Summer Time in Wales and Scotland
with Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
June 18th - July 2nd, 2019
"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 Highlands over to the Kingdom of
Fife and down into Edinburgh. You can come along with us on this journey
experiencing all its wonders!"
As we wind our way through the spectacular countryside we take in lovely villages,
spectacular scenery, quaint pubs and cozy tearooms along with Cardiff and Cardiff
Castle, Castell Coch, Caerphilly Castle, Raglan Castle, Chepstow Castle, Tintern
Abbey, Brecon Beacons, the Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, Powis Castle, Snowdonia,
Harlech Castle, Conwy and Conwy Castle, Caernarfon and Caernarfon Castle,
Chester and the Chester Rows Castlerigg Stone Circle, Robert Burns House in
Dumfries, Stirling and Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Dunblane Cathedral, Scone
Palace, Pitlochry and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Blair Castle, Blair Atholl
Distillery, Glamis Castle, St Andrews and Edinburgh.  
15 Days on a small intimate tour of 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.

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Day 1 - June 18th - 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 -
This morning we are off tp Monmouthshire where our first stop will be Tintern to visit Tintern Abbey. The
Cistercian Abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. It was only the second Cistercian foundation in
Britain, and the first in Wales, and was founded on 9 May 1131. This magical ruins has been drawing artists, poets and
history lovers for many generations. Next stop is
Raglan Castle, a 15th century castle  characterized by pale, almost
yellowish sandstone from
Redbrook on the River Wye, three miles away. We will stop for Afternoon Tea before taking
in
Chepstow Castle, superbly set high upon its river cliff above the Wye. Chepstow still guards one of the main river
crossings from southern England into Wales and few castles in Britain tell the story of medieval fortification, from beginning
to end, as does this mighty stronghold. One of my favourite things about Chepstow Castle is it boasts the oldest castle doors
in Europe, all wood and 800 years old! I think they are my favourite doors of any castle in the UK!
Dinner and
Overnight near Chepstow. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
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 5 -
Today we'll enjoy some beautiful welsh countryside and lovely villages including Newtown and Montgomery.
Montgomery is the historic county town of
Montgomeryshire with a history that stretches back to Roman occupation.
The 13th century
Montgomery Castle dominates the skyline and a large Iron Age Hill Fort is located nearby. You will
be charmed by the
Georgian Town Square and Market Hall, St Nicholas Church and the story of the Robber's
Grave
and the rolling Mid Wales Marches countryside surrounding the town. After stopping for lunch we will visit
Welshpool where perched high on a rock above the world-famous garden terraces, Powis Castle began life as the
medieval fortress of the
Welsh Princes of Powys. In 1587, Powis Castle was sold to Sir Edward Herbert who created
the romantic long gallery, which is richly decorated with the coats of arms of his ancestors. Today, the medieval Castle
contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales.
Overnight Mid Wales. (B,L)

Day 6 -
We will take in more 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 7
- 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
Afternoon Tea 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 and then find some dinner on your own.
Overnight North
Wales. (B,L)

Day 8 -
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. We
then drive further north and into the
Lake District through more spectacular countryside! Dinner and Overnight
Lake District (B,L,D)

Day 9
- 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 after we have checked into our accommodation. Dinner
and Overnight Stirling. (B,D)

Day 10 -
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. Doune Castle is known as the filming location of
Monty Python and the Holy Grail,
Ivanhoe
and more recently the Outlander Series and as Winterfell from Throne Games. Dinner on your own
tonight in Stirling.  
Overnight Stirling. (B,L)

Day 11 -
We make our way to Pitlochry this morning with a stop in Perth to visit 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 before we depart. We next stop for lunch before we visit
Dunkeld Cathedral in Dunkeld.
Spectacularly sited beside the
River Tay the history of Dunkeld can be traced to the ninth century when it emerged as an
important religious centre for the early
Celtic Church. No building of this period survives and the present Cathedral dates
from 1318 and it is always a lovely visit. We next make our way to Pitlochry to check into out accommodation before finding
some dinner on your own.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 12 -
After breakfast we will enjoy a Highland Wildlife Safari. We will head high into the hills of Highland
Perthshire
to witness one of the most dramatic outdoor experiences in Scotland at this time of year. We may even
be lucky enough to witness some of the other Highland Wildlife such as the
Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare
and the soaring Golden Eagle. We will Lunch at the Highland Centre before taking in the Red Deer Centre, where
we meet and encounter their
Barn Owl in a hands-on demonstration learning the secrets of this captivating phantom bird
of the night time. We will also have a
Red Deer Encounter where you can stroke, feed and photograph these magnificent
and iconic animals in the company of their knowledgeable
Safari Ranger who will tell us about their fascinating life cycle,
likes, dislikes, habits and personalities. 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 as is
Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove! We then return to Pitlochry for dinner
and then an outing to the
Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
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 exploration we
will stop for
Afternoon Tea before making our way to Scotland's Capitol City. Once in Edinburgh we will get settled
into our accommodation and then the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore and find some dinner on your own.
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 - August 18th -
Off to Edinburgh International Airport for your journey home. (B)