8 ways to tour the UK

8 fantastic ways to tour the UK

In a world full of exotic and unique destinations waiting to be explored, we sometimes forget about the riches we have on our own doorstep. The UK packs in a huge amount of variety, from dramatic mountains and unspoilt beaches to bustling cities and ancient historical sites. We all have that list of places that we’ve never quite got round to visiting, and an escorted tour is a great way to see the best that our country has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a long weekend, an in-depth tour or a relaxing staycation, there are so many options when it comes to touring in the UK...

1. UK short breaks

If you’re planning a short break then the UK is an obvious choice, avoiding all the hassle of long-distance air travel. Escorted tour specialists Newmarket Holidays offer a great selection of short breaks by coach, including London theatre breaks and 3-day tours of the Lake District, while Titan operate short escapes to destinations including Stratford-upon-Avon, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.

UK Short breaks

2. Festivals and events by coach

Britain’s cultural calendar is packed full of fantastic festivals and events all year round, and visiting as part of an organised tour provides a number of benefits, including expert guides and the chance to meet like-minded travellers. The likes of Leger Holidays and Newmarket Holidays offer tours showcasing events such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Chelsea Flower Show and Blackpool Illuminations, to name just a few.

3. Scenic UK tours

Although the UK may be relatively small in size, we’re blessed with some truly spectacular scenery, and an escorted tour allows you to explore some of the country’s most beautiful regions. From the rugged coastlines of western Scotland and Northern Ireland to the gently rolling hills of the Cotswolds, there’s sure to be an itinerary to tempt you.

Scenic UK tours

4. UK rail tours

Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or you just enjoy taking the scenic route, the UK is home to some fantastic train journeys. Top tour choices include Travelsphere’s ‘Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands’, which features iconic journeys such as the Jacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Cairngorm Funicular Railway.

5. Walking holidays

For an invigorating taste of the great outdoors, a walking holiday is hard to beat. You could opt for a guided hike across the Peak District with Ramblers Walking Holidays, a gentle stroll through the Cotswolds with solo travel specialists Just You, or a self-guided sojourn to the Lake District with Headwater.

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6. UK cycling holidays

A cycling tour is another great way to see the UK, whether it’s a leisurely jaunt along idyllic back roads or a more strenuous pedal over hills and dales. Headwater offer some interesting options, including a 5-night ride along the stunning Jurassic Coast and a 7-night whisky tour of the Moray coast in northern Scotland, visiting local distilleries along the way!

7. UK food and drink tours

Once considered something of a culinary backwater, the UK is now home to some of the world’s most exciting restaurants, along with fantastic fresh produce, foodie markets, craft breweries, artisan distilleries and a growing number of vineyards. For a tantalising taste of the best of Britain, head for the South West on Backroads Touring’s fantastic Cornwall Food Tour and sample cheese and wine from local producers. If gin’s more your thing, how about a festive break in Winchester with solo specialists Just You, featuring a tour of the nearby Bombay Sapphire distillery.

8. UK history tours

The British Isles are steeped in history, and delving into the past can teach us a lot about modern Britain. Battlefield tours are a popular choice, and coach specialists Leger Holidays offer special themed departures such as their ‘Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth’ tour. Backroads Touring’s ‘Battle of Britain’ itinerary includes visits to key sites such as Bletchley Park, while Trafalgar’s ‘Castles and Kilts’ tour gives more of an overview of British history, taking in everything from Hadrian’s Wall to The Beatles.

Whatever your interests and however you prefer to travel, there’s sure to be a UK escorted tour that fits the bill, so why not take a look around on the TourHound website - simply Search, Compare and Select.

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4 Nights

Walk the Cairngorms in Summer

There’s something to be said for exploring the Scottish Highlands in summer

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Starts:Aviemore
Ends:Aviemore
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast

In a matter of six days, discover the best sections of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path on a guided hiking exploration of the western Welsh coastline

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Starts:Tenby
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Group Size:1- 12
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Walk the Cairngorms in Winter

Scotland is laden with loveable lochs, dreamy mountaintops and verdant countryside, ideal for experiencing in the winter months

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Starts:Aviemore
Ends:Aviemore
Group Size:1- 8
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3 Nights

Walk the Cornish Coast

Explore the stunning windswept cliffs and headlands of Cornwall on this four-day Intrepid Retreats experience

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Starts:Newquay, UK
Ends:Newquay, UK
Group Size:1- 12
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Devon: Hike, Bike & Kayak (Source to Sea)

Discover nature away from the crowds and along linear (and downhill) routes to the Devon and Cornwall Coast.

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Starts:Exeter
Ends:Exeter
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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Northumberland: Hike, Bike & Kayak (Source to Sea)

Flanked with wild countryside, ancient ruins and views to stop you in your tracks, a journey along the magnificent River Tyne is an absolute must to get the most out of northeast England

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Starts:Newcastle upon Tyne
Ends:Newcastle upon Tyne
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Highlights of Scotland

You only have to look around to see why Scotland is praised for its natural landscapes and historic buildings

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Starts:Glasgow
Ends:Edinburgh
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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11 Nights

Walking from Coast to Coast East

Follow in the footsteps of Wainwright through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moor National Parks

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Starts:Kirkby Stephen
Ends:Robin Hood's Bay
Group Size:2- 6
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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4 Nights

Wales: Snowdonia & Surrounds

There’s no denying that many pockets of UK countryside are verdant green naturally spectacular, but Snowdonia National Park takes it to another level

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Starts:Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UK
Ends:Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UK
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Tour du Mont Blanc Week

Trek famous circuit in one week from Switzerland to France ad enjoy on this tour.

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Starts:Col de la Forclaz
Ends:Chamonix
Group Size:4- 14
Difficulty:Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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5 Nights

Scotland Family Holiday with Teenagers

Gather the troops and embark on a trip through northern Scotland from Inverness

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Starts:Inverness, UK
Ends:Kingussie PH21, UK
Group Size:4- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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6 Nights

North Wales Adventure

Centre-based in the harbour town of Caernarfon, experience the cultural and scenic diversity of North Wales on this tour of many contrasts.

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Starts:Caernarfon
Ends:Caernarfon
Group Size:4- 15
Difficulty:FullOn
Operator:Explore!

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10 Nights

Highlights of Ireland & Scotland - 2022

Discover the treasures of Ireland and Scotland on your affordable tour from Dublin to Edinburgh.

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Starts:Dublin, Ireland
Ends:Edinburgh, UK
Difficulty:Active pace
Operator:Cosmos

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5 Nights

Pembrokeshire Coast Walking

Explore the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast in Britain's only truly coastal National Park to discover the stunning coastal scenery with towering cliffs, secluded coves, traditional fishing harbours, Neolithic burial chambers and unspoilt beaches.

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Starts:Mathry
Ends:Mathry
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:None
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Walk the North West Highlands and Skye

This three-centre walking holiday showcases the stunning natural beauty and wild nature of Scotland's North West Highlands and Skye

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Starts:Inverness
Ends:Inverness
Group Size:4- 8
Difficulty:None
Operator:Explore!

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3 Nights

Cycle the Lake District

Explore the scenery that makes the Lake District so truly remarkable from the saddle of a bicycle

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Starts:Keswick CA12, UK
Ends:Keswick CA12, UK
Group Size:2- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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5 Nights

Scottish Outland Adventure - 2022

Take a journey into the fabled land of adventure on this affordable vacation in Scotland.

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Starts:Glasgow, UK
Ends:Glasgow, UK
Difficulty:Steady pace
Operator:Cosmos

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7 Nights

Irish Discovery - 2022

Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this guided Ireland tour.

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Starts:Dublin, Ireland
Ends:Dublin, Ireland
Difficulty:Active pace
Operator:Cosmos

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2 Nights

Walk the Peak District

Take a break to Britain’s first national park and explore its forested valleys and small stone villages threaded by walking trails

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Starts:Castleton
Ends:Castleton
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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25 Nights

European Trail: Capitals & Cafés

Discover Prague on a guided tour and spend free time uncovering the city on foot.

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Starts:London
Ends:London
Group Size:10- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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