For such a small island, Britain is incredibly diverse and the unique character of each region will come to life on this grand tour through some of the country’s most beautiful locations, starting in the capital city, London and ending in the rugged Highlands of Scotland.
On your first day in London you’ll head to the City of Westminster and the imposing Westminster Abbey for a private tour. With your guide you’ll walk up Whitehall past Downing Street to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. A second day in London will be devoted to the historic City, home to the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
To the west of London is the town Windsor, dominated by the imposing grey stone building of Windsor Castle. Through the Wiltshire countryside you’ll stop by Stonehenge, a UNESCO-listed site and one of the most important pre-historic remains in the United Kingdom.
In Bath you’ll discover how this elegant Georgian town came to be following the discovery of the hot springs by the Romans and the subsequent mediaeval settlement. Bath lies towards the southern tip of the beautiful Cotswold hills and as you head north you’ll discover some of the secret places that lie hidden in the heart of this popular region.
A day trip to Oxford will conclude your discovery of southern England and the next day you’ll head north to the wilder landscapes of the English Lake District. In the central Lakes you’ll explore the literary connections of the region and in the northern Lakes you’ll be welcomed onto a private estate by the lady of the house.
Heading north in Scotland, by way of Hadrian’s Wall and the more modern border, continue on to Edinburgh and explore Scotland’s cultural capital. Head east towards the coastal town of St. Andrews and spend a night in rural Perthshire before heading north towards the Highlands.
Pass through the Trossachs National Park and onto Glencoe, one of the most haunting and atmospheric landscapes in the Highlands. The West Coast region is one of Scotland’s most beautiful, with the deep blue of coastal lochs and inlets contrasting with the purples, oranges and browns of the glens, which change constantly throughout the seasons.
Visit one of Scotland’s most spiritual locations at Iona, a tiny island of the coast of neighbouring island Mull. On your return south-east back towards the central belt you’ll stop at the famous Loch Lomond before reaching Glasgow.