Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 17+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts London, England
  • Ends Edinburgh, Scotland
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Witness some of Europe’s largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—crowding the dramatic cliffs and rocky offshore islands.
  • Visit Giant’s Causeway where some 40,000 closelypacked hexagonal columns descend like a staircase into the sea.
  • Discover important Neolithic monuments—the Standing Stones of Stenness; the Ring of Brodgar; and Skara Brae, a wellpreserved Stone Age village.
  • Explore a variety of architectural wonders, from Mousa’s Iron Age broch and 12thcentury Iona Abbey to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.
The Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland tour starts in London and ends in Edinburgh. The Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland is an explorer tour that takes 15 days taking you from London to Edinburgh and through other destinations in Europe.

Ride Victorian-era steam railroads, sip Scottish whiskey during a distillery tour, witness some of Europe’s largest seabird colonies, stroll through magnificent estate gardens and visit impressive ruins as you explore the best of the British Isles. Listen to tales of Norse mythology in the Shetland Islands. Marvel at the geological wonders of UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway and listen to tales of the Irish giant, Finn McCool. Visit stone age villages preserved in the sand for thousands of years in the Orkney Islands. Step into scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the island-hideaway of Luke Skywalker, Skellig Michael. Pay your respects at the cemetery of St Oran, the burial site of numerous Scottish kings. Visit uninhabited islands and listen to the echoing of the sea which inspired Mendelssohn on the island of Staffa. From start to end, each day is packed with new adventures.Your guide for the journey, Peter Smith, hails from County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland where he studied Old English and archaeology. With a passion for birds and the wonders of the natural world combined with his humanities studies, Peter is the perfect guide for your British Isles exploration. Joining Peter is a team of renowned ornithologists, naturalists, historians, archaeologists and more who will be on hand for exciting excursions, educational lectures, and daily recaps to truly make this a trip to remember.
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Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“I attended a 'challenging week' this September, along with 13 other like-minded, energetic walkers! The walks, arguably the most important part of a walking trip, were very varied with some woodland, some high ridge ways, some scrambles etc, all of which were breath-taking. The days were fairly long - we were generally walking for 6-7 hours daily - but the variety and beauty of the scenery meant I was sad to end each day! The accommodation is fairly simple but the owners are extremely friendly (and very good cooks!). The company was also great; our group got on really well and I couldn't have asked for a more caring, knowledgeable, experienced guide.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“When we started serious travel over 20 years ago the USA was never near the top of our agenda, to be honest it was never on our original list of must see places at all. However with the developing world reasonably well covered our time had come to visit our cousins across the pond. We started our holiday with a couple of added days in San Francisco. Highly recommended. It is a city easily negotiated with local transport and there are sights not to be missed. You can reach the Golden Gate Bridge from the city centre using local buses, ask for a transfer and, if a senior, accept a substantial discount and proffered seat. A return walk across the 1.7 mile span of the bridge is invigorating and gives magnificent views of the harbour. Have care for the trendy cyclists who, head down, pedal the pathway looking only to knock seconds off a previous best. Cable Cars are a nostalgic way of getting to and around downtown, the boardwalks and Chinatown. The Californian line, which is the least crowded, ends close to the Holiday Inn where day passes can be purchased. With stops every couple of blocks you can hop on and hold on as the locals always did but expect to queue in the most popular spots. The National Parks visited on the tour are magnificent and each very different with a range of walks and activities to be savoured individually depending upon fitness and ability. We cannot, as others, tell of the elation of reaching Angels Landing, wallowing waist deep in the Zion Narrows or descending perilous tracks into deep canyons. However we can recount we had some wonderful peaceful hikes in breath-taking locations at our own pace and distance. Free shuttle buses are operated by park authorities which make it possible to link easy-going and moderate hiking routes to viewpoints and to otherwise enjoy full days in the park. Monument Valley, Death Valley, Lakes, Dams and the sheer magnificence of scenery just kept rolling out ahead of us as we journeyed on through what is really just a small part of the west of this immense country. We are not hedonistic travellers, preferring natural wonders and historic edifices of an ancient world than modernity, so Las Vegas held little lure for us but we were to be dumfounded by its temples devoted to Lady Luck. Based in a prestigious central hotel we were well placed to explore every other luxurious resort on The Strip. We went to Paris, Venice, Rome and Egypt all in the course of one day and two evenings. Each vista faithfully reconstructed with no expense spared, such are the profits of the relentless gaming which epitomises this city. Unbelievable! We just loved it! The final day was a drive across desert to Los Angeles where this particular trip ended at Custom Hotel LAX with an immediate evening flight for UK participants. Again we added to the schedule, pre-booked two nights there and once more made use of local transport. We joined the old hippies and young things at Santa Monica Pier, the end of Route 66, and also chilled out on Venice Beach and Boardwalk. 'They playing our song Gal' 'Yea Man!'”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“My wife and I did this trip in August, it was our first holiday of this type and we were worried about whether it would be for us. We needn't have. We both enjoyed it immensely and were sad when we have finished the walk. We did not find the walking too tough, challenging yes, but very manageable. We worried about doing the walk in August but again the weather was ok, one wet day, but not excessively so. The heat never became too much even for someone fair-skinned like me. The accommodation was always good, sometimes outstanding, same for the food. The bag transportation worked well, with only one glitch which was quickly resolved by the local agents (who are excellent). To say this trip changed our holiday lives would not be an overstatement. We are going back to do the Santiago to Finisterre & Muxia section next year, alas with another company as Exodus/Headwater do not offer this.”
  • Day 1: Check in to the Hilton London Paddington Hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city.
  • Day 2: Enjoy Lunch and a Tour of Pourtsmouth before boarding Le Dumont d'Urville.
  • Day 3: This morning take a stroll through Trebah Garden, and after lunch on board, take a tour of the Eden Project.
  • Day 4: Board local boats and cruise to Tresco to visit the ruins and lush, subtropical gardens of the medieval Tresco Abbey.
  • Day 5: Ballinskelligs Priory was founded in the 12th century by monks who moved to the mainland from Skellig Michael after numerous Viking attacks.
  • Day 6: Drive through scenic countryside to Waterford. Options today include a visit to the renowned House of Waterford Crystal to watch master craftsmen at work, or enjoy a tour of Mount Congreve, a magnificent estate with exquisite gardens.
  • Day 7: Board the Isle of Man Steam Railway, and ride through quaint, picturesque villages en-route to the southern resort of Port Erin.
  • Day 8: Disembark at Portrush and visit the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway before go ashore on the Isle of Islay.
  • Day 9: Spend the morning exploring the uninhabited island of Staffa by Zodiac and its most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave.
  • Day 10: Spend the morning at St. Kilda, once home to a small community, before spending the afternoon cruising among the Flannan Islands.
  • Day 11: Enjoy visits to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae.
  • Day 12: Stroll the narrow streets of Lerwick, cruise to the Isle of Noss, and vist Mousa to view one of Britain’s finest Iron Age ruins.
  • Day 13: During your visit, join some of the 70 islanders at their community center for tea and cakes, and a visit to the local museum.
  • Day 14: Disembark in Aberdeen this morning, and enjoy a scenic drive to Edinburgh before a special farewell dinner.
  • Day 15: Transfer to the airport.
  • 12 nights aboard Le Dumont D’Urville, 2 nights hotel , All accommodations
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • 135 guest aboard Le Dumont D’Urville
  • 2 land days
  • 13 days at Sea
  • All gratuities
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Any international flights to London and from Edinburgh are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


A deposit of 0 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 29 November 2020 full payment is required.

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Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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