Our 8-day tour of England, Wales, Skye and the Scottish Highlands is a great introduction to the fantastic island of Great Britain.
Our small group tour with your own experienced guide takes you through highlights of England, Wales and Scotland. It is the perfect way to explore to some of the lesser known gems and well as the iconic highlights of Britain including:
charming countryside villages of the Cotswolds
major historic sites such as the Roman Ruins at Chester, ancient walled city of York and the Culloden Battlefields
sweeping landscapes of Snowdonia National Park, The Peak District National Park, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Rannoch Moor and Loch Ness
grand architecture of historical buildings such as Chatsworth House, Alnwick Castle (seen in Harry Potter movies), Urquhart Castle, Conway Castle and Eilean Donan Castle (seen in the Highlander movie the most photographed of Scottish castles
There is so much to experience on our England, Wales, Skye and Scottish Highlands tour but rest assured with your own personal driver / guide you will get the most from your time on tour. Accommodation is at quality hotels in Chester, York, Edinburgh and Skye with breakfasts included.
|Tour price from||$1,656.00 Twin/Double Share|
Our tour begins by journeying from central London back in time to The Cotswolds. First we visit Cirencester, the largest town in the Cotswold District. We will also visit some of the smaller Cotswold villages, so you have a chance to immerse yourself in the sleepy beauty of these limestone villages. We’ll continue to Ironbridge, a village perched on the River Severn. The bridge the village is named after is a magnificent piece of historic engineering in a leafy setting. Cars no longer cross the bridge, so it’s perfect for a stroll across to enjoy the stunning views. Our overnight stop is the pretty English city of Chester. Here you can walk the Roman walls to get your bearings and a bird’s eye view of the city – it takes about an hour to complete the full route, however, there are loads of stopping points and distractions such as Roman ruins, Chester Cathedral and the River Dee to admire along the way.
We’ll have a leisurely start and then we’ll head west to Wales driving through the wild landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and revel in the mountainous scenery through the Llanberis Pass, taking in the peaks, waterfalls, lakes and historic villages.
We’ll also visit Conwy, a walled market town home to Conway Castle and a lovely harbour. You can explore narrow cobbled streets and take in views of the Thomas Telford Suspension Bridge that leads up to the Castle before we return to Chester for a second night.
Our third day is all about The Peak District National Park, known forits stunning views and small but bustling market towns. We’ll be stopping in the pretty spa town of Buxton, the highest elevated market town in England! We’ll then make our way to Bakewell, famous for Bakewell pudding; a delicious English dessert with a flaky pastry base, a layer of sieved jam, and a topping of egg and almond paste. Perfect for an afternoon snack! Another highlight of Bakewell is the lavish stately home of Chatsworth House – set in idyllic gardens, there’s plenty to explore inside and out. We’ll spend our third evening in York, which has been named the most haunted city in Europe, but don’t worry our guide will get you safely to your accommodation for the night.
You have the whole day to explore York, an ancient walled city founded by the Romans. You can choose what you‘d like to visit, perhaps York Minster*, a 13th century Gothic Cathedral. Or the Shambles, made up of pretty cobbled streets and old-fashioned shops. We’d love you to join us on a guided walking tour of the city, but the day is free for you to do as you please!
You’ll say goodbye to York, and meet your new travel companions and driver-guide as we make our way north to stop at the pretty market town of Richmond, it’s a short walk to the Castle from the centre of town, or you can enjoy afternoon tea and a wander. We then head to Alnwick, where you can opt to visit the beautiful Alnwick Castle* (you may recognise it from the Harry Potter flying scenes!) or explore the town of Alnwick itself. It’s home to the incredible Barter Books, a magical second-hand book shop in a converted Victorian railway station. We continue up the East Coast and enjoy stunning coastal views before we reach the city of Edinburgh. You’ll have an evening in Edinburgh to enjoy the city before you begin your journey north.
Please note on this day you will join a new group of travelling companions and meet your new driver-guide.
You’ll meet a new group of travel companions and driver guide and begin the spectacular route north. We journey through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, offering stunning views of the UK’s largest expanse of freshwater, Loch Lomond. We will cross the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor and journey through Glen Coe where you will learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls that inhabit this incredible glen. We will also enjoy a stop at Eilean Donan*: Scotland’s most photographed castle. Here you have the chance to take photographs and explore the castle which featured in the film Highlander. Then it’s time to cross the bridge to Skye for your overnight stop. Please note on this day you will join a new group of travelling companions and meet your new driver-guide.
Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the outstanding beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, the Old Man of Storr and the Iron Age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunch time stop, where you can enjoy delicious fish and chips next to the harbour – just watch out for the seagulls! Before heading back to your accommodation for a second evening, you will be able to try an array of different whiskies – yum!
You’ll visit the most famous Loch in the entire world, Loch Ness. You can tour Urquhart Castle then hop on a Jacobite Cruise to Nessie spot on the loch itself. Our next stop is at Culloden Battlefield, site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces on 16 April 1746. You can experience everything about the events leading up to, during and after the battle in the impressive visitor centre and interactive exhibition. We’ll then continue south to Pitlochry; a pretty town perched next to the River Tummel, before returning to Edinburgh.
- Professional driver-guide
- Transportation on a mini-coach with air-conditioning (16 passengers maximum)
- Free Bottle of Water
- Local Transfer in Edinburgh included
- Accommodation: 2 nights Chester, 2 nights York, 1 night Edinburgh, 2 nights Skye
- 7 breakfasts