In the last couple of weeks we’ve been travelling the British Isles ahead of our new UK tours, set to start with the Peak District on June 3rd. From the Conwy coast to The Cotswolds, we’ve been visiting our hand-picked hotels, taking iconic train journeys, dining in local restaurants and experiencing the excursions first-hand, to guarantee they are the best they can be when they start.
We do this for all our tours and cruises, but as travel has been off the cards for over a year, we want to especially ensure that everything runs smoothly. Just like the best in class holidays we’re known for. Here are a few snaps from our travels, as well as what we got up to – we love the tours and know you will too!
Whitby, guided Yorkshire walks and iconic Bettys
The North Yorkshire tour brings together the rural countryside, charming towns and cities of Whitby, York and Harrogate and of course traditional British grub. We tried out both carefully mapped out local walks with an expert walking guide, went on the Whitby to Pickering railway and of course had some classic fish and chips.
Dartmouth, South Devon Railway and the cobbles of Clovelly
This itinerary is a fantastic way to see so much of Devon in a short space of time – there’s something for everyone too. We went to Dartington Crystal to watch the master glass blowers in action, had a wander around RHS Rosemoor, walked the cobbled streets of Clovelly and sailed along the River Dart on a guided boat cruise. Not to mention the sun shining on Buckfast Abbey after a ride on the nearby South Devon Railway.
Conwy coast, colourful Portmeirion and the incredible Aber Falls
The weather wasn’t on our side in Wales – but it didn’t stop us marvelling at the incredible Aber Falls on our guided walk. The pastel-coloured Portmeirion brightened up our day too, as well as the varied display at Bodnant Gardens and the majestic Conwy Castle.
Falmouth, the Cornish coast and the home of pasties
From our base in Falmouth, we certainly made the most of what Cornwall has to offer. Breathtaking coastlines, incredible gardens and quaint towns, such as Mevagissey, were looking lovely. Of course proper Cornish pasties and local cyder (with a y) were a must too!
The Scottish Highlands, Urquhart Castle and the legendary Loch Ness
From Lechr to Loch Ness, we truly embraced the best of the Scottish Highlands in a short space of time – though of course there will be more time to explore on the tour. Highlights were the charming Carrbridge with its intricate carvings, whiskey tasting at Blair Athol Distillery and the majestic Urquhart castle on the Cromarty coast.
We could go on – but for even more pictures of what we got up to be sure to check out our UK tours Instagram highlights, as well as pictures and videos over on Facebook. If you’re going on our tours of the British Isles and take any photographs – be sure to share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post our favourites.