ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND & WALES TOURS

The United Kingdom: it may cover less than 250,000 square kilometres, but into that space it packs four countries, many centuries of world-defining history and culture, and 165 million cups of tea a day. From modern cities to medieval market towns, and from soaring peaks to rolling dales, our UK tours encompass so many of the eclectic wonders that this unique destination has to offer.  

 

Whether you want an epic cross-country experience on our Highlights of Britain itinerary or a select snapshot of British life, such as our specialist Goodwood Revival or Garden of England tours, you will be in expert hands on our award-winning small group holidays. UK destinations famous the world over – from the dreaming spires of Oxford to the mirror-calm waters of Loch Ness – are featured on our itineraries alongside hidden gems you will be delighted to discover via the country’s back roads and byways. 

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The Gamut of History

 

Its rich, fascinating and proud history makes the United Kingdom an excellent destination for small group holidays; UK sites dating from prehistory right through to the modern day feature on our carefully-curated tours. Our knowledgeable guides will help to weave a detailed tapestry of British history as you travel the country and explore its diverse heritage.

 

You can marvel up close at the ancient stone circle at Avebury; go castle-hopping through the Scottish wilderness; admire the Tudor streets in Chester; or promenade along the eighteenth-century seafront in Lyme Regis. Whatever period interests you, our UK tours will not disappoint even the most heartfelt of history lovers.  

 

A Cradle of Culture

 

From G and Ts to cups of tea and James Bond to the Beatles, the UK has shared its cultural delights with nations across the globe. Book lovers are always in their element on our UK tours, with visits to the homes and museums of some of literature’s most recognisable names on the popular Highlights of Britain itinerary, including the Brontë sisters, William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Sir Walter Scott.

 

Although long ago ‘British culture’ took its place on the world stage, you may be surprised at the strength of cultural identity that each region proudly bears on such a small island. Our UK tours allow you to dig deeper than a casual viewing of the Changing of the Guard, to recognise the beating heart of culture in England, Scotland and Wales. For example, our Wonders of Wales tour includes a Welsh language lesson at the Nant Gwrtheyrn Heritage Centre and a traditional male voice choir performance in Llandudno.  

 

Top British Nosh

 

Britain’s hearty and delicious culinary traditions have to be tasted to be appreciated on our UK tours. Fine dining awaits you on our Corners of Cornwall itinerary, which features a much-anticipated visit to Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, where you get the chance to watch top chefs preparing freshly-caught oysters and langoustines at the seafood bar. The world-famous Pudding Club is the highlight of one of our most popular group holidays; UK puddings such as sticky toffee, bread and butter and spotted dick make up the marvellous menu of this now world-famous dining experience.

 

 It’s not just the chance to taste delicious food that makes tours with Back-Roads special – we offer many opportunities to learn how local produce is made, prepared and cooked, too. Our Highlights of Britain tour involves a memorable trip to the Bodnant Food Centre, where a tour and cookery demonstration from a top chef will enlighten you about Welsh cuisine. UK tours to Scotland and the Garden of England school you in the art of distilling and brewing, with a whisky tour and tasting on the Isle of Skye and a visit to Shepherd Neame in Faversham, Britain’s oldest brewery.

 

Green and Pleasant Land

 

A small group size – never more than 18 on our UK tours – enables us to use compact and comfortable mini-coaches to explore the back roads of the British Isles. The expansive windows offer a framed view of some spectacular British vistas, from the iconic white cliffs of Dover to the ancient snake of Hadrian’s Wall across the fields of Cumbria.

 

Our holidays are not just about observing from a coach; in Wales a trip underground will open your eyes to the country’s coal mining heritage, while on the Isle of Skye you can discover the rugged geology of the Hebrides, including the Quiraing, Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr.

 

On our group holidays, UK attractions open up before you like the pages of a well-loved story book, while little-known cultural and historical gems discovered along the country’s back roads will add a brighter colour to the story you thought you knew. 

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A Scottish Journey 2018
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Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic cliff-top castles and hideaway villages. Infamous battles and inexplicable legends. We journey up and down Scotland, from coas…
8 Days
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Corners of Cornwall 2018
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From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is sure to impress. Discover the maritime heritage, rur…
7 Days
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Battle of Britain 2018
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Embark on this tour steeped in history and take a look at some of the most intriguing aviation and war museums in Britain. Walk in the footsteps of fallen heroes and feel the t…
9 Days / 8 Nights
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Chelsea Flower Show 2018
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Stop and smell the roses on this leisurely tour of Southeast England’s greatest gardens and show-stealing stately homes. And the jewel in the crown? A trip to the green-f…
7 Days / 6 Nights
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Cornwall Food Tour 2018
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Journey through the stunning countryside of Cornwall and Hampshire to indulge in the local delicacies of the region. From metropolitan London to historic Stonehenge and on to t…
5 Days / 4 Nights
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London to Paris via the Channel Islands 2018
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Go from Great British to Gallic culture on this island-hopping trip, which immerses you in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and it’s fascinating history. Hear ab…
11 Days / 10 Nights
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Historic Eastern England 2018
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World-famous university cities meet hideaway villages on this tour of Eastern England. We’ll travel by river and road, across the stunning North York Moors and the Peak D…
8 Days / 7 Nights
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Heart of England 2018
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Neolithic man to Roman forces, celebrated writers to contemporary filmmakers have all made a mark on England’s heartland and this tour follows their tracks – coveri…
5 Days / 4 Nights
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The Garden of England 2018
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Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate five days to England’s exquisite South East. Discover the tales that make C…
5 Days / 4 Nights
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Orkney & The Highlands 2018
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Explore dramatic landscapes and towns steeped in Viking history and discover ancient sites whose roots stretch back over 5,000 years.   THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERE…
4 Days / 3 Nights
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The Wonders of Wales 2018
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Snow-dusted mountains, deep green valleys and an unforgettable coastline – we’ll go high and low on our journey in search of Wales’ most captivating sights. W…
8 Days / 7 Nights
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Royal Tour of Britain 2018
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To travel Britain is to travel through a land with rich history and tradition, metropolitan cities and quaint villages, rolling green hills and jagged coastlines, just to name …
9 Days / 8 Nights
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