Numinous Scotland & England Showcase

Monday 27th November – Sunday 3rd December 2023

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights


  • Explore and taste the culinary delights at London’s famous food & drinks market with an expert local guide
  • Meet an expert kilt maker in Scotland's capital and learn about the history of this revered art
  • Watch a sheepdog demonstration by local farmer and his border collies amidst the rolling landscapes of the Yorkshire dales

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 27th November - Exploring Edinburgh Through A Local Lens

Meet with your local expert guide Val Eglinton, in the foyer of your hotel before exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets of this magical city. Full of history, the capital is very accessible by foot. Wander up the Royal Mile, stopping to visit the architecturally stunning St Giles Cathedral, and enjoy a private tour of Edinburgh Castle, with private afternoon tea experience, before visiting a traditional old world pub on the Royal Mile. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner amongst the twinkling lights of the city.

Meet Your City Guide
Contact Name – Val Eglinton
Contact Number –  + 44 (0) 7803 855 340
Meeting Place –  The Balmoral Hotel
Meeting Time –  11:30

Activity:  Castle Tour
Activity: Castle Entry & Private Afternoon Tea Experience
Start Time: 14:00, Edinburgh Castle

Dinner:  The Balmoral
Meet Stevie Christie and Russell Murray from the Wilderness Team at dinner this evening.  A table has been reserved at the Brasserie Prince Restaurant for 19:00pm
Contact Number, Russell Murray –  + 44 (0) 7742 127 275

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 - Tuesday 28th November - Traditions and Cultures of Scotland

Howie Nicolsby is an exceptional designer bringing the traditional Scottish kilt outfit screaming into the 21st century with an altogether more modern and wearable look, he boasts a number of well-known faces among his clientele.  Meeting Howie in person you will have the opportunity to view a stunning array of kilts, and learn about how this talented designer has modernised the garment to make the humble kilt a true design icon.

This afternoon you will head to a ‘Journey of Flavour’ tour at the Johnny Walker Experience, an eight floor paradise for whisky lovers.  This evening enjoy dinner at popular Stockbridge restaurant, Scran & Scallie.

Activity: 21st Century Kilts
Location: The Royal Mile, 59 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Start Time: 10:00

Lunch: Howie’s Restaurant
A table has been reserved for 12:00

Activity: Johnnie Walker Experience
Journey of Flavour Tour
Location: Princes Street, Edinburgh
Start Time: 2:00 pm

Activity:  The Balmoral
Activity: Tour of the Hotel
Start Time: 17:30

Meet Your Wilderness Guide
Contact Name – Jeremy Martin
Contact Number –  + 44 (0) 7717 390 103
Meeting Place –  Johnnie Walker Experience –  2:00 pm

Dinner:  The Scran & Scallie
A table has been reserved in this fabulous restaurant for 7:00 pm

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Wednesday 29th November - Exploring Eboracum and the Howardian Hills

Embark on the scenic journey by rail from Edinburgh this morning to the heart of the city of York. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Northumberland coast from the comforts of first-class and enjoy complimentary brunch served on board. On arrival at York, you will be welcomed by Jade Lawson, our Senior Trip Expert in the England office and your expert city guide from Invisible Cities to discover the history of Eboracum, explore the city walls and be guided through time as you walk the medieval market street of Shambles and taste the famous cuisine that York proudly offers. For lunch meet with some local food producers for an introduction to the Artisinal foods of Malton. Jade will be present for the duration of your adventures in Yorkshire and able to share some local insight into the region being a local lass.

This afternoon visit the stately home of Newby Hall and Gardens for a private tour followed by a historical tour of Grantley Hall before settling into your rooms there and relaxing for the evening.

Train Travel: Edinburgh Waverley to York – Direct
Departure time from Hotel: 07:40 (The station is a stone’s throw from the hotel)
Train Timings: 08:06 – 10:39
Please have your digital tickets ready on your mobile devices.

Meet Your City Guide
Contact Name – Invisible Cities – Miles
Meeting Place –  York Railway Station
Meeting Time –  10:45

Lunch: Malton Food Tour & Lunch
Location – Malton Market Square, Malton YO17 7LX (3 Horsemarket Road, Malton, YO17 7NB)
Start time – 13:00

Activity: Tour of Newby Hall with Richard
Location –  Newby Hall, Ripon HG4 5AE
Start time – 15:30

Activity: History Tour of Grantley Hall
Location –  Grantley Hall Reception
Start time – 17:00

Dinner:  EightyEight, Grantley Hall
A table has been reserved for your group at 7pm. The EightyEight delivers a pan-asian dining experience that will delight the senses.

Overnight: Ripon | Grantley Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Thursday 30th November - Gems of the Yorkshire Dales

This morning meet Hannah Fawcett, local shepherd and farmer who will introduce us to her working sheepdogs and watch them in action. Later this morning we take a gentle hike into the Yorkshire Dales through a peaceful forest and on to the Aysgarth Force waterfall.

After lunch at Grantley Hall, spend the afternoon indulging in the luxury spa treatments and Wellness Suite before coming together pre-dinner for some wine tasting with Grantley’s on-site Sommelier.

Activity: Shepherding in the Yorkshire Dales
Contact Name – Hannah Fawcett
Location –  Brunt Acres Rd Hawes, DL8 3PS
Start time – 10:00

Activity: Aysgarth Falls
Activity Time – 11:30
Activity Details –  4.2km/1hr15min
Location – Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Church Bank, Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3TH
Info: Please pack a suitable waterproof on the chance of Yorkshire rain

Lunch: The Orchard, Grantley Hall
Location – The Orchard
Start time – 14:00

Activity: Afternoon of Indulgence
Please ensure you confirm with Tamara the treatment you would like before arrival. Your treatment time will also be confirmed.

Activity: Wine Tasting with Sommelier
Location –  Fletchers Bar, Grantley Hall
Start time – 18:00

Dinner:  Brook Room, Grantley Hall
A table has been reserved for our group at 8pm.

Overnight: Ripon | Grantley Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 4 km / 3 miles

Day 5 - Friday 1st December - London, The Vibrant Capital

Today we leave the north behind as we journey southward to London by train.  After arriving to Kings Cross, meet with your guide and driver for a Panoramic City Tour in a traditional Mini Cooper. This afternoon meet with a local culinary expert and delight your senses on a sumptuous food and drink journey of Borough Market, one of London’s largest and oldest food markets, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, artisanal delicacies and gastronomic delights.

Train Travel: York to London Kings Cross – Direct
Departure time from Hotel: 07:00
Train Timings: 08:32 – 10:38

Activity: Mini Cooper Tour
Location: The Megaro Hotel, 1 Belgrove st, London, WS1H 8AB (Please make your way there from Kings Cross Station)
Start time – 11:00
Contact Main Driver: +44 2078 396 737
Info: You have 3 Mini’s to choose from: Each seats 3 passengers so feel free to switch vehicles at different city stops to learn more about these charismatic drivers.

Meet your Guide:
Contact Name: Celia Brooks Food Tours
Contact Number – +44 (0) 7956 152 899
Meeting Place – The Southwark Tavern. 22 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU (on the corner of Southwark Street and Stoney Street)
Start time – 14:00

Dinner:  Browns, London
A table has been reserved for our group at 7pm.

Overnight: Mayfair, London | Browns Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 - Saturday 2nd December - The History of London and Royal Connections

As you wake up in the bustling city of London, prepare for an exciting day of exploration. Your adventure begins at the historic Tower of London, where you’ll meet your knowledgeable local guide. Get ready to immerse yourself in the secrets and stories of this iconic fortress. After a captivating morning, take a break for lunch, savouring the local flavours before embarking on the next leg of your journey. Hop onto the Thames Clipper, a thrilling way to travel, and head to Westminster Abbey. Explore the grandeur of this architectural marvel, steeped in centuries of history and tradition. As the day begins to wind down, ascend to the skies aboard the London Eye. From this breathtaking vantage point, you’ll witness the city’s vibrant lights as they come to life against the evening sky before returning to your hotel before your final evening in London.

Activity: Tower of London
Location: Entrance to Tower of London
Start time – 09:30
Info: Privately guided by your local Blue Badge Guide. Entry to the Crown Jewels is self-guided.

Lunch: Coppa Club
Start time – 12:00

Activity: Westminster Abbey
Location –  Deans Yard Entrance
Start time – 13:30
Info: Privately guided by your local Blue Badge Guide

Activity: London Eye
Location: Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB
Start time – 16:15
Info: Your guide will join you in this public pod and highlight the areas of London visited.

Dinner:  Nobu, Portman Square
A table has been reserved for your group at 6:30 pm.

Overnight: Mayfair, London | Browns Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Sunday 3rd December - Depart for Cannes

After breakfast, say farewell to Britain as you make your onward connections to France for ILTM Cannes

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 7
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable UK-qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 6
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 5
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
  • Afternoon Tea at Edinburgh Castle
  • Journey of Flavour Experience at Johnnie Walker
  • Introduction to Kiltmaking
  • Tour of Blamoral Hotel
  • Privately guided walking tour of York
  • Private food tour of Malton
  • Private tour of Newby Hall and Orangery
  • Tour of Grantley Hall
  • Private Sheepdog Trial in Yorkshire Dales
  • Complimentary Spa treatment courtesy of Grantley Hall
  • Wine tasting with Grantley Hall Sommelier
  • Panoramic City tour of London in a Traditional Mini Cooper
  • Private guided tour of Borough Market with foodie writer
  • Entry to the Tower of London
  • Entry to Westminster Abbey
  • Entry to the London Eye
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • Map and trip dossier
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Any Ground transportation on Day 7
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main guide
Notes Read More
  • During dinners, any alcoholic beverages purchased will be charged to the individual agent’s room to be settled upon departure. Complimentary arrival drinks will be provided for certain meals.