Britain & Ireland Discovery

Britain & Ireland

Regional Journey

Britain and Ireland Discovery (Summer 2019)

Duration: 24 days Visiting: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

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This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to London.

    Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

  2. Day 2

    London to Stratford-upon-Avon.

    At 08:00 meet your Travel Director at the trip's hotel in London. After a warm welcome, settle into your luxury coach and head westwards through the green Chiltern Hills. Stop in Oxford where your Travel Director will introduce you to the City of Dreaming Spires and home to the world's most famous university. With time at leisure, why not enjoy a visit to the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born, now a museum full of memorabilia relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a local restaurant for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Medieval York.

    A leisurely drive brings you to the historic city of York, its story going back to the time of the Romans and the Vikings. Inside the ancient city walls, see the York Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe. Explore the maze of narrow streets to the topsy-turvy Shambles, where warped, overhanging timber-framed houses lean so far that they almost touch! Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  4. Day 4

    By the Lakes to Edinburgh.

    Travel across the Yorkshire Dales and wild Pennines to the picturesque Lake District. Here a scenic wonderland awaits - rugged mountains and tranquil waters, inspiration to a host of English poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Shelley. After a visit to Wordsworth’s grave in the village of Grasmere, cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. This is the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Then it’s on to the majestic Scottish capital. At night, select departures will attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

  5. Day 5

    Scotland's City of Culture.

    Join a Local Expert for a trip along Princes Street to see the ornate Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott and the elegant 18th century New Town with its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland, Scotland’s glittering Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery?

  6. Day 6

    The Highland Capital of Inverness.

    Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746 and visit the Culloden Visitor Centre. Travel to stately Inverness, where your centrally located hotel is set on the banks of the River Ness and looks up to Inverness Castle.

  7. Day 7

    Loch Ness to Wick.

    Start the day with a journey of discovery on a private Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Your travels then follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink. Don't blink as you drive on to your hotel - you pass Ebenezer Place, which at 2.06 m, is the world's shortest street!

  8. Day 8

    Orkney Islands Experience.

    Visit the most northerly community on the British mainland, John O’Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands - where the hardy locals live 'below the wind and above the water.' Your Local Expert was born and bred on the islands and accompanies you as you visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II.

  9. Day 9

    Over the sea to Skye.

    Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Continue alongside Loch Carron and through Glen Carron, before crossing to the magical Isle of Skye - the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear the story of the song 'Over the Sea to Skye,' which tells of young Flora MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden. Admire the scenic splendour on the way to your hotel in Broadford.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

    Return to the mainland to see the remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial for a chance to view Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Stop on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, known as the 'Queen of Scottish Lakes' according to Sir Walter Scott, before arriving in Glasgow.

  11. Day 11

    Giant's Causeway and Londonderry.

    Cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran along the way. Once you arrive in Northern Ireland, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty! The road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous Nine Glens of Antrim, alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, and hear the legends which surround this geological masterpiece, created by the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth’s crust millions of years ago. Continue to the ancient walled city of 'Derry'.

  12. Day 12

    Belleek and Sligo Bay.

    In the morning, meet Ronan, one of the nation's great storytellers, as he takes you inside Londonderry's well-preserved walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall, and cross the border to see O’Donnell’s Castle in Donegal. Journey south to the Belleek Pottery & Visitor Centre, nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Meet some of the specialist craftspeople and see artisan techniques in action during your visit. Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Then it’s on to your country retreat, set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.

  13. Day 13

    Galway and Limerick.

    Experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Continue to Galway, where your Travel Director will show you St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President John F. Kennedy. Move onto your hotel in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses.

  14. Day 14 - Relaxed Start

    Adare to Killarney.

    Start the day with an exploration of Limerick where you will see King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Continue your journey through the land of song and legend via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, into County Kerry and onto your Killarney hotel.

  15. Day 15 - Relaxed Start

    Ring of Kerry Experience.

    In the morning, enjoy a trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s greatest scenic journeys. See towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland’s highest mountain range and the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. With time at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle and take advantage of the many cycle trails that Killarney has to offer, around the lake or through the National Park? At night your Dine-Around Evening offers you authentic and intimate dining as you choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants, ranging in style and ambience.

  16. Day 16

    Blarney Castle and Waterford.

    Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains this morning and head for Blarney. Visit the ruined 15th century castle and home to the famous Stone of Eloquence. It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Continue on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee. See the City Hall and Opera House, before a delightful coastal drive brings you to historic Waterford, with its 9th century Reginald’s Tower and remains of the old city walls.

  17. Day 17 - Relaxed Start

    Kilkenny and Dublin.

    Admire the sparkling display of crystal on your guided visit to the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, where you will meet a master craftsman. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world's fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland's national sport. Meet a player who will share his passion through a demonstration of skills. Continue to Ireland’s lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or perhaps taking in a famous Irish Cabaret?

  18. Day 18

    In Dublin’s Fair City.

    Before it opens to the public, experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a private masterclass where you will learn to pour the perfect pint. Then meet your Local Expert who will show the sights of the city, including Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O’Connell Street and the Custom House. The afternoon is at leisure.

  19. Day 19

    Across the Irish Sea to Chester.

    Bid farewell to Ireland as you board the ferry to Wales. Cross the Isle of Anglesey, via the village bearing Britain's longest name, and continue over the Menai Straits for a stop in the walled market town of Conwy to see the castle. Travel along the north coast of Wales and cross the English border to arrive at Chester. This fine town still boasts relics of its history as a Roman fortress, as well as the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the Rows. An exploration with your Travel Director will show you the well-preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral.

  20. Day 20 - Relaxed Start

    The Welsh Marches to Cardiff.

    Head south as you follow the Welsh border to The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir. Meet the proud owner of the home, Paul Humpherston, as he explains the history and restoration of the stunning building and its surrounds. Enjoy a light lunch of locally-sourced delights including Welsh favourites such as a cheeseboard featuring Welsh cheeses, artisan breads and Welsh chutney, bara brith - a traditional Welsh bread served with butter, Welsh cakes and fresh fruit. Continue through the countryside to the Welsh capital and see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

  21. Day 21

    Bath and Glastonbury.

    Cross the soaring Severn Bridge to reach the elegant Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. An orientation of the city will show you the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey before visiting the Pump Room and ancient Roman Baths to see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. Journey on to Glastonbury, rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail. After some time to explore, continue on to the Cornish countryside for the night.

  22. Day 22 - Relaxed Start

    The Cornish Coast Experience.

    In the morning, cross the moorlands of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies, to reach maritime Plymouth. Numerous famous voyagers have set off from this ancient port. See the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. Visit a picturesque Cornish fishing village, where contraband was once landed in the dead of night. Experiences shared lead to lasting friendships, and back in Saltash you will enjoy a glass of wine with your newfound friends at your delectable Celebration Dinner. Toast to an inspiring journey of discovery. Cheers!

  23. Day 23

    Ancient Stonehenge to London.

    Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the prehistoric and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your discovery of Britain and Ireland concludes upon your return to the trip's hotel in London where the evening is at your leisure.

  24. Day 24

    Homeward Bound.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Orkney Isles: Your Local Expert leads you on a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls.
  • Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All Ireland titles of its national sport of hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Travel along Princes Street and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott, before walking through the New Town.
  • Edinburgh: Led by your Local Expert, walk with a inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a private scenic cruise.
  • Wick: See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place.
  • John O'Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.
  • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
  • Sligo Bay: Explore this scenic town during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Limerick: See King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Killarney: Get your bearings during an orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Dublin Port: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.
  • Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Bath: The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop of Britain's only natural mineral springs. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, built by the Romans over 2,000-years-ago as a place to wash and socialise.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Glastonbury: Explore the town rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail, and location of one of the world's largest music festivals.
  • Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe, the citadel and continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Then head out to explore a quaint Cornish fishing village.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stand as strong today as they did 3,500 years ago.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel through the Chiltern Hills, Cotswolds, Yorkshire Dales, Pennines, English Lake District, Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, Scottish Highlands, Ullapool, Loch Carron, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Valley of Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Antrim Coast, Sligo Bay, Connemara, Derrynasaggart Mountains, Severn Bridge, Cornish Countryside and Salisbury Plain.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Wick: The Old Pulteney Distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour, bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, for a more authentic and intimate experience.
  • Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's national drink. Experience a private masterclass and learn to pour the perfect pint.
  • Abbey Cwm Hir: Enjoy a light lunch of locally-sourced delights including Welsh favourites such as a cheeseboard featuring Welsh cheeses, artisan breads and Welsh chutney, bara brith - a traditional Welsh bread served with butter, Welsh cakes and fresh fruit.
  • Cornwall: Celebrate the culmination of your travels in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 23 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 8 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The MacDonald Swan's Nest Hotel is a 17th century, riverside hotel with the town centre only a five minute walk away.
  • Highlands: Hotels in the Highlands area are mainly traditional and much simpler in style, typical of the region.
  • York: The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.
  • Edinburgh: The Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Grassmarket in Edinburgh's city centre, just minutes from The Royal Mile.
  • Inverness: The traditional Columba Hotel provides enviable views over the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Wick: The Norseman Hotel is nestled in the viking town of Wick, overlooking its river.
  • Isle of Skye: Boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is set at the base of outstanding mountains.
  • Glasgow: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows.
  • Limerick: The George Hotel Limerick is a modern, centrally-located boutique hotel and provides the perfect base for exploring what wonders Limerick has to offer.
  • Killarney: In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'
  • Waterford: Dooley's Hotel Waterford has been family-run for generations and is conveniently located inside Waterford’s City Centre.
  • Dublin: Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site, in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin.
  • Chester: The Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester is set in a grand Victorian building and has just undergone a multi-million pound restoration.
  • Cardiff: Clayton Hotel Cardiff is located in the heart of the city on St. Mary Street, just a short walk from Cardiff's premium sporting facility, Millennium Stadium.
  • Cornish Countryside: Enjoy the best of Cornish hospitality at the plush St. Mellion International Resort, featuring a unique blend of contemporary style and unique facilities sprawled across 450 acres of peaceful countryside.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Adult Price: GBP 60.00

Code: EDI0002

Dinner In Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink included.

Adult Price: GBP 38.00

Code: EDI0001

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Adult Price: GBP 23.00

Code: EDI0003

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Adult Price: GBP 27.00

Code: EDI0005

Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Blair Castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. During your informative tour, see how the castle has been transformed through the ages and learn how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army.

Adult Price: GBP 20.00

Code: SCO0002

An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history await you in the warm atmosphere of a centuries-old Highland hostelry

Adult Price: GBP 25.00

Code: WIC0001

Isle Of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a local expert. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island, steeped in myth and legend. While touring the 'Isle of Mist' see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin Mountains and picturesque Portree, the largest town on the Island. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Adult Price: GBP 15.00

Code: SKY0001

Castle of Mey

Visit the much loved holiday home where the late Queen Mother spent many happy summers for nearly 50 years. Spectacularly set on the Caithness Coast with views across the Pentland Firth, Britain's most northerly castle is very much a family home and offers a rare glimpse into the relaxed Royal lifestyle away from the public eye. Your tour takes in the Queen Mother's bedroom, library, drawing room, Princess Margaret's room and kitchens. Of special interest are the greenhouses and the old fashioned shrub roses and climbers of the Shell Garden, where she loved to sit in the afternoon with her dogs.

Adult Price: GBP 20.00

Code: WIC0002

Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night. This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Adult Price: GBP 37.00

Code: GLA0001

Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00

Code: LIM0001

Jaunting Car Ride

Clip-clop your way through the charming streets of Killarney into the beautiful Bourne Vincent National Park. A local “jarvie” informs you of the local history, legend and folklore aboard one of the famous jaunting cars.

Adult Price: EUR 21.00

Code: KIL0001

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Code: KIL0008

Waterford Walking Tour

Join an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining historian for an insightful walking tour of Ireland's oldest city. Meet a range of colourful characters and learn about the town's history from the arrival of the Vikings through to British rule as you stroll to various key sights. Afterwards, rub shoulders with the locals with a drink in a typical pub.

Adult Price: EUR 23.00

Code: WAT0001

Waterford Rural Pub and Music

Visit a 300-year-old Irish pub and experience how pubs become part of their community, while sipping a drink or two and listening to fine Irish music.

Adult Price: EUR 28.00

Code: WAT0003

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Adult Price: EUR 71.00

Code: DUB0008

Dublin Dinner

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highwaymen. Lovely exposed brick walls and dark wood make for a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: DUB0009

An Epic Voyage

Stroll with your Travel Director along the Banks of the Liffey to view the historic architecture of Custom House Quay, including the Triumphal Arch of 1813 and the ever poignant Famine Memorial statues. Enter the two-century-old Vaults, for an exclusive reception of canapés and drinks, before touring "Epic". Here, walk with your ancestors to hear how the emigrating Irish influenced the four corners of the world and modern life as we know it.

Adult Price: EUR 43.00

Code: DUB0014

Cardiff Castle Tour

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much!  His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Adult Price: GBP 21.00

Code: CAR0003

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at the stunning Welsh Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Enjoy a traditional and locally-sourced three-course meal whilst being entertained by Welsh stories, enchanting music and renowned Welsh singers.

Adult Price: GBP 54.00

Code: CAR0005

Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better on a long summer's evening, then a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!

Adult Price: GBP 40.00

Code: COR0007

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Join us for a pleasant cruise around the harbour of this most famous seaport. Your skipper provides all the informative commentary as you enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake’s legendary game of bowls.  View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships weighed anchor for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. Continue into the Royal Navy Dockyard for a chance to see some of the more modern vessels of the Royal Navy

Adult Price: GBP 15.00

Code: PLY0001

Accommodation

 

MacDonald Swan's Nest Hotel

Stratford Upon Avon (Historic) - England

The MacDonald Swan's Nest Hotel is a 17th century, riverside hotel with the town centre only a five minute walk away.

Hilton York

York (Traditional) - England

The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel.

Edinburgh (Contemporary) - Scotland

The Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Grassmarket in Edinburgh's city centre, just minutes from The Royal Mile.

Columba Hotel

Inverness (Traditional) - Scotland

The traditional Columba Hotel provides enviable views over the River Ness and Inverness Castle.

The Norseman Hotel

Wick (Traditional) - Scotland

The Norseman Hotel is nestled in the viking town of Wick, overlooking its river.

The Dunollie Hotel, Broadford, Isle of Skye.

Broadford (Traditional) - Scotland

Boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is set at the base of outstanding mountains.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Glasgow (Contemporary) - Scotland

The Radisson Blu Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows

Da Vinci's Hotel Derry

Londonderry (Contemporary) - Northern Ireland

Located a short drive from the city centre of Derry, relax in your spacious and comfortable room, complete with modern amenities. With free WiFi available throughout the hotel, you'll be able to share all your adventures with friends and family.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo.

Sligo (Traditional) - Ireland

Beautifully set overlooking Sligo Bay, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo features contemporary furnishings that create a homely feel. Your comfortable room is tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and a splash of colour.

The George Hotel Limerick.

Limerick (Boutique) - Ireland

The George Hotel Limerick is a modern, centrally-located boutique hotel and provides the perfect base for exploring what wonders Limerick has to offer.

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

Killarney (Traditional) - Ireland

In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Dooley's Hotel Waterford

Waterford (Traditional) - Ireland

Dooley's Hotel Waterford has been family-run for generations and is conveniently located inside Waterford’s City Centre.

Trinity City Hotel

Dublin (Historic) - Ireland

Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site, in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin.

Hallmark Hotel The Queen

Chester (Historic) - England

The Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester is set in a grand Victorian building and has just undergone a multi-million pound restoration.

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Cardiff (Traditional) - Wales

Clayton Hotel Cardiff is located in the heart of the city on St. Mary Street, just a short walk from Cardiff's premium sporting facility, Millennium Stadium.

St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash, Cornish Countryside.

Saltash (Contemporary) - England

Enjoy the best of Cornish hospitality at the plush St. Mellion International Resort, featuring a unique blend of contemporary style and unique facilities sprawled across 450 acres of peaceful countryside.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11478 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 17 November, 2018

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    Trip: We loved the places we visited as it gave us a great overview of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales. We picked this tour as we hoped it would give us a good taste of all these countries and it certainly met our expectations. The towns, cities, places of interest and the scenery of the countryside were all varied and interesting. It is a very well thought out itinerary. The additional activities were also varied and fun.

    Service: Our Tour Director Cameron Wilson was excellent. I have really appreciated all of the tour directors we have had on previous Insight Tours have been very good but Cameron was the best TD we have ever had. He was so knowledgeable, helpful and professional and his attention to detail was admirable. He was particularly caring and thoughtful to older or frailer travellers who needed extra attention. He also handled some difficult travellers and potentially dicey situations with skill, respect and diplomacy and deflected problems before they developed. I was very impressed with him and how he directed our tour. Our drivers terry and Carl were also fantastic. The local guides were also very good with Rohnan in Derry and Catrina in Edinburgh being standouts. Our tour also went to very interesting towns and cities and each day was planned to have a number of different experiences. We just loved our tour of the UK with Insight.

  • 08 November, 2018

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    Trip: I would have preferred more actual visits to historic sites.

    Service: Responsive to questions. Rest stops well spaced.

  • 08 November, 2018

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    Trip: I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE INSIGHT COULD ADD TO THE TRIP.

    Service: IT WAS A GREAT JOURNEY, EVEN WITH THE WIND AND RAIN.SAW A LOT AND DID A LOT. YES, I WILL RECOMMEND THE TRIP TO OTHERS. SEE YOU. LATER, HOWARD

  • 01 November, 2018

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    Trip: Included many sights giving a memorable experience.

    Service: Arranged via an agent, so no direct communication.

  • 31 October, 2018

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    Trip: Good tour, good guide. Hit many of the spots we wanted to see.

    Service: It would have been good to have more time at Stonehenge. Also, there should be a talk at the beginning on hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers as a cold spread throughout the group.

  • 26 October, 2018

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    Trip: It was good and thought out.

    Service: Best tour guide and driver so friendly helpful knowledgeable and nice.

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the scenery and the stories that went with them

    Service: It was so easy

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was very well planned, though we could of done with a few more 2 day stopovers, but considering the distance we travelled we understood why there was so many 1 night stopovers.

    Service: I would definitely recommend Insight as we could not fault the service and all the information we got along the way, in regard to the history of the countries we visited. Nothing was ever a problem for out tour guide.

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: Saw more than we could have ever imagined.

    Service: Made it very easy, well organized and took us to places and activities we wouldn’t have thought to do on our own.

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent and saw enough of everything

    Service: Top notch company with a great tour guide and we will do it again

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: This itinerary was great. You get to see most of the 'must see' places you always wanted to see.

    Service: This was a great tour, and we saw and visited all of the places we had on our bucket list. Darren showed us so much, and explained the background of places so well, that we have actually changed our plans to go back to the UK. We had planned to go back and do a self drive tour revisiting places we liked. However, we saw so much and had things explained so well, that we no longer have the need to go back to the UK- not soon anyway!! We are now thinking about which European Insight tour we will take next holiday and forget about self drive options. Tony the coach driver was very helpful and kept the coach in pristine condition. Even the little things like providing hand sanitizer in pump bottles make such a difference. How Tony managed to get that large coach down some of those narrow streets still amazes us ( We hope that is not 'telling tales out of school' ) We loved the extra leg room in the coach. That alone puts Insight above the rest. We would now not consider any tour company other than Insight.

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: because I saw all the things I wanted to see

    Service: just a good well run trip

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