Flight-free getaways

27 July 2020

Hitting the open road gives a feeling of freedom that few other holidays can deliver. Carving through miles of stunning vistas and visiting new and exciting destinations along the way.

Right here in the British Isles, we have miles of open road waiting to be explored and with these flexible itineraries, you can make the ultimate adventure this year. 

North Coast 500 & Orkney, Scotland – 12 nights

 

Scotland’s answer to Route 66 – this wild adventure through the Scottish Highlands has earned a reputation as one of the greatest road trips in the world. The route pairs breath-taking scenery with challenging roads as it winds its way through the rural north of Scotland, passing by deep lochs, castle ruins and soaring mountains along the way. Hop across to the Orkney archipelago by ferry to discover a quite different culture and way of life, with ancient ruins and Viking legends to enthral.

A particular favourite amongst beach-lovers, the North 500 (somewhat surprisingly) features a number of world-class beaches where soft white sands sit fringed by crystal clear waters. Come prepared for a bracing stroll rather than lounging on a sunbed, though.

Inverness | Wester Ross | Ross-shire | Caithness | Orkney Islands | Dornoch

Journey through the Western Isles, Scotland – 10 nights

 

The captivating Isles that adorn Scotland’s western coast offer a laid-back pace of life, a million miles from the urban hustle and bustle that many of us are accustomed to.

Starting on the Isle of Barra in the south of the Outer Hebrides, you’ll work your way north towards Skye through a series of car journeys and ferry passages. Along the way, you’ll visit the island of North Uist, which is well-suited to hiking, kayaking and wildlife spotting. Then linger awhile on Harris, where the white sands and turquoise waters surprisingly bring the Caribbean to mind on a sunny day. You’ll also tick off the Isle of Lewis, where a treasure-trove of archaeological sites awaits, including the haunting Callanish Standing Stones.

Isle of Barra | North Uist | Harris | Lewis | Isle of Skye

Lake District & Hadrian’s Wall Road Trip – 7 nights

 

Experience some of Europe’s most arresting scenery on this seven-night trip through the Lake District, up to Hadrian’s Wall and back down to Harrogate. See the landscape that inspired the work of William Wordsworth, encounter the captivating coastal scenery along the Solway Coast and visit the gorgeous spa-town of Harrogate.

Despite the stunning views, your trip isn’t all about the scenery, The Lake District is rich in cultural heritage and unique customs which are on display across the museums, galleries and country shows that are frequently held across the region. Thanks to the vast farmlands that your journey passes through, you’ll find plenty of fresh delicious food along the way with quaint pubs and high-end restaurants showcasing the best of British dining.

With the opportunity to stay in a medieval castle and private locally-guided experiences, your trip will give you a thoroughly authentic taste of the region.

Glenridding | Solway Coast | Hadrian’s Wall | Harrogate

Road Trip of Wales – 8 nights

 

Begin your trip in southern Powys, winding through the narrow mountain passes of the Brecon Beacons. These unfurling roads are some of the finest in the UK and offer stunning mountain views for you to enjoy before you trade rocky outcrops for sweeping coastal vistas as you drive to the Gower Peninsula. Make sure to visit the colourful seaside town of Mumbles and an assortment of Gower’s beautiful beaches such as Caswell and Oxwich before driving north to the striking surroundings of Snowdonia National Park, travelling by Cardigan Bay en route. Within the National Park, you’ll have castles, hiking trails and gorgeous coastal towns at your fingertips.

Crickhowell | Brecon Beacons | Gower Peninsula | Pembrokeshire | Snowdonia National Park

Castles & Country Houses of Ireland – 9 nights

 

Experience an authentic taste of a region steeped in history on this Itinerary through the south and west of Ireland, encapsulating a number of the emerald isle’s most prized attractions.

Along the way, you’ll experience the mountains of Wicklow, the history and rugged coastline of County Cork, the grandeur of the Ring of Kerry and the magical, mystical world of the Burren as you travel part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Wicklow | County Cork| Cork | West Cork | Kerry | Galway Bay

 

Each of these itineraries are just a starting point. Speak to your Travel Counsellor to start work on your dream UK or Ireland road trip and take advantage of full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

 

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