Wales and Scotland (Summer Itinerary)
Sherwood forest * Nottingham
* Yorkshire * Hadrians Wall * Edinburgh
* Stirling * Highlands * Isle of Skye * Loch
Ness * Edinburgh * Anglesey * Dublin * Blarney
stone * Cliffs of Moher * Snowdonia * Stratford
Day 1 - Monday
Heading North from Central London with Road Trip 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 at 8.30 a.m. with Wild In Scotland on
their 7 day Orkney & Skye Tour we head straight for the Highlands. First stop is Stirling and Braveheart Country (William Wallace, King Robert the Bruce and Rob Roy) - you'll hear all the history and legends, with plenty of walks and time off the bus. Then we wind through some of Scotland's finest glens (stunning mountain valleys - if you didn't already know!), including Glen Garry, Glen Nevis and breathtaking Glencoe (hear about the massacre of Clan MacDonald). Then it's onto the Isle of Skye, our home for 2 nights.
Day 4 - Thursday
A full and active day round the Isle of Skye, with lots of
walks and time to take in the magic. You'll see the Cuillin mountains, climb to the Old Man of Storr (an incredible Jurassic pillar) where you'll hear some amazing legends, visit Lealt waterfalls and Kilt Rock, and take in absolutely stunning panoramas in the Quiraing. There are stories of old to be heard around every corner and you can't help but feel the magic. Perfect preparation for a few wee drams in the local pub, to reflect on a day of tales and legends.
Day 5 - Friday
Before making our way North we will have time to go on a seal spotting trip with a local fisherman and hopefully try some seafood fresh from the water! Inchnadamph lodge (nr Ullapool) is our destination but there is much to do on the way. Take in the magnificent Corrieshalloch Gorge and
then wind around the West Coastline stopping at waterfalls & golden beaches with views of the Torridon mountain range. The beautiful mountains of Assynt surround our hostel tonight.
Day 6 - Saturday
Today we wind our way along the far North Western coast - a chance to explore the famous Smoo caves and drive/wander through some of the most remote and rugged landscape Europe has to offer. Deserted beaches, towering mountains, sparkling lochs and the wide open skies really set the tone today before we take the evening ferry to the awesome Orkney Islands.
Day 7 - Sunday
From our base in the fishing village of St Margaret's Hope we spend a full and energetic day today exploring the islands - it will be packed with Viking ancestry and world renowned archaeological treasures such as Skara Brae and the Ring of Brogar. Plus a chance to gaze in wonder at the
islands Italian Chapel, search for the coastal Puffins (May-July) and also walk to one of the neighbouring islands. Loads of time will be spent off the bus and much time spent walking especially along some of the fantastic beaches - a day to remember (another one!)
Day 8 - Monday
Another morning on Orkney witnessing locals making Orkney Cheese / Jewellery and going for some lovely walks in the area (experience a "Gloup"). This afternoon we return to the mainland visiting John O'Groats before heading south via Wick and the atmospheric ruins of Castle Sinclair.
Finally another castle, Carbisdale our home for the night! A unique experience living it up in style, surrounded by the priceless art collection.
Day 9 - Tuesday
Then it is over the Moray Firth to Loch Ness for a spot of
monster hunting , before taking an emotional visit to tragic Culloden battlefield (Bonnie Prince Charlie's last stand). We recover our spirits over lunch, then really get into the spirits at Edradour Distillery Scotland's smallest whisky distillery. Our final stop is a gentle walk through the beautiful Hermitage Forest. Finally a short hop back to Edinburgh -a tired and happy honorary Scot!
Day 10 - Wednesday
We 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. 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 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 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.
**Ferries from April to go on Wednesday evenings
at 21.45. This is necessary so you can catch
a Shakespeare play in Stratford on Thursday.
We will book you into a friendly B&B in
Holyhead. Roadtrip will collect you at midday
on the Thurs from Holyhead or Bangor.
Kitty can vary slightly seasonally. 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