Spring Time in Wales and Scotland
with Castles, Pubs, Tea, Tearooms and Afternoon Tea!
April 1st - 16th, 2022
"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 into the Borders Region of Scotland and
then 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 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, Bryngwyn Hall and Gardens,
Snowdonia, Harlech Castle, Conwy and Conwy Castle, Caernarfon and Caernarfon
Castle, Chester and the Chester Rows Castlerigg Stone Circle, Robert Burns House in
Dumfries, Caerlavrock Castle, Sweetheart Abbey, Drumlanrig Castle and Estate,
Moffat Woollen Mills, Thirlestain Castle, Mellerstain House, Abbotsford House,
Melrose Abbey and more!  
16 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.

$7495US per person. $1195 Single Supplement!
$500 per person deposit. Please read our
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Pre Tour - March 30th - Arrive into Cardiff International Airport and spend the day getting rested up at our
airport accommodation before the tour starts the following morning.

Day 1 - April 1st - This morning we 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 in
Cardiff.
 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 visiting 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 and possesses the most remarkable
interior decoration. We then get checked into out accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight at Cowbridge
near Cardiff. (B,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 the Penny Farthing in Cowbridge.
You will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore Cowbridge, do some shopping and find some dinner
on your own. Cowbridge is idyllically situated amongst the pristine scenery of the surrounding
Vale of Glamorgan and this
special spot is where
Town and Country come together from cow flecked fields to boutique lined cobbled streets.
Overnight Cowbridge near Cardiff. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we are off tp Monmouthshire where our first stop will be Chepstow and Chepstow Castle,
superbly set high upon itscliff above the
River Wye. Chepstow still guards one of the main river crossings from Southern
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! We will take some time to explore Chepstow
with its many independent and locally run specialist shops before
Stopping for Afternoon Tea. We then make the short  
and few castles in Britain tell the story of medieval fortification, from beginning to end, as does this mighty stronghold. drive
to
Tintern to visit Tintern Abbey. The Cistercian Abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins of One 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. Raglan,
with its great multi-angular towers and Tudor-styling, is unlike any other castle in Wales! We then get checked into our
accommodation at Coleford before dinner.
Dinner and near Cardiff. (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 -
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 6
- 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
and an amazing promenade. Llandudno is also known as the
Alice in Wonderland Town and you will see many
references to the story. 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 7 -
We will be spending most of our day on the Isle of Anglesey. Our first stop this morning is 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.
Afternoon Tea at Red Boat Ice Cream Parlour in Beaumaris before visiting 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!
Dinner Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

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. 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. Afternoon Tea in Dumfries before visiting Shambellie House, National Museum of
Costume
just outside of Dumfries. Housed in a splendid country house set in beautiful wooded grounds, the Museum
presents a fascinating look at fashion and social etiquette from the 1850s to the 1950s. Wonderful room settings with
accessories, furniture and paintings complete a graceful
Victorian and Edwardian Environment of well-to-do living.
We then make our way to
Stirling where we find dinner waiting for us after we have checked into our accommodation.
Dinner and Overnight Dumfries. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
After a good Scots breakfast this morning we head south to visit Caerlaverock Castle. A wide moat, twin
towered gatehouse and lofty battlements make Caerlaverock the epitome of the medieval stronghold! This 13th century
castle was built by the
Maxwells and repaired and upgraded many times over the years. Inside the castle walls is the
remarkable
Nithsdale Lodging, built in the 1630s by Robert Maxwell, 1st Earl of Nithsdale. Its attractive façade,
with its ornate
Renaissance Stone Carvings, is a sharp contrast to the severe castle walls. We will stop for Afternoon
Tea in New Abbey
before visiting the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey. In 1268, Lord John Balliol died. His grieving
widow,
Lady Dervorguilla of Galloway, had his embalmed heart placed in an ivory casket. She is said to have carried it
with her everywhere. She founding the
Cistercian Abbey of Dulce Cor (Latin for ‘Sweet Heart’) in 1273 in his memory.
When she too died in 1289, Dervorguilla was laid to rest in front of the
Abbey Church’s High Altar, clutching her husband’
s heart to her bosom! We then return to Dumfries where you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening free.
Overnight Dumfries. (B,L)

Day 11 -
This morning we make our way to the Scottish Borders. On our way we will stop at Drumlanrig Castle and
Country Estate
. Drumlanrig is the Ancient Douglas Stronghold and Dumfriesshire home of the Duke & Duchess of
Buccleuch and Queensberry.
Set on the spectacular 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park
and Victorian Gardens
, Drumlanrig Castle is brimming with centuries-old heritage and culture, period furnishings, fine
art and antiques. After a tour of the castle we will
Lunch in the Castle Tearoom. After lunch we make our way to
Moffat and the Moffat Woollen Mills, famous for the very best in Scottish Knitwear. After visiting the Mill we will
spend a bit of time exploring this delightful Borders town before heading towards
Peebles and Traquair House. Dating
back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the
Kings and Queens of Scotland and later a refuge for
Catholic priests in times of terror. The
Stuarts of Traquair were strong supporters of Mary Queen of Scots and the
Jacobite Cause without counting the cost. Dinner and Overnight Scottish Borders. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
 Our first stop this morning is Thirlestane Castle, home to the Maitland Family, one of the most able and
famous in Scotland. The history of Thirlestane dates back to at least the 13th century, when a large Border fort was built on
the site to defend the approach to Edinburgh from the south. The central part of the present Castle was completed in 1590,
remodelled in the 1670s, and then again in the 1840s.
Afternoon Tea at the Buccleuch Arms in St. Boswells.
Following tea we will visit
Mellerstain House, one of Scotland's Grandest Georgian houses designed and built by
William and Robert Adam. It continues to be the residence of the Earl and Countess of Haddington. The interior
decoration is opulent in a way that only the Georgians knew how to do. The rooms retain their period colour schemes, with
ornate ceilings, marble busts, lots of original furniture and a large collection of paintings by
Van Dyck, Ramsay,
Gainsborough
and many more. Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight Scottish Borders. (B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we visit one of my very favourite Borders attractions, Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter
Scott
. We will have a tour of this extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist and ‘Great Scott’ who Popularised
Tartan
, saved the Scottish Banknote and rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels! We will discover a treasure trove
of intriguing objects which inspired his greatest poems and novels while learning about Scott's life. Scott was an amazing
collector and collected many things that once belonged to
Rob Roy MacGregor who he immortalized in word. We will have
Afternoon Tea at Abbotsford and then you can take a walk or simply relax in the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil
woodlands. We then make our way to the lovely wee town of
Melrose where we find Melrose Abbey. The Abbey, now in
ruins, was founded by  
David I as the first Cistercian Monastery in Scotland, in 1136. The Cistercians were drawn to
this fertile spot beside the
River Tweed having come from Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. Monastic life continued at
Melrose for the next 450 years and then the crumbling abbey church was used as a parish church until a new kirk was built
nearby in 1810.
Dinner and Overnight Scottish Borders. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
On our way to Edinburgh this morning, we will visit Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel, formerly known as the
Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew was founded by William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness in the 15th century. On a
tour of the chapel we will see that it stands on fourteen pillars, which form an arcade of twelve pointed arches on three sides
of the nave. At the east end, a fourteenth pillar between the penultimate pair form a
Three Pillared Division between
the nave and the
Lady Chapel and are named from north to south: the Master Pillar, the Journeyman Pillar and,
most famously, the
Apprentice Pillar. After our tour we make our way to Scotland's Capitol City of Edinburgh
where we will have Afternoon Tea on a Vintage Red Bus. Combining two quintessentially British Classics with an
afternoon tea aboard a
Vintage Routemaster Bus, touring around the Scottish Capital. So whilst you are admiring the
beautiful sites of Edinburgh city you can indulge in a gorgeous afternoon tea! After tea 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 15 -
Today we will spent taking in the lovely city of Edinburgh. A must see while in the Georgian New Town of
the city is
Edinburgh's Georgian House, a magnificently restored Edinburgh New Townhouse with fine collections
of paintings, costumes and period furnishings. The Georgian era produced some of Scotland’s most distinctive architecture.
In the late 1700s, this grand townhouse was at the heart of
Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was
designed by acclaimed architect
Robert Adam and was a true statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those
who could afford it. After a tour of the house you will have the rest of the afternoon free to take in more of Edinburgh's
delights before we gather for the last time together for a
Farewell Dinner! Farewell Dinner and Overnight
Edinburgh, Scotland. (B,D)

Day 16 - April 16th - Off to Edinburgh International Airport
for your journey home. (B)