England, Scotland and Ireland Honeymoon - Final Information

Jessica & Micah

Wednesday 1st May – Saturday 18th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights

Overview

Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring Ireland’s famous and off the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and ancient interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 1st May - Arrival in England - Unguided

Upon landing at London Heathrow, your private driver awaits, ready to whisk you away to the Northern Cotswolds. Amidst the picturesque landscapes, The Fish beckons—an idyllic retreat of elegance and comfort. The scenic drive sets the stage for a tranquil escape in the heart of the Cotswolds, marking the beginning of an unforgettable journey.

Overnight: Broadway | The Fish Hotel
Room Type: Veranda Room

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: 0268
Departure Airport: Los Angeles | Departure Time: 7:30 pm
Arrival Airport: London Heathrow | Arrival Time: 2:00 pm

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2703074
Pick Up Location: Heathrow Arrivals T5 | Pick Up Time: 2:30 pm
Phone: 0141 883 2111

Your private driver will meet you at arrivals and have a sign showing your name

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 2 - Thursday 2nd May - Exploration of the Cotswolds - Guided

Set out on a delightful half-day exploration of the Cotswolds, with your private driver guide at your disposal. Wander through charming villages, each with its unique character, as you discover the timeless beauty of the English countryside. Explore at your leisure, taking in the idyllic landscapes and picturesque architecture that define the Cotswolds. This self-guided adventure allows you to savour the region at your own pace, creating cherished memories of quaint villages and scenic vistas.

 

Overnight: Broadway | The Fish Hotel
Room Type: Veranda Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Guide Details - Alvina Labsvirs Read More +

Name: Alvina Labsvirs
Contact Number: +44 (0)790 000 7979
Meeting Place: The Fish, Reception | Meeting Time: 10:00 am

Your driver guide Alvina will meet you at the reception of your hotel for a day of exploring the Cotswolds. This is a flexible day to include Broadway Tower, Hailes Abbey walk and parts of the Winchcombe Way/Cotswolds Way. Should you wish to explore in the morning and enjoy a free afternoon at the hotel, please let your guide know.

Day 3 - Friday 3rd May - Relaxed Morning and Historic Oxford - Guided

Indulge in a rejuvenating morning at The Fish, immersing yourself in tranquillity amid the serene surroundings of the Cotswolds. Following a blissful relaxation, embark on an afternoon half-day trip to the historic city of Oxford with your private driver. Explore the iconic architecture and academic charm at your own pace. As the sun sets, transition seamlessly to an evening of luxury with a first-class direct train journey to London. Upon arrival, experience the epitome of opulence with a private transfer to your home in the city, Browns Hotel London, marking the perfect end to a day filled with relaxation, exploration, and elegance.

Overnight: London | Browns Hotel
Room Type: Executive Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Driver Guide - Alvina Labsvirs
Pick Up Location: Reception, The Fish Hotel | Pick Up Time: 10:30 am | Approx Duration: 1.25 hrs

Please meet your driver guide, Alvina, at Reception for your morning transfer to Oxford. Upon arrival in Oxford, explore the city by foot and enjoy a local lunch before meeting your expert guide.

Day 3 - Half Day Oxford Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Half Day Oxford Walking Tour
Blue Badge Guide: Bella Henman
Start Location: The Randolph Hotel | Start Time: 2:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)7880 700 291

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17:15 – After your city tour with Bella, meet your driver guide at Oxford Station to collect your luggage for your onward travel. Alvina will also be in possession of your travel tickets for your First Class journey.

Day 3 - Train Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 3, 2024
Departure Train Station: Oxford Train Station | Departure Time: 5:31 pm
Arrival Train Station: London Paddington | Arrival Time: 6:29 pm

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2703075
Pick Up Location: London Paddington train station | Pick Up Time: 6:45 pm
Phone: +44 (0)141 883 2111

Your private driver will be waiting at the end of the platform with a board displaying Jessica Street.

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 4 - Saturday 4th May - London Highlights and History - Guided

As the morning unfolds, your private driver will weave through the city streets to Westminster, joined by your local London guide, prepare to be lead on a fascinating tour of Westminster Abbey. Steeped in history and architectural splendour, the abbey reveals its timeless tales. Transfer across the city ready to explore Borough Market, a sprawling cornucopia of home-grown producers and gourmet goodies from across the globe. After exploring the variety of delicacies on offer, indulge in a delightful lunch of your choosing. Deconstructed Eton Mess, Yorkshire Pudding wrap, take your pick. Appetites sated, stroll across Tower Bride to the iconic Tower of London. Your guide will unveil the fortress’s secrets and intrigues. From the white tower to the Jewel House, home of the monarch’s most precious items, learn more about this fascinating structure. To end the day, a stylish twist awaits as a dapper chauffeur arrives in a traditional Mini Cooper, ready to showcase the city’s highlights in a uniquely charming manner. Cruising through the iconic streets, you will absorb the essence of London’s past and present. Return to your hotel after a seamless blend of elegance, history, and bespoke exploration in the heart of London.

Overnight: London | Browns Hotel
Room Type: Executive Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Historic London Full Day Tour Read More +

Activity: Historic London Full Day Tour
Blue Badge Guide: Helena McColl
Start Location: Brown's Hotel | Start Time: 9:00 am
Phone: +44 (0)7786 521 207

Your expert local guide, Helena, will meet you at the reception of your hotel ready for your London Adventure.

Day 4 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2703076
Pick Up Location: Brown's Hotel | Pick Up Time: 9:10 am | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)141 883 2111

Your private driver will meet you at your hotel reception. Your driver will be available for the duration of the day to weave you through the city to each destination.

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 4 - Westminster Abbey Read More +

Activity: Westminster Abbey
Start Location: Deans Yard, Westminster Abbey | Start Time: 9:30 am | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Website: https://www.westminster-abbey.org/

Join your guide, Helena, for a tour of one of London’s most historic buildings.

Day 4 - Lunch Details Read More +

Outdoor Dining: Borough Market | Location: London SE1 9AL
Reservation Time: 12:00 pm

Explore Borough Market with your guide and taste your way across the globe with a smorgasbord of delicacies.

Day 4 - Tower of London Read More +

Activity: Tower of London
| Start Time: 1:30 pm | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Website: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/#gs.7hlacr

Join your guide, Helena, as you explore the grounds, battlements and towers of this historic fortress.

Day 4 - Mini Cooper Tour Read More +

Activity: Mini Cooper Tour
Small Car Big City:
Start Location: The Cheval, Three Quays | Start Time: 3:30 pm | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Phone: +44 2078 396 737

Meet your dapper driver outside the Tower of London and prepare for a panoramic tour of London. See world-famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard, but also the hidden gems that so often get missed – Street Art in the Leake Street Tunnel, quirky back streets of Covent Garden and local markets.

Day 5 - Sunday 5th May - British Museum and Travel to Scotland - Unguided

After a delightful breakfast, head to the British Museum, ready to delve into the rich tapestry of history and culture, exploring the treasures that span centuries. After a captivating morning of discovery, you bid farewell to London and catch a late afternoon flight to Glasgow. As you soar above the landscapes, the echoes of the museum’s wonders linger, preparing you for the next chapter of your journey in Scotland. Arriving in Glasgow make your way to your airport hotel for the evening to have a restful night before your flight to Islay in the morning.

Overnight: Glasgow | Courtyard by Marriott (Glasgow Airport)
Room Type: Executive Guest Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Self Guided - British Museum Tour Read More +

Activity: Self Guided - British Museum Tour
Start Location: British Museum, Great Russell St, London | Start Time: 10:30 am
Website: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm

Today is a day at leisure to explore the city. Walk through the City or hail a traditional black cab to the British Museum to discover two million years of human history and culture.

Day 5 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2703077
Pick Up Location: Brown's Hotel | Pick Up Time: 5:00 pm | Approx Duration: 0.75 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)141 883 2111

Your private driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel.

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 5 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 5, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: 8730
Departure Airport: London City | Departure Time: 7:45 pm
Arrival Airport: Glasgow | Arrival Time: 9:05 pm

Day 6 - Monday 6th May - Island Life - Guided

This morning a private transfer will collect you from your hotel to take you to the airport in time for your departing flight. Arriving in Islay be met by your private guide who will take you to explore the island. Visit the Ardbeg distillery this morning for a tour of their impressive distillery, enjoy a wonderful lunch before an afternoon whisky tasting delight await you at the award winning Lagavulin Distillery! You then have the option to take a short stroll before settling in to your hotel, situated overlooking the bay on the west side of the island, have time here to rest and relax.

Overnight: Port Ellen | The Machrie, Islay
Room Type: Comfy Luxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: #2701370
Pick Up Location: Courtyard by Marriott, Glasgow | Pick Up Time: 5:30 am
Phone: +44(0)141 883 2111

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 6 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: April 6, 2024 | Airline: LM | Flight Number: 421
Departure Airport: Glasgow | Departure Time: 7:50 am
Arrival Airport: Port Ellen | Arrival Time: 8:35 am

Day 6 - Guide Details - Alison Motion Read More +

Name: Alison Motion
Contact Number: +447906667355
Meeting Place: Airport, Islay | Meeting Time: 8:35 am

Your guide Alison will meet you at arrivals

Day 6 - Distillery Tour - Quintessential Ardbeg Tour Read More +

Activity: Distillery Tour - Quintessential Ardbeg Tour
Start Location: Ardberg Distillery | Start Time: 10:30 am
Phone: +44 (0) 1496 302244 | Website: https://www.ardbeg.com

Day 6 - Lunch Details Read More +

Cafe: The Old Kiln Cafe | Location: Ardberg Distillery
Phone: +44 (0) 1496 302244 | Website: https://www.ardbeg.com

Day 6 - Lagavulin Warehouse Tasting Read More +

Activity: Lagavulin Warehouse Tasting
Lagavulin Distillery:
Start Location: Lagavulin Distillery | Start Time: 1:30 pm
Website: http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/lagavulin/

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Hotel: The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links | Location: Islay
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)1496 300134 | Website: https://www.campbellgrayhotels.com/machrie-islay-scotland/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only.  Please pay directly

Day 7 - Tuesday 7th May - Kildalton and more Whisky - Guided

Today, there is time for one last distillery before departing this beautiful island. Discover the island by foot while sampling the Uisage Bertha from The Laphroaig Distillery and stopping for a picnic lunch en route. This evening board your flight to the mainland. A transfer will await your arrival at Glasgow Airport to whisk you off to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh and your luxurious city centre hotel.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: Premium Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Laphroaig Distillery Uisge Tour Read More +

Activity: Laphroaig Distillery Uisge Tour
Start Location: Laphroaig Distillery | Start Time: 11:00 am
Website: https://www.laphroaig.com

Day 7 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 7, 2024 | Airline: LM | Flight Number: 428
Departure Airport: Port Ellen | Departure Time: 6:25 pm
Arrival Airport: Glasgow | Arrival Time: 7:05 pm

Day 7 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Pick Up Location: Glasgow Airport | Pick Up Time: 7:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)141 883 2111

Your private driver will meet you at arrivals and have a sign showing your name

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 8 - Wednesday 8th May - Exploring Edinburgh - Partially Guided

This morning immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh as you enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way up the ‘Royal Mile’ to the mighty ancient fortress which is Edinburgh Castle itself. Walk the ramparts atop castle rock and hear the tales of the One O’Clock gun and the stories of locals of times past. Your guide will leave you here so that you can spend as much time in the castle as you wish. You then have a free afternoon to continue explorations at your own pace, pick up souvenirs or relax as you prefer.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: Premium Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Half Day Edinburgh Tour Read More +

Activity: Half Day Edinburgh Tour
Blue Badge Guide: Seth Ewin
Start Location: Kimpton Charlotte Square | Start Time: 10:00 am
Phone: +44 (0)7789 180 606

Your Expert Local Guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel

Day 9 - Thursday 9th May - The Lake District - Guided

Waking in the centre of Edinburgh, enjoy a hearty breakfast before your transfer from Scotland to the enchanting Lake District. The scenic route leads you to Birdoswold Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, explore sections of the wall and stretch your legs before delving into the region’s history at the museum. Stopping at a quaint cafe, delight in a delicious lunch before continuing to the Lake District with your driver guide.  Arriving at the Gilpin Hotel, take a moment to freshen up before your transfer to the serene Lake Windermere, where a private boat trip awaits. Glide across the tranquil waters, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, and indulge in a delightful afternoon tea onboard. After the sun sets and exploring the lake by twilight, return to the luxurious Gilpin Lodge Hotel, nestled in the heart of the Lake District. The evening unfolds at your leisure, offering the perfect opportunity to unwind and savour this idyllic setting.

Overnight: Windermere | The Gilpin Hotel and Lakehouse
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: West of Scotland Chauffeur Drive
Pick Up Location: Reception - Kimpton Charlotte Square | Pick Up Time: 8:30 am | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)141 483 1555

Your private driver will meet you at reception and whisk you away to England where you will stretch your legs at Hadrian’s Wall.

Day 9 - Guide Details - Kathryn Bennett Read More +

Name: Kathryn Bennett
Contact Number: +44(0)785 224 9201
Meeting Place: Birdoswold Roman Fort | Meeting Time: 11:45 am

Arriving at Birdoswold Roman Fort, meet Kathryn, your driver guide for your time in Northern England.

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Activity: Birdoswold Roman Fort
Start Location: Hadrians Wall | Start Time: 12:00 pm | Approx Duration: 1 hrs

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/birdoswald-roman-fort-hadrians-wall/

Start your Hadrian’s Wall adventure at Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria. Here you can still see the remains of all of the Wall’s defining features. Stand in awe as the longest remaining stretch of the Wall spans as far as your eye can see, and explore the ruins of the Roman fort, a turret and milecastle. Delve into the story of the most famous Roman frontier with an exciting exhibition in the visitor centre.

Day 9 - Boat Charter Read More +

Activity: Boat Charter
Horizon Boat Sales: Skipper - Steven
Start Location: Ferry Nab, Lake Windermere | Start Time: 5:00 pm | Approx Duration: 4 hrs

Phone: +44 (0)1539 555 381

Meet your skipper, Steven, at the dock of Windermere. From here you will cruise across the serene waters surrounded by the fells and indulge in an Afternoon Tea as you watch the vistas change around you and listen to the stories of the Lakes from your skipper. Sit back and relax as you soak in the sunset behind the fells before returning to the lakeside. Meet your driver guide, Kathryn, for a short transfer back to the Gilpin.

Day 10 - Friday 10th May - Relaxation in the Fells - Guide available

Awakening to the serenity of Gilpin Lodge Hotel, today is a day designed for your leisure. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the rejuvenation of a spa day, letting the soothing treatments revitalise your senses, or opt for a leisurely exploration of the picturesque surroundings, the day is yours to shape. The enchanting landscapes of the Lake District are ready to be explored at your own pace. Revel in the freedom to create your adventure or simply unwind in the luxurious ambience of Gilpin Lodge. It’s a day dedicated to relaxation and personalised experiences in this idyllic haven.

Overnight: Windermere | The Gilpin Hotel and Lakehouse
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Saturday 11th May - Welcome to Dublin - Partially Guided

Meet your private driver for a transfer to Manchester Airport where you will catch a morning flight to Dublin. Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into your 5 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to the Georgian to the modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Superior King
Meals Included: None

Day 11 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Driver Guide - Kathryn
Pick Up Location: The Gilpin Hotel - Reception | Pick Up Time: 8:00 am | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)7852 249201

Meet your driver guide, Kathryn, at reception for your morning transfer to Manchester Airport.

Day 11 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 11, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: 8955
Departure Airport: Manchester | Departure Time: 12:05 pm
Arrival Airport: Dublin | Arrival Time: 1:15 pm

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Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs - Justin
Pick Up Location: Arrivals Halls | Pick Up Time: 1:15 pm | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin has your flight details, you don’t be alarmed if you are delayed.

Day 11 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend lunch at your accommodation.

Day 11 - Historical Walking Tour of Dublin Read More +

Activity: Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
Walking Guide: Eoin
Start Location: The Merrion Hotel | Start Time: 4:00 pm | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Phone: +353 [0]87 9488236

Day 11 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Winding Stair or Matt The Thresher. We are happy to making bookings for you in advance.

Day 12 - Sunday 12th May - Tour of the Guinness Storehouse& Tasting at the Jameson Distillery - Guided Tours

Indulge your senses in the world of Guinness with an intimate and exclusive guided tour of St. James’s Gate, with a Guinness Brewery Ambassador. For the discerning connoisseur, this tour delves deep into the history and origins of the iconic stout. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the working brewery that has stood here for the past three centuries. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, Guinness lovers will go into the tunnels underground, marvel at modern technology at Brewhouse 4, perfect the art of pouring beautiful Guinness, enjoy a delicious lunch at Guinness Storehouse and finish with a pint overlooking Dublin’s skyline at the Gravity bar. This evening, pull up a stool and enjoy an exclusive and intimate pairing experience at the Jameson distillery. Unlock all your senses as you pair luxury, hand-made Irish chocolates with Irish whiskey.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Superior King
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Activity: Guinness Storehouse Brewery Experience
Start Location: St. James's Gate, Dublin 8, Dublin | Start Time: 9:45 am | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Phone: +353 (0)1 408 4800

Your tickets are attached.
We would suggest getting a taxi to the Guinness Storehouse, this can be arranged via the concierge at the Merrion.

This is a walking tour of a large site so wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing as you will be outside for a good duration of the tour. The tour itself will take roughly 3.5 hours so make sure if you have any other plans afterwards that you plan accordingly. Lunch is also included in the tour. If possible we ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour (09:45 am) so you can set off on time by 10am. The meeting point for the tour is Saint James’s Gate, The Liberties, Dublin.

Day 12 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend The Pig & Heifer or Shaka Poke.

Day 12 - Suggested Stops Read More +

St. Patrick’s Cathedral As the largest cathedral and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.

Dublinia See Dublin from a new perspective as you travel back to the heart of the old city at Christchurch. Walk where Vikings walked, find out about Dublin’s rich past and even climb an original Medieval tower.

14 Henrietta Street When you enter 14 Henrietta Street you’ll experience over 300 years of city life in the walls of one address. By connecting to the personal stories of those who called 14 Henrietta Street home, the building’s hidden histories are revealed. See the house, hear its stories and discover the layers of Dublin history within its walls.

EPIC Museum You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you will discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world.

Kilmainham Gaol For over 100 years Kilmainham Gaol held thousands of men, women and children for crimes that ranged from minor offences to being involved in some of the most momentous events in Irish history.

Day 12 - Taste Table at The Jameson Distillery Read More +

Activity: Taste Table at The Jameson Distillery
Start Location: Bow St, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 N9VH | Start Time: 4:45 pm | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Booking Reference: 522755587
Phone: +353 (0)1 807 2355 | Website: https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en/

Your tickets are attached.
If you are exploring the town, we recommend walking to the Jameson Distillery and absorbing the culture of the area.

Day 13 - Monday 13th May - Dublin to Ashford - Unguided

This morning a private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and together you will make your way West. Check into the 800 – year old historic Ashford Castle, your home for the next three nights. Nestled between the shores of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, Cong is renowned for its natural beauty, rich history and its connection to pop culture. The surrounding area boasts a fascinating history that stretches back centuries, and there’s no better base to explore than Ashford Castle. Enjoy some time here to relax and indulge in a delicious dinner onsite.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Lake
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Leonard's Chauffeur
Pick Up Location: The Merrion Hotel | Pick Up Time: 11:00 am
Phone: +353 (0)96 72676

Your chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

Day 13 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend enjoying the estate and dining at The Dungeon tonight. We are happy to make reservations in advance.

Day 14 - Tuesday 14th May - Hawk Walk at Ashford Castle - Guided Experience

The 800-year-old Ashford Castle on the border of Galway and Mayo was once owned by the Guinness family. Ashford has a history dating back to the 12th century and has earned its place in Ireland’s history books. Today, Ashford is one of Ireland’s premier hotels offering an unforgettable experience to all its visitors. Today you will enjoy the ancient form of falconry, where ancient traditions meet modern adventure. Surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Ashford Estate, fly your very own harris hawks under the guidance of your instructor in is a unique opportunity. Later, enjoy some time enjoying the estate before dinner.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Lake
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 - Falconry at Ashford Read More +

Activity: Falconry at Ashford
Start Location: Falconry School | Start Time: 12:00 pm | Approx Duration: 1 hrs

  • Uneven Terrain: The Hawk Walk is a very hands-on & interactive experience which entails a moderate walk along woodland paths over uneven terrain.
  • Suitable Clothing: With regard to clothing, it is advisable to wear long sleeves and closed-toe footwear that is suitable for walking in the countryside through forestry.
  • Arriving on time: Please arrive at Ashford Castle car park at least 10 minutes before your Hawk Walk start time. This will give you time to walk to us as we are a 10 minute walk through the Castle grounds.
  • Can’t be late!: Lastly, please note that it is very important to arrive at the correct time for your Hawk Walk, not too early but it is especially important not to be late. Correct timing is for the benefit of the hawks and is due to their strict feeding times. At 15 minutes past your Hawk Walk time the hawks will be fed and the Hawk Walk will be cancelled with payment not refundable. Thank you in advance for your understanding on this important consideration for the hawks.

Day 14 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at Cullen’s at The Cottage tonight, we are happy to make reservations in advance.

Day 15 - Wednesday 15th May - Traditional Boat Trip & Picnic - Guided

Today experience the magic of Lough Corrib as you glide across the clear waters with an experienced guide, in a traditional wooden boat he hand-crafted himself. Together you will make a picnic pitstop on one of the fairytale islands on the lake – enjoy a luxurious picnic as your guide tends to a crackling fire built in a stone pit, and boils water for a warming cup of Irish tea. Enjoy a delicious meal this evening, an excellent end to your stay at Ashford Castle.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Lake
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 - Traditional Boat Trip & Island Picnic Read More +

Activity: Traditional Boat Trip & Island Picnic
| Start Time: 1:30 pm

Day 15 - Dinner Details Read More +

For our final night in Ashford, we recommend dining at George V Dining Room.

Day 16 - Thursday 16th May - London Bound - Unguided

This morning, a private transfer will drop you to the airport to catch your flight back to London. Upon your arrival in the bustling heart of London, a private transfer awaits to sweep you away to your hotel, Batty Langleys. The evening unfolds at your leisure, whether strolling through nearby landmarks or simply relishing the opulence of the hotel, the night is yours to savour in the vibrant ambience of London.

Overnight: London | Batty Langley's London
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Leonard's Chauffeur
Pick Up Location: Ashford Castle | Pick Up Time: 10:30 am | Approx Duration: 1 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)96 72676

Your chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of Ashford Castle.

Day 16 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 16, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: 5988
Departure Airport: Charleston Knock | Departure Time: 1:05 pm
Arrival Airport: London Heathrow | Arrival Time: 2:30 pm

Day 16 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2703079
Pick Up Location: Heathrow Terminal 5 | Pick Up Time: 2:30 pm | Approx Duration: 1.25 hrs
Phone: 0141 883 2111

Your private driver will meet you at arrivals and have a sign showing your name

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 17 - Friday 17th May - London Adventures - Unguided

Today, the vibrant city of London is yours to explore at leisure. As you step into the lively streets, the possibilities are endless. Wander through iconic landmarks like the bustling Covent Garden, take a stroll along the Thames, or immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Kensington. Perhaps indulge in some retail therapy in the world-renowned shops of Oxford Street or revel in the artistic charm of the Tate Modern. The day is yours to shape – a blend of spontaneous discovery and intentional relaxation in this dynamic city. Whether sipping coffee in a charming café or absorbing the energy of a bustling market, let London reveal its myriad delights at your own pace.

Overnight: London | Batty Langley's London
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18 - Saturday 18th May - Onward Travel - Unguided

Savour a leisurely breakfast in the elegant surroundings before bidding adieu to this timeless haven. As you check out, a private driver awaits to whisk you away to Heathrow, ensuring a seamless transition for your onward journey. Reflect on the enchanting moments in Scotland, Ireland and England as you make your way to the airport, the epitome of refinement lingering in your memories. It’s a departure with a touch of grace, marking the end of a splendid stay in the UK.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles Chauffeur Hire
Booking Reference: 2703080
Pick Up Location: Batty Langley's Hotel | Pick Up Time: 9:30 am
Phone: 0141 883 2111

Your private driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 18
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide as mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary above
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
    • Entry to the Tower of London
    • Entry to Westminster Abbey
    • Private Tour in Traditional Mini Cooper
    • Entry to the British Museum
    • Tour at the Ardbeg Distillery
    • Private Tasting at the Lagavulin Distillery
    • Uisge Experience at Laphroaig Distillery
    • Half-Day Private City Tour of Edinburgh
    • Admission – Edinburgh castle
    • Private Boat on Lake Windermere with Afternoon Tea
    • Guinness Brewery Experience
    • Tasting at the Jameson Distillery
    • Private Transfer from Dublin to Ashford
    • Private transfer from Ashford to Knock Airport
    • Private Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
    • Private Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery Lesson at Ashford
    • Chief Island Picnic & Boat Tour
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip on guided days
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
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Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support during regular office hours (Wilderness England):  +44 (0)1768 721 210, or out of regular office hours +44 (0)7482 170 401

Emergency services:  999 or 112

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather in Scotland can be very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.


Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners
  • Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use, please let us know, and we will ensure these are available for you. 

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

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Get in Touch


Accommodation

The Fish Hotel

Farncombe | Broadway | The Cotswolds |
WR127LH | England
Phone: +441386 858000
Web: thefishhotel.co.uk

Browns Hotel

Mayfair | London |
W1S 4PB | England
Phone: +4420 7518 4196
Web: roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/browns-hotel

Courtyard by Marriott (Glasgow Airport)

Glasgow |
Phone: +44 141-843-4800
Web: marriott.com/en-gb/hotels/glaca-courtyard-glasgow-airport

The Machrie, Islay

Port Ellen | Islay |
PA42 7AN | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1496 302 310
Web: themachrie.com

Kimpton Charlotte Square

Edinburgh |
Phone: 800-44445566
Web: kimptoncharlottesquare.com

The Gilpin Hotel and Lakehouse

Crook Road | Windermere | The Lake District |
LA23 3NE | England
Phone: +441539 488818
Web: thegilpin.co.uk

The Merrion Hotel

Upper Merrion Street | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
D02 KF79 | Ireland
Phone: +353 1 603 0600
Web: merrionhotel.com

Ashford Castle

Cong | Co. Mayo |
F31 CA4 | Ireland
Phone: +353 94 954 6003
Web: ashfordcastle.com

Batty Langley's London

12 Folgate Street | London |
E1 6BX | England
Phone: +44 (0)20 7377 4390
Web: battylangleys.com


Meet Your Guides

Alvina Labsvirs

Contact Number: +44(0)790 000 7979

I was born and raised in the Lake District, Cumbria, and my love of mountains grew with me. My portfolio career took me to many places in corporate life, but I frequently headed home to the mountains.

I worked for a spell in Asia and managed to hike mountains and head down caves here and around the world.

Eventually, in 2019, I made my love for the outdoors my work as well as my passion. I have since worked with all ages; guiding, educating and passing on my love for the outdoors.

Favourite Place to Play

My home in the Lake District, Cumbria; small, compact, and so varied.

Not a lot of People Know This

When I worked in corporate IT, I got my outdoor ‘kick’ by competing with horses in event riding.

Alison Motion

Contact Number: +44(0)790 666 7355

Its always been about the outdoors. As a teacher, I was forever taking my class outside to learn. This led to being involved in food and farming education, taking teachers and pupils out to learn about our great Scottish food, and our farmers and crofters. Working as part of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) meant I got involved with fabulous people from all over the farming world.

From there I moved to promoting, encouraging and embedding outdoor learning via my role with Grounds for Learning/Learning through Landscapes. I jumped ship when I realised I was spending more time encouraging others to get out from behind the desk rather than getting out there myself. I became a STGA Blue badge (accredited tourist guide in Scotland) and am having a complete blast doing that. Taking people out and about in Scotland doesn’t feel like a job, and I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.

My favourite thing is hillwalking, with over 70 munros under my belt, but I also sea kayak in fair seas, and I am a sometime MTB trails cyclist, and a gardener. I love being in forests, on rivers and coasts. The health and wellbeing aspect of being outdoors is also my bag. For me, it’s not always about the big hills and the long paths, but more about the smaller routes, the history and interesting stuff to look at along the way. I’m also keenly interested in the land use debates ongoing in Scotland just now – its present iteration and its historical roots.

Places to play

Islands, particularly the West Coast of Scotland. I’ve been lucky enough to have nomadic friends and family who have lived on approximately 10 islands in Scotland, providing me with ample opportunity to explore from within the communities. There’s something about a ferry crossing that just makes my heart sing. I know I’m off for my island fix.I live in the Trossachs, and their scenery in spring and particularly Autumn make it a delight to explore here.

Not a lot of People know this

I once climbed Ben Nevis between milkings, which would have been ok except the farm was in South Lanarkshire! 4am milking, drive to the Ben, up and down, and back for the evening milking which was a little late.

Kathryn Bennett

Contact Number: +44 (0)785 224 9201

I grew up on the edge of the Dales in Yorkshire, fed by small but beautiful walking and cycling days out and holidays in the UK, where I discovered it’s more than possible to love being outside no matter the weather. Many soggy sandwiches eaten in the rain later, and this joyous determination to experience the outdoors only grew, pushing me to learn and do more than I ever imagined I would.

Since leaving Yorkshire I’ve done all sorts, from working as a river guide in the USA to an office in the theatre in the Lake District; I’ve trekked mountain ranges in Morocco and Kyrgyzstan, climbed in SE Asia, helped build a festival in Australia, and spent countless days exploring the UK’s own beautiful mountains and hills. After rambling all over the Lake District fells, I moved to Scotland to experience all it has to offer, and haven’t looked back since. I work mostly in freelance marketing and writing, including for Scottish Mountaineering Press, but balance out my hours behind a laptop with time guiding and helping others experience the benefits of being outside too.

Place to Play

The Isle of Skye captures my imagination more than anywhere else; it’s the first place I completed a self-supported multi-day walk on my own, and I’ve plenty more of the Cuillins to get to know yet. I go back more often than I really have time for!

Not a Lot of People Know This

I spent years training to go to Wimbledon when I was a kid…before I ruined it by breaking my wrist climbing a tree. Clearly always been a climber though at least!