|Berkshire: Turville, in the Hamble Valley, is the well-known home of The Vicar of Dibley while neighbouring Hambleden has provided the quintessential backdrop to countless period dramas over the years.|
Day 1. Leave Edinburgh - Stirling Castle - Kilchurn Castle (overnight Ft William Glenspean Lodge)
Day 2. Camelot - Kilmartin Glen - Ancient tombs (overnight Ft William Glenspean Lodge)
Day 3. Glen Coe - Fort William - Glen Finnian (overnight Skye – Portree – Dunollie)
Day 4. Isle of Skye - Old Man of Storr - Fairy Glen (overnight Skye – Portree - –Dunollie)
Day 5. Eilean Donan Castle - Loch Ness - Highlands (overnight Highlands – Coul House)
Day 6. Grampian Mountains - Ruthven - Atholl Distillery (overnight Pitlochry – Atholl Palace)
Day 7. Dunkeld - Kingdom of Fife - St Andrews (overnight Edinburgh- MacDonald Holyrood) Tattoo tickets (AUGUST ONLY)
Classic Scotland - 8 nights Edinburgh, with
its famous castle and Royal Mile is the starting point for this
tour which uncovers many famous Scottish towns. Travel North via St Andrews
with its university and golf courses and visit Pitlochry with the salmon ladder
before continuing to Inverness. Here the Culloden battlefield is well worth a
visit, as are a couple of the malt whisky distilleries and the Black
Isle but leave time for some serious monster hunting to try
and spot Nessie!
Travel South via the beautiful West coast of Argyll via Oban with views to the islands, then cross the Arrochar Alps to tranquil Loch Lomond and the Trossach hills.
2 nights Edinburgh
2 nights Inverness /Highlands
2 nights Fort William
2 nights Trossachs / Loch Lomond
A logical extension to this tour would be a night or two on the Isle of Skye, the road bridge is now free to cross, but be warned that the island gets very booked up in July and August. Alternatively, why not try our Scotland Grand Tour which offers 12 nights exploration.
You do not need a car in Edinburgh, so we suggest that you do not pick up the car until you are leaving the city. This program gives you the freedom to explore history-steeped market towns, idyllic villages, the Whisky Trail, Loch Ness, the glens and the glorious highlands of Scotland. Edinburgh, with its famous castle and ‘Royal Mile’ is the starting point for this tour which uncovers many famous Scottish scenic places. Travel via St Andrews with its university and golf courses and visit Pitlochry with the salmon In Inverness, the Culloden battlefield is well worth a visit, as are a couple of the malt whisky distilleries and the ‘Black Isle’ but leave time for some serious ‘monster hunting’ to try and spot Nessie!
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh. Transfer to city center hotel. Day free to relax.
Evening ghost tour.
Day 2: Hop on hop off city tour. Evening Scottish Banquet.
Day 3. Leave Edinburgh - Stirling Castle - Kilchurn Castle (overnight Ft William Glenspean Lodge)
Day 4. Camelot - Kilmartin Glen - Ancient tombs (overnight Ft William Glenspean Lodge) From May-October, ride the Jacobite “Harry Potter” train
Day 5 Glen Coe - Fort William - Glen Finnian (overnight Skye – Portree)
Day 6. Isle of Skye - Old Man of Storr - Fairy Glen (overnight Skye – Portree)
Day 7. Eilean Donan Castle - Loch Ness - Highlands (overnight Inverness, Highlands)
Day 8 Explore the capital of the highlands – overnight Inverness.
Day 9 Travel the Whisky Trail to Aberdeen
Day 10 Perth-St. Andrews and fishing villages.
Day 11 Home from Edinburgh.
2 nights Pitlochry
2 nights Inverness
2 nights Northern - Melvich/Thurso
2 nights Fort William/Oban
2 nights Trossachs/Loch Lomond. Ends in Glasgow
Extend this tour with a night or two in the city of Glasgow with its active university, art galleries and concert halls.
Wales - 6 nights Often overlooked as a destination by visitors to the UK, Wales has stunning scenery, beautiful coastlines, magnificent castles, culture and an individual language. A holiday to Wales can offer a breathtaking experience. Be sure to visit some of the wonderful gardens of North Wales, take the train or climb Snowdon if you feel energetic, see Caernafon or Conwy castles and explore Llandudno, the popular holiday resort dating from the Victorian era. Map
Your itinerary could include visits to:- the ruins of Tintern Abbey, the fairy-tale Italianate village of Portmeirion, Colwyn Bay Mountain Zoo or some of the many fabulous castles that litter the coast and border of Wales.
2 nights Brecon Beacons
2 nights Mid Wales
2 nights Snowdonia
For a long holiday that links Celtic Wales with its Cornish Celtic cousin, why not link this tour with that of the West Country? Alternatively extend your tour into Pembrokeshire or visit the medieval and Roman city of Chester.
Wales Discovered - 7 day tour
See the most awesome castles of North and South Wales, including the largest and most spectacular, Caerphilly Castle. Take time to enjoy the inspiring beauty of Snowdonia National Park. See England's famous sights on your return to London.
Day 1. Chepstow - Tintern Abbey - Caerphilly (overnight South Wales)
Day 2. Brecon Beacons - Powis Castle - Mountain tour (overnight Mid Wales)
Day 3. Harlech Castle - Portmeirion - Betws Y Coed (overnight North Wales
Day 4. Conwy Castle - Bodnant Gardens (overnight North Wales)
Day 5. Snowdonia National Park - Beaumaris Castle (overnight North Wales
Day 6. Peak District National Park - Chatsworth (overnight Cotswolds)
Day 7. Cotswolds Touring - Blenheim Palace - Oxford (return London)
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ENGLAND LUXURY SELF DRIVE
Drive down a highway or take to a winding mountain road in a sleek Jaguar. Whether its browsing the antique or craft shops, ambling along the cobbled pedestrian areas, or hiring a small boat and drifting along the river, there are many things to do in England. To make these luxury vacations even more enticing, the specialists at Lynott Tours have put together this wonderful collection of extraordinary hotels and inns.
Day 1 ROCHESTER/CANTERBURY Travel to Rochester, once of the home of Dickens. The citys Victorian High Street glows with the sights and sounds of a scene of more than a century ago. You wander the streets of the charming village to enjoy the spirit of the past that is recreated here. Continue on to the lovely old city of Canterbury. In the early evening, you may attend Evensong at the majestic Canterbury Cathedral, immortalized since the days of Chaucers Canterbury Tales. Dating back to the 1830s, Abbots Barton Hotel is set within two acres of tranquil gardens, a short walk from the town centre.
Day 2 AVEBURY/BATH Visit Avebury. Not as well known as Stonehenge, it is the largest and most impressive of the great stone circles of the Bronze Age. Today you travel to Bath, the most elegant of cities, with its World Heritage Sites.
Day 3 BRISTOL/PLYMOUTH/DEVON This morning, after a drive to admire the rugged beauty of Cheddar Gorge, continue on to Glastonbury, the legendary burial site of King Arthur, with its Abbey ruins. From here, drive into Devon by the wild and rugged Dartmoor National Park, and to the historic naval port of Plymouth, where the Mayflower set sail. The boggy moorland of Dartmoor contrasts with the genteel towns of the coastal areas. The Remains of the Day was filmed at Powderham Castle, Devon, and Corsham Court in Devon.
Day 4 CORNISH EXCURSION Enjoy a delightful day touring this beautiful area and rugged coastline of Cornwall where the melodic voices of fishermen singing sea shanties still reverberate around quaint fishing villages. Visit the artists colony of St. Ives, Lands End, and St. Michaels Mount near Penzance. At this point you are standing on the most westerly point of the English mainland. St. Ives is also the home of the Tate Gallery, that offers a unique introduction to modern art, and the stunning Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Day 5 COTSWOLDS Half the joy of antique buying comes from the thrill of discovery. Experience it for yourself in the Cotswolds. Set amidst the honey colored stone villages are many small and interesting outlets. Visit Burford, which specializes in hunting and sporting antiques, an example of the diversity of the area. The market town of Stow on the Wold is your Cotswolds hotel - home for the night. Banbury House Hotel
Day 6 OXFORD/BLENHEIM PALACE Once in Oxford, wander around Oxfords famous college quads, which have provided inspiration to the likes of Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien, and set locations for Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. Visit Blenheim Palace, residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill, his cousin. It is the greatest building of the English Baroque style. Linton Lodge is an Edwardian townhouse set in 11/2 acres of gardens. Facilities available include fine dining in the oak paneled restaurant, croquet lawn and a 9-hole putting green.
Day 7 YORKSHIRE DALES/CASTLE HOWARD You explore the gentle Yorkshire Dales, with their many hues of green. Lush farmland and stone walls blend into an area of unique contrasts and beauty. Travel to Haworth where the Bronte Parsonage stands. This is where Emily wrote Wuthering Heights you may still feel the presence in the moors of Heathcliff and Catherine. There are miniature books that the sisters made as children, tiny slippers, and manuscripts and drawings. You visit Castle Howard, containing many treasures, and known as the setting for Brideshead.
Day 8 DISCOVER YORK/SHOPPING Visit York, another great city dating back to the Romans and Vikings, with its stately Minster and narrow streets. The finest feature of York Minster is the rose window commemorating the end of the War of the Roses. You shop in the medieval Shambles, the shopping district with streets so narrow that the buildings on both sides of the streets nearly touch.
Day 9 ANCIENT LINCOLN/ CAMBRIDGE The old Roman city of Lincoln boasts a Normal Cathedral, built in 1072 and now one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. Cambridge is next. The Romans used Cambridge as an inland port. In 1068, William the Conqueror built a castle here. Cambridge has a wealth of historic buildings, and much of its charm lies in winding back streets and passages. You take a walk among the Backs, the Mathematical Bridge and venerable colleges, or take a scenic punt or gentle gondola cruise along the river Cam.
Day 10 HOMEWARD OR ASK US FOR OTHER GREAT IDEAS TO EXTEND YOUR TRIP.
Self-drive car with unlimited mileage and tax for 9 days.
9 nights accommodations at your choice of manors, hotels and inns. We book all of your reservations in advance for you.
Full hearty breakfast is served each day. This may include home-baked breads, farm-fresh eggs, cereal, sausage and bacon.
British Heritage pass. The Great British Heritage Pass is your key to the great historical treasures of Britain. The pass is your admission ticket to more than 550 castles, manor homes, gardens, abbeys and other fascinating sites youve read and heard about. Sites on your must see list, and get to the front of the line.
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|Canterbury (1 night)||Abbots Barton||Falstaff|
|Bath (1 night)||Leigh Park||Royal Crescent|
|Devon (2 nights)||Duke of Cornwall||Globe Inn|
|Cotswolds (1 night)||Banbury||The Elms|
|Oxford (1 night)||Linton Lodge||Randolph|
|York (2 nights)||Monkbar||Dean Court|
|Cambridge (1 night)||Gonville||George|