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The Best of Scotland and England
Combination walking tour highlighting the beautiful regions of the Highlands, the Isle of Skye and Lake District

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This 2 week tour will allow you to experience some of the best walking and scenic sites in all of the UK. England's Lake District - Walk through the heart of the Lake District, with lodging along the way at some of the Lakeland's most delightful country hotels and inns. Experience ever-changing spectacular views of fields, moors, woodlands and mountains. Each day, we guide you on a robust walk across vales and hills. Sightseeing by minibus rounds out an appreciation of Lake District history and culture. Our minibus brings your luggage to the next inn before you arrive. Ramble through rolling pastures, into peaceful valleys and over lush hills. Enjoy the company of friendly groups and appreciate the history of a bountiful area that inspired some of England's most famous poets, artists and writers.


Scotland's Western Highlands and the Isle of Skye - The Scottish Highlands-- a vast land of raw beauty and rugged mountains, unspoiled wilderness and majestic scenery. Explore the history, Celtic folk tales, drama, and romance amongst the sparkling lochs, heather-clad hills and moody mountains of this ancient land. You will also spend 3 nights on the Isle of Skye, an island with a thousand magnificent sea and mountain views.


Scotland Highlights:

  • Views of Ben Nevis- Britain's highest mountain
  • The famous Loch Ness and the iconic Urquhart Castle
  • Gairloch- Highland coastal village steeped in history with magnificent views
  • Inverewe Gardens - world-renowned tropical gardens created by Osgood Mackenzie in the 1870’s
  • Gruinard Bay with its rocky coves and pink sand
  • Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
  • The Glenelg-Kylerhea ferry - the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland
  • Dunvegan Castle - oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and ancestral home of the Chiefs of Macleod
  • Storr Rocks- extraordinary rock pinnacles on the Staffin peninsula
  • Cuillin Mountains - the most spectacular mountain range in Britain



Day 1 Arrive at our first hotel in Grange-over-Sands, where lunch is available, if required (at own expense). In the afternoon we drive to the medieval village of Cartmel with its imposing 12th-Century Priory church and on the way back take a short walk along the bay promenade. A tea reception and orientation meeting is followed by our Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 Walk through delightful limestone woodland and up grassy slopes to the top of Hampsfell escarpment to enjoy the spectacular views across Morecambe Bay and towards the Lakeland mountains. In the afternoon, follow country byways through the gentle Cartmel valley and Bigland Estate to our next inn at Newby Bridge. (B, L, D) 9 Miles

Day 3 This walk includes a delightful variety of countryside, with ever-changing views. Woodland, green fields and a moorland ridge bring us to our lunch point in the peaceful Rusland valley. Then an enchanting walk across heather-clad Bethecar Moor, until Coniston Water opens up below. Drive in our minibus to reach the next inn by the shore of Coniston Water, where two nights are spent. (B, L, D) 10 Miles

Day 4 We enjoy a short cruise across Coniston Water to Brantwood, home of the poet, artitst, and social reformer John Ruskin. Then choose between a walk up the Coppermines Valley to absorb the spectacular scenery (and a fascinating insight into an industry which supported the local economy for over 300 years) or sightseeing in Hawkshead and Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm is situated. (B, L, D) 4 Miles/Optional

Day 5 Leave Coniston for a ramble over lush green rises to Tarn Hows, a jewel-like lake built by a Victorian landowner to enhance the view. Walk up the Tilberthwaite Valley, with an optional diversion to Holme Fell to admire the incomparable views in all directions. The next three nights' accomodation will be in either a traditional Lakeland Inn in Little Langdale, or a delightful country guest house, superbly encircled by nearby Lakeland hills. (B, L, D) 8 Miles

Day 6 We motor along England’s steepest road across spectacular Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, stopping to tour a 2nd-century Roman fort. Continue to the tiny village of Boot, and visit Eskdale Corn Mill, where packed lunches may be eaten, or a visit to a nearby pub in case of bad weather. There is time to enjoy the atmosphere of the wonderful Lakeland village of Boot, before rejoining the minibus for the drive to the Irish Sea coast at Ravenglass, and a walk through rolling pastures, past the ruins of a Roman Bath House, for a visit to medieval Muncaster Castle and its world-famous Owl Centre.(B, L, D) 2 1/2 Miles

Day 7 Walk by Elterwater and follow in Wordsworth’s footsteps along Loughrigg Terrace for a superb view of Grasmere lake and vale, the inspiration for many of his great poems. We arrive at the village of Rydal, which Wordsworth made his home for the final 37 years of his life. After lunch in a traditional “tearoom” we visit Rydal Mount, the poet’s home and its gardens, which were lovingly landscaped by the poet during his time there. In the afternoon we walk along the valley side to Dove Cottage in Grasmere, Wordsworth’s home during his nine most productive years as a poet, and visit the cottage and nearby museum (a visit to Grasmere village can be arranged instead of this final walk). (B, L, D)

Day 8 Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. You have two choices on this day. You can travel to Fort William, Scotland via train (your own expense) or spend a final night in the Lake District. If you choose to go to Scotland, you will travel by rail to Fort William and spend the night at the Alexandra Hotel. The room in Scotland is complimentary and includes breakfast. If you choose to stay in the Lake District, you will travel with the minibus on the morning of day 9 to Scotland. This drive is approximately 8 hours. Breakfast is the only meal provided on this day. (B)

Day 9 Arrive at our hotel in Fort William, which nestles at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. An orientation meeting in the early evening is followed by our Welcome Dinner. (B and D)

Day 10 Depart in our minibus for the Kintail region of Scotland’s Western Highlands, where we stop by the shore of Loch Duich to enjoy a short walk amidst the verdant scenery of Glen Croe. We rejoin our minibus to drive via the Ratagan Pass to Glenelg, a delightful and secluded area immortalized in Gavin Maxwell’s book “Ring of Bright Water”. We continue the journey to the Isle of Skye by the romantic Glenelg-Kylerhea ferry. Overnight on Skye. (B, L, D) 5 Miles

Day 11 Our explorations on Skye begin with a visit to Dunvegan castle, the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Macleod, said to be the oldest inhabited castle in the Highlands and Islands. We then drive to the Waternish peninsula, and enjoy a memorable hike by a coastal trail, with sea views, many ruins, wildlife and a beautiful and historic church. Return to our hotel for a second night. (B, L, D) 8 Miles

Day 12 This day gives an opportunity to become acquainted with the dramatic Black Cuillin Mountains, which are regarded by many as the finest mountain range in Britain. We drive to Glenbrittle, a remote valley nestling below the western slopes of the Cuillins. Our walk then follows a coastal route towards the seaward side of the mountains and takes in fascinating remains from the time when the Vikings first colonized this area, and before. Return to our hotel for a third night.
(B, L, D) 7 miles

Day 13 It is time to leave the Isle of Skye to continue our explorations further north on the Scottish mainland. We drive across the Skye bridge, and enjoy visits to the most-photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan, the magical Attadale Gardens and the Lochcarron Visitor Centre. After a restaurant lunch we drive on to Gairloch on Scotland’s west coast, and check in to our hotel there for the next three nights. (B, L, D) No walk.

Day 14 We drive to Poolewe to see the ancient churchyard and Pictish symbol stone before walking the lochshore trail to Kernsary, the 1870s home of Osgood Mackenzie, the far-sighted creator of the Inverewe tropical gardens. We return along the banks of the River Ewe, where iron was once smelted at the Red Smiddy. Then we continue to the world-renowned Inverewe tropical gardens, now owned and lovingly preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. Overnight in Gairloch. (B, L, D) Variable 7 miles

Day 15 The day begins with a visit to Gairloch’s small though fascinating Heritage Museum, where the way of life, past and present, of this part of the Western Highlands is so evocatively recreated.
Then we drive north up the coast to Gruinard Bay, and walk into the edge of the area of mountains and moors known as the “Great Wilderness”. We visit the desolate ruined village in the Glen of the Forked Shieling, and, time permitting, climb to the top of one of the surrounding hills to enjoy the views into this magnificent and remote part of the Scottish mainland. The farewell dinner on this evening will have been well earned! (B, L, D) 6 miles and ascent of 900 feet.

Day 16 Departure after breakfast. Departure by minibus for the train station and airport in Inverness Departure by minibus is included, but will not guarantee your arrival at the train station or airport before lunch. Please plan your departure from Scotland arrangements from Inverness.

(ELR reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary when deemed necessary or appropriate).

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.


July 1 - July 16

$5,775 $675

NOTE: On these dates the tour begins in Scotland and ends in the Lake District.

Interested in a different departure date?
Consider a private tour or a self guided tour.

Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 10 scenic guided walks and hikes
  • 14 nights' lodging in charming country hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • 14 breakfasts and 13 dinners
  • 11 packed or pub lunches
  • Sightseeing visits and admission fees
  • Talk by local expert and your guide
  • Ground transportation during tour where applicable**
    • **You can choose to ride with our minibus between the Lake District and Scotland on 9 July (therefore giving you an extra night in the Lake District) or you can travel by train, on your own expense, to Fort William and have a prenight in Scotland. Either way, the night of the 8th is included in your tour cost)

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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA

Best Time to Go

May through September

Convenient Airport

(Begin) Manchester Airport

(End)Glasgow International Airport (GLA)

Traveling By Rail

You can reach The Grange Hotel via train from Manchester to the Grange-over-Sands train station. At the end of your tour, consider a train ride from Inverness back to Manchester or plan your return flight from Glasgow or Inverness.

For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or  In the UK call (08457) 484950, or visit Another useful resource is The Train Line at  Tickets can be purchased in advance online and collected at your departing station.     


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