Wales and Scotland
Itinerary (April to October)
Sherwood forest *
Nottingham * Yorkshire * Hadrians Wall
* Edinburgh * Stirling * Highlands * Isle of
Skye * Loch Ness * Edinburgh * Lake District
* Liverpool * Anglesey * Snowdonia * Stratford
Day 1 - Monday
Heading North from Central London we travel into Robin Hood's country. Check out Nottingham Castle and the oldest pub in England for a refreshing bit of real ale, before we gallop off into the 450 acre Sherwood Forest. Its a dream to explore and with a picnic lunch you will feel like one of the Merry Men 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 fun Viking feast, experience a spine tingling ghost walk followed by a rally of traditional pubs. A great first day we think you will agree!
Day 2 - Tuesday
Heading further North we take a brief stop in the University city of Durham before a big Angel of the North experience! We cross the River Tyne and into Newcastle, home of football and beer, (and a bit of Sydney Harbour bridge connection). From here we attack Hadrians Wall then take in the spectacular views through the Northumberland National Park. It's goodbye to England and Scotland ahoy. A pause at Jedbergh, a historical border town, once home to Mary Queen of Scots before we get to Edinburgh. A Full walking tour of Edinburgh by a very Scottish walking guide and a bit of whisky tasting awaits. Explore the Royal Mile and Edinburgh castle before we settle down to a bit of Haggis, Neaps and Tats! The rest of the evening is spent enjoying a fantastic night out in Scotland's capital.
Day 3 - Wednesday
Leaving Edinburgh at 8.30 a.m. we head straight for the Highlands. First stop is 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, including Glen Garry, Glen Nevis and breathtaking Glencoe (hear about the massacre of Clan MacDonald). Then it’s onto the famous village of Plockton near to the Isle of Skye to the Station Bunk House - our home for the next 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, 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 Quirang. 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 as we wind around the coastline of Wester Ross enjoying spectacular views at every turn. We'll be stopping at waterfalls & golden beaches and walking within the Torridon mountain range. The Inverpolly Mountains stand like old giants as we approach the beautiful mountains of Assynt which surround our hostel tonight.
Day 6 - Saturday
Today we wind our way along the deserted narrow roads of Sutherland – 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. We will spend the next 2 nights in the Murray Arms where a warm welcome is assured.
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 Brodgar. Plus a chance to gaze in wonder at the island’s 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 and spectacular cliffs– a day to remember (another one!)
Day 8 - Monday
Another morning on Orkney going for some lovely walks in the area (experience a "Gloup") or perhaps relaxing in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. 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 it's priceless art collection.
Day 9 - Tuesday
We have plenty to do before getting back to Edinburgh today and so it is over the Moray Firth to infamous 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 with a visit to a wee 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! ** Please note that this night in Edinburgh is not included in the kitty and is an extra cost. We can book you in at the hostel, which the rest of the group you will be joining up with will be staying – please request on booking. Otherwise it is up to yourself to book your own accommodation for this evening. **
Day 10 - Wednesday
Depart from Edinburgh we head back into England. We have time for a quick call into Gretna Green where the Ironmonger performs a shotgun wedding! Once you are married, what better way to spend your honeymoon than a tour around the spectacular 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 an amazing water-fall, the highest pub in the Lakes, and the largest lake in the Lakes, Windermere! 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 Pub.
Day 11 - Thursday
After breakfast we take a trip down to the famous Liverpool Docks, and cross the Mersey River and down into mysterious Celtic Wales. We continue West to Conwy -a cool castle town on the coast. Experience some real Welsh folk and learn all about the Welsh culture and language before a visit to......
Llanfairpwllgwngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. (the longest place-name in the world) and get your passport stamped and most importantly, get lunch!
After lunch we delve deeper 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 and go in search of Gellerts Grave where we stop for a nice Ice cream (weather permitting). We continue Eastwards to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. An opportunity to see the Shakespeare houses and if you would like, a play penned by the man himself at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (seasonal performances may vary and are sometimes unavailable, please check with office if you are keen to see a play) or spend an evening in the famous Medieval town.
Day 12 - Friday
The morning is spent with more time in Shakespeare's home town discovering just how many post cards you can collect. Late morning we meander through the spectacular Cotswolds - spend some quality time in a Cotswolds 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. We aim to get back for around 16.00 hrs
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
It must be paid in cash to your guide on the day of departure.