Scottish Dream Tours Presents
Spring Time in Wales, England and Scotland
with Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
April 12th - 26th, 2017
"There are many wonderful drives from London up to Scotland, but when we
have the time we love to drive west to Cardiff, Wales and then up through the
Brecon Beacons north through Llandrindodd and up into Snowdonia and north
Wales and then east again to Chester. From Chester we love to drive through the
Yorkshire countryside and then up into the Lake District. All along the way we
love to visit the wee villages, towns and countryside that make up these beautiful
regions. We then of course, make our way farther north into the Dumfries and
Galloway region of Scotland and then to the Borders region and Peebles and up
into Edinburgh. You can come along with us on this journey experiencing all its
wonders!"
As we wind our way through the spectacular countryside the places we will take in
are: Madame Frumages Cafe in Cardiff, Cardiff and Cardiff Castle, Caerphilly Castle,
the Brecon Beacons, Llandrindod Wells, The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, Harlech
Castle, Caernarfon Castle, the White Lion Pub, Conwy Castle, Chester Rows,
Harrogate, Ripon Cathedral, Ripley Castle and Gardens, James Herriot's Yorkshire,
Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage Museum, The Lake District, William
Wordsworth's Rydal Mount, Beatrix Potter's Hill Top, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Burns
House Museum,  Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Blair Atholl and Blair Castle, Scone
Palace, Edinburgh Castle, Bus Tour of Edinburgh and much more!
16 Days on a small intimate tour of England, Wales and Scotland. No place on earth is
tea more a way of life than in Great Britain and we have attempted to include every
type of tearoom and teatime opportunity to give a full experience of this wonderful and
fascinating ritual. There is much more about Britain than just tea,but you have to eat
somewhere! This tour is limited to 12 people in order to provide a more personal
experience. In keeping the tour size small we are able to take advantage of
accommodation, restaurant and sightseeing options that would not be available to a
larger group. We are also able to veer off the beaten track and explore areas that
larger tours would not be able to!
We will not rush you from venue to venue and each tour is designed to spend as little
time on the minibus as possible. We will stay in delightful city guest houses and lovely
country houses. Includes all accommodation, breakfast daily, all listed meals, all
entrance fees and admissions, all taxes and guided minibus travel.


$5995US per person. $995US single supplement.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.
Day 1 - April 12th - We will all meet at Cardiff International Airport and then make our way into the city. Cardiff
was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed capital of Wales in 1955, making it the youngest capitol city in the UK. After a visit
to
Cardiff Castle we will have Lunch at Madame Fromage.  Cardiff Castle is located at the heart of the capital, within
beautiful parklands, the Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. Much of what you see today is
the 19th century restoration by the
3rd Marquis of Bute and his architect William Burgess. You will have time to
explore more of the city before we get checked into our accommodation. This evening we have a private after hours tour of
Castell Coch, another fairytale creation designed by William Burges for the 3rd Marquis of Bute. The castle is
known as a romantic folly supposedly reproducing a small medieval Welsh chieftain's stronghold. It possesses the most
remarkable interior decoration.
Dinner and Overnight Cardiff. (L,D)   

Day 2
- After a good Welsh breakfast we take a short drive out of the city to visit Caerphilly and Caerphilly Castle.
Caerphilly is one of the great medieval castles of
Western Europe. Its immense size, making it the largest in Britain
after Windsor,
its large-scale use of water for defense and the fact that it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain all
contribute to this. The castle was constructed by
Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer
Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. We will have a
bit of a wander around Caerphilly town before we have a lovely
Afternoon Tea at a Country House Hotel. We then
return to Cardiff where you will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore more of Cardiff, do some
shopping and find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Cardiff. (B,L)

Day 3 -
Upon leaving the city behind we drive north and through the Brecon Beacons, a National Park with scenery
which is both beautiful and diverse with rolling countryside and valleys along with wide open spaces. Eventually we will find
our way to
The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir, mid Wales most unique and beautiful stately home and historic house. This 52
Room Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion
sits in 12 acres of gardens overlooking the ruins of the 12th century
Cistercian abbey.
Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall in late 1997 and spent 9 years restoring it to a
building of Gothic splendour; boasting stunning interiors and fascinating collections. They have also restored 12 acres of
Victorian gardens in a beautiful setting above the ruins of the 12th Century
"Abbey of the Long Valley". After Lunch
in the Conservatory
we will have a tour of the house. After some time to explore the gardens, a lovely drive will take us
to our overnight location in
Mid Wales. Dinner and Overnight Mid Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
We will see some breathtaking countryside and spectacular coastline as our drive takes us further north toward the
west coast through
Barmouth and up the coast to Harlech and Harlech Castle. As if its spectacular situation,
foreboding might, and great power were not sufficient to ensure the fame of this magnificent castle when first seen from the
bluff of rock to the south of the town, the view of castle, sea and mountain panorama is truly breathtaking and remains to
this day an unrivaled piece of castle genius. We will
Lunch at Cemlyn Tearoom here in Harlech before continuing our
Snowdonia Park drive to Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the
castles in Wales. Mighty Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wale's castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence
easily set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder
Edward I.
Most impressive of all is the
Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. We then make our way to our
accommodation.
Dinner and Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 5
- Following breakfast our first visit of the day is Conwy Castle. Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle it is by any
standards one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe. Conwy's well-preserved castle wall helps the town maintain a
medieval character lost by other Welsh castle-towns over the years. Conwy is also home to
Britain's smallest house,
measuring 10 feet by 6 feet. The structure was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900 when the owner was a
6ft 3 inch (1.9 meters) fisherman named
Robert Jones. We then head further north to experience A Traditional
Sunday Roast in Llandudno,
a seaside resort which has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour. After
tea we will take some time to explore this wonderful seaside town with a walk up and down the embankment and through
the shops, cafes and restaurants all throughout town.
Dinner on your own and Overnight North Wales. (B,L)   

Day 6 -
Today we make our way east to Chester, first settled by the Romans in AD 79. The main street is lined with timber
buildings called the
Chester Rows first built in the 13th & 14th centuries. We will spend a short time in Chester and in
particular
, the Chester Rows. The Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second
row of shops above those at street level along
Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge
Street
. The Rows are unique in the world and some are the original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old
Arches in Bridge Street
which have survived the ravages of time and are still magnificent and greatly contribute to the
beauty and character of Chester. We next stop at
Davenport Tearoom and Farm Shop for Afternoon Tea before
a visit to
Haworth and Bronte Parsonage Museum. On the 20th April 1820 Patrick Bronte, his wife Maria and
their six children including
Charlotte, Emily and Anne moved to the Parsonage at Haworth and it was their home for
the next 40 years.
Dinner and Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L)

Day 7 -
This morning we are off to Ripley with its cobbled market square and quaint cottages. Here we find the Castle
and Gardens of Ripley
. In 2009 the Ingilby Family celebrated 700 years at Ripley Castle. For any family to
occupy the same house for 700 years is truly remarkable. All the letters, deeds and documents have survived, and give a
unique record of the family's history, their births, marriages and deaths, their trials and their tribulations, during the course
of the last seven centuries. We will enjoy
Afternoon Tea in the Ripley Castle Tearooms before traveling just a short
way up the road to
Cathedral City of Ripon and its 800 year old Cathedral which is built over a 7th Century
Saxon Crypt.
Ripon Cathedral is one of the oldest sites of continuous Christian worship in Britain. After some time in
Ripon to wander about, we return home which is just up the road.
Dinner and Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
Today we make our way to the Lake District by way of some of James Herriot's Yorkshire. Our first visit
will be
Thirsk and Skeldale House at 23 Kirkgate, the actual residence and surgery in James Herriot's Darrowby
which now houses
The World of James Herriot Museum. The museum encompasses the very essence of the world
renowned vet James Herriot. It offers visitors an unforgettable interactive experience of the life and times of a man, who
became a national celebrity after the airing of the BBC drama
"All Creatures Great and Small". Our continued journey
will take through the
Yorkshire Dales National Park through Aysgarth and to Hawes where we find the
Wensleydale Cheese Factory. You can sample many of the cheeses that are the favourite of Wallace and Gromit.
After lunch we drive way up on the hillside to get some of the most spectacularly panoramic views of you will ever see! This
drive will also cover
Arkengarthdale and Langthwaite which you will recognise as filming locations for the series. More
spectacular scenery all the way to the Lake District.
Dinner and Overnight Lake District. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we visit Rydal Mount and Gardens, the famous home of William Wordsworth. With the
breathtaking views of the lakes you can understand why he loved to write here. This was Wordsworth's best loved family
home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. We then take a lovely drive through the
district on our way to have
Lunch at the Sawrey Hotel before we visit Beatrix Potters most beloved home of Hill
Top
. It is kept exactly as she left and complete with treasured furniture and china. You will feel as if you stepped into her
books! Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a
reference to a picture in a 'tale'. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. We
then return by
Ferry across Lake Windermere to have some time to enjoy Ambleside, a lovely spot nestled alongside
the shore of Lake Windermere.
Dinner on your own and Overnight Lake District. (B,L)

Day 10
- On our way north to Scotland today we drive through more spectacular Lakes countryside where just outside of
Keswick, we find at the Castlerigg Stone Circle,  one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain,
and is the most visited stone circle in the north of England. This afternoon will find us in
Dumfries where we will find some
lunch before we visit
Burns House Museum, an ordinary sandstone building that Burns spent the last years of his
brilliant life. Now a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world, the house retains much of it's
eighteenth century character and contains many relics of the poet. There is the chair in which he wrote his last poems,
many original letters and manuscripts, and the famous
Kilmarnock and Edinburgh Editions of his work. We then
make our way to
Stirling where we find dinner waiting for us. Dinner and Overnight Stirling. (B,D)

Day 11 -
After a good Scots breakfast this morning we are off to Stirling Castle. Stirling is a Fairy Tale Castle with
the star features being
The Palace and the Chapel Royal. We are very excited as you will be able to step back into the
sumptuous world of
Stirling Castle's Royal Court. An ongoing project has returned the six ground floor apartments in
the castle's Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid 16th century. This afternoon we
Stop for
Afternoon Tea
in Stirling before a visit to Doune Castle, a 14th century stronghold which offers a unique view into the
life of the medieval royal household. Before continuing north, we visit
Dunblane and Dunblane Cathedral, one of the
few surviving medieval churches in Scotland and always worth the visit! We will then take the leisurely drive to the
Highlands Village of Pitlochry where you will be able to sample one of the many eateries to be found here. Dinner on your
own tonight in Pitlochry.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we visit Blair Athol Distillery, one of the Oldest Distilleries in Scotland and continues the
tradition of making whisky by hand. Next, we make our way out of town to  
The Queen's View named after Robert The
Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by
Queen Victoria. This is one of the most breathtaking sights in Scotland and will
become a favorite of yours. After a spectacular drive through the moors we find ourselves in
Grantully for you to get some
lunch and to visit
Ian Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier. This afternoon we visit Blair Atholl and Blair Castle.
Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the
public. This fully furnished castle is a delight to wander through! We then return to Pitlochry with some time for shopping
and to enjoy this lovely Highland village. Pitlochry is home to the
Heather Gems Factory and Showroom and other
lovely shops.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,D)

Day 3 -
This morning we leave the Highlands behind on the way to Perth and Scone Palace, home of the Earls of
Mansfield.
Once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland's history.
A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated
Stone of Scone, Scone
Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in Scotland's crown. You will want to visit the
Grounds and Gardens as well. We then make our way to
St. Andrews with a stop for Afternoon Tea along the way. Once
in St. Andrews, sightseeing will include the
Old Course and  St. Andrews Cathedral. After some time to walk across
the Old Course and take some pictures we visit the Cathedral which dates from around 1160, and was consecrated in the
presence of
Robert the Bruce in July 1318. We then make our way to our accommodation in Edinburgh. Dinner on
your own and Overnight Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 14 -
After breakfast you will take in the sights of Scotland's Capitol City aboard an Open Top Tour where on
your way about the city you will see
Holyrood Palace, Grey Friar's Bobby and Deacon Brodie's. Get on and off at
your own pace.
Edinburgh Castle which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny is a must stop
as is
The Royal Mile. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in 1995
in recognition of the unique character of the Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian
New Town.
It covers both the Old and New Towns together with the Dean Village and the Calton Hill areas. There
are over 4,500 listed buildings within the city. After an afternoon of taking in
Princes Street and the Royal Mile we will
gather for a
Farewell Dinner and Overnight Edinburgh, Scotland. (B,D)

Day 15 - April 26th -
Off to Edinburgh International Airport for your journey home. (B)