BRITAIN & SCOTLAND

Nothing quite captures the spirit of adventure more than a trip to Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland or Wales. Marvel at the mystery of Stonehenge, experience Ireland’s culinary renaissance during a cooking class at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutes. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare at his birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes of the English Lake District, mountains and imposing castles of North Wales & the cottages of the Cotswold’s. Admire the ancient Roman ruins at Hadrian’s Wall and in elegant city of Bath. Get acquainted with Britain’s pageantry in the royal cities of Edinburgh and London, and meander through the halls of the Royal castle of Windsor.

 

The UK has it all. London of course has been the central hub of nation for millennia going back to the dawn of mankind. Its skyline, mixing medieval turrets with soaring steel, is a good marker for the place as a whole. From its markets to its museums, its pubs to its palaces. From the ancient Romans to Henry VIII this has been home and a central hub attracting generations to visit throughout the ages.

 

For the more adventurous a trip to the British Isles & Ireland would not be complete without a trip to one of the many castles scattered throughout the country side. Or may be a short trip to the land of William Wallace and sample some of the many fine Scottish Whiskeys at one of the many distilleries throughout the Scottish mountains with the pure water running down the hillside. Walk through the cobbled streets of Cornwall and have a spot of Tea with a scone and rich clotted cream.

Whatever your desire and ambition is from a trip to the British Isle you can be sure you will find it all. Call us today and let us help you plan your European Vacation.

 

Highlights of the British Isles

 

  • Windsor Castle - Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as a Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties. Every year The Queen takes up official residence in Windsor Castle for a month over Easter (March-April), known as Easter Court. During that time The Queen hosts occasional 'dine and sleeps' events for guests, including politicians and public figures. The Queen is also in residence for a week in June, when she attends the service of the Order of the Garter and the Royal Ascot race meeting.

 

  • Stonehenge - Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor center with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

 

  • Waterford -  A seaport in southeast Ireland, is the country’s oldest city. It was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D., and parts of its ancient walled core remain. Within Reginald’s Tower, a circa-1003 fortification, the Waterford Museum of Treasures displays local archaeological finds. Famed glass manufacturer Waterford Crystal began here in 1783. Today the company’s modern facility near the historic district offers factory tours.

 

  • Edinburgh - Steeped in Celtic and medieval history, Edinburgh is a cultural tapestry that’s largely visually defined by hills, cathedrals, and the bold stone turrets of Edinburgh Castle. The city is also festival-happy - it's the site of several annual celebrations of art, music, theater, and comedy. Cheer on your favorite team at a football or rugby match, then relax over a pint in a local pub. A Scotch whisky tour is a must, as is pinching your nose and digging bravely into a steaming plate of haggis.

 

  • The Lake District - The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular vacation destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells) and its associations with the early 19th century writings of William Wordsworth and the other Lake Poets. Historically split between Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, the Lake District is now entirely in Cumbria. All the land in England higher than 3,000 ft (910 m) above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest bodies of water in England, Wastwater and Windermere.

 

  • The Cotswold’s - Idyllic England is wrapped up in the Cotswolds. Defined by its rolling hills, or ‘wolds’, this glorious region runs through five counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – and offers a host of activities and attractions. Explore quintessential villages of honey-colored stone; take in splendid market towns; visit some of the country’s greatest palaces and country houses; marvel at the natural world in acclaimed reserves and at some of the most famous arboreta’s in Britain and walk through breath-taking landscapes along historic trails.

 

  • The Ring of Kerry - is a tourist trail a mystical & un spoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor adventure that include golf, water-sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers for salmon & trout and at sea for bass, ray, cod, flounder, mullet, mackerel and tuna. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland , Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

 

  • Bath - Looking for a beautiful and truly unique destination? Wanting somewhere that’s brimming with things to do, a fantastic city center, where you can shop until you drop but also relax and unwind? Then welcome to Bath, a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Independent, creative, unique and stylish, Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original roman style baths, making it the ultimate spa break destination for thousands of years. Bath is guaranteed to delight, discover England’s most complete Georgian architecture, iconic visitor attractions such as Stonehenge and Longleat Safari Park, great boutique shopping, fantastic nightlife, fabulous festivals and a remarkable range of restaurants, bars and cafés.

 

  • The Tower of London - Founded nearly a millennium ago, The Tower of London has been expanded upon over the centuries by many a king and queen. The first foundations were laid in 1078 and the castle has been constantly improved and extended. The Tower of London is the oldest palace, fortress and prison in Europe. Today it houses the Crown Jewels and is keeper to the Royal Ravens. The ravens are flightless birds due to the fact their wings are clipped and this tradition points to the superstition that the English still believe dating back from time of Charles II that when there are no longer ravens in the Tower both the White Tower and the Commonwealth of England would fall.

 

  • The Giants Causeway - The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 the Giant's Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. Much of the Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site is today owned and managed by the National Trust and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.

 

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