North East England
North East England is a place of unique character, perfect blend of city and countryside and can easily be named Britain’s hidden gem. Ranging from unspoilt sandy beaches and breathtaking countryside landscapes to vibrant cities rich in culture and history, this region is home to two World Heritage Sites and has recently been voted by Rough Guides & Lonely Planet Blue List as one of the top destinations to visit worldwide.
The region is one of the most diverse you can find and some of the highlights include Durham with its magnificent cathedral, Newcastle as one of the cultural hotspots, the edge of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall or the Farne Islands, home to thousands of seabirds including the beloved puffins as well as one of the largest seal colonies in the world...
North West England
There are so many magnificent places to visit in North West England. Take in the serenity of Cumbria's Lake District and scale the heights of England's only mountain range.
Experience the untamed ruggedness of Lancashire's Trough of Bowland; perfect hiking, cycling and motoring territory.
Dominating the region is Manchester, arguably one of England's most exciting cities and the unofficial capital of the north. Just across the Pennines is Liverpool, fiercely proud of its own heritage, football and music!
Being the home of the industrial revolution, housing the Roman City of Chester and boasting a rich sporting pedigree, this region is steeped in history and intrigue – the only question is where to visit first.
Scotland's dramatic history spans over 8,000 years - years marked by invasions & independence, wars & religious upheavals, intrigues & subjugation. Delve into the history of this proud nation whilst exploring its breathtaking landscapes, abundance of wildlife and the greatness of its people.
Scotland's major cities are some of the greatest on the British Isles - Scotland's capital Edinburgh offers an abundance of culture, architecture and beauty. Glasgow, former industrial heartland of the country, has transformed itself into a centre of excellence for the arts with some of the best galleries and facilities for visitors to enjoy. So much to see and do - and still so close to the beauty of Loch Lomond.
Wales Perched on a rocky fringe in Western Europe, welcome to undiscovered (North) Wales – one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Britain.
Historic along its shores: Delve into historic Wales' heritage along its dramatic coastline, conquering ancient castles, exploring the hidden secrets of historic homes, tracing the trails of pirates and bringing myths and legends to life. Anyone that built a fortress in the 13th century knew that a clear vista of the sea was an essential factor in castle location, since all manner of attacks might come your way from the coast. Flint Castle was the first of English king Edward I's 'Iron Ring' of fortresses, designed to subdue the Welsh. Conwy, Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Harlech which, together with Conwy Town Walls, form a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the rest of the quintet.
Welsh legends: All historical landmarks have a story behind them, but some have entered into the realm of 'legend'. St Govan's Chapel is one such example; the splendidly-sited hermit's cell, built into a cliff near Bosherston in Pembrokeshire, is reached by a set of very steep steps. Legend has it that if you count the number of steps going down, it will never be the same as the number going up again!
Slate: Head inland from the busy harbour town of Porthmadog aboard the historic Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog, and explore the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, which tell the living history of Welsh slate mining throughout the 1800s via a Deep Mine Tour, an exciting 'Quarry Explorer' off-road adventure and hands-on slate workshops.
Moving back to the coast, explore the beautiful village of Portmeirion. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis spent fifty years lovingly creating his vision of an Italianate village in coastal North Wales, hosting some noted authors and playwrights including H. G. Wells or George Bernard Shaw.
Finally, delve into the atmospheric mountains of Snowdonia and the stunning national park with its peaks, woodlands and dramatic heather landscapes....