4 Weeks in the UK Tour Itinerary
Our 28-day UK tour itinerary has been designed for you to experience the most iconic sites across England, Scotland, Northern & The Republic of Ireland, and Wales.
Our clients typically choose to stay with the same driver guide throughout the tour, however, we also provide the option for you to have a local driver for each nation you are visiting. To discuss this or to change any other aspect of our 1 month’s suggested itinerary, simply complete our online contact form and we can get started crafting your dream 28-day UK itinerary.
Our UK 4 Week private tour Itinerary includes:
Days 1: Highclere Castle & Oxford University
Your 4 weeks UK tour itinerary begins with your driver guide collecting you from either your London-based accommodation or directly from the airport.
You will get to know your private guide as you make the 1.5hr drive to Highclere Castle before arriving in Oxford, “The City of Dreaming Spires”.
Welcome to the real Downton Abbey! Highclere Castle served as the home of the Crawley family in the hit TV series and Downton Abbey movies.
Enjoy the stunning grounds, external Jacobethan architecture, and outstanding artwork collection contained within the Castle, which is owned by Lord and Lady Carnarvon. On your private tour, you can step inside Highclere with your guide to explore the gorgeous State Rooms, the Castle Bedrooms, and the Egyptian exhibition which tells the story of the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun. The original Tomb in Cairo was discovered and after the 5th Earl of Carnarvon patronized the voyage and attended the excavation along with his daughter and the archaeologist Howard Carter.
Explore Oxford University
Oxford is perhaps the most famous University in the World. Founded in 1246 and with over 30 colleges stretching across the city with some of the most stunning Gothic architecture imaginable. Furthermore, It is the oldest University in the English language and throughout the centuries has seen almost 30 UK Prime Ministers, just as many International leaders (with former American President Bill Clinton among them), and 55 Nobel Prize winners pass through its doors either as students or Lecturers.
Among the most significant and beautiful campuses to visit on your tour are:
Christ Church College
Alongside the Cathedral and cloisters, Christ Church demands your attention due to the collections of Old Masters paintings and exhibitions in the Picture Gallery.
Perhaps the most emblematic and representative of the gorgeous Victorian Neo-Gothic architectural style that Oxford is associated with, and one of the oldest as well having been constructed in 1314. Inside Exeter College, you will find ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ tapestry by William Morris.
The Divinity School, Bodleian Library, & Radcliffe Camera
The largest and second oldest library in the UK, walk in the footsteps of luminaries such as Oscar Wilde, C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and many more who have sat and studied here.
Evening in Oxford
Step aboard a Riverboat to discover the highlights of the city including Folly Bridge, Christchurch Meadows, and the university boat houses on a delightful river cruise along the Thames. Disembark for a delicious 3-course fine dining experience before returning to your accommodation for the evening.
Accommodation: Oxford City Center
Day 2: The Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon
Your second day in England will be a driver-guided excursion to experience idyllic rural English village life in the Cotswolds before continuing the theme by visiting the thatched roof cottages and 16th-century thatched roof structures of Stratford-Upon-Avon – the town Shakespeare was born in. In the evening your driver guide will return you to your Oxford accommodation.
The Cotswolds area is designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ” and the perfect encapsulation of romantic honey-hued stone villages, exquisite manor houses, and classic English-style cottages that seem frozen in time, untouched by the passing centuries.
Alongside the sheer charm of the Cotswolds, the villages and towns here host some of the most fabulous artisan craft stores in the country.
Some destinations we recommend spending more time exploring on your tour include:
This classically Jacobean house built in 1607 under the instruction of wool merchant Walter Jones stayed in the hands of the same family for 4 centuries until taken over by the National Trust in 1991. Currently, visiting Chastleton will allow you to get a real sense of life in times gone by as it is furnished with objects, decorations, and textiles from the period.
Discover why the British poet William Morris was so moved by the grace and beauty of Bibury that he described it as “The most beautiful village in England”.
The undoubted highlight is the row of old weaver’s cottages on Arlington Row with a history going back to 1380. Another must-see is St Mary’s Church with its gorgeous Norman-era arches, 13th-century entrance, and Saxon chancel columns.
Your driver will then take you to the “Venice of the Cotswolds”, the riverside town of Bourton-on-the-water. Here you can take the time to admire the small stone cottages and bridges and antique stores.
Stratford-Upon-Avon Afternoon Tour
A short drive from Bourton-on-the-Water lies Shakespeare country, the medieval market town and 16th-century birthplace of The Bard: Stratford -Upon-Avon.
Many of the most significant sites from Shakespeare’s life are remarkably well preserved and still functioning, allowing your private guide to discuss the significance and role they played in the Swan of Avon’s upbringing and adult life as you step inside the structures, touch the same walls The Bard did and even see the furnishings and furniture from the era.
Stratford highlights include:
- Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare was Christened, Married, and buried.
- Stratford Grammar School where The Bard began his education.
- Hall’s croft where Susannah, the daughter of Shakespeare lived.
- Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
- Original 16th century Tudor buildings.
In the evening you will reconvene with your driver and return to your hotel in Oxford.
Day 3: Lincoln & York
On day 3 of your 28-day itinerary, you will head through the Midlands into Northern England as you discover highlights from the historic towns of Lincoln and York.
Home to one of only four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, Lincoln has been a major town throughout history. From the Roman empire where settlements were formed here along a road connecting London to York, through to its prominence as a trading town in the Medieval era resulting in William the Conqueror ordered that a castle and Cathedral be built to signify the importance and status of the city. Both of which you will visit today on your guided tour!
Prepare for 1000 years of history, fascinating myths and legends, and tails from historical figures as you explore Lincoln Castle with your private guide.
An original copy of the Magna Carta that dates back almost 810 years ago is stored here along with the Charter of the Forest from 1217BC – which played such a massive role in shaping English society and culture.
The Victorian Prison Exhibition
In the typical Victorian puritan style, the prison was designed to house inmates separately and isolated from others in the belief that this prevented a corrupting influence from spreading among the men and would encourage self-reflection. Now you can hear them finally share their stories.
Heritage Skills Center
Enjoy demonstrations on crafts of the period like stained glass workshops, silversmithing, and stone carving sessions.
Lincoln Cathedral Tour
Then it’s onto Lincoln’s impressive 12th Century Cathedral, thought of as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture to be found anywhere in the world and formerly the tallest building in the world – an accolade it held for a remarkable 238 years!
Some of the highlights to discover with your guide are:
- Finding the Lincoln Imp in the rafters!
- Statue of “Charge of the Light Brigade” author Alfred Lord Tennyson
- The Medieval & Wren Libraries
Afternoon in York
After a 1.5-hour road trip with your private driver, you will arrive in the city of York in Northern England.
Whilst Lincoln Cathedral was the last of the great Cathedrals to be built in England, York Minster can lay claim to being the largest in Northern Europe! In the heart of the city acquaint yourself with York’s Norman architecture and medieval history by walking down the Mazzy narrow lanes of The Shambles, where magnificently preserved facades are juxtaposed with contemporary living, and paying a visit to York Castle Museum.
One of the largest examples of Gothic architecture in the world, York Minster Cathedral has overseen more than 800 years of history since the structure was built. It is also home to the largest collection of stained glass in the UK, with some pieces dating back to the 12th century.
York Castle & Museum
Featuring interactive exhibitions that familiarize you with over 400 years of York’s history. Take part in recreations of Jacobean dining rooms and a living exhibit of Kirkgate shopping street.
Providing amazing photography opportunities and insight into what life was like in a medieval village, the delightful buildings that line the street have been restored to their magnificent medieval glory. For an idea of what to expect from the architectural style here, It has been said that The Shambles served as the inspiration behind Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movie franchise.
Day 4: Lake District & Edinburgh
The morning section of your itinerary on day 4 will be a complete change in tone from yesterday’s moody Gothic architecture and historic towns as you get out amongst nature and take the time to appreciate the relaxing countryside views, serene lakes, and backdrops of rolling hills amongst England’s Lake District.
Your Lake District tour will serve as a fond farewell to England until the final section of your tour as your next destination will be Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland!
Lake District Destinations
The lake district is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Visit the sites that provided such inspiration for many of England’s most famous poets such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, and Shelley.
The largest lake in all of England. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise providing incredible views of the surrounding mountain landscapes and a commentary on the history and legends related to the lake – including The White Horse of Windermere and the beast Tizzie-Whizie! This creature is claimed to have the body of a hedgehog with large insect wings and a tail and has been known to stalk the shoreline of Lake Windermere, well some say so at least…
Famous for its links to the great poet William Wordsworth, author of “As I wandered lonely as a Cloud” and also for Grasmere Gingerbread. Make sure to drop by a local cafe to sample some.
Formerly Wordsworth’s house, Dove Cottage was where the poet was inspired to create his finest writings and is remarkably well preserved from the early 19th century.
St Oswald’s Church
The site of Wordsworth and his wife’s tombstones.
Arrival in Edinburgh
Your options for your first night in Edinburgh depend on how much time you wanted to spend in the Lake District. If you only wish to visit one or two destinations there and primarily enjoy the views from the comfort of our luxury vehicle then you will have time to explore some of Edinburgh’s captivating Old Town in the evening. Otherwise, your private driver will provide their recommendations for your evening meal and entertainment before dropping you off at your hotel.
Assuming we arrive in Edinburgh before the evening that will allow us time to enjoy a:
Guided Walking Tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town
Get to know the city’s history as you walk its cobbled streets and narrow lanes. Some of the sites you will discuss with your guide are St Giles Cathedral where you will discover its links to John Knox and learn why it is known as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism”, Greyfriars Kirk & Graveyard, and the monument to Greyfriars Bobby, the Scottish Terrier who spent 14 years guarding his owner’s grave.
Scotch Whisky Experience
In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Scotch Whisky Experience opened in 1987 when the Scottish Whisky industry combined to fund this showcase celebrating the history and development of Scotch whisky.
Your tour features an interactive trip through the production of Scotch, a session exploring the regional variations in scent and flavour between the different Scotch regions, and of course a tasting experience within the walls of the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.
Day 5: Edinburgh Highlights Tour
Today you can take advantage of being able to spend the whole day in Edinburgh by visiting the most famous and iconic sites in the capital. Your guided tours for the day include:
Climb the Walter Scott Monument
The 200-foot high monument to the author of legendary Scottish literature like Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and Waverley stands rises imperiously into the sky just a stone’s throw from Waverley station and is decorated with 64 characters representing characters from his books and poems.
Enjoy a trip to the summit of Arthur’s Seat, the peak of a group of hills formed by an extinct Volcano that provides the finest views across the city.
The most famous landmark in Edinburgh, discover the fascinating historical tales and stories of scandal and intrigue surrounding the many famous figures intrinsic to the history of the castle such as Mary Queen of Scots, the Child King James the 6th, Oliver Cromwell, and many more.
Exhibits on display here include the oldest Crown Jewels in Britain – the Honors of Scotland, and The Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy where rulers were crowned.
The Queen’s Scottish Palace and official residence in Scotland, crowning the iconic Royal Mile thoroughfare which runs from the Castle to the Palace.
The gruesome twosome Burke and Hare, infamous cannibal Sawney Bean, and The Witch of the Potterrow Port Agnes Finnie to name but a few, Edinburgh is a city with a dark and often bloody past and the Edinburgh Dungeon with its interactive live-action exhibitions is the most fun way to reveal this aspect of the city’s character.
Day 6: Stirling & St Andrews
Each day of our 28-day UK itinerary can be customized to suit your interests, and day number 6 is one that always inspires some lively discussion between our guests. If you have any interest in Golf then attending The Old Course in St Andrews for a round will likely be one of your top priorities, and as such we will make our way to St Andrew’s directly to maximize your time there. Needless to say, spots on the Old Course fill up quickly, so please contact our team at the soonest opportunity if you would like us to source a reservation for you here.
Alternatively, other guests have no interest in Golf and would prefer to sample the sights and sounds of Stirling – formerly the capital and one of the most important cities in Scotland before arriving for their guided experiences around St Andrews.
Should you choose the Stirling route we will visit:
Once the most important site in all of Scotland, when Stirling was the capital of the country the Stewart Kings and Queens would reside here. On your tour of the Castle, you’ll hear tales from the war of independence and stories from pivotal figures in Scottish and British history including Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Stirling Old Town Jail
The characters will be brought to life through re-enactments and interactive storytelling on your tour of the former Victorian-era jail.
The Monument to the National hero and inspiration behind the Hollywood movie “Braveheart” was built in 1869 on the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, Wallace’s most famous victory over the English army. Exhibits on display include Wallace’s sword, the Hall of Heroes, and the story behind and result of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. You can climb to the top of the 220-foot structure for an incredible panoramic view across the Stirling landscape.
St Andrews Highlights
St Andrews has many more strings to its bow other than being “The Home of Golf”. On your guided tour you can explore:
St Andrews Cathedral
Built in 1158 and falling into a state of disrepair after the Catholic faith was banned during the 16th Century Reformation, there now remains only the ruins of what was once the focal point of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
St Andrews Castle
12th Century ruin overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea. Amongst the remaining sections of the castle are the south wall, the underground bottle dungeon where John Knox and George Wishart were said to be imprisoned, the underground mine, and the kitchen tower.
Explore a section of the Fife Pilgrim Way
Walking path or enjoy a walking route around the center of the city stretching to the famous St Andrews University and enjoy some locally sourced fresh Scottish food.
Accommodation: St Andrews
Day 7: Inverness
Today we mark the one-week point of our 4 week UK tour itinerary by entering Inverness, the capital of the Scottish highlands, and the purported residence of a creature going by the name of “Nessie”!
Your driver guide will collect you from your St Andrews accommodation and head north to Cairngorms national park in the Highlands. What could be more Scottish than combining the wild romance of untamed landscapes of the Highlands with a fine Scotch Whisky? So how convenient is it that at the mouth of the Cairngorms you will find one of our most established distilleries…
Blair Atholl Distillery
Understand the process that goes into making the distinctive Blair Athol Single Malt Whisky and enjoy a tasting session before venturing further into the Cairngorms.
Cairngorms National Park
The stunning Cairngorms is the largest national park in the UK and home to 5 out of 6 of the largest mountain peaks in the UK. You can sit back and relax while you enjoy a driver-guided tour through the green forests and cascading waterfalls, or you can take one of the many trekking paths through the park. Either way is sure to keep an eye out for wildlife including ospreys, Scottish wildcats, golden eagles, and perhaps a roaming Haggis in its natural environment.
Loch Ness Boat Cruise & Urquhart Castle
Scotland’s most famous loch, filled with more mysteries and legends than any other!
Your driver will take you on a scenic drive around the edge of the loch before heading to Urquhart Castle for a guided tour. This beautiful ruined castle dates back to 1509 and provides incredible views out onto the loch. Your views of the loch, however, are about to get a lot closer (you might even catch a glimpse of Nessie herself) as your private boat arrives to take you out on the water for an incredible cruise experience.
Accommodation: Loch Ness
Day 8, 9 & 10: Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is truly a magical place (complete with Fairy Pools!) and our 4-week itinerary has dedicated 3 days here for you to experience the incredible natural scenery and vistas, thriving village culture, heritage, and abundant wildlife.
Despite only being 50 miles long from point to point, and with approx just 10,000 locals living here, the Isle of Skye is still the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands.
After taking the Ferry crossing from the mainland to the Island, on your 3 days on Skye you will explore:
This harbor town is the largest on the island, and is the center of most cultural activities on Skye with a vibrant evening bar and restaurant scene full of local produce and musicians providing entertainment. Surrounded by the coast on one side and otherwise enveloped by high cliffs and mountain ranges, Portree is the natural choice to make your base for your time here.
Just north of Portree you will find The Old Man of Storr, perhaps the most iconic site on the island. Take the time to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings, while the more adventurous of you can take the opportunity to ascend the Storr using the 3.8km walking route.
Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls Viewpoint
Still on the Trotternish Peninsula and just along from The Store, this remarkable cliff face of basalt columns rising 300 feet from the sea bears a striking resemblance to a traditional Scottish kilt, even appearing to have a tartan pattern thanks to the effect of weathering and crashing waves over the centuries.
From the cliff-top viewpoint, you can also get a nice look at Mealt Falls, a waterfall that plummets 328 feet towards the rock-laden shoreline below.
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod.
Moving on we will visit one of the most photographed points on Skye, Neist Point, you will not be disappointed with the sheer cliffs & birdlife a plenty. The fast-running tide on Neist Point also makes it an ideal place to spot Basking Sharks and Minke Whales feeding in the tidal stream.
The Fairy Pools
Set amongst the mountain range of Glen Brittle follow the footpath to the hypnotic, elegantly beautiful translucent waters of the fairy pools.
The glistening waters have such a magical appeal that local legends have sought to explain their mystical appearance, with the most pervasive being that their aesthetic is a result of the union between a Clan MacLeod chief and a Fairy Princess. Another says that the pools attract selkies – ancient mermaid-like characters from Celtic mythology. These reports are, however, unverified at the time of writing!
Enjoy the views on offer as we drive along a single-track road towards the village of Elgol, where we will get amazing views over to the Cuillin Mountains.
Loch Coruisk Boat Trip
Take a small boat trip to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Mountains, often joined en route by a colony of local seals!
Day 11: Eilean Donan Castle, Ben Nevis, & Glencoe
Today you return to mainland Scotland using the Skye Bridge crossing. We have three of the most iconic destinations in all of Scotland lined up for you today as we stop at “The most photographed fortress in Scotland”, Eilean Donnan, The highest mountain in the whole UK, Ben Nevis, and the coastal town of Oban.
Eilean Donan Castle
Like something from the pages of a fairytale, Eilean Donan castle stands majestically at the meeting point of three lochs.
The famous Glenfinnan viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station across a 1,000 ft span, 100 ft above the ground. The Jacobite steam train runs from here to Fort William and Mallaig in the summer months.
The filming of the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took place in this area with the Hogwarts Express calling at Glenfinnan!
Continue your trip along the West Highlands to the town of Fort William to take on and take on the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis.
Not all of our guests wish to take the strenuous hiking or trekking trails to the top of the mountain, however, this should not deter you from wishing to explore one of Scotland’s most powerful and magnificent peaks. The gondola cable car journey, whilst not reaching the summit of the mountain, takes you to a viewing platform that allows for a breathtaking vista.
Glencoe Mountain Range
Discover the valleys and mountains of Glencoe on this spectacular driving route that will take you past several stunning locations you will recognize from films such as James Bond: Skyfall, Highlander, and Prometheus, and more. Your driver guide will also reveal the sorry tale of the Massacre of Glencoe to you where the Clan MacDonald were ruthlessly wiped out by government forces. An event that left an immutable scar on the country.
Day 12: Loch Lomond & Glasgow
Your itinerary for today will see you travel from Oban with your driver guide to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city via one of the country’s most revered natural beauty spots.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
The largest lake in the entirety of the UK by surface area, our tour planning specialists can arrange a private cruise along the loch to the waterfalls and woodland walks of Inversnaid where you can keep an eye out for the Wild Scottish Deer and wildlife roaming free.
After your Loch Lomond experience, you will rejoin your driver guide for the brisk 50-minute drive to Glasgow which is generally thought of as being Scotland’s cultural hub.
Although Glasgow is not the nation’s capital, it enjoys a reputation as the contemporary heart of culture, art, and architecture in Scotland. Indeed in a recent poll in the Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Glasgow was voted the best city to visit in the UK.
On your full-day Glasgow walking tour you will visit:
House for an Art Lover
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the most significant and influential architects and designers in Glasgow. His works are featured throughout the city like the Lighthouse in the city center and the angular Glasgow School of Art building. His legacy can be explored at House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park. Constructed according to Mackintosh’s design and furnished with interiors and furniture that highlight his unique and timeless style.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
In Glasgow’s artistic West End you will find the Botanic Gardens. Take a heritage trail through the park and discover the array of flora and rare Orchids at the Kibble Palace and other Glasshouses in the Gardens.
Located in the center of the city on the busiest shopping street in the country with street performers and entertainers lining the streets outside, The Scots voted this ornate 19th Century square as the “Nation’s Favorite Building” in 2016. Enjoy some fine dining in the swanky restaurants and bars, pick up a souvenir, or particularly Scottish gift like an official Aran Sweater.
Glasgow city center walking tour
Discover the main attractions in the city on a guided tour where you will see George Square & City Chambers, Art and mural tour, Glasgow Cathedral & Necropolis, The Clyde River, and more.
Day 13: Belfast
Our 3-week UK itinerary has been designed to deliver the best of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – even if this is actually outside of the UK! In doing so you will first enter Belfast, the capital of the North.
Clients vary in how they would like to make their way here, Glasgow airport has flights that will take you less than an hour direct to Belfast, while others would prefer the more leisurely route and enjoy the Ferry crossing from Stranraer to Belfast. Please let our tour planners know your preference at the earliest opportunity and we can reserve your tickets for the travel arrangement of your choice.
There are a wide variety of experiences and attractions to visit in Belfast, and to ensure that your tour includes exactly the type of sites that will interest you we will provide our recommendations after consulting with you, however, some of the most popular spots are:
Exploring the Titanic quarter
Did you know the fateful ship was constructed here back in 1911? Take the tour of the interactive museum to find out all about the Titanic and her disastrous maiden voyage across the Atlantic.
Enjoy a driver-guided tour through the Gaeltacht Quarter where you will hear the locals speaking in their traditional Gaelic Irish language.
Political Mural Tour
Belfast was a key terrain throughout the infamous troubles, and the history of the town is writ large on famous murals throughout the city. Your driver guide will be able to discuss the significance, meaning, and legacy of each as you travel through the city, culminating in the Peace Wall where you can even write your own message.
Enjoy A Drink In The Crown Bar
This is owned by the National Trust and is probably the most famous pub in Belfast. It dates from at least 1826 and features an incredibly ornate interior of tiles, original gas lamp fixtures, and a beautifully carved ceiling.
Day 14: Giants Causeway & Coast
Your driver guide will collect you in the morning to make your way to the Causeway Coastal Route.
Your first stop of the day will be in the picturesque village of Carnlough where we can take a walk by the small harbor before we continue along the coast and then through the Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths about the fairies and leprechauns said to reside there.
We’ll stop for a spot of lunch in the coastal town of Ballycastle, before walking across the awe-inspiring Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
The Giant’s Causeway
In the afternoon we’ll explore Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the incomparable Giant’s Causeway, and hear the legend about the Giant Finn MacCool and the uniquely shaped stones, before finishing the day off with a visit to Dunluce Castle.
Originally built between 1613 and 1619 take a walking tour along the formerly fortified city walls.
From the walls, you will enjoy views of the spired St. Columb’s Cathedral, see artifacts from the 1688 Siege of Derry, the Peace Bridge, the Tower Museum, the Free Derry Wall, and of course the 22 cannons that line the circumference of the walls.
Day 15: Donegal & Sligo
Today we cross into the Republic of Ireland visiting Co. Donegal. Your driver guide will take you to the stunning Slieve League cliffs before settling in quant Donegal town for lunch before exploring Donegal Castle. Today’s tour will end in the coastal town of Sligo.
Sliabh Liag (Slieve League)
Your first stop will be the Emerald Isle’s highest Sea Cliffs, Sliabh Liag. What a way to mark your first sighting of the Atlantic as your peer into the horizon from the peak of the cliffs, standing an astonishing 2000 feet above the ocean below.
It’s then on to Donegal town. Despite sharing its name with the entire county, Donegal is a small, charming, and authentic little town with a history dating back to the 15th century. Your guide will take you to visit the ruins of Donegal Franciscan Abbey which is found in an absolutely stunning setting at the edge of the harbor.
You will visit Donegal Castle. In the 15th century Red Hugh O’Donnell, an Irish nobleman, ruler of Tyrconnell, and head of the O’Donnell dynasty, built this castle as his personal fortress after escaping five-year imprisonment in Dublin Castle where he had been held by the English.
Known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside, and features carved tombs and a 15th-century altar. Sligo County Museum close by displays memorabilia of local poet W.B. Yeats, paintings, and Stone Age artifacts.
Day 16: Galway
We have a full day ahead of us so we hope you didn’t sample too much Irish Whiskey during your evening in Sligo, because we will be up early and on our way to Downpatrick Head!
Downpatrick Head & Inch Abbey
A formidable rock formation that stands just off the coast reaching almost 130 feet above the sea.
Connemara National Park
Boasting 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands, and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack, and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Here you can also take the opportunity to see some of our famous Connemara ponies, red deer, and birds including peregrine falcons.
Known as the cultural heart of Ireland, we would recommend that you take a brisk walking tour of the town and either take your guide’s advice on where to hear the best traditional Irish music for some evening entertainment or you may wish to spend the night simply enjoying a stroll down to the harbor.
Day 17: Cliffs of Moher
In the morning your driver-guide will collect you from your Galway accommodation and begin the journey westwards to perhaps the most iconic site in all of Ireland – the majestic cliffs of Moher.
Our first stop along the way will see us visit the remains of Dunguire Castle.
Take a moment to enjoy the magnificent scenic setting on the coast of the Atlantic, climb the tower house, and depending on what time you arrive there is the option to attend a medieval-style banquet in the castle complete with traditional entertainment!
After our medieval experience, it’s time to get out into nature by making a stop in The Burren – A limestone wonderland formed millions of years ago and home to 75% of Ireland’s native flora. The Burren is also a site with great historical significance and your guide will deliver you to Poulnabrone, the famous large Irish celtic crosses in Kilfenora, and other structures and relics dating from the Mesolithic era right through the Iron Age.
Village of Doolin
Take a break and enjoy a spot of lunch in the picturesque coastal village of Doolin. Tradition is the name of the game here, so be advised that you will not find any chain restaurants or modern coffee shops in the tiny little village, but your guide will direct you to the best places to enjoy a traditional Irish-style meal.
Cliffs of Moher
Onto the main event of the day, the world-renowned Cliffs of Moher. Neither words nor pictures can fully capture the power and grace of the Cliffs.
Rising over 200 meters high and spanning 8 kilometers along the wild Atlantic coast, the Cliffs provide stunning views of the Aran Islands with the ocean crashing below. Your chauffeur will be able to inform you of all the folklore and myths that surround this incredible testament to the beauty of nature.
It is not just the setting of the cliffs of Moher that will blow you away, fans of wildlife and bird watching will want to spend hours here appreciating the Puffins, razorbills, Kittiwakes, and occasional peregrine Falcons that call the area home.
Day 18: Dingle Peninsula
Today you will get to know some historic Ireland as your driver-guide takes you towards the wonderfully picturesque Dingle Peninsula.
On the way, we will first stop at Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park. Here you will visit the acclaimed 15th-century Castle, the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland.
Before we reach the Peninsula your guide will take you to discover Adare, a quite typical village in the Midwest of Ireland. Your driver-guide will take you on a trip to explore the mysterious ruins and churches which surround the village and whisper of its rich history.
Slea Head Drive
One of Ireland’s most scenic routes, takes you on a journey through historic sites, Irish-speaking villages, famous Hollywood film locations with close-up views of the world-renowned Blasket Island, and distant views of the Skellig Islands on the southwestern horizon.
The Slea Head Drive is a circular route, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning and ending in Dingle, that takes in a large number of attractions and stunning views on the western end of the Dingle Peninsula.
Your driver guide will deliver you to your accommodation in plenty of time to enjoy the traditional Irish town of Dingle.
Day 19: Ring of Kerry
Your driver-guide will collect you from your accommodation in the morning and take you to explore the stunning driving route known as the Ring of Kerry.
The Ring of Kerry is the ring road that follows the coastal contours of Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. The Ring is one of Ireland’s most famous circuits, but it’s much more than a simple driving route, the Ring of Kerry is an iconic destination wrapped in stunning visual history.
This scene-stealing route beginning and ending in Killarney takes in all the big hitters – Moll’s Gap, the Torc Waterfall, and the Gap of Dunloe are places you will see, but really, the route itself is so much more than the sum of its parts. Within this 179km of tarmac road, you’ll find that each turn brings a new treat to the eye, from lakes, rivers, and waterfalls to grand houses and castles, and there is really nothing like breathing in the fresh Kerry air as you drink up the incredible views around you as you explore:
- Skellig Ring Road
- villages of Portmagee and Ballinskellig
- The Gap of Dunloe
- The Black Valley
- Moll’s Gap
- Ladies View
Day 20 & 21: Dublin
Famous for the friendly locals, captivating historical past, and the hugely important figures who have come from the city such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Bram Stoker – so much so that it has been recognized by UNESCO as being a world city of literature, Dublin is a city bursting with highlights to visit with your driver guide over the two days you will spend here.
In the heart of Dublin, tucked away down cobbled lanes, you’ll find Trinity College Library – where notable alumni and influential literary figures like Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett spent many hours studying! Here you’ll find the world-famous Book of Kells. Dating to 800 AD, this ornately decorated vellum book contains the four Gospels in Latin and is the most famous of the early medieval manuscripts. Truly a privilege and a pleasure to behold.
O’Connell Street & The General Post Office
For those who want to delve into some modern Irish history your guide will take you to O’Connell Street and the General Post Office (GPO), where the Proclamation was read on Easter Sunday 1916, for the very first time.
The Doors Of Dublin
As you reach the city center your guide will explain why the Georgian doors that adorn the streets and squares are in such distinctive and colorful style.
The homeland of Ireland’s national drink. We don’t believe that Guinness tastes the same anywhere else in the world, and you find out if you agree or not by pouring your own pint in the factory where it all started.
Whitefriar Street Church
Romantics will wish to visit the place of rest for the patron saint of lovers, St Valentine himself at Whitefriar Street Church.
Temple Bar District
Enjoy the traditional bars and music in the city’s Temple Bar district.
Irish Immigration Museum
See if you can trace your roots back to Ireland at the Irish Immigration Museum.
Built in 1796 it served as a prison in former times where many Irish revolutionaries were imprisoned and executed by the British.
Commissioned by King John all the way back in 1204, and although the majority of what you can see now was constructed in the 18th century, the Record Tower from that era is still intact.
The castle is still in use for formal occasions and functions by the Irish government today and tours of the grounds are available at regular intervals.
Day 22 & 23: Snowdonia in Wales
Begin week number 4 of your 28-day UK tour itinerary by crossing the Irish sea via Ferry to Holyhead in Wales – officially entering the 5th nation of the tour.
The next two days of your trip will be spent exploring Snowdonia National Park and the outstanding mountain ranges, river gorges, flowing waterfalls, and charming village life found here.
Amongst the highlights of your 2 days in Snowdonia will be:
The Lone Tree in Llyn Padarn Lake
Start your day off early by making sure you are at this famous beauty spot for sunrise for the most spectacular photographs.
With an altitude of 3560 feet, Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England. There are 8 trekking paths to the peak, or if you would like to see the summit without the hours of leg-work required you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the top of the mountain.
Discover the Ogwen Valley and spend some time in the picturesque little village.
The National Slate Museum
Quarry work and mining helped to bring Wales to prominence throughout the Industrial Revolution, and discover the old Victorian workshops, waterwheels, and exhibitions on the industry that helped raise the profile of the country.
Translating as “The temple in the Wood” this village is at the junction of Conwy, Lledr, and Llugwy valleys. From here you can easily reach the Fairy Glen, Swallow Falls, Conwy House, and the famous 15th-century stone cottage Ty Hyll or “Ugly House”. Rather more charming than the name suggests, the legend of the Ugly house says it was a hiding place for thieves and robbers of the era.
Accommodation: Snowdonia Park
Day 24: Cardiff
Today your driver guide will collect you from your accommodation in the morning as you set off through the Welsh Marches to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, the birthplace of children’s author Roald Dahl, “Goldfinger” singer Shirley Bassey and known as the city with the most castles in the world.
During your Cardiff city tour, your driver guide will take you to:
Discover over 2000 years of history within walking distance of Cardiff city center! Alongside your private guide, you can explore the Norman Keep – a 12th-century structure that is the highest point of the Castle, The Grand Castle Apartments, and the 33-foot tall Trebuchet – an historically accurate replica of catapults used in the 13th century to lay siege to the castle, and discover the role the castle played in World War 2 as a shelter for Welsh citizens.
St Fagans National Museum of History
The most popular heritage attraction in the country, St Fagan’s tells the history, lifestyles, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people through the centuries by recreating 50 buildings from different historical periods.
Brecons National Park
Discover sections of the waterfall walk or if more adventure is what you are after then get hiking to the peaks!
Cardiff has been a focal point in productions of the enduring TV series “Dr. Who” so if you are a fan then we would be happy to reserve tickets for the DR Who Experience exhibition in the city for you. If The Doctor is not to your taste then instead enjoy an early evening stroll along the Cardiff Bay Barrage and the stunning views over the Severn Estuary.
Day 25: Bath to St Ive's
For the final leg of your one-month UK tour itinerary, we return to England to visit the 18th-century city of Bath. The city is also a UNESCO-listed site in its entirety, and we are sure you will adore the Georgian architecture on display here.
Along with your private driver-guide, you will enjoy a panoramic car tour of Bath to see: Bath Abbey, The Royal Crescent, and monuments to many great writers and authors including Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who were so influenced by the city.
In the center of Bath, you will find the remarkably well-preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world, and one of the most significant pieces of Roman history to be found in all of England and northern Europe. Starting in 60-70AD and then gradually built up over the following three hundred years, the Romans crafted an awe-inspiring temple and bathing structure around the UK’s only hot spring.
On your private tour, you will discover the water’s source and walk in the shoes of the ancient Romans as you are guided around the ancient stone pavements and preserved (and still flowing) baths themselves.
Your private tour guide will take you to explore the four main sections of the baths: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman bathhouse and finds from Roman Bath.
Your Guide will then deliver you to St Ives on the South Coast of England to spend the evening.
Accommodation: St Ives
Day 26 & 27: Cornwall Highlights
Along with its thriving art scene, windswept coast, and golden sand beaches, St Ives is also a fantastic base from where your driver guide can deliver you to the most scenic, interesting, and engaging attractions in all of Cornwall.
Your driver guide will take you on excursions to:
The most westerly and southerly point of England, Land’s End is perfect for cliff top trails, gorgeous views, and breathtaking landscapes. Be careful to avoid an encounter with the giants, fairies, and pixies who are said to have inhabited the region!
Atop the rugged coastal landscape and accessed by a footbridge from the mainland to the headland, the 13th Century Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, while underneath lies Merlin’s cave! On your tour of the castle, you will meet Gallos, a larger-than-life bronze statue symbolic of the castle’s royal past and the story of King Arthur.
Discover the truth about Cornwall’s swashbuckling pirate past and the inspiration behind Gilbert and Sulivan’s Pirates of Penzance Opera and film adaptation.
Levant, Botallack & the Crowns Trail
Immediately recognizable to fans of the Poldark series, enjoy this short scenic coastal walking route dotted with ancient stone walls and hauntingly beautiful ruins.
Day 28: Stonehenge - London
So we arrive on day 28, the final day of your one-month-long tour of the UK! Before you return to London for your flight home we hope that we will have the time to fit in one final excursion to see the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge.
Stonehenge Visitor Center & Museum
Before your guide takes you out amongst the prehistoric stones, we will learn some more about the theories and legends behind how the mystical stone structure was constructed, how the stones were transported here, and what purpose it served all those millennia ago.
The visitors center features excellent audiovisual presentations that are informative and fun for all the family.
Stonehenge Private Tour
This is your opportunity to get out amongst the sacred stones. Allow your guide to transport you back in time almost 5000 years as they build a vividly descriptive story putting you in the place of ancient pagans paying homage at the temple.
When it comes to folklore, myth, and legend, there is perhaps no other site in the world quite like Stonehenge and your private guide for the day will ensure that you will leave having formed a lasting and meaningful bond with this very special and unique site.
Upon completion of your Stonehenge tour, your driver will transfer you to the airport and bid you a fond farewell!
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