It may be one of the world’s most iconic brands, but that doesn’t stop Google from having a little fun with their users. In almost every Google product is a hidden gem, referred to as an ‘Easter egg.’ And now, Google has included a few humorous suggestions for UK travel.
With everything from hopping aboard the nearest free dragon in Wales, lazing on a loch with Nessie or more dignified options such as the Royal Carriage, Google has provided some fictitious – yet entertaining – modes of transport for getting from A to B.
Beat rush hour with a Welsh dragon
The scenic trip from the Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia can of course be taken by the usual means: car, bike, bus or on foot (boring!). But for the more adventurous, the 3hr 48 min drive can be slashed to a mere 21 minutes, simply by hailing your nearest free Welsh dragon.
Hitch a ride on The Loch Ness Monster
Tourists have scoured the Scottish Highlands for a coveted sighting of this mythical beastie for years. But now, they're in luck. She seems to have overcome her shyness in order to provide transportation for those travelling from Fort Augustus to Urquart Castle. Laze back and soak up the scenery, ‘Nessie’ will have you there in 28 minutes flat, beating the local bus by a whopping 4 minutes.
If you manage to catch one of her tours, then don’t forget to take a picture!
Ride on the Royal Carriage
If grandeur is what you’re after, then look no further. Google Maps tells us that if you wish to travel from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s Royal carriage awaits. Beating all other modes of public transport, including the train, HRM’s horses must be in receipt of a steady supply of oats; it takes only 1hr 16 mins to complete this 22 mile journey.
Punt across town
The less mythical mode of transport, ‘punting’ has also been offered up by Google Maps, specifically for travelling between Magdalene College and the Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge. As idyllic as it may be, it may not be the best option for those in a hurry – punting this distance takes 45 mins, more than double the time it would take to hop on a bus.
We’ve got no doubt that there are more of Google's hidden Easter Eggs - if you see any others then let us know!