If you're keen on staying closer to home this year, we've put together some of our favourite trips crafted by our handpicked partners. These unique escapes bring you unforgettable moments, such as walking along dramatic coastal paths, ancient woodlands and some of England's tallest cliffs to ferry-hopping in the remote Scottish Isles and cycling the Great Glen.

Explore on foot or by rail, sail or self-drive and stay in stunning accommodation from family-run properties to charming country house hotels – or even an extraordinary castle. Read on for our top ten adventure holidays in the UK.

Ride the rails of Scotland

Scotland is an incredible destination in all seasons. Journey by rail and you'll marvel at the wild, vibrant and majestic landscapes right from the comfort of your seat. Choose the Grand Tour of Scotland and you'll travel in a luxury sleeper cabin to Inverness and spend time in the Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Fort William and Edinburgh. Rather take the road less travelled? Head further north into the once Viking-territory of the remote Orkney Islands. Wherever you choose to explore, there's no better way to experience this soul-stirring land than by train.

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about rail holidays with our new partner, Railbookers.

Scotland with Railbookers

Walk the Lake District 

On this seven-day walking holiday, uncover the beauty of the northern Lake District one step at a time. From your welcoming hotel nestled in the scenic Borrowdale Valley, you'll ramble on world-class walks, including Great Gable, Cat Bells and High Stile, accompanied by an expert guide. Perhaps as the highlight of the trip, you'll take on the mighty Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. In between hikes, relax in the quaint towns of Grasmere and Buttermere and wander the stamping ground of local literary luminaries Wainwright, Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Rejuvenate after your outdoor escapades back at your hotel with delicious local food made with seasonal ingredients and a nightcap by the log fire.

Let’s talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about active holidays and small group tours with our new handpicked partner, Explore.

Explore walk the lake district

Fly-drive in the Channel Islands 

If you don’t fancy a far-flung jolly but still want to feel like you’ve been abroad, the Channel Islands are the best of both worlds. The string of history-rich islands, just off the coast of Normandy, has some of the best beaches in Europe and fantastic hiking trails – and a surprisingly warm climate in the summer months. McKinley Kidd offers a brand new 10-night trip, taking in five of the eight inhabited islands. Tuck into freshly caught seafood in Jersey, stroll through picturesque St Peter Port in Guernsey and travel to the wonderfully wild islands of Sark, Hem and Alderney to spot wildlife such as puffin, razorbill and seals and explore secluded bays by bike or on foot.  

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about UK self-drive and rail holidays with our partner, McKinlay Kidd.

McKinlay Kidd Channel Islands

Hit the road on the ultimate Scottish adventure

The legendary Premier North Coast 500 touring route is Scotland’s answer to Route 66, with spectacular vistas at every turn. Our UK and Ireland partner, McKinlay Kidd, have curated this week-long road trip, staying in characterful small hotels and guesthouses along the way. Take on exhilarating drives such as the hairpin bends of the mountainous ‘Bealach na Bà’ road and follow personalised recommendations for an off-the-beaten-track detour. Aside from admiring the epic scenery of glistening lochs, mountains and forests, indulge in the freshest local seafood in colourful harbour villages or sit down to a menu of highland beef, lamb and venison in a homely pub, accompanied by a dram or two of exquisite malt whisky.

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about UK self-drive and rail holidays with our partner, McKinlay Kidd.

McKinlay Kidd Premier North Coast 500

Embark on a grand tour of Ireland by train

Discover the best of the Emerald Isle by rail on this 12-night holiday, expertly designed by our UK and Ireland partner, McKinlay Kidd. Tour along part of the Wild Atlantic Way, venture from Galway to Cork and north to the Titanic city of Belfast, where you can soak up the city's culture and have some 'craic' with the locals in the bustling bars and restaurants. Amid sightseeing, you'll stay in delightful hotels, including a riverfront Georgian townhouse and a family-owned hotel with a modern bistro; don’t miss the seafood chowder washed down by a pint of the black stuff.

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about UK self-drive and rail holidays with our partner, McKinlay Kidd.

McKinlay Kidd Grand-Tour-of-Ireland-by-Train

Cycle the Highlands from coast to coast 

Traverse Scotland's wondrous scenery at your own pace on this leisurely cycling tour, created by our new UK and Ireland partner, The Carter Company. Saddle up and cycle the Great Glen, from the sandy shores of the Moray Firth to the dramatic and rocky west coast, passing deserted lochs, mountain ranges, off-shore islands and tiny fishing hamlets on the way. In between all that pedal power, rest your head at cosy lodgings in gorgeous locations or sleep in style, with luxury hotels ranging from a 19th-century castle to a Michelin-starred Regency house. At the end of this epic trip, we recommend a ferry-hop over to the sleepy isles of Iona or Mull to recuperate.

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about creative routes and hidden gems with walking and cycling active holidays with our new handpicked partner, The Carter Company.

Carter Company Coast to Coast

Hike from seashores to moors in Devon

Enjoy Devon from a different angle on this fabulous walking holiday, taking in Somerset and the North Devon coast. Parts of the route are challenging, but the rewards are worth the effort: spine-tingling views, peaceful rural villages and heather-clad hills. The first few days feature spectacular walks along the South West Coastal Path, with opportunities to potter around Lynton – nicknamed ‘Little Switzerland’ and ride the world-famous Cliff Railway. You’ll then head inland to the windswept moors, enjoying pretty walks through hidden valleys with views of the Black Mountains. En route, stop at idyllic spots to refuel with hearty pub lunches and local ales, and rest your head at carefully chosen boutique hotels.

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about creative routes and hidden gems with walking and cycling active holidays with our new handpicked partner, The Carter Company.

Carter Company Seashores and Moors

Follow in Hadrian's footsteps

Step back in time as you trek alongside Hadrian's Wall, Europe's largest surviving Roman monument. Commissioned by Emperor Hadrian in AD122, the wall was built to hold back the advancing Barbarians in northern England. Today, much of this impressive structure still exists, snaking through some of Britain's most ruggedly beautiful landscapes. As you follow in Roman's footsteps, from Bowness on Solway to Newcastle Upon Tyne, you’ll pass by a string of milecastles, forts, jaw-dropping vistas and details of life from two thousand years ago. 

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about creative routes and hidden gems with walking and cycling active holidays with our new handpicked partner, The Carter Company.

Hadrians Wall

See more of the UK on a small group tour

Travelling on an escorted tour allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view as you're whisked from sight to sight. Your expert guide will ensure the trip runs smoothly, which means less time organising and more time free to explore and revel in the company like-minded travellers. Our sister company, Jules Verne, features a handful of small-group tours across the UK. We love their five-night Wonder of Wales itinerary, which takes you deep below Snowdonia on Europe's steepest cable railway and to the legendary burial site of Merlin – although nowadays, you'll likely encounter wildlife rather than any wizardry. Throughout the trip, you’ll have the chance to try local artisan produce and tipple, such as beer tasting, sea salt sampling, and gin-swilling.

Jules Verne Snowdonia

Alternatively, experience gardens galore, lively market towns and 2000 years of history on their Charm of the Cotswolds tour. You’ll stay in two characterful hotels; a luxury coaching inn with an award-winning restaurant and a magnificent country house with a secret garden. Spend your days discovering the hidden gems of the heart of England, including royal castles, Roman baths and amazing views around every corner.

Let's talk. Ask our Personal Travel Experts in store for more information about inspiring UK small group escorted tours with our sister company, Jules Verne.

Jules Verne Cotswolds

Inspired?


You don’t have to travel far to have an adventure. To start planning a different kind of UK holiday this year, visit us in store to chat with one of our Personal Travel Experts, who’ll help you find the perfect trip with one of our handpicked partners.

This feature was published on 26th January 2022. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. Feature by Heather Flanagan.