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12 Day England, Wales and Scotland Tour (Winter Itinerary)


Day 1 Monday
Please be ready to depart at 7.30am from Earls Court YHA, London
Heading North from Central London we travel into Robin Hood's country. The 450-acre Sherwood Forest is a dream to explore and with a picnic lunch you will feel like one of the Merry Men! Test your skills with our optional activity of archery before we make our way to Viking York! A chance to explore the awesome gothic cathedral (England's largest), the medieval city walls and the sights and sounds of the lively city centre. After our authentic Viking feast, experience a spine tingling ghost walk followed by a rally of traditional pubs.

Day 2 Tuesday
Heading further North we stop in the cosmopolitan city of Newcastle. Cross the River Tyne and see the Angel of the North. From here we attack Hadrian's Wall then a choice to cruise up the Northumberland coastal road or through the Northumberland National Park. It's goodbye to England and Scotland ahoy! A pause at either Holy Island, with its amazing history and ancient priory or Jedburgh, a historical border town, once home to Mary Queen of Scots before we get to Edinburgh. A Full walking tour & a bit of whisky tasting await. Explore the Royal Mile and Edinburgh castle. The evening is spent enjoying a traditional Scottish meal and a fantastic night out in Scotland's capital.

Day 3 Wednesday
Leaving Edinburgh we head out towards Stirling to hear the history of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Then it is over to Loch Lomond ("I'll take the high road…") to take in the beauty of one of Scotlands famous Lochs. Next we wind our way further westwards to Kilmartin Glen to uncover the wonders of the Kingdom of Dalriada - Standing Stones, Stone Circles & castles before making our way up to lively Oban - our home for the night.

Day 4 Thursday
We head deeper into the magical Highlands through some spectacular north west coast scenery with amazing stops and weather permitting walks in magnificent Glencoe (hear the tragic tale of the MacDonald's Massacre) and Glen Nevis. Next we wind our way westwards through Harry Potter country to the Glenfinnan Memorial (where Bonny Prince Charlie raised the royal standard), and weather permitting have some time on the beaches of Morar. Then its to Mallaig to catch the ferry over to the South of the Isle of Skye - the traditional way to reach the island - we spend tonight in the fishing village of Kyleakin.

Day 5 Friday
A full and active day on the mystical Isle - lots of walks and time to take in the magic. You'll see the Cuillin Mountains, the Old Man of Storr (an incredible Jurassic pillar) and hear some amazing legends, visit the fascinating Kilt Rock, and take in absolutely awe-inspiring panoramas in the Quirang. Perfect preparation for a few wee drams in the pub to reflect on a day of tales and legends.

Day 6 Saturday
We say farewell to the Isle of Skye this morning & once back on the mainland we make our way northwards up the Gairloch Coastline - a day of gorgeous, relaxing scenery with some lovely short walks, gorges & waterfalls before heading over to the Capital of the Highlands - Inverness - for our final night together.

Day 7 Sunday
Our last takes us to the banks of loch ness for some Nessie hunting before an emotional stop at tragic Culloden battlefield. Then we cheer ourselves up with beautiful forest walks and a distillery visit before making our way over the Firth of Forth back to Edinburgh - happy honorary Scots!

Day 8 Monday
A day to explore Edinburgh at your own pace. One of Britain's most beautiful cities is yours to explore, we can provide plenty of information and advice on what to see and do.

Day 9 Tuesday
A day to explore Edinburgh at your own pace. One of Britain's most beautiful cities is yours to explore, we can provide plenty of information and advice on what to see and do.

Day 10 Wednesday
Depart from Edinburgh to head back into England. We have request stops for Hadrian's Wall and if we have time a quick call in at Gretna Green where the Ironmonger can perform a shotgun wedding!? From here we head for the Lake District National Park (the largest National Park in Great Britain) and try out some of our great optional activities. Have a chance to kayak, row or motorcruise the lakes. Visit water falls, the highest pub in the Lakes, Windermere and in the summer months, the chance for a lakeside BBQ. Afterwards we travel south for a rocking night in the city of Liverpool . Get some Beatles Mania down at the Cavern Club.

Day 11 Thursday
After breakfast, we cross the Mersey River & down into Wales. We also offer a drop or pick up in Bangor for the Ireland connection via Holyhead. Visit Llanfairpwllgwngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (the longest place-name in the world) & get your passport stamped! We continue south to Caernarfon -a cool castle town on the coast where you can experience some real Welsh culture before heading into the stunning Snowdonia National Park - (the second largest National Park in Great Britain) dominated by the highest peak in England and Wales - Mt Snowdon (3560 ft). See the famous Welsh slate mines & go in search of Gellert's Grave where we stop for a nice picnic lunch. Then it's eastwards to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. An opportunity to see a Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (seasonal performances) or to spend an evening in the famous medieval town.

Day 12 Friday
The morning is spent with an optional tour of Shakespeare's houses or more time in the town to see Shakespeare's home town and history. Late morning we meander through the spectacular Cotswold's - spend some quality time in a Cotswold's village (perhaps sample a cream tea) before arriving in the University City of Oxford. Get a full walking tour of the city's famous University colleges before heading back to London for late afternoon.

*The 'kitty' is a set fee taken on the morning of departure which covers all breakfasts, evening meals, accommodation, ferries, boat trip and most entry fees. All of this money is spent on you - saves you loads of time, money and hassle. It must be paid in cash as detailed below.

What's Included

Kitty can vary slightly seasonally. See Please ask for exact amount at time of booking.

The 'kitty' is a set fee taken on the morning of departure which covers all breakfasts, evening meals, accommodation, ferries, boat trip and most entry fees. All of this money is spent on you - saves you loads of time, money and hassle. It must be paid in cash as detailed below.

Departures
Every Monday from London
(October to April)

How much?
£235 GBP (+ £186 Kitty)
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