Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 September 2021
- 7 Days £285
- Single supplement £100
- Holiday insurance £25
Come and enjoy not only a classic wildlife holiday but a scenic one too, suitable for the coaching market and designed with no strenuous activities or walks. On this tour, you will experience eagles, a cruise where you are virtually guaranteed to see the resident pod of dolphins. Visit Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, feed the reindeer in the Cairngorms and enjoy a steam train ride through beautiful Highland countryside.
SUNDAY: Following our morning departure we travel to the north of England for our overnight stay.
MONDAY: We cross the border and travel by way of the Falkirk Wheel before arriving into the Highlands of Scotland and the Craiglynne Hotel, Grantown on Spey for the next four nights.
TUESDAY: We travel into Inverness the capital of the Highlands for free time. Continue our drive north crossing Moray Firth, Cromarty Firth, Dornoch Firth and Loch Fleet to arrive at Dunrobin Castle. Dating back 700 years, this fairy-tale castle has extensive gardens to explore in a dramatic coastal setting. This afternoon we enjoy a fascinating falconry display with Golden Eagles, Falcons and other species. WEDNESDAY: Travel to Aviemore to board the Strathspey steam train and the stunning 40 minute trip through the Scottish Highlands. Disembark at Broomhill and continue our journey onto the Cairngorm National Park where we meet a herder who will take you to visit the reindeer paddock and exhibition.
THURSDAY: Today we explore the Whisky trail. It is the most recognised region in the world for whisky production passing numerous distilleries along the way. A stop will be made in Nairn, renowned for its white sandy beaches. Continue along the coast and over the Kessock suspension bridge to join the Dolphin Spirit, we will have a 90-minute cruise into the Moray Firth to hopefully spot the pod of resident dolphins.
FRIDAY: We depart the Highlands and travel south, still taking in the amazing scenery that this region of Scotland offers. Cross the border into England for our overnight hotel.
SATURDAY: Continue our journey south to arrive home late afternoon/early evening.
CRAIGLYNNE HOTEL, GRANTOWN ON SPEY***
Set in the Cairngorms National Park, this imposing, granite Victorian hotel is surrounded by immaculate gardens and views across of the neighbouring Cromdale Hills and just a 10-minute walk to the town centre. The Craiglynne Hotel features 82 en-suite bedrooms, many of which boast panoramic views of the neighbouring hills and are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, telephone and television. After your excursions, you may like to relax in the bar or conservatory before dining in the award-winning restaurant for your evening meal. This hotel offers WIFI throughout the public places and there is a lift.
Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below. For operational reasons on the day of travel a steam train may be replaced by diesel. Sightings of animals mentioned cannot be guaranteed but are highly likely.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, tea and shortbread on arrival in the main hotel, entrance to Dunrobin Castle with a falconry display, Strathspey railway journey, visit reindeer in the Cairngorms, Dolphin Spirit cruise and excursion programme.
Pennine Explorer and Ribble Valley. Inc Chocolate & Canals
Monday 13 to Friday 17 September 2021
- 5 Days £385
- No single supplement of allocated singles
- Holiday insurance £23
Join us to explore a classic rail experience through pretty moorland scenery, an afternoon in the famous cheese town of Hawes on market day taking in the pretty sights of waterfalls and museums, a visit to Barton Grange with its wow-factor, a journey on the Lancaster canal, tasty chocolate demonstration, a tour of the Pendle Witches and Ribble Valley, followed by the ghostly Samlesbury Hall.
MONDAY: We depart the Westcountry and travel north to the Pennines and the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel.
TUESDAY: Travel to Settle to enjoy a classic morning rail journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway. Considered the most scenic rail journey in England. The journey takes us through moorland scenery and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. This afternoon will be spent in Hawes, home to the famous Wensleydale Cheese. A lot of things to do here, from browsing the traditional market to visiting the Wensleydale Creamery and the rope museum which makes things from barrier ropes, bannister ropes, pet accessories, dog leads, skipping ropes, clothesline and equestrian ropes. Travel back to our hotel via the Ribbleshead Viaduct – see it from a different angle, a great photo stop!
WEDNESDAY: Our morning will start with a visit to Barton Grange, a garden centre with a wow factor! It won the destination garden centre of 2019. From here, we enjoy a cruise on the Lancaster canal which cruises along the Lune aqueduct with its 5 majestic stone arches spanning the River Lune. This scenic cruise features attractive scenery and views of the Bowland Hills, not to mention the wildlife that abounds on the canal. We return to the chocolate house near Blackburn. We will be welcomed with chocolate buttons and truffles, enjoy live chocolate making demonstration and dark chocolate tasting. Sip on a cup of tea/coffee or their very own hot chocolate before mooching around the shop to buy some goodies to return home with!
THURSDAY: Hubble bubble, toil and trouble. Are you brave enough to hear a chilling tale that echoes down the ages? Today we experience an enlightening and informative half-day coach guided tour which tells the story of the most famous witchcraft trial in English history. We will hear about all the mystical legends and follow the route the Pendle Witches took through the Ribble Valley to Lancaster Castle where they stood trial. This afternoon we will visit Samlesbury Hall a beautiful half-timbered medieval house with a turbulent and dramatic history and now one of the most haunted locations in Britain.
FRIDAY: We depart our hotel and travel south to arrive home late afternoon/early evening.
Please Note: Admissions and fare are not included unless stated below.
On all railway excursions, for operational reasons on the day of travel, steam vehicles may be replaced by a diesel locomotive. Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed
MERCURE DUNKENHALGH HOTEL AND SPA, CLAYTON-LE-MOORES****
Set in seventeen acres of glorious parkland this 700-year-old buildings’ original turrets, porticoes and wood-panelled corridors evoke memories of a bygone age, yet its modern facilities make it a unique hotel. All 175 bedrooms blend age-old comfort with modern design. They are en-suite with Wi-Fi, telephone, satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The hotel also boasts an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness centre. There is a lift which serves some bedrooms but there are ground floor rooms available.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, porterage, Settle-Carlisle Railway Journey, return trip on the Lancaster canal, demonstration and tasting at the Chocolate House, guided tour of Pendle Witches and Ribble Valley and excursion programme.
Wednesday 15 to Tuesday 21 September 2021
- 7 Days £535
- Single supplement £165
- Holiday insurance £130
In recent years Ireland has busied itself getting the attractions that visitors want and need just right. All of this investment has enhanced the things Ireland already has in abundance, beautiful scenery and the friendliest people you will ever find, the traditional magic of Ireland, the incomparable scenery, the wonderful food and the fun remains unchanged. Ireland’s beauty is legendary – from green pastures to the deep moody lakes and the wild rolling hills. Killarney is quite rightly one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations with the town itself bubbling with traditional Irish hospitality and the pubs are as typical as you are ever likely to get!
WEDNESDAY: We have an early start to travel to Pembroke for our mid-afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare. We continue to our overnight hotel in Waterford.
THURSDAY: We leave Waterford and travel to Cork for the morning, Ireland’s third city full of charming Georgian houses, bustling markets and historic sights. Amble around the pretty craft shops, visit Shandon Church, wander along tree-lined Grand Parade, or over the attractive bridges along the River Lee. We continue our journey to the Killarney Towers Hotel for our four-night stay.
- The Ring of Kerry – One of Ireland’s most scenic routes. First, we drive through Killorglin famous for the ‘Puck Fair’ festival. Onto the ‘Kerry Bog Village’ for coffee and to experience days-gone-by in this recreated village of thatched cottages and peat fires. We shall stop for lunch before continuing to Sneem with its waterfalls and peaceful setting. From here we travel to Molls Gap then onto Ladies View with views of the three lakes of Killarney. We complete our day with a drive through Killarney National Park.
- A tour to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry’s most northern peninsula. It is a wild and remote region with wonderful coastal scenery.
- Today the choice is yours. You may like to enjoy a free day in Killarney or why not take the option of venturing on a traditional jaunting car ride through the National Park followed by a spectacular boat cruise with commentary on Killarney’s largest lake at Ross Castle.
MONDAY: We leave Killarney and travel to Blarney just outside of Cork. Chance to ‘Kiss the Blarney Stone’ and to shop in the excellent Blarney Woollen Mills. We continue to Wexford and our hotel.
TUESDAY: We travel to Rosslare for the morning ferry crossing to Pembroke in Wales. We continue our journey back into England for our arrival home early evening.
KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL, KILLARNEY ****
This superbly appointed hotel is located in the heart of the town. Relax in the resident’s lounge or savour the atmosphere in Killarney’s favourite pub, Scruffy’s. Enjoy complimentary use of the leisure facilities which include a sauna, steam room, whirlpool, swimming pool and a gym. All bedrooms are en-suite and are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, television, hairdryer and telephone. There is a lift.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry crossings, nightly entertainment in Killarney and excursion programme.
Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated.