlessly, so that you can focus on drinking in the incredible scenery.

A History of London in Four Drinks

pint of beer in pub

Back to the booze, and a history tour of London with a twist. Beer, gin, coffee and, of course, tea, have shaped life in London for centuries, and this is your chance to learn how, whilst trying some of the best examples of them all anywhere in London.

Based around the Fleet, Street, Farringdon and St Paul’s area of the capital, there are countless stories in this ancient section of the city. You’ll hear some of the most fascinating of these tales, and explore cosy pubs, famous distilleries and atmospheric coffee houses. A unique day out with some great drinks – what’s not to like?

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Coasteering at Croyde Bay

England, Devon and Cornwall

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Brixton Music and Street Art Tour

England, London

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Private Mountain Biking Adventure

Wales, Brecon Beacons

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Glasgow’s West End Whisky Tour

Scotland, Glasgow

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An Afternoon of Kayaking in Ullswater

people kayaking in the lake district

The Lakes are stunning at this time of year, and there’s no better way to explore them than getting out onto one of the lakes themselves. You’ve got the opportunity to do just that on this kayaking tour that is suitable for all abilities on Ullswater, one of the most beautiful lakes in the national park.

Spend an afternoon cruising the waters, basking under the sun with 360-degree views of the surrounding hills, mountains and woodland. Your guide, Leigh, will ensure you spend a truly memorable few hours on the water, before you part ways and head to one of the countless great pubs around the Lake District, the perfect way to round off the day.

Brixton Music and Street Art Tour

street art in brixton

Perfect for any music heads out there, this unique tour of Brixton digs deep into the rich and vibrant culture and music scene on one of London’s most characterful districts. Enjoy stunning street food and beautiful street art as you explore the buzzing markets and lanes, and try to drag dad out of a number of little record shops.

After the tour, he’ll have something to remember this adventure by in the form of some professional photography, as well as stories to tell about the lives of Bob Marley, David Bowie and more. Finish up in Brockwell Park, a wonderful green space with city skyline views and a number of great spots to explore nearby.

Coasteering at Croyde Bay, Cornwall

person jumping off cliff coasteering

One for those dads with a sense of adventure, or for the kids who just want to see him squeeze into a wetsuit. In all seriousness, if you’re looking for an active, exhilarating gift for Father’s Day, it doesn’t get much better than this coasteering experience in Cornwall’s stunning Croyde Bay.

Scrambling along rock faces, cliff jumping into the bracing waves and clambering along narrow ledges, it’s a white-knuckle ride led by an expert instructor who sees your safety as paramount. A unique way to explore Cornwall’s stunning coastline, it certainly isn’t an experience that gets forgotten in a hurry.


Here at Not In The Guidebooks, we offer a wide variety of day experiences, mini-breaks and longer adventures in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whether you’re looking for a unique view of London or an off-grid holiday in the UK, there is sure to be something that suits you to get you not just seeing the world, but experiencing it.

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