A Great British Adventure: Bath to the Scottish Highlands

Saturday 6th September – Saturday 20th September 2025

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights

Overview

This remarkable journey takes you from Bath to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands – a journey through Great Britain from south to north. Along the way, you’ll hike through the charming villages of the Cotswolds and the mountains of Lake District National Park. You’ll experience the culture and heritage by visiting castles, historic homes and a modern-day croft. You will be nourished through nature walks and an array of experiences. And of course, you’ll meet a variety of fascinating local characters along the way!

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 6th September - Arriving in Bath

Arrive into Bath, an elegant city full of traditional heritage, contemporary culture, and green spaces. Your guide will meet you in the afternoon at your unique hotel nestled within a quiet residential neighbourhood a stones throw from the city centre. Enjoy a relaxed evening ahead of a day of adventure tomorrow.

Overnight: Bath | The Bird
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Sunday 7th September - Baths Most Famous Resident

Explore the life of Bath’s most famous resident, Jane Austen. 2025 celebrates 250 years since this remarkable author came into the world, experience The Jane Austen Centre, giving you a snapshot of life during Regency times and learn how living in this magnificent city affected Jane Austen and her writing. In the afternoon join a local guide to enjoy a walking tour, visiting key sites of the city including Pulteney Bridge and The Royal Crescent ahead of our welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

 

 

Overnight: Bath | The Bird
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Monday 8th September - The Roman Baths

Enjoy a lighter breakfast this morning at you hotel as later on this morning we’ll visit The Pump Room for a Bucks Fizz Brunch ahead of entering the Roman Baths to explore one of the world’s oldest religious spas; bear witness to the Sacred Spring, discover the Roman Temple and marvel at the Roman Baths as you wander through centuries of history.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon before reconvening for dinner at your hotel, for tomorrow we enter The Cotswolds.

Overnight: Bath | The Bird
Meals Included: Brunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Tuesday 9th September - The Spine of the Cotswolds

After breakfast we’ll check out of our hotel and travel along the spine of the Cotswold to Highgrove Estate, one of King Charles II private residences. Here we’ll embark on a private tour of the estate and gardens, a place of peace and tranquillity, where The King’s passion and imagination have been etched onto the Cotswold landscape. From the magnificent Wildflower Meadow to the enchanting setting of the Arboretum, the gardens embody His Majesty’s gardening ideals and organic principles. Afterwards we’ll have lunch in the nearby Cotswold town of Tetbury, enjoying some time to wander around the high street before transferring to our accommodation in Burford.

Overnight: Burdford | The Bay Tree
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - Wednesday 10th September - Hiking in the Cotswolds

In the morning, after breakfast we’ll transfer to Stow-on-the-Wold and enjoy a classic Cotswolds hike along the Monarch’s Way, linking the charming villages of Stow-on-the-Wold, the Slaughters (much nicer than its name suggests!) and Bourton-on-the-Water (known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’). We’ll enjoy a packed lunch supplied by a local deli en route before taking some time to walk around this idyllic village and its prized, beautiful river along with its 5 stone bridges that date back to 1654. Early afternoon we will transfer to Sudeley Castle to take a tour of the beautiful gardens and grounds whilst learning about its royal connections spanning a thousand years. A short transfer 30-minute transfer takes us back to our hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Burford | The Bay Tree
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 6 km / 4 miles | 12 m / 38 ft elevation gain | Approx: 2 hrs

Day 6 - Thursday 11th September - The Prettiest Street in England

A short transfer takes us to Chedworth, one of the grandest Roman villas of its time. After exploring the beautiful ruins, we’ll enjoy a relaxed hike, following the banks of the River Coln to the charming village of Bibury, passing through woodland and through small villages on the way. In Bibury, you can explore Arlington Row, often said to be the prettiest street in England. This row of weavers’ cottages was created in the 17th century but the original buildings date back to around 1380. A short transfer returns us to Burford.

Overnight: Burford | The Bay Tree
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Friday 12th September -

Today we transfer north to the Lake District National Park. The transfer time is almost 5 hours, so there is no time for a lot else. We’ll stop roughly halfway at Trentham Estate, this is both a great opportunity to stretch your legs and also time for you to have lunch in one of the many options that are close by. Once we have arrived and settled into our Lake District hotel we’ll take an (optional) light hike to the top of nearby Latrigg, with beautiful views down the valley of Borrowdale.

Overnight: Keswick | Inn on the Square
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Walk Details: 2 km / 2 miles | 87 m / 285 ft elevation gain | Approx: 1 hrs 15 mins

Day 8 - Saturday 13th September -

After breakfast, we transfer to Grasmere, visit the home of William Wordsworth for a tour of his cottage and amble around the pretty little village before visiting the Grasmere Gingerbread shop to learn about the history of this local delicacy, and of course sample the goods! Afterwards, We’ll pick up a packed lunch and set out on our first of our Lake District hikes to a nearby mountain tarn passing waterfalls and natural infinity pools, a great opportunity to dip a toe! We’ll transfer back to our hotel to debrief and relax before dinner.

Overnight: Keswick | Inn on the Square
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles | 261 m / 855 ft elevation gain | Approx: 3 hrs

Day 9 - Sunday 14th September - The Central Lake and Mr McGregors Garden

After hiking yesterday, an easier day today. We’ll drive down the spine of the Lake District along the winding country roads to Windermere for a private session with a local Vinyasa Yoga instructor at the fascinating waterfront location of Windermere Jetty Museum. You’ll enjoy an hour of practising a popular and dynamic style of yoga that emphasises fluid movement and breath synchronisation. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshment in the Jetty Museums Cafe before boarding a launch (boat) that will take you north on Lake Windermere to the Waterhead Jetty. You’ll have some free time to explore the bustling town of Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District before transferring to Lingholm Kitchen to enjoy the quintessentially British tradition of Afternoon Tea overlooking the garden which Beatrix Potter credited as her inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

 

Overnight: Keswick | Inn on the Square
Meals Included: Breakfast and Afternoon Tea

Day 10 - Monday 15th September - Crossing Borders

Today we transfer north to Edinburgh (about 3.5 hours). However, before we leave the Lake District we’ll make a stop at Aira Force on the shores of Ullswater. Quiet glades give way to dramatic waterfalls, we’ll visit a thundering waterfall that drops 65 feet past ferns and rocks. Made even more picturesque by the small stone bridge at the bottom. There are so many woodland trails to discover in this landscape of contrasts. Afterwards, we’ll head north to Edinburgh, a journey of around 3 hours through the winding Scottish countryside. Once we have arrived we’ll settle into our hotel in a beautiful part of the New Town district.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Bonham
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Tuesday 16th September - Exploring The Scottish Capital

A day exploring Edinburgh, including the famous Old Town district which has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Enjoy a morning with a fascinating local guide, who will show you the city through their own personal insight, past, present and future. You’ll finish with a tasting of the national dish of Scotland, the Haggis. Take the afternoon to continue your exploration on your own.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Bonham
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Wednesday 17th September - Visit the Scottish Highlands

This morning we transfer north to Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands (3 hours). After lunch, we visit a small croft run by two remarkable ladies dedicated to small-scale farming in tune with nature. Afterwards, we’ll continue to the attractive village of Aberlour and check into our hotel. There should be time for a short walk in the village, perhaps along the banks of the River Spey or up to a waterfall, before dinner.

Overnight: Aberlour | Dowans Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 - Thursday 18th September -

We’ll transfer 30 minutes north to Findhorn, we will enjoy a relaxing coastal hike along a scenic stage of the Moray Coastal Trail. In the afternoon we’ll take a trip to a local distillery where we will learn about the local whiskeys and enjoy a whiskey tasting experience.

Overnight: Aberlour | Dowans Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 - Friday 19th September -

A special day to finish the trip! In the morning, we hike up a ‘local’s favourite’ peak called Ben Rinnes. The 4-hour hike takes us to its summit, 840m above sea level, for wonderful views across Moray and the Cairngorms. Afterwards, we visit Ghillie Basan, a remarkable chef/writer who has lived off-grid for most of her adult life. Here, we’ll learn about her philosophy towards food and life, and enjoy a wonderful final night banquet, complete with whisky tasting.

Overnight: Aberlour | Dowans Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles | 549 m / 1,800 ft elevation gain | Approx: 4 hrs

Day 15 - Saturday 20th September -

A 90-minute transfer takes us to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. We’ll have a little bit of time to wander around the high street before we say our farewells as the trip comes to a close around lunchtime. Transfer to the railway station or Inverness Airport. Trip ends.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More

● 14 nights accommodation in 4*small hotels and inns

● 13 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 10 lunches, 11 evening meals

● Additional snack and fresh fruit throughout the trip

● All transfers as required

● All guided walks and activities as mentioned in the itinerary

● Gratuities for hotel staff and restaurant staff

● Trip design and delivery

● The services of qualified and experienced guide(s) throughout with 1 guide + 1 support driver for up to 6 guests in 1 Wilderness Vehicle with a second vehicle joining for groups 7+

● All transfers as required, starting in Bath on D2 and finishing at Inverness on D15

● The following visits and activities:

○ D2 – Visit to Jane Austen Centre

○ D2 – Locally guided walking tour of Bath

○ D3 – Brunch at the Pump House and Entry to Roman Baths

○ D4 – Private garden tour at Highgrove Estate

○ D5 – Entry and grounds tour at Sudeley Castle

○ D6 – Entry and tour at Chedworth Roman Villa

○ D8 – Visit and tour at Wordsworth Centre

○ D8 – Grasmere Gingerbread talk with tasting

○ D9 – Yoga session at Windermere Jetty Museum

○ D9 – Cruise on Lake Windermere (Windermere to Waterhead)

○ D9 – Afternoon Tea at Lingholm Kitchen

○ D11 – Invisible Cities walking tour in Edinburgh

○ D11 – A haggis tasting in Edinburgh

○ D12 – Visit to Lynbreck Croft

○ D12 – Distillery tour and tasting

○ D14 – ‘Off the beaten track’ experience and dinner with Ghillie Basan

Exclusions Read More

● Meals not mentioned in the inclusions

● Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions

● Flights and transfers not mentioned in the inclusions

● Travel Insurance

● Gratuities for the guides

Pricing Read More

6-7 travelers £6,900pp

8 travelers £6,800pp

9 travelers £6,600pp

10-11 travellers £6,250pp

12 travellers £6,000pp

13 travellers £5,900pp

14 travellers £5,800pp

Single Supplement £1,500 (Maximum of 9 singles available, double for single occupancy)

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