From the Highlands of Scotland to the Isle of Wight, Great Britain is home to stunning scenery and breath-taking coastlines, vibrant cities and rich heritage that are up there among the world’s best. With that in mind, there’s no better way to soak up the scenery than with an escorted coach holiday, allowing you to sit back, relax and let the inspiring views unravel before your eyes. We select the top 10 UK holidays by coach.
1. Islands and Highlands Adventure, Scotland
This incredible journey through the majestic Highlands and Islands takes in some of the most breath-taking scenery that Scotland has to offer in one scenic coach break: the stunning Orkney Isles and Skye, two of the world’s most scenic rail journeys (Fort William to Mallaig and the Kyle Line) and John O’Groats. Also included in this eight-day trip is a twin centre stay in Kyleakin (the Gateway to Skye) and Thurso, entertainment on one night, plus complete luggage handling throughout.
2. A Taste of Northern Ireland
The craggy coastlines and green glens of this land of legends make it one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. This seven-day escorted tour takes in some of Northern Ireland’s finest scenery, with included excursions to the Glens of Antrim, Cushenden, the Ards Peninsula, as well as must-see Derry and the awe-inspiring, UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. Staying 4 nights in a 4* hotel in the vibrant capital city of Belfast.
3. Hadrian’s Wall and Cumbria’s Coastal Railways
Cumbria’s beautiful Coastal Railway, the remarkable Roman Hadrian’s Wall and Lake District are just three of the highlights to be enjoyed on this coach tour of Britain’s northwest. This four-day tour includes a rail journey from Carlisle to Ravenglass, entrance to sites at Hadrian’s Wall, a tour of the Lake District and visit to Hexham, voted England’s favourite market town. Staying at a good quality hotel in Carlisle.
4. The Lake District Spectacular
Boasting hills, mountains and generally the most heart-stopping scenery in England, the Lake District has been the inspiration for the literary likes of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter to name just a couple. This five-day coach holiday includes excursions to Lake District favourites Keswick, Thirlmere, Grasmere, Ambleside, Coniston, Hawkshead and Bowness, plus a journey on the spectacular Carlisle to Settle railway. An adventure tour by mountain boat mini bus which explores winding passes that can’t be reached by coach, stands this trip apart from the rest. Staying in the village of Patterdale for four nights in a comfortable hotel with a cosy bar area and log fire.
5. Buckingham Palace & Clarence Palace
A trip to England’s buzzing capital couldn’t fail to escape the top 10, and this break taking in London’s top royal residences hits the spot. Step inside Buckingham Palace for a look around the State Rooms and an envied glimpse of The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, before hopping down the road to the newlyweds’ royal abode Clarence House for a guided tour. To complete the royal pilgrimage, there is also a Royal London sightseeing tour and a visit to Royal Windsor. Includes one night’s accommodation in a 3* hotel in Waterloo, allowing easy access to London’s exuberant restaurants and nightlife come the evening.
6. Flavours of Wales
Savour the flavour of Wales on this showcase of all that’s great about this country, including Welsh food and a recital from a local choir. In amongst the cultural delights are excursions to sample Welsh whisky in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Big Pit National Coal Museum, a journey aboard the coast-hugging Cambrian Coastal Railway and visits to seaside resort Barmouth and the Elan Valley. Based in Llandrindod Wells at the Glen Usk hotel, the once haunt of Victorian Grandees who came to enjoy the waters.
7. Weymouth & Delightful Dorset
Historical market towns in Thomas Hardy novels and a UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast make Dorset a must-visit on any UK coach tour. This five-day escorted holiday visits pearl of Dorset Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dorchester, Portland Bill and the popular Brit seaside resort of Bournemouth, staying in the traditional resort of Weymouth.
8. Diamond Isle Explorer, Isle of Wight
Award-winning sandy beaches, chocolate-box villages and outstanding natural beauty ensure the Isle of Wight is popular year in year out. This four-day escorted holiday is a scenic feast of the Island’s finest, touring Ventnor Botanical Gardens (dubbed England’s Madeira), Blackgang Chine, Alum Bay with its famous 21 colour sand cliffs, the Needles, Shanklin Old Village and the pretty village of Godshill. In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment at your Georgian hotel in Sandown, which also boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool.
9. Northumberland Coast & Country
The North Eastern realm of England is renowned for its rugged coastline, magnificent scenery and outstanding castles, including Alnwick which is famed for its role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. This tour takes in all the highlights of this beautiful corner – Alnwick, Northumberland, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Hexham, Tynemouth and a stop in Durham en route to home. There is also an included excursion to Grade I Listed Belsay Hall. Staying 4 nights in a 4* hotel overlooking the sandy beaches of Seaburn.
10. Oban, Mull & Ancient Iona
Soak up whisky distilleries, wildlife and unforgettable sunsets from your base in Oban on this eight-day escorted tour of Scotland’s windswept West Highlands. Enjoy a relaxing tour to nearby Seil Island, cross the Sound of Mull before heading onto Iona, the burial place of 59 kings, take the narrow Pass of Brander to descend Glencoe before time for sightseeing in Loch Lomond. Staying at a comfortable hotel in Oban, with entertainment on some evenings.