Life is in the detail

Life is in the detail

Big Ben’s bong may have fallen silent until 2020 but Westminster is still the very centre of royal and political London and an area synonymous with pomp, pageantry and power. Let our specialist guides bring the area to life.

Dominique – Original Traveller. London

Life is in the detail

Located on the northern coast, the Giant’s Causeway is an incredible landscape of geometric columns that were formed as a result of volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Some, however, prefer the story that these stones are the remains of the bridge that the giant, Finn McCool, built linking Ireland to Scotland.

Annie - Original Traveller. Northern Ireland

Life is in the detail

The Lake District recently was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and seeing as the rolling landscapes have inspired countless writers, poets and painters its easy to see why. Our favourite time to visit is during the Autumn as the leaves begin to turn ruby red, burnt orange and gold.

Susie - Original Traveller. The Lake District

Life is in the detail

The Island of Skye is one of Scotland’s well-known islands, famous for its breathtaking scenery and landscapes. Let our local driver-guides take you off the beaten track to discover hidden gems including rockpools clear enough to swim in and our favourite oyster shack.

Rita - Original Traveller. The Scottish Islands

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Tailor-Made Experiences Throughout the UK and Ireland

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Our Top Experiences in the UK and Ireland

A view of Parliament and Big Ben, England


From cosmopolitan London to the quaint Cotswolds and the rolling hills of the Lake District, England has character, charm and beautiful scenery in spades.

Panoramic views from Dugald Stewart Monument, Edinburgh


From the buzzing capital, Edinburgh to the soaring mountains of the Highlands, Scotland offers the full package of vacation experiences to the discerning traveller.

A picture of a traditional Adare, Irish cottage


The Emerald Isle has fascinated visitors for centuries with its gaelic history, beguiling landscapes and notorious nightlife.

A clifftop view of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher & County Clare

People often visit County Clare namely for the amazing views from the Cliffs of Moher, however the native landscape of The Burren and the city of Limerick are well worth enjoying during your stay.

A view of a Dartmoor sunset

The West Country

For the outward-bound type, look no further than the West Country - watersports and hiking are in the mix here along with a great art and music scene for culture vultures.

A wild stag in the Scottish highlands

The Scottish Highlands

Head to the Highlands for a trip filled with adventure, history, heritage and of course a whisky or two...

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Travel advice, information and inspiration from the Original Travel UK team.

A Cotswolds Exploration

The Cotswolds are filled with chocolate-box villages and conjure up images of a more traditional time gone by. A hugely popular destination for tourists and locals alike it is a well-known and well-documented region of England. However, we were keen to see some of the hidden gems and…

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A Private Tour of Scotland

Scotland is somewhere I thought I knew well, I have visited countless times in the past and was sure I had soaked up all the key sights. That is until I co-hosted a Rebecca Recommends trip with nine lovely American travel agents (almost all of who had never visited before.) Experiencing…

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Getting into the Spirit of Halloween in the UK

The UK's horrible histories are not just for Halloween; with spine-chilling sites, creepy castles and eerie experiences across the country, we are sure to get you into the 'spirit' of things with the spookiest tours that can be enjoyed year round.

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Our Favourite Experiences

Whilst all our trips are completely bespoke, we do have certain experiences which prove most popular with families, couples and groups! Here below is a (small) selection of our best experiences across the UK & Ireland.

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Scotland from the Sea

To quote Princess Anne 'sailing on a sunny day in Scotland is the nearest thing to heaven anyone will ever get on this earth…' and I couldn't say it better myself. Scotland has some of the best scenery and wildlife in the world and I was lucky enough to experience it all… by sea.

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Christmas is Coming

Without trying to come over all Game Of Thrones; Winter is Coming... But luckily for you your dedicated UK & Irish experts have rounded up the best of the best for holidays over Christmas. Whether you are looking for an exclusive-use property to celebrate with your loved ones, a hotel…

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Walking Tours

Enjoying a half day with an accredited guide is the perfect way to begin your holiday, wherever you are visiting. Wander through the local area and get your bearings as you explore quaint corners and undiscovered gems - learn how to 'live like a local' with fascinating tales and histories…

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Last Minute Merchant

Whoever said 'failure to prepare is preparation for failure' clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous. While it's all very commendable to plan things months and years in advance, sometimes it's just wonderfully liberating to make a snap decision. Never more so than with…

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Fantastic Films

Guy Ritchie's new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has its anticipated release this week and whether it's a huge success or a box office flop, one thing is for sure, the rugged Scottish and English scenery where it was filmed will certainly get pulses racing. From the Isle of Skye in…

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Explore the Emerald Isle

We think it is the people, their innate charm and their hospitality that sets Ireland apart as a destination to visit. Especially as the Emerald Isle has so much to offer for all ages and interests. Discover the literary tradition dating back thousands of years, try your hand at sports such…

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Literary Legends

The UK is alive with literary history, from Bronte to Beatrix Potter; England has produced an abundance of authors, books and characters loved across the world. This hugely important part of our heritage was often shaped by our beautiful, mystical and rugged landscapes that inspired many…

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What's Hot in 2017

The Original Travel UK team are really looking forward to the year ahead, especially due to all the exciting openings and new excursions happening in 2017. After spending much of last year on research trips across England, Scotland & Ireland we have compiled a list of our favourite new…

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Dominique, Rita and our newest team member Letitia visited the Tower of London today to hear all about the Historic Royal Palace's new tours for 2018 as well as meeting this lovely Yeoman Warder in their pub, The Keys. Did you know that you have to be in the military for 22 years to be eligible to be a Yeoman Warder?

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A really fun experience for children, and a great way to learn about the Jacobite Rising when visiting Stirling Castle! The LEGO exhibition is on until February so perfect for anyone in Scotland over Christmas or Hogmanay.

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The up & coming Royal Wedding has put Windsor Castle at the forefront of our minds. St George's Chapel (where the wedding will take place) is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. For visitors to the chapel, Choral Evensong is a true delight, irrespective of one's denomination. It is a spine-tingling experience which takes place most days at 5.15pm.

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Today is St Andrew's Day, celebrating Scotland's patron saint who was made a saint as far back as 1320AD. St Andrew is thought to be buried in the famous town of St Andrews, (which is where it takes it's name from!) He was said to be extremely kind, especially to those less fortunate, something all Scottish people aim to emulate. No wonder it is such a pleasure to travel around the country!

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Google has gone green-fingered today, celebrating the 174th birthday of Gertrude Jekyll, one of Britain's most influential horticulturists. Jekyll designed countless gardens and landscape parks across the UK, Ireland and America. Our resident gardens expert Caroline Charnock is particularly fond of Hestercombe Gardens and Munstead Woods and often includes them in her beautiful flora & fauna focused itineraries. Should you be interested in an English Gardens itinerary don’t hesitate to get in contact with Caroline via our website

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Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! The team here at Original Travel UK are very excited for a Spring 2018 wedding!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends! We are very thankful that we get to work with you and enjoy your company on a daily basis!

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A brilliant article from Forbes, on why you should visit the UK in 2018. We think the UK should be on everyone's travel bucket list and hopefully these upcoming events, new museums and cultural offerings will help persuade you to visit next year.

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London expert Rita and our newest recruit, Chloe, took part in a two hour cycle tour around London today. Cycling to Greenwich on the south side of the River Thames, is largely traffic free route taking in London's maritime history with great views of the city. A brilliant way to see the city from a different perspective!

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Read all about Susie and Dominique's recent trip to the Cotswolds, where they visited gems such as Trenwith House (from Poldark fame), Ellenborough Park hotel and the beautiful Stanway House.

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"Experiencing Scotland with these first time visitors opened my eyes to see Scotland in a whole new light and I fell in the love with the country all over again." Read all about Annie's recent trip to Scotland with nine lovely travel agents, on their Rebecca Recommends study tour.

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One of our UK experts, Susie joined the lovely John Andrew Skelton from Andavo Travel, Alabama Branch on a private tour of The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop this morning and we have some excellent pictures of them dressing up as soliders! John, we hope you have safe onwards travels to Europe and that you come and visit us again soon!

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