Great Britain Trip

21 July 99 - 01 Aug 99

London to Bath

Leave the smog of London behind and travel through the land of the thatched cottage, stopping at the Vale of the White Horse and wandering among the Avebury Standing Stones on your way to the Roman town of Bath.

Home for tonight: The Roman town of Bath

Bath to Llangollen (Wales)

Heading west, we travel into Wales, crossing the Severn Bridge and onto Chepstow Castle. We'll take a scenic drive through the stunning Breacon Beacon National Park in the afternoon, shrouded in the mysteries of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Arrive in style, at Llangollen's Tudor-style YHA!

Home for tonight: A haunted manor in Llangollen

Llangollen to Ambleside

Today the tour travels northward through the Yorkshire Dales, stopping at the market town of Skipton and Ayesgarth Falls, the film set of 'Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves'. Next up - the magnificent Lake District, with all the stunning lake and mountain scenery you could hope for!

Home for tonight: Ambleside, Lake District

Ambleside to Edinburgh

From the Lake District and into the Scottish Borders, we'll be driving over the Kirkstone Pass and along mighty Hadrian's Wall. Through the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Borders - legendary William Wallace's stomping ground - to our next port of call, Edinburgh.

Home for tonight: Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city

Free day exploring Edinburgh

Explore the Old and Georgian parts of Edinburgh - or why not join a Haggis adventure around Scotland?

Home for tonight: Edinburgh

Edinburgh day trip ; Loch ness and the highlands

                                 

Join us on the ultimate day tour of Scotland. Travelling around the Highlands we continuously cross the path of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. Passing Stirling Castle (the first of 5 castles we pass) we journey through the areas once dominated by Rob Roy and William Wallace, across the Rannoch Moor and into Glencoe for a photo stop and hear the haunting story of the infamous massacre in 1692. Crossing Loch Leaven at Ballachulish we have lunch at the Ben Nevis woollen mill near Fort William then follow the Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus. Here we have the chance to cruise Loch Ness for an hour on The Royal Scot, which has the largest sonar on the Loch. Non-sailors will have the chance to enjoy this tranquil little village on the banks of Loch Ness. We then drive for an hour along the entire length of Loch Ness, passing Urquhart Castle where the water is 800ft deep. Where possible there will be a photo stop in this area. Through Inverness the capital of the highlands we head south driving past the Cairngorms and over Drumochter grabbing a quick but magnificent view of Blair Castle and after a comfort stop in picturesque Pitlochry in the luscious Atholl Forrest we then cross the Forth Road Bridge viewing the superlative Forth Bridge before arriving home with a million memories. There will be plenty of time to relax or even snooze on the coach as the guide will be playing a wide selection of music at the appropriate times, for the “wide awake club” this gives a chance to chat or contemplate this marvellous land. “This is what the hereafter must be like for someone who has been very very good”

 

Edinburgh to York

Leave Edinburgh for the east coast of Scotland, exploring the eerie Flodden Battlefield and the cathedral town of Durham.   On to historic York, we'll have plenty of time to explore the winding, narrow streets.

Home for tonight: The Viking city of York

York to London

Passing through the industrial heartland of England, we make a journey to Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, before returning to  London.