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25 Day – England, Scotland and Ireland

This epic 25 day adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.

Visit iconic sites in London including the Tower of London, London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral, see Stratford, William Shakespeare’s birthplace, visit York Minster in York and through the picturesque Lake District National Park to the Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere.

See Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen and Edinburgh Castle where you can view the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg and Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Stop at St. Andrews, Pitlochry and Inverness where you can try and spot the famous Nessie from the banks of Loch Lomond then taste a wee dram of whisky at the Old Pulteney Distillery.

Visit John O’Groats, the Orkney Islands, Ullapool and the magical Isle of Skye.

In Killarney journey around the Ring of Kerry then kiss the Stone of Eloquence at Blarney Castle and enjoy a famous Irish Cabaret in Ireland’s lively capital, Dublin.

Cross the Isle of Anglesey to Wales and stop at the market town of Conwy, Chester and visit Cardiff Castle.

See the Georgian city of Bath famous for its architecture and Roman Baths built above natural hot water springs and travel to the Cornish coast to Plymouth.

To conclude your tour you will see the prehistoric site of Stonehenge situated on Salisbury Plain.

 




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Tour Highlights

  • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal
  • Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All Ireland titles of its national sport of Hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Travel along Princes Street and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott. Walk through the New Town and visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up
  • Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Your Journey Begins

Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

Day 2 - Arrive London

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

Hotel:  The Grosvenor Hotel London

Day 3 - London to Stratford-Upon-Avon

At 08:15 meet your Travel Director at the trip’s hotel in London. After a warm welcome, settle into your luxury coach and head westwards through the green Chiltern Hills. Stop in Oxford where your Travel Director will introduce you to the City of Dreaming Spires and home to the world’s most famous university. With time at leisure, why not enjoy a visit to the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market?

Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born, now a museum full of memorabilia relating to his life.

Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a local restaurant for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening.

Hotel:    Macdonald Swan’s Nest Hotel, Stratford

Meals:   Dinner with Wine

Day 4 - Medieval York

A leisurely drive brings you to the historic city of York, its story going back to the time of the Romans and the Vikings. Inside the ancient city walls, see the York Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe. Explore the maze of narrow streets to the topsy-turvy Shambles, where warped, overhanging timber-framed houses lean so far that they almost touch! Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel:    Hilton York

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 5 - Edinburgh

Travel across the Yorkshire Dales and wild Pennines to the picturesque English Lake District. Here a scenic wonderland awaits – rugged mountains and tranquil waters, inspiration to a host of English poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Shelley.

After a visit to Wordsworth’s grave in the village of Grasmere, cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. This is the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith’s shop.

Then it’s on to the majestic Scottish capital. At night, select departures will attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Hotel:    Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 - Scotland's City of Culture

Join a local expert for a trip along Princes Street to see the ornate Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott. Walk the elegant 18th century New Town to see its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland, Scotland’s glittering Crown Jewels.

At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen.

The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery?

Hotel:    Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 7 - The Highland Capital of Inverness

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous ‘Chariots of Fire’ scene was filmed?

Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley.

Stop at Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746 and visit the Culloden Visitor Centre.

Travel to stately Inverness, where your centrally-located hotel is set on the banks of the River Ness and looks up to Inverness Castle.

Hotel:    Columba Hotel, Inverness

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Loch Ness to Wick

Start the day with a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland’s great glen. Your travels then follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick.

Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink.

Don’t blink as you drive on to your hotel – you pass Ebenezer Place, which at 2.06 m, is the world’s shortest street!

Hotel: The Norseman Hotel, Wick

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Orkney Islands Experience

Visit the most northerly community on the British mainland, John O’Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands – where the hardy locals live ‘below the wind and above the water.’

Guided sightseeing includes visiting the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II.

Hotel:   The Norseman Hotel, Wick

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 10 - Over the Sea to Skye

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool.

Continue alongside Loch Carron and through Glen Carron, before crossing to the magical Isle of Skye – the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides.

Hear the story of the song ‘Over the Sea to Skye,’ which tells of young Flora MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden.

Admire the scenic splendour on the way to your hotel in Broadford.

Hotel:    Dunollie Hotel, Broadford

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Loch Lomond to Glasgow

Return to the mainland to see remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there are views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen.

Stop on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, known as the ‘Queen of Scottish Lakes’ according to Sir Walter Scott, before arriving in Glasgow.

Hotel:    Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 - Giant’s Causeway to Londonderry

Cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran along the way. Once you arrive in Northern Ireland, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty! The road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous Nine Glens of Antrim, alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs.

Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, and hear the legends which surround this geological masterpiece, created by the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth’s crust millions of years ago.

Continue to the ancient walled city of ‘Derry’.

Hotel:   Da Vinci’s Hotel Derry, Londonderry

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Belleek and Sligo Bay

In the morning, meet Ronan, one of the nation’s great storytellers, as he takes you inside Londonderry’s well-preserved walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall, and cross the border to see O’Donnell’s Castle in Donegal.

Journey south to the Belleek Pottery & Visitor Centre, nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Meet some of the specialist craftspeople and see artisan techniques in action during your visit.

Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

Then it’s on to your country retreat, set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.

Hotel:    Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 14 - Galway and Limerick

Experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Continue to Galway, where your travel director will show you St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President John F. Kennedy.

Move onto your hotel in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses.

Hotel:     The George Boutique Hotel Limerick

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 15 - Adare to Killarney

Start the day with an exploration of Limerick where you will see King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone.

Continue your journey through the land of song and legend via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, into County Kerry and onto your Killarney hotel.

Hotel:    Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, Killarney

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 16 - Ring of Kerry Experience

In the morning, enjoy a trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s greatest scenic journeys. See towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland’s highest mountain range and the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney.

With time at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle and take advantage of the many cycle trails that Killarney has to offer, around the lake or through the National Park?

At night your Dine-Around Evening offers you authentic and intimate dining as you choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants, ranging in style and ambience.

Hotel:    Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, Killarney

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 17 - Blarney Castle and Waterford

Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains this morning and head for Blarney. Visit the ruined 15th century castle and home to the famous the famous Stone of Eloquence. It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax.

Continue on to Cork, Ireland’s second most populous city, built on the River Lee. See the City Hall and Opera House, before a delightful coastal drive brings you to historic Waterford, with its 9th century Reginald’s Tower and remains of the old city walls.

Hotel:    Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 18 - Kilkenny and Dublin

Admire the sparkling display of crystal on your guided visit to the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, where you will meet a master craftsman.

Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world’s fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of Hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland’s national sport. Meet a player who will share his passion through a demonstration of skills.

Continue to Ireland’s lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or perhaps taking in a famous Irish Cabaret?

Hotel:    Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 19 - Dublin

Before it opens to the public, experience Ireland’s national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.

Then meet your Local Expert who will show the sights of the city, including Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, O’Connell Street and the Custom House. The afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel:    Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 20 - Across the Irish Sea to Chester

Bid farewell to Ireland as you board the ferry to Wales. Cross the Isle of Anglesey, via the village bearing Britain’s longest name, and continue over the Menai Straits for a stop in the walled market town of Conwy to see the castle.

Travel along the north coast of Wales and cross the English border to arrive at Chester. This fine town still boasts relics of its history as a Roman fortress, as well as the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the Rows. An exploration with your Travel Director will show you the well-preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral.

Hotel:    Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21 - The Welsh Marches to Cardiff

Head south as you follow the Welsh border to Ludlow. This bustling town is still dominated by the massive castle, built to resist the frequent Welsh raids, while the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions reflect a later time of peace and prosperity.

Continue through the countryside to the Welsh capital and see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

Hotel:    Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 22 - Bath and Glastonbury

Cross the soaring Severn Bridge to reach the elegant Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. An orientation of the city will show you the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob’s Ladder on Bath Abbey before visiting the Pump Room and ancient Roman Baths to see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs.

Journey on to Glastonbury, rumoured to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail. After some time to explore, continue on to the Cornish Countryside for the night.

Hotel:    St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 23 - The Cornish Coast Experience

In the morning, cross the moorlands of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies, to reach maritime Plymouth. Numerous famous voyagers have set off from this ancient port. See the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America.

Visit a picturesque Cornish fishing village, where contraband was once landed in the dead of night. Experiences shared lead to lasting friendships, and back in Saltash you will enjoy a glass of wine with your newfound friends at your delectable Celebration Dinner. Toast to an inspiring journey of discovery. Cheers!

Hotel:    St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 24 - Ancient Stonehenge to London

Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old.

Your discovery of Britain and Ireland concludes upon your return to the trip’s hotel in London.

Hotel:   The Grosvenor Hotel London

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 25 - Homeward Bound

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast

 

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Important Information

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and on-board washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through us.
  • Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Departure Information

  • Departs Monday and return on Thursday or departs Friday and returns on Monday throughout the year.

Optional Experiences

Most trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers. The Optionals listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal featuring freshly cooked traditional British food.

Cardiff Castle Tour

Take a look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much! His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales and even Aesop’s fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Welsh Evening at Millennium Centre

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at the stunning Welsh Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Enjoy a traditional and locally-sourced three-course meal whilst being entertained by Welsh stories, enchanting music and renowned Welsh singers.

Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better on a long summer’s evening, then a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!

Dinner and Irish Cabaret

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Dublin Dinner

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highwaymen. Lovely exposed brick walls and dark wood make for a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

An Epic Voyage

Stroll with your tour director along the Banks of the Liffey to view the historic architecture of Custom House Quay, including the Triumphal Arch of 1813 and the ever poignant Famine Memorial statues. Enter the two-century-old Vaults, for an exclusive reception of canapés and drinks, before touring “Epic”. Here, walk with your ancestors to hear how the emigrating Irish influenced the four corners of the world and modern life as we know it.

Dinner in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass or wine, beer or soft drink included.

Scottish Dinner and Cabaret

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You’ll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world’s most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Edinburgh’s Most Haunted

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh’s old town as never seen before! We’ll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow’s vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night. This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Jaunting Car Ride

Clip-clop your way through the charming streets of Killarney into the beautiful Bourne Vincent National Park. A local “jarvie” informs you of the local history, legend and folklore aboard one of the famous jaunting cars.

Craic Agus Ceol

An afternoon foray into the Irish land of storytelling and fun with a modern day Seanchai (traditional storyteller). Enjoy this unique experience whilst sipping on an Irish Coffee, Whiskey or local Draft Beer.

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you’re making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You’ll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Join us for a pleasant cruise around the harbour of this most famous seaport. Your skipper provides all the informative commentary as you enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake’s legendary game of bowls. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships weighed anchor for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. Continue into the Royal Navy Dockyard for a chance to see some of the more modern vessels of the Royal Navy

Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Blair Castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. During your informative tour, see how the castle has been transformed through the ages and learn how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army.

Isle of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a local expert. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island, steeped in myth and legend. While touring the ‘Isle of Mist’ see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin Mountains, KiltRrock, and picturesque Portree, the largest town on the Island. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Waterford Walking Tour

Join an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining historian for an insightful walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. Meet a range of colourful characters and learn about the town’s history from the arrival of the Vikings through to British rule as you stroll to various key sights. Afterwards, rub shoulders with the locals with a drink in a typical pub.

Waterford Rural Pub and Music

Visit a 300-year-old Irish pub and experience how pubs become part of their community, while sipping a drink or two, having a nibble, and listening to fine Irish music.

An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history await you in the warm atmosphere of a centuries-old Highland hostelry

Castle of Mey

Visit the much loved holiday home where the late Queen Mother spent many happy summers for nearly 50 years. Spectacularly set on the Caithness Coast with views across the Pentland Firth, Britain’s most northerly castle is very much a family home and offers a rare glimpse into the relaxed Royal lifestyle away from the public eye. Your tour takes in the Queen Mother’s bedroom, library, drawing room, Princess Margaret’s room and kitchens. Of special interest are the greenhouses and the old fashioned shrub roses and climbers of the Shell Garden, where she loved to sit in the afternoon with her dogs.



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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