Scottish Dream Tours Presents
A Welsh House Party Discovery Tour
With Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
May 19th - June 2nd, 2017
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.
Pembrokeshire is the perfect destination with golden sands backed by
towering cliffs teeming with wildlife and covered in a riot of flowers,
especially in spring. The Pembrokeshire coast path runs the length of
the county and affords views to take your breath away. Crystal clear
waters make it perfect for spotting dolphins, or seeing seals hauled up
in secret coves. Pembrokeshire is home to some of the loveliest
coastal drives in Wales and we will travel the coastal route through St.
Anne's Head, Marloes, St. Brides, Little Haven and Broad Haven. We
will also visit the lovely towns and villages of Saundersfoot, St.
Lawrence, Gumfreston, Penally and New Hedges. No matter where
you go, there is amazing beauty and breathtaking scenery at every
turn and around every corner!
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.
The North Wales area is home to two of the three UNESCO World
Heritage Sites in Wales. These are Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
and, collectively, the Edwardian Castles and town walls of the region
which comprise those at Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy and Harlech.
Snowdonia is the crowning glory of the region. A tightly packed bundle
of soaring cliff faces, jagged peaks and plunging waterfalls. North
Wales is passionate about language, music and history, magnificent
castles, railways and festivals, fine beaches, tumbling rivers and of
course the mountains, lakes and waterfalls. North Wales is also full of
beautiful coastal villages and lovely towns and cities that are begging
to be discovered and explored.
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.

$5795 per person. $500 deposit to book your place on the tour.
Day 1 - May 19th - 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
muchof 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 back home for 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
Penryn 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. Then home for Dinner and 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 - June 2nd -
This morning we all depart to Manchester International for the journey home. (B)