Scottish Dream Tours Presents
A Coast to Coast Welsh House Party Discovery Tour
With Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
April 20th - May 4th, 2018
Two weeks in Wales with one week in Tenby, Pembrokeshire at Castle View
House, a fine early Victorian town house dating from 1840. The magnificent
first floor drawing room has spectacular views through the vast bay window of
the harbour, the castle and out to sea. There is a home cinema room with
Sky+ and DVD player and a second TV and DVD in the Sun Room. The Games
Room contains a full sized table football and an upright piano and there is Wifi
throughout the house. Several of the bedrooms benefit from having sea views
as well. The good-sized garden is enclosed and sunny, with a paved courtyard,
lawns, decked seating platform and barbecue area. The house is in an ideal
location and close to the harbour and North Beach. A lovely way to spend a
week in beautiful Pembrokeshire and Southwest Wales exploring castles,
cathedrals, stately homes, sandy beaches, spectacular coastlines and
everything this amazing area of Wales has to offer.
Our second week will be spent in a coastal retreat in a remote area of
Anglesey in North Wales at
Llanlliana, a beautifully renovated, luxury
Country House set in 168 acres of private estate in a designated 'Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty' which includes a private beach, coastal cliff top
walks, St Patrick's Island and the most northern point of Wales. The house is
truly luxurious with everything from underfloor heating throughout the
ground floor & all bathrooms, to whirlpool baths, private balconies and
romantic four poster beds. Beautiful period details combine with an
abundance of modern technology including Wifi, Ipod docks, the Wii and
ample games. House is very secluded and just a five minute walk to the cove
and Anglesey Coastal Path. North Wales has 4 of Edward I's Iron Ring of
astounding castles, amazing stately homes, lovely seaside towns and villages
and spectacular coastline. We will spend a week taking in everything that this
lovely area of North Wales has to offer.
This tour is one of our special house tours where you stay in one location for a week and a second location for another week.
You will be served breakfast each morning and in the evening Mario and I will cook dinners in the house. One night we will
be out to a pub, one night out to a restaurant and one night will be on your own. We will prepare a proper afternoon tea while
at each house. This beautiful tour covers two spectacular regions of Wales where you will relax in luxury accommodations
and take in all the breathtaking beauty of the Pembrokeshire Region and the North Wales countryside and small villages.
Price includes 14 nights luxury house accommodation, 12 dinners, 12 lunches and breakfast each morning, all activities,
sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary, all taxes, fees and service charges. Guided minibus travel with airport
pick up and drop off and luggage handling. Due to the nature of these tours, we cannot cater for special diets.

$5995 per person. $500 deposit to book your place.  All singles filled. Only 2 spots left!

Day 1 - April 20th - Arrive into Cardiff Wales, but our adventure begins in the Southwest of Wales in Pembrokeshire.
As we leave Cardiff behind as we head just a short ways to St. Fagan's, Museum of Welsh Life, an open air Celtic Village
within 100 acre parklands. During the last fifty years over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-
erected in the 100-acre parkland, among them houses, a farm, a school, a chapel, a tollhouse, a splendid
Workmen's Institute
and a Tudor Mansion
. Traditional crafts and activities bring St Fagan's alive, in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate
their traditional skills. We will stop for Lunch at the Old Castle
Tearooms at Llanelli before a visit to Laugharne, home of
Dylan Thomas
. While here we will visit his Boathouse, Grave and Writing Shed. From the Parlour of the boathouse, you
look out on the landscape from which Dylan drew so much of his inspiration. You can literally see the sources of his poetry and the
structure of the Boathouse is largely as it was when the family lived here. We then continue on to Pembrokeshire and
Castle
View House
, our home for the next week. Buffet Supper and Overnight at Castle View in Tenby (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we make our way through Penally and Manorbier on our way to Pembroke. The Medieval Castle
of Pembroke
that is at the heart of Pembroke town. This birthplace of Henry VII is idyllically set on the banks of the river
estuary and this mighty fortress is steeped in history. The late 12th century keep is both an outstanding feature and architectural
novelty, for it has a massive cylindrical tower with an unusual stone dome. Then our drive takes us through
Milford Haven,
Sandy Haven, St. Anne's Head, Marloes, St. Brides, Little Haven and Broad Haven.
Protected by their National
Park Status,
Pembrokeshire’s beaches have some of the cleanest waters and sands with many awards to show for it with eleven
blue flags, twelve green coast, eleven seaside, and twenty one rural seaside awards! That makes Pembrokeshire beaches the best
in Wales. We will take a
Sea Cruise from Marloes around Skomer Island and its famous bird colonies and see the
thousands of
Puffins, Guillemots, and Razorbills, along with a host of other birds and wildlife. Dinner and Overnight
Castle View. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
Today we make our way to one of very favourite places anywhere in Wales, St. David's. St. David's Cathedral has
been the dominant presence since the 12th century and was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages. In the
6th century a monastic community was founded by
Saint David, Abbot of Menevia. There has been a church on this site
since that time and for the past 1500 years prayer and worship has been offered on a daily basis which continues to this day. St.
David's is also the most
Westerly Point of Wales and has a lovely town square with quaint shops including a wonderful
chocolate shop! We will stop for a
Fish and Chips Lunch and a wee wander around St. David's before we make our way to the
most popular megalithic site in Wales,
Pentre Ifan.  It is a splendid burial chamber with a huge capstone delicately poised on
three uprights. Once known as
Arthur's' Quoit, Pentre Ifan means Ivan's Village. The monument dates back to about 3500
BC and is a great example of a burial tomb or dolmen. We will drive through the lovely
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
on our way back home for dinner.
Overnight Castle View. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today is a free day to enjoy the house and its surrounds. Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and
it would be difficult to find a setting more picturesque. Tenby is a walled city surrounded by beautiful beaches stretching to the
north, the west, and the south of the town while the walls surround many restaurants, shops, cafés and pubs all linked by cobbled
streets. We can shop, explore, walk on the beach and take the
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for fantastic views of Caldey
Island.
In the afternoon we will gather at Castle View for a true Welsh Afternoon Tea. After tea you will want to visit the
Tudor Merchant's House, a 15th century relic of Tenby's prosperous seafaring days. Step back 500 years and discover how
the Tudor merchant and his family would have lived in this fascinating three storey house. We will have entry tickets for you. You
will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You will want to sample one of the many eateries to be found
in Tenby town centre.
Overnight Castle View (B,L)

Day 5 -
This morning we visit Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire's finest stately home. Picton is a most unusual
ancient building being in design half fortified manor house and half fully developed medieval castle. With its four half round towers
and gatehouse entrance flanked by two narrower towers it looks like a miniature version of a great
Edwardian Castle such as
Conwy in North Wales
. However as soon as you enter the gatehouse you find a series of finely planned rooms typical of the
grand country house that it is. There is no other building quite like it in Britain! The we stop in
Lawrenny for Lunch at the
Quayside Tearoom
before a visit to Carew Castle. When the Normans extended their conquest of England into Wales,
Gerald de Windsor
was constable of Pembroke Castle on behalf of Henry I when he decided to build his own fortification on
the
Carew River, some ten miles up the tidal waterway from Pembroke. Over the years the castle went from a Medieval
Fortress to Elizabethan Manor.
Then we return home for dinner. Dinner and Overnight Castle View. (B,L,D)

Day 6
- This morning we make the short walk to Tenby Harbour to take a Seal Safari Cruise to explore the hidden bays on
the Atlantic side of
Caldey Island. Our local guides will share an in depth knowledge of the island’s wildlife and surrounding
waters. As we make our way to the ocean side of the island, we drift amongst the
Grey Seal population. We then return to Tenby
for some more time to explore and find some lunch on your own. After lunch we take the 20 minute journey across to Caldey
Island. Caldey Island has been inhabited for many centuries by various orders of monks and is currently owned by the
Cistercian Order who live in the beautiful Abbey, found just a few minutes walk from the landing stage. There is also a
Chocolate Shop in the Abby Gift Shop! Exploring a little further on and we discover the Old Priory with its old limestone
church and also the little Norman Church of St David's. On the cliff overlooking Priory Beach we also find
Caldey Calvary and
the Watchtower Chapel
. On the far side of the island we can walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the spectacular views. We then
return home before an outing to
Mulberry Restaurant for Dinner. Overnight Castle View. (B,D)

Day 7 -
This morning our journey will take us to my favourite Stately Home in Wales, Abbey-Cwm-Hir. Along the way we
stop in the lovely village of
Llandeilo. There can be fewer towns in Wales more attractive than Llandeilo, sitting proudly on a hill
above the
River Tywi. And there are fewer valleys lovelier than the Tywi, the longest river which flows entirely through Wales.
We will have a bit of a leg stretch and perhaps some shopping before we continue or journey to 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 and is almost beyond description! Before our tour of the house we will have a
Lovely Lunch in the House and then we will wander through all 52 rooms of the house hearing wonderful stories and learn its
history up to present day. We will make a full day of it so we will
Stop for Dinner on our way back home. Overnight
Castle View. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
We have a long journey today to North Wales and Anglesey. We will make our way to Carmarthen and then
north to the coast just below
Aberystwyth and keep to the coast for much of the day with a few stops along the way including a
stop at the lovely seaside town of
Barmouth for Lunch. Just a short distance further and we find Harlech and Harlech
Castle.
This spectacularly sited castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it
gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over
Snowdonia. The English Monarch Edward I built Harlech in the
late 13th century to fulfil this very role. It was one of the most formidable of his
'Iron Ring' of fortresses designed to contain the
Welsh in their mountain fastness. After some time to explore Harlech we journey further north through
Porthmadog,
Caernarfon and across to the Isle of Anglesey
and then to our home at Cemaes Bay for the next week. Dinner and
Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
After our long journey yesterday, we stay closer to home today just spending our day on Anglesey. We will take the
beautiful coastal route with many spectacular vistas through
Amlwych, Llanelian, Benllech and Mariandyrys to the
lovely village of Beaumaris
. At Beaumaris you can explore a medieval castle, picnic on a beach, take a boat trip, discover
pastel painted houses and see the work of local artists or just kick back in an ancient pub and try some award-winning food. We
will do just a few of those things when we visit
Beaumaris Castle, Edward I's great unfinished masterpiece. It was never
finished as money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height. Nonetheless, it is an awesome sight and
regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales and also, the last! Lunch on your own before we
continue on to
Penrhyn Castle at Bangor. This 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings sits between
Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria,
elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. It also has an outstanding collection of paintings. The restored
kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum and a model railway museum. Then
back home for
Dinner and Overnight Llanlliana. (B,D).

Day 10 -
This morning we make our way to Conwy for a visit to Conwy Castle with a stop at
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a small village that has the longest name in
Wales and translates to  
"The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St.
Tysilio's of the red cave".
Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle as 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.
After some time to explore Conwy we make our way just a little further north to
Llandudno, a seaside resort, town and
community located on the Creuddyn Peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. While in Llandudno we will have
Afternoon
Tea at the St. Tudno Hotel
on the promenade. We will also take a tramway to the Great Orme more than 650 feet above the
sea.
The Great Orme is an astonishing coastal landmark with Stone Age origins and nature reserve status. Light Buffet
Supper and Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
This morning will be spent taking in this amazing Luxury Country House set in 168 acres of private estate in a
designated
'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' which includes a private beach, coastal cliff top walks, St Patrick's
Island
and the most northern point of Wales. You can take the fabulous coastal walks over the Iron Age Hillfort with
Choughs and Peregrines
nesting on the cliffs. Quiet and peaceful, perfect for walkers, photographers & wildlife enthusiasts yet
only ten minutes drive from the pretty seaside village of
Cemaes Bay, with shops, pubs and local fishing boats. We will gather in
the house this afternoon for a
Traditional Afternoon Tea and then the day is yours again. We will take the short journey into
Cemaes Bay
for anyone who might want to find some dinner this evening. Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we visit Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the castles
in Wales. Most impressive of all is the
Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. Edward I and his architect Master
James of St. George
built Caernarfon as an intended seat of power - and as a symbol of English dominance over the subdued
Welsh and they did not fail! We then make our way further into the
Snowdonia National Park to Beddgelert, considered to
be the prettiest village in Snowdonia, set in stunning scenery with a wide range of shops, pubs and cafés. You can visit the
Grave
of Gelert
, the faithful hound of legend and explore the village that was the inspiration for the adventures of Rupert Bear. We
will find some lunch before we then make our way to
Blaenau Ffestiniog for a Welsh Highland Railway ride through the
slate hills of Snowdonia from
Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. We then make our way back home for Dinner. Overnight
Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we visit Bodnant Gardens at Glan Conwy. Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in
the UK, spanning some 80 acres and is situated above the
River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across
the valley towards the Snowdonia range. The Garden has two parts. The upper garden around
Bodnant Hall consists of the
terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower portion, known as the "Dell" is formed by the valley of the
River
Hiraethlyn
and contains the Wild garden. We will Lunch in the Tearoom before a visit to Bodelwyddan Castle. This
historic house with over 500 years of history, has been restored to the height of its Victorian splendour as a family home to the
Baronets of Bodelwyddan. There are nine historic rooms to discover with collections from the V&A Museum & Royal
Academy of Arts
as well as original features dating back over 300 years. As a regional partner of the National Portrait
Gallery
unique to Wales and the surrounding area, on display are a large collection of Victorian portraits. Pub Dinner Outing
this evening. Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we leave Llanlliana behind as we head to the Manchester Airport. Our journey will take us through
the lovely village of
Betws-Y-Coed where we make our first stop. Our next stop is the Glassblobbery near Corwen. The
studio offers all sorts of glass animals, glass flowers, glass dragons and other glass sea creatures all hand made at the studio. There
is also work on show by other artists and craftsmen using other materials. We then make our way to
Llangollen where we
depart from picturesque
Llangollen Wharf on the canal boat "Thomas Telford" and enjoy two hours of peaceful cruising
along the stunning Dee valley. A live commentary from the skipper gives history, local knowledge and up to date gossip along the
way. We will bring a light lunch to enjoy while we cruise along the canal. Then we make our way to just outside of Manchester for
our last night together.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Manchester Airport. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - May 4th -
This morning we all depart to Manchester International for the journey home. (B)