An English, Scottish & Irish Road Trip

Robin and Ron Simpson

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 25 Days / 24 Nights

Overview

On a carefully crafted trip, enjoy a self-guided road trip through England, Scotland and Ireland.

Begin in the Cotswolds, a region cherished for its pastoral charm, lush river valleys, rolling green fields and villages of honey-coloured stone. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the landscape is also rich in history – peppered with ancient ruins, tumbling castles and intriguing archaeological sites. After, head into the verdant bounds of the Lake District National Park. Spend time hiking through leafy woodlands and across fields crisscrossed by drystone walls. Visit the home of William Wordsworth and try the famous Grasmere gingerbread.

Crossing the border into Scotland, explore the beautiful Inner Hebridean Islands of Mull and Iona. Enjoy a boat trip out to the Isle of Staffa and weave your way through the Treshnish Isles, spotting guillemots, razorbills, shags, oystercatchers and puffins. Visit the enchanting Isle of Iona (whose monastery was one of the most influential in the British Isles) before ribboning your way to Glencoe and enjoying hiking and kayaking with an expert guide.

From Scotland to Ireland, fly from Glasgow to Dublin, landing in a country full of ancient Celtic culture, soaring cliffs, wild landscapes and spirited cities. From the misty Mourne Mountains to the tumbling waterfalls of Glenveagh National Park – explore some of Ireland’s most captivating landscapes. Amidst seaspray and sunshine, step out onto the iconic rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, cross the waves to Rathlin Island, and venture into the rugged mountains of Donegal. As evening approaches, discover the exquisite comfort of hand-picked accommodation, delicious food and warm hospitality.

Highlights

  • Explore the pastoral charm and the honey coloured villages of the Cotswolds.
  • Surround yourself with the wild landscape of the Scottish Highlands.
  • Discover the Emerald Isle, the ancient land and friendly people
  • Spend time in handpicked accommodation enjoying the local food, drink and music.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in London Heathrow this morning and transfer to the town of Windsor. Here you can settle into your accommodation and spend the day relaxing and adjusting to the new timezone. If you feel up for it, you may want to visit the famous Windsor Castle for a tour or take our rowing boat to gently explore the River Themes. Enjoy a good night sleep before starting your trip tomorrow.

Overnight: Windsor
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Stonehenge and Bath

Pick up your hire car this morning in Windsor. If you didn’t feel up to visiting Windsor Castle yesterday, you can do so this morning. The first stop of your trip is Stonehenge – one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world and the largest of its kind in Britain. Spend as much time as ypu want here, at the vistor center and while at the stones. This afternoon travel to Bath, an elegant city full of traditional heritage which has been a well-being destination since Roman times. You may like to head out and explore the city’s cobblestone streets, admiring the Georgian architecture before returning in to your welcoming hotel and relaxing before dinner.

Overnight: Bath
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Explore Bath

Today, enjoy exploring Bath. As the beautiful Georgian architecture presses honey-yellow against a blue sky, soak in the sights and sounds of the city. Take the opportunity to visit the Roman Baths and perhaps enjoy visiting the Victoria Arts Gallery, a tranquil and thought-provoking place beyond busy streets. It’s also worth visiting the Jane Austen Centre, which offers an insight into what life was like during Regency times and explores how living in Bath affected Austen and her writing. With many lovely restaurants to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice for dinner this evening.

Overnight: Bath
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Bath Abbey & Travel to the Cotswolds

After breakfast this morning, visit Bath Abbey – a striking building with a gothic interior, fan-vaulted ceilings, and amazing stained glass windows. Both a religious and spiritual haven, take some time to soak up the quiet peace of this beautiful building before heading back out into the warm springtime sunshine. Hop into your car and travel a short distance to the American Museum & Gardens that lies just outside the city. Explore the blooming gardens and the commanding Manor House, which features a fabulous collection of American decorative and folk art. Later this afternoon, arrive at your cosy hotel tucked in the green folds of the stunning Cotswold countryside.

Overnight: Cotswolds
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Cotswolds Villages & Vineyard Tour

After a relaxed breakfast, head out to explore quintessential English villages of honey-coloured stone. Listen out for a skylark’s bright, trilling call as you stroll past fields full of contented grazing sheep and old barns that have half-tumbled into the earth. Enjoy wandering through the quiet, cobbled lanes, ducking into pretty bookshops and stopping for cake and coffee at a friendly local tearoom. This afternoon, spend time among the fluttering green vines of an English winery. Learn about its unique terroir and taste your way through a distinctive portfolio of signature wines. Return to your hotel later this evening.

 

Overnight: Cotswolds
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Blenheim Palace & Explore the Slaughters

This morning, head out to visit the incredible Blenheim Palace. Built between 1705 and 1722, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. With ornate interiors – where every portrait, tapestry and furnishing has a story, enjoy soaking up the history before taking a stroll around the meticulously curated, expansive grounds. This afternoon, travel to Lower Slaughter and enjoy a circular walk that ribbons its way through the countryside. Along with wonderful views, the trail passes a 16th-century Dovecote and through Upper Slaughter, another quintessential Cotswold village home to a beautiful parish church.

Overnight: Cotswolds
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Stratford upon Avon & Travel to the Lakes

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon this morning, which is well known as the birthplace and burial ground of William Shakespeare. Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company, learning about those who have played a pivotal role in its unique and fascinating history. Afterwards, travel north to the Lake District National Park – a landscape of hanging valleys, rushing waterfalls, and impressive crags cloaked in volcanic rock. Settle into your lovely countryside hotel this afternoon, perhaps heading for a short walk before dinner.

Overnight: The Lake District
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Visiting Grasmere & Dove Cottage

This morning, head into Grasmere, undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in the Lakes. Enjoy a visit to Dove Cottage, where William Wordsworth lived with his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808. Step back in time as you explore the tranquil rooms still full of the late poet’s possessions. Afterwards, head out for a mellow circular walk, soaking up the stunning views that stretch across Rydal Water, Grasmere Lake and the steep surrounding fells. Arrive back in the village and spend some time strolling along the narrow streets, popping into artisan shops and perhaps picking up some famous Grasmere Gingerbread.

Overnight: The Lake District
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Ullswater Cruise & To Scotland

Enjoy a boat cruise across Ullswater this morning, a beautiful lake carved out by a long-extinct glacier and flanked by fells rich in prehistoric remains. Relax on deck as you glide across the shimmering water, listening to the insightful crew’s commentary on the area’s fascinating history. Disembark at Howtown, a hamlet on the eastern shores, and enjoy a beautiful walk along the lakeshore back to Glenridding. This afternoon cross the border into Scotland and head to the Dark Sky area of Dumfries and Galloway where you will enjoy a local walking tour before settling into your accommodation this evening.

Overnight: Dumfries and Galloway
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Farm Tour & Travel to Oban

Leave the Borders behind this morning and head north to the Oban on the west coast of Scotland. Along the way, stop at Lennox of Lomond to experience a life in the day of a local farmer. Your tasks will depend on the season but will likely involve livestock tending and feeding, sheep-dog demonstrations, and a farmhouse lunch amidst the picturesque landscape. Later, arrive on the salt-stung coast and settle into your hotel, taking some time to relax after the long drive.

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Overnight: Oban
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Travel to Mull & the Isle of Iona

This morning, catch the ferry over the Sound of Mull to arrive in Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Travel to the island’s southern tip to visit the evocative Isle of Iona. Discover its beautiful coastline scattered with rocky outcrops and hidden bays and its rich history that dates back to the Iron Age. Visit Iona Abbey one of the best preserved medieval nunneries in Britain. Depending on the weather conditions, perhaps hike to the highest point on the island, Dun I, which offers views as far as Rhum, Eigg and Skye. Just below the summit, splash your face with water from a dark pool in a rocky cleft known as the Well of Eternal Youth. Travel back to Mull later today and relax in the cosy warmth of your hotel.

 

Overnight: Mull
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Boat Trip to Staffa & Explore Tobermory

Today, enjoy a fantastic boat trip to the uninhabited Isle of Staffa to visit the iconic Fingal’s Cave. Land on the island and spend the morning exploring. Watch an eclectic mix of seabirds take to the wing against a sea-blown sky, identifying shags, razorbills, black guillemots, fulmars and gannets. This afternoon, sail out to the Treshnish Isles, a beautiful Hebridean archipelago and a haven for critical wildlife. Back on Mull, enjoy exploring the bright, colourful village of Tobermory before returning to your hotel this evening.

Overnight: Mull
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Travel to Glencoe & Visitor Centre

This morning, catch the ferry back over to Oban and begin winding your way up the coast to the brooding mountains of Glencoe. Enjoy the stunning, arresting views of the cloud-snagged summits and heather-cloaked hillsides, stopping to visit the engaging Glencoe Visitor Centre, which tells the story of the glen’s harrowing history as well as providing an insight into the biodiversity and geology of the area. Settle into your hotel this evening, catching a good night’s rest ahead of your exciting day of guided hiking tomorrow.

Overnight: Glencoe
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 - Guided Hiking in Glencoe

Enjoy breakfast before meeting your guide and heading out to explore Glencoe. This spectacular glen – carved out centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions – is full of history, fascinating geology and commanding views. With many excellent walks to choose from, settle upon a route perfectly suited to you. One great option is to hike along a narrow, rowan-hung gorge until you reach the Lost Valley. This enclosed meadow, high, green and hidden by precipitous tors, is said to be where the Macdonald clan used to conceal their rustled cattle. As the day fades and light slides down the moor-clad mountains, duck into Clachaig Inn, a traditional climbers’ pub which offers hearty Scottish food, local ales and live music.

Overnight: Glencoe
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 15 - Guided Sea Kayaking

Travel to the coast this morning to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Arisaig Sound. Meet your expert sea-kayaking guide and head out into the turquoise water to explore. Sea kayak around hundreds of tiny islands, spotting seals, otters, and a host of coastal birds. The seal colony here is friendly and curious, often slipping beneath your boat only to pop up on the other side to peer at you with their big dark eyes. Chat with your guide as you paddle, enjoying the sense of calm that comes from spending time on the water. Return to your hotel in Glencoe this evening and relax.

Overnight: Glencoe
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 16 - Fly to Dublin

After breakfast, drive to Glasgow this morning, drop off your car hire, and catch your flight to Dublin. With the flight only taking just over an hour (depending on what time you choose to fly), there may be time for you to enjoy exploring Ireland’s capital. Enjoy the energy of the bustling streets, full of locals, students and tourists alike. This evening, settle into your hotel, perhaps heading out for dinner at one of the many great restaurants.

Overnight: Dublin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 - Explore Belfast

This morning, pick up your hire car and make the 2-hour drive up the coast to Belfast. Upon arrival, park up and head out to enjoy strolling through the lively streets adorned with colourful murals that tell the story of the city’s resilience and transformation. You may like to visit the RMS Titanic interactive Visitor Centre, an award-winning experience that brings alive the sights, sounds and smells of the fateful ship, as well as the city and people who created her. This evening, check in to your hotel and relax.

Overnight: Belfast
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18 - Mystical Mountains of Mourne

Today, enjoy exploring one of the most captivating corners of Northern Ireland – the sweeping, soaring peaks of the Mourne Mountains. Head out with your guide to hike, ride or ramble through this dramatic landscape, which served as inspiration for C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. Home to some of the best walking and biking trails in the region, enjoy panoramic views that stretch beyond the granite tors all the way to the glittering ocean. The diverse habitat supports ravens, skylark, meadow pipit and peregrine falcons, while the Mourne Wall – which was finished in 1922 and took 18 years to complete – connects the desolate summits of 15 mountains and stretches for over 22 miles.

Overnight: Belfast
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 19 - Causeway Coast

This morning head out to explore the Causeway Coast and the Giant’s Causeway. Admire castle ruins, dramatic cliffs, stunning beaches and picturesque harbours. Bright in the summer months with blue spring squill, pink thrift and white sea campion, stroll along the Causeway Coast’s cliff tops, watching seabirds swoop and dive above the swell. With the cliffs growing wilder with each step, the iconic Giant’s Causeway will soon come into view – the world-famous interlocking columns formed by volcanic eruptions 50-60 million years ago.

 

Overnight: Portballintrae
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 20 - Boat Trip to Rathlin Island

Today, enjoy a boat trip to Rathlin Island. Sail along the coast, discovering hidden coves, snaking inlets, and salt-stung cliffs. Soon, Rathlin Island will come into view. Intertwined with the legend of Robert the Bruce and the spider, it was here that the famous Scottish King rehashed his battle strategy before returning to Scotland. The only inhabited island off the Causeway Coast, Rathlin is home to an incredible number of seabirds. Venture ashore to visit the seabird centre and explore the unique ‘upside down’ lighthouse.

Overnight: Portballintrae
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21 - Exploring Derry & Glenveagh National Park

Spend the morning exploring the city of Derry – one of Europe’s few remaining walled cities. With a cosmopolitan vibe all year round, this compact, bustling place is perfect to explore on foot, home to brilliant museums, quirky cafes and independent shops. After lunch, travel east into the wilds of Donegal to go hiking in Glenveagh National Park. At its centre, the majestic Glenveagh Castle offers a striking symbol of 19th-century architecture, and a visit to its gothic orangery, Italian terrace and Tuscan garden is not to be missed. Beyond the manicured gardens of this romantic castellated mansion, many lovely walking trails wind through the landscape, offering the perfect escape into nature.

Overnight: Donegal
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 22 - Slieve League Cliffs

As the soft morning mist recedes across the fields, head out into the fresh air to explore the Slieve League Cliffs with your guide. Where the unrelenting power of the sea is a constant, rhythmic roar, these cliffs are some of the highest in Europe, rising dramatically above the crashing waves of the North Atlantic. Bunglass Viewpoint offers the perfect stop for a mindful moment, and there’s also a brilliant hiking trail that follows a little-known ancient pilgrimage path where the remains of a mass rock (an illicit church) still stand. After you walk, stop by Donegal town, where cosy, local pubs serve hearty food and good beer.

Overnight: Donegal
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 23 - Travel to Dublin

From the wilds of Donegal, travel back to Dublin today, crossing the breadth of Ireland. A scenic drive, there are many places to stop and stretch your legs along the way. Later this afternoon, arrive in the city and drop off your hire car. You may like to take some time to simply relax after your drive or instead head out for a mellow ramble through the streets, popping into some eclectic shops and perhaps choosing some gifts to take home. This evening, enjoy the vibrancy of the city by heading out for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

Overnight: Dublin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 24 - Explore Dublin

Enjoy a day exploring Dublin. This morning, visit Trinity College and the fascinating Book of Kells exhibition to learn more about the city’s history. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the riverside Temple Bar neighbourhood, ribboning your way through its pretty streets and maybe stopping for lunch. You may wish to explore Dublin Castle or wander down Grafton Street to do some shopping. This evening, head out to a lively pub to listen to some traditional Irish music, bringing your adventure to its perfect close.

Overnight: Dublin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 25 - Depart

After breakfast, begin your journey home. Arrive at the airport with plenty of time, feeling relaxed and refreshed after your lovely celebratory trip and with many memories to cherish for the years to come.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 25
  • Meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide on Days 14, 15, 18 and 22
  • Car hire
  • Return ferry to Mull and Iona
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including:
    • Entry to Windsor Castle
    • Entry to Stonehenge
    • Entry to the Roman Baths
    • Victoria Gallery entry
    • Bath Abby entry
    • Entry to the American Museum and Gardens
    • Vineyard tour and tasting
    • Tour of the Royal Shakespeare theatre
    • Entry to Dove Cottage
    • Ullswater Steamer trip
    • Walking tour in Dumfries and Galloway
    • Day in the life of a farmer
    • Entry to Iona Abbey and Nunnery
    • Boat trip to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles
    • Guided sea kayaking and equipment hire
    • Boat trip to Rathin Island
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Car insurance and parking charges
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities
Pricing Read More

The price of the England and Scotland portion of the trip is £7,485 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

The price for the Ireland portion of the trip is €3,930 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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