A small group tour of England and Scotland – Beauty of Britain is an epic journey exploring the history, heritage and natural landscapes of England and Scotland. We’ll pass from the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, through the rustic landscapes of Yorkshire and the Lake District to the barren wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Our journey is punctuated with visits to Britain’s heritage cities, including Oxford, York and Edinburgh, and we’ll enjoy a host of local experiences including a countryside steam train ride, ancient castle visits, traditional afternoon tea and a whisky distillery tour. The true beauty of Britain is waiting to be discovered.View this tour
Our guide to St Andrews
St Andrews is synonymous with golf; this small Scottish town located in the Kingdom of Fife is home of the governing body of the sport not to mention the much hallowed “Old Course” which is the most famous golf course in the world. As a result, the town draws sports fans from across the globe to watch events, play on one of the towns many links courses or simply to soak up the atmosphere as they enjoy views across the greens and fairways to the sandy bays of the coast with the ancient club house providing the perfect backdrop. The British Golf Museum offers aficionados the perfect place to uncover the secrets of the history of the sport and relive some of golf’s greatest moments.
Besides the sporting heritage however, St Andrews has so much more to offer visitors. The city itself is a charming market township made up of a tangle of cobbled medieval streets lined with quality boutiques, antiques stores, book shops and coffee shops which demonstrate a lazy affluence. There are a wealth of historic and heritage sites to explore including the stunning ruins of St Andrews Cathedral which recalls an era in the 15th century when St Andrews stood as the ecclesiastical centre for Scotland. Close-by is St Andrews Castle, a coastal medieval fort where you can still roam the eerie dungeons and underground tunnels whilst the St Andrews Museum offers insight in the town’s history.
Founded in 1410, St Andrews university is one of Scotland’s best and longest established universities and was where Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton studied. The historic university offers some stunning architecture with the ivy-clad 16th century college buildings such as St Mary’s and St Leonards colleges overlook neat squares and lush lawns. The large student population ensures that the town has a vibrant nightlife and plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Outside of the town centre, you can explore the Kingdom of Fife, an ideal area for walking in the gentle hills or strolling along the untouched sandy beaches along the coasts which are punctuated by charming fishing communities. In Pittenweem, Kellie Castle and Gardens, with connections to Robert the Bruce, are an excellent place to visit whilst inland you will find Falkland Palace and Garden which was once a favoured home of Mary Queen of Scots.
A “must” for golf-lovers, St Andrews is also a destination in its own right with a rich history and unique vibe, and should definitely be experienced when touring Scotland.
A small group tour of Britain – discover what makes Britain Great on this small group journey through the diverse cultures and landscapes of England, Scotland and Wales. This comprehensive itinerary takes you from the peaceful coasts and mountains of Wales, through rustic landscapes of rural England and north in to remote wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. We’ll see iconic landmarks and hidden gems, visit Britain’s quaint villages and heritage cities and enjoy a host of local experiences from steam train rides through the English countryside to whisky tasting in the Highlands. In the company of your local guides, the Great British Journey is the ultimate way to explore Britain.View this tour
A small group tour of Scotland – Secrets of Scotland takes you on an epic journey through Scotland’s dramatic landscapes. We’ll discover the history, heritage and natural beauty of this enchanting nation as we pass from historic Edinburgh in to the remote wilderness of the Scottish Highlands; along the way we’ll spot unique wildlife, ancient castle ruins, shimmering lochs and deep glens. With highlights including Royal Deeside, Inverness, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and Glencoe you’ll come away having uncovered the many secrets of Scotland.View this tour
A Small Group Tour of England and Scotland – From the southernmost tip of the Cornish Peninsular to the remote wilderness of the Isle of Skye, enjoy an epic small-group journey through the diverse cultures and landscapes of England and Scotland. Discover the quaint fishing towns of Cornwall, the rolling hills and honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds, the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the English Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and finally the barren moorlands of the Scottish Highlands. Along the way we’ll visit the heritage cities of Bath, Oxford, York, Chester, Inverness and Edinburgh, and experience regional food, drink and hospitality. South Coast to Skye is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture and panoramas of England and Scotland.View this tour
A small group tour of Scotland and Wales – explore the outer reaches of Britain from the glorious landscapes of the Pembrokeshire coast to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Two of Britain’s lesser explored regions, Wales and Scotland offer a perfect marriage boasting strikingly unique cultures but sharing a common appeal in their undiscovered natural beauty. Your journey will take you from the nations’ capital cities in Cardiff and Edinburgh to the mountains of Snowdonia and the remote seascapes of the Isle of Skye. Along the way you’ll ride steam trains, wander the flagstones of ancient castles and sample local fare.View this tour
A Scottish Castle Driving Tour - Experience Scottish hospitality at its traditional best on this exclusive tour staying in sumptuous and historic castle and manor-house hotels. This itinerary takes you from historic Stirling and Edinburgh to the remote Mull of Kintyre and the dramatic West Coast to the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands. Along the way you’ll experience the very best of both Scotland’s landscapes and heritage. Enjoy included admission to dozens of historic attractions by day and the utmost of comfort and character at your accommodation each night.View this tour
One of our best Scotland Driving Tours – Scotland Explorer offers a comprehensive itinerary taking you on a journey to the corners of this beautiful nation; see Scotland from the bustling cultural and historic cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh to the expansive wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. From the rugged beauty of the West coast and Isle of Skye to the cultural sites of the East Coast and Aberdeenshire. Along the way see sparkling lochs, towering mountain ranges, ancient castle ruins, and whisky distilleries – a truly Scottish experience.View this tour