A Northern Wales and Scottish Highlands
House Party Discovery Tour
With Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
June 12th - 27th, 2020
2 weeks on a lovely journey through North Wales and the Highlands of
Scotland
with the first week spent at an Impressive Country Hall is set in
an
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the picturesque city
of
St Asaph. North Wales has 4 of Edward I's Iron Ring of astounding
castles including
Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle both of which we
will visit along with
Penrhyn Castle, It also has amazing stately homes such as
Abbey-Cwm-Hir and lovely seaside towns and villages like Rhos on Sea,
Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay.
It also has miles of spectacular
coastline along with
Train Excursions through the Slate Mines and Canal
Cruises along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site
. We
will spend a week taking in everything that this lovely area of North Wales has to
offer along with a stop off in the amazing
Medieval City of Chester with its
Chester Rows.
Our second week will be spent in a lovely 5 Star Farmhouse
Conversion
on Loch Tay in the Spectacular Perthshire
Highlands
near Kenmore Village, home of the Kenmore Hotel,
Scotland's Oldest Inn!
While here we will explore all the wonders of
Loch Tay and Tayside along with Blair Atholl and Blair Castle,
A Highland Wildlife Safari, Pitlochry Festival Theatre,
Dalwhinnie Distillery, Castle Menzies, Scone Palace, Glamis
Castle, Falls of Dochart and Stirling Castle
and all the beautiful
surrounding countryside which is not to be missed! We will take in all
the delights of one of my favourite areas of Scotland which is home to

Perth, Glamis, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Aberfeldy, Grantully,
Fortingall, Bridge of Balgie, Kinloch Rannoch, Glen Lyon,
Bruar
and so many other lovely places!
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 North Wales and Perthshire countryside and small villages. Price includes 15 nights
luxury house accommodation, 11 dinners, 11 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.
$6795 per person. $995 single supplement. $500 per person deposit to book. All singles filled.
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Day 1 - June 12th - This morning we will meet at Manchester Airport to start our journey into North Wales. We then
make our way to  magical
Chester, first settled by the Romans in AD 79. The main street is lined with timber buildings called
the
Chester Rows which 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 will explore for a
bit before taking in
Afternoon Tea and then the amazing Chester Cathedral. We then make our way to our accommodation in
North Wales where we will spend our first week together. Tonight we will have a
Family Style Buffet Supper to welcome
everyone to the tour.
Welcoming Dinner and Overnight North Wales. (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we make our way to the Walled Town of Conwy for a visit to Conwy Castle. 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.
Dinner and Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
This morning we will make our way into the Snowdonia National Park to visit Betws-y-Coed, set in a beautiful
valley where the
River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the West, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno.
Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park. The village has numerous
Craft and Outdoor Activity Shops with the popular Swallow Falls nearby which we will visit while here. After some time to
look around we head north to the delightful market town of
Llanrwst where on the west bank of the flowing River Conwy is the
award winning and delightfully family run
Tu Hwnt i’r Bont Tearoom where we will stop for Afternoon Tea. Just a short
way further north we find
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. Pub
Dinner Outing in Conwy this evening. Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning will be spent relaxing in and around our impressive Luxury Country Hall accommodation set in an Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty
on the edge of the picturesque city of St Asaph in Denbighshire. Enjoying delightful
country views with
Private Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, Gym, Sauna, and Snooker Room with its own bar, all set in
the property’s private grounds. The city centre is five minutes walk away where you can access all the delightful shops,
restaurants and pubs that St Asaph has to offer, as well as
Riverside Walks and the Clwydian Way Footpath which passes
the entrance gates to the hall. You can spend your day doing anything or nothings and then we will gather in the
Drawing Room
of the House
in the mid afternoon for a Traditional Welsh Afternoon Tea and then the day is yours again. Dinner on your
own this evening.
Overnight North Wales. (B,L)

Day 5 -
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! You can find some lunch in Caernarfon before making our way further into the
Snowdonia
National Park to Beddgelert
, considered to be the Prettiest Village in Snowdonia and set in stunning scenery. You will
want to visit the
Grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of legend and explore the village that was the inspiration for the adventures
of
Rupert Bear. Then it is on to Blaenau Ffestiniog for a Welsh Highland Railway ride through the slate hills of
Snowdonia from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. We will explore Porthmadog for just a bit before making our back
home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight North Wales. (B,D)

Day 6 -
This morning our journey will take us to mid Wales and to the village of Abbey-Cwm-Hir, situated in the centre of Wales
amongst the
Cambrian Mountains in the old county of Radnorshire and steeped in history and natural beauty,virtually
undiscovered by the modern world. Here we also find my favourite
Stately Home in Wales, Abbey-Cwm-Hir. We will make
a few comfort stops along the way as this is a long journey. Then we finally reach this
52 Room Victorian Revival Gothic
Mansion
that sits in 12 acres of gardens overlooking the ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey and it is almost beyond
description! The abbey is where the body of
Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (the Last) was buried after his death near Builth in 1282
and you can visit the ruins while here. Before our tour 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. A trip through the village and
to the church is a must while we are here! After a lovely days outing we head once again north and back to our accommodation
with a stop for dinner along the way.
Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we journey to the delightful village of Llangollen in Denbighshire, on the River Dee at the edge of the
Berwyn Mountains, the Clwydian Range and the stunning Dee Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We
will explore this lovely village and then depart from picturesque
Llangollen Wharf on a Canal Boat to enjoy two hours of
peaceful cruising along the stunning
Dee Valley while being served lunch! Live commentary from the crew gives history, local
knowledge and up to date gossip along the way. After our cruise lunch we visit makr our way further into the Dee Valley to visit
the ruins of
Valle Crusis Abbey, a Cistercian abbey located in Llantysilio in Denbighshire. More formally known as the
Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
, the abbey was built in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, Prince of
Powys Fadog.
Even in ruins the abbey is spectacular, but it is the surroundings that are truly magical! On the way home we will
stop in
Denbigh for you to find some dinner. Overnight North Wales. (B,L)

Day 8 -
This morning we leave North Wales behind as we make out way to Perthshire in Scotland with several stops and an
overnight along the way. It will be all about the scenery, the spectacular countryside and breathtaking panoramas. We will travel
north alongside the
Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Lake District National Park and the North Pennines, an
Area of Outstanding National Beauty.
We will stop for lunch at a cozy inn somewhere along the way and then more
spectacular countryside with lots of photo ops along the way. We then get checked into our accommodation just across the
Scottish Border with the first stop being the bar for a wee drink and then the dining room for dinner before we are off to bed
after a long day!
Dinner and Overnight Scottish Borders. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
On our way north to today we will stop in Stirling to visit Stirling Castle. Stirling is one of the finest examples of
Renaissance Architecture in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and the Great Hall and Chapel
Royal
are wonderful highlights. Here you will be able to step back into the sumptuous world of Stirling Castle’s Royal Court.
A recent 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. Walk in the steps of
James V, his wife Mary of Guise and a very young Mary, Queen of Scots.
We then Stop for Afternoon Tea before making our way further north. Out journey will take us through breathtaking scenery
and the lovely wee villages of
Braco, Muthill, Monze, Amulree and Auchnacloich before reaching Kenmore and our new
home.
Dinner and Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
Today will be spent in and around Blair Atholl with the first stop being Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes
of Atholl.
Blair Castle is set in extensive parklands, including the recently restored Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove,
and with 725 years of history and over 30 rooms open to the public, an absolute delight to explore! We will have a guided tour of
the castle and then you will have some time on your own in the castle and on the grounds before we gather for a
Traditional
Highland Castle Afternoon Tea
. Just a few minutes away from the castle we find Dalwhinnie and the Dalwhinnie
Distillery
. From this remote location comes their Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, it is also known as
the ‘gentle spirit’. We will have a
Distillery Tour and see how they make their single malt whisky and then a real treat at end of
the tour we will sample single malt whiskies paired with specially selected
Handmade Highland Chocolates from the
Highland Chocolatier!
After this delightful experience we then make our way back home for dinner.  Dinner and
Overnight Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -  
This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we head into the hills to experience this Highland Wilderness and
search for elusive
White Hare, Ptarmigan and Red Deer on our very own safari! Our safari includes Hot Chocolate,
Coffee and Tea, a Dram of Dewars Whisky with Shortbread in their Mountain Bothy
. When we return from our
safari we will have
Lunch in the Café and look through the shop before we experience a Red Deer and Barn Owl
Encounter
where we come face to face with Britain’s largest native land mammal – the majestic Red Deer and meet and
encounter their tame Barn Owl in a hands on demonstration as well as discovering the natural wonders of
Highland Perthshire
on a fun and inspiring short walk. The end of the day finds us back home to rest up before dinner. Then we make
our way to
Pitlochry for Dinner and a Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre! Overnight Mains of
Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
Today will be spent in and around Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse following a Late Brunch.  The farmhouse
conversion has been renovated and furnished to the highest of standards, combining modern style and convenience with
traditional comfort and ambiance. This, coupled with the idyllic rural surroundings with stunning views across
Loch Tay, creates
an unforgettable experience to share with your new friends. The lounge has a comfy wood burning stove and has floor to ceiling
windows looking out over the
Drummond Hills. It's a hugely inviting space and one which you can relax in at any time of the
day. The property benefits from a
Sauna and Hot Tub for a bit of relaxation. There is easy access to the hill or village for walks
and also a path down to the loch. In the mid afternoon we will gather for a
Traditional Highland Afternoon Tea in the
Dining Room
followed by the rest of the afternoon and evening free to do as you wish. Overnight Mains of Taymouth
Farmhouse. (B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we make our way to Perth and Scone Palace, the 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. Our
next stop is
Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mum. Home to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne,
setting for
Shakespeare's Macbeth and beloved childhood home of the Queen Mother, Glamis Castle has witnessed over 600
years of history. Once inside, every room has its own story and the evolution of the castle and its legendary tales and secrets are
brought to life by their enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides. We will have a
Pub Dinner Outing and then back home.
Mains of Taymouth Farmhouse. (B,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we head toward my favourite Glen in all of Scotland, Glen Lyon. On the way, we will stop in
Fortingall to see the Fortingall Yew standing next to the wee church there. The yew tree which grows there has been
estimated to be 5,000 years old and is the oldest living organism in Britain and possibly the world. The churchyard also has grave
slabs and incised crosses that are hundreds of years old. The drive through Glen Lyon is mystical and magical with wee villages
and breathtaking scenery around every turn. The
Bridge of Balgie Tearoom is a popular place to stop for a cuppa and catch up
on the day with the locals. We then head north to the
Spectacular Loch Rannoch and along the loch to Kinloch Rannoch
where we
Stop for Afternoon Tea. We then make our way back home taking in more of the Tay Forrest Park and through
Coshieville and Keltneyburn and then home to Kenmore for you to find dinner. Overnight Mains of Taymouth
Farmhouse. (B,L,)

Day 15 -
This morning we leave Kenmore and the Highlands behind as we make our way toward Edinburgh. On our way
south we will stop in
Killin to see the Falls of Dochart. A bridge crosses over the Dochart River just as you enter the village
of Killin giving a fabulous view of the falls as they cascade down over the rocks and around the
Island of Inchbuie, which is the
traditional burial place of the
MacNab Clan. If not the most impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. We
then make our way through the
Trossachs and the towns Lochernhead, Strathyre and to Callander where you can find
some lunch before we visit
Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle and famous for the filming location of
Monty Python's The Holy Grail and more recently, the Outlander TV series as Castle Leoch. This is one of my most
favourite places as it gives such a wonderful glimpse into 14th century Scottish castle living, the family who lived here and how the
day to day running of a castle would have been! We then make our way to our accommodation very near to
Edinburgh
Airport
.  Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 16 - June 27th
- To Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.