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19 Day U.K and Ireland Adventure (Winter Itinerary)

Sherwood forest * Nottingham * Yorkshire * Hadrian’s Wall * Edinburgh * Stirling * Highlands * Isle of Skye * Orkney * Carbisdale Castle * Loch Ness * Edinburgh * Lake District * Liverpool *Anglesey * Dublin * Derry * Giants Causeway * Blarney stone * Cliffs of Moher * Snowdonia * Stratford * Oxford

What a way to see the best that the UK and Ireland have to offer in just 19 days - go on - come and have a threesome with us!

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 awaits. 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 motor cruise 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. Just after ten you will be taken to Liverpool International airport to fly to the Emerald Isle! On arrival you will be taken to Dublin centre to check into your accommodation to get a great night's sleep! The cost of the flight is excluded - see above.

Day 11 Thursday
Leaving the city behind us, we head West across the central plains passing the vast boglands of Offaly and Westmeath. The first part of the day is a basic shuttle from Dublin to Galway to link up with 6 Day-All Ireland tour in the capital of the West - Galway where we explore the City of Tribes during our lunch break. From here we make our way into the wilderness of Connemara, the heart of the bogs. This is always a wonderful opportunity for bog-hopping, an experience not to be missed!! We follow the stone walled laneways around lakes and through rugged mountains passes. With a little visit to Leenane at Killary Harbour Ireland's only Fjiord before we make our way to Westport at the foot of Croagh Patrick, hearing all about St Patrick and the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley.

Day 12 Friday
From Westport we leave Co. Mayo on route to Sligo where we hop out of the bus to take a leisurely climb up the Hillside Tomb of Queen Maeve at the top of Knocknarea with it's panoramic views of Sligo Bay and the Donegal Coastline. Further along, at the base of Benbulben we find the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. We then make our way to Donegal with its stunning beaches and fairy bridges, all waiting to be explored. On our route into Derry we visit the impressive fort called Griannan an Ailleach, its' structure similar to that of a coliseum with it's commanding position overlooking Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly.

Day 13 Saturday
We start the day with a local guide who will take us walking around the old city of Derry, intriguing us with stories of Derry past and present. Today is spent enjoying what Northern Ireland isn't famous for, it's wonderful coastline. Our first stop is Dunluce Castle, a magnificent castle built using every inch of available space on a cliff overlooking the wild atlantic. From here we travel to the famed Giants Causeway, some crazy scientists believe it to have been caused by volcanic eruptions but in fact it was the legendary giant Fionn MacComhaill, prepare to be spellbound!! Our next stop isn't far away, we shall dangle high above the atlantic on a Rope Bridge at Carrick-a-rede*. We then follow along the Glens of Antrim where we may get a clear view of our celtic neighbours in Scotland who are only a stones or spears throw across the Irish Sea. Tonight we explore the nightlife in Belfast.

Day 14 Sunday
This morning you have an opportunity to take the famous Black Taxi Tour around Belfast where you get an insight into the recent history of this divided land, with an opportunity to visit areas not normally on the tourist itinerary. We then depart Belfast and start making our way back to Dublin. Our first stop, after lunch is Monasterboice, a 6th century monastic settlement, where we will see some of the best examples of 10th century Celtic Crosses. After this we pass through the town of Slane, home to Slane Castle, the annual venue for big outdoor rock concerts. Then on through the Boyne Valley, famous for the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, to the Hill of Tara, the coronation site of the Irish High Kings until the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century. There isn't a place in the world more closely associated to the Druids than Tara and there isn't a place in Ireland more connected with ancient ritual and ceremony than Tara!!

Day 15 Monday
A free day to explore the sights of Dublin, one of Europe's most lively cities. There are no shortage of things to occupy you we will supply you with a 'Celtic Capitals' guide to Edinburgh and Dublin to help you plan your time.

Day 16 Tuesday
A free day to explore the sights of Dublin, one of Europe's most lively cities. There are no shortage of things to occupy you we will supply you with a 'Celtic Capitals' guide to Edinburgh and Dublin to help you plan your time.

Day 17 Wednesday
You will be met and taken to your accommodation for the night. Flight not included - see above.

Day 18 Thursday
After breakfast, we cross the Mersey River & down into Wales. Visit (the longest place-name in the world) Llanfairpwllgwngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch & get your passport stamped! We continue south to Caernarfon to explore the castle and town on before heading into the stunning Snowdonia National Park - (the second largest National Park in Great Britain) See Mt Snowdon (3560 ft) and visit a Welsh slate mine before a quick visit to Gellert’s Grave. Then its eastwards to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. An opportunity to see a Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (seasonal performances) or spend an evening in the famous medieval town.

Day 19 Friday
The morning is spent with an optional tour of Shakespeare's houses before we meander through the spectacular Cotswold’s - spending some quality time in a Cotswold’s village. Arriving in the University City of Oxford get a full walking tour of the city's famous University colleges before heading back to London arriving late afternoon.

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 throughout the UK. In Ireland there is no kitty to pay, the price includes accommodation, breakfasts and 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.

Every Monday from London (October to April)

How much?
£370 GBP (+ £150 Kitty)



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