From the well-preserved Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Scotland and the enigmatic Standing Stones at Callanish, to the historic homes dotted around the English countryside – there is much to discover at home in our wonderful British Isles. Astounding archaeological sites, enlightening museums and captivating history await exploration – and you’ll be amazed at just how far back a trip at home can take you.
You don’t have to travel far to experience something magnificent...
15 February 2019
1) Grand Tour of the Inner Hebrides
From a wildlife cruise that features dolphins and the spectacle that is Fingal's Cave (pictured left), to tastings of golden whisky at the fantastic Bowmore distillery, the experiences and landscapes you'll encounter on this tour will make you feel like you've travelled much further. Spend time in the multicoloured waterside town of Tobermory, pay a visit to the historic Duart Castle and and sail over to nearby Jura, once home to the author George Orwell (interestingly, he wrote his legendary novel 1984 here).
This is a six-night tour with multiple departures throughout the year, starting from £1,545pp.
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2) Coll & Tiree
With a range of departures on offer over the coming months, this five-day tour will showcase these jewels of the Hebridean Sea. Sail from Oban Bay and along the Sound of Mull, walk along unspoilt beaches and unwind with a spot of birdwatching at the RSPB reserve on Coll. There is also the chance to look for basking sharks, which are commonly sighted around the coast. This trip will take you to the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum and the Treshnish Isles' Natural History Exhibition, so you can soak up some history as well as culture and scenery in Scotland.
The price for this tour starts at £1,1955pp.
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3) Tresco's Abbey Gardens
At the very end of Cornwall, among the glorious Scilly isles, you'll find Tresco. With its unique microclimate, you'll step off the plane and wonder if, perhaps, you've ended up on a Caribbean island. A sub-tropical paradise, this area is home to over 3,000 species of plants. Choose which time of year you visit as there departures throughout the year, and enjoy a guided walk around the magnificent Abbey Gardens, which is led by either the Head Gardener or an experienced member of staff.
This is a shorter tour, at just four days, and it costs £995pp.
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4) Skye and the Summer Isles
Embark upon a seven-day tour departing in either May or September. Calming coastlines, remote reserves and romantic boat rides await in this unforgettable part of Scotland. With a population of just five people between them, the Summer Isles feel wild, isolated and thrilling to the first-time visitor. On this trip, visit the Eilean Donan Castle, tour the award-winning Museum of the Isles and cruise to Handa. Skye is a place where mist-wreathed mountains punctuate the landscape and the Summer Isles evoke pure charm.
For just £1,295pp, you can treat yourself to a place on this magical tour.
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5) The RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Classic English Gardens
Taking place once every year, this is perhaps the UK's most iconic celebration of all things floral. Join us a the Chelsea Flower Show and enjoy a wealth of horticultural excellence in the company of likeminded travellers. In addition to experiencing the delights of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you'll also visit the ancient Bishop's Palace in Wells, the stunning town of Bath and the grounds of Wilton House near Salisbury. You can also explore Sissinghurst in Kent and the RHS Garden Wisley on this tour.
Treat yourself to this tour, which starts at £1,295pp.
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6) The Legend of Gertrude Jekyll
A plantswoman extraordinaire, painter and writer, Gertrude Jekyll was perhaps best known for her association with the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. She created more than 400 gardens in her lifetime and this tour stretches across England's southern regions, from Kent and Sussex, to Surrey. Explore the outstanding private estates of Buckhurst Park, immortalised by A A Milne as the Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh. We also offer you the rare chance to tour Munstead Wood, where Jekyll lived until her death in 1932.
This tour departs in May and starts from £1,195pp.
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