Arriving at Manchester airport you will travel into Wales for a 3 night stay in Snowdonia an area of breathtaking beauty and home to the biggest and boldest mountains in England and Wales.
During your stay you will visit the village with the longest place name in the United Kingdom, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantisiliogogogoch, get the chance to walk over the majestic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct before stopping off at Llangollen home, every year, to the International Festival of Music. There’s also a trip to Beddgelert to hear the sad tale of Gelert, faithful hound of Prince Llewellyn and a journey over the Llanberis Pass a rugged slate strewn mountain pass by the side of Mount Snowdon Wale’s largest mountain.
Conwy is a classic walled town. It’s circuit of walls, over ¾ miles long is one of the finest in the world. The castle, built by Edward 1 and finished in 1289 is a magnificent fortress and the view from its battlements is unsurpassed. At Bodnant Gardens you will have the time to appreciate one of the U.K.’s finest gardens spread over 80 acres.
Swallow Falls, which is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales, is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking sights you will see.
We then head over the Irish Sea to Ireland, staying for a night in Co. Wicklow.
First it’s a trip to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful and spiritual spots. Then you move south and west to spend 2 nights in Co. Kerry. There you will visit the iconic Rock of Cashel (Rock of the Kings) seat of the High Kings of Munster.
Blarney Castle was built over 600 years ago and it is here that will have the chance to kiss the Stone of Eloquence after which you will never again be lost for words.
The Killarney National Park is home to the world famous Lakes of Killarney which sit beneath the highest mountain range in Ireland, McGillicuddy’s Reeks
The Cliffs of Moher top the list of attractions of places to see and you will see why as we move northwards through the Burren (a landscape that is unique in Ireland) to your 2 night stay in Connemara.
It is here that you will visit Kylemore Abbey the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys together with a stop in Cong deep in the heart of Joyce’s country and the setting of the film “The Quiet Man”.
Today you get the chance of visiting the medieval city of Athenry which gave rise to the famous Irish ballad “The Fields of Athenry”. There’s also time to call in at Clonmacnoise the earliest and foremost monastic city in Ireland after the foundation of the Abbey.
Then it’s a 2 night stop in Dublin where you will have plenty of free time to fall in love with Ireland’s vibrant capital city.
As you travel northwards to Co. Antrim for 2 nights we’ll make a stop at one of the most fascinating museums in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Folk Museum.
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland's iconic World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to a wealth of local history and legend. What will you make of it? There will also be an opportunity to take the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island and enjoy a truly cliff top experience.
When you have come down to earth, it will be time to head across the North Channel to Scotland and your accommodation for the night.
As you stay in the Scottish Highlands for 3 nights you will enjoy some truly fabulous sights.
Inveraray is a royal burgh in Argyll and Bute and a spell in its original historic jail will give you an authentic taste of prison life. Glencoe, scene of the famous massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells, is a magnificent and atmospheric place, and you will marvel at the scenery of the Road to the Isles as you travel in the famous Hogwarts Express to the ferry that will take you over to the stunning and romantic Isle of Skye.
Clava Cairns is the site of an exceptionally well preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns that were built about 4000 years ago and from there you will visit the scene of the famous battle of Culloden.
A stop off at the magnificently situated Urquhart Castle will give you the perfect opportunity to spot Loch Ness’s famous resident Nessie.
You then head south for a 2 night stay in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. You will have plenty of free time to explore The Castle and the Royal Mile. You can also do some last minute shopping on Princes Street.
Scone Palace has an exciting and colourful history and is the original home of the Stone of Destiny and the site of the coronations of the Kings of Scots, while Stirling Castle is arguably Scotland’s finest castle and is situated on an extinct volcano.
No visit to Scotland is complete without a visit to Gretna Green and its world famous Blacksmith’s Shop that has been conducting weddings for over 250 years. We then move on to the Lake District for a night’s stay
Unfortunately we then have to take you back to Manchester airport for your return home, but we are sure that your visit will live long in the memory.
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