UK & Irealand

ENGLAND

England’s diverse landscapes range from craggy peaks, majestic moors to lush fields and quaint fishing villages, complemented by elegant and historic cities. The country’s wealth of architecture, monuments and artistic treasures displayed in stately homes and museums, reflect its long and glorious heritage. ‘Bobbies’ on horseback vie with black cabs and double-decker busses, red phone booths nestled on the edge of village greens – here is where tradition, legend, pomp and pageantry is intertwined with the informality of everyday life.London, England truly has something for everyone! From a stroll through Ludlow’s medieval streets, to Bath’s fine Georgian buildings, various cathedrals, and the encircling city walls of York, the architecture and landscape are yours to discover.If shopping is more to your liking, Britain’s capital is a world-renowned shopping destination. Boasting institutions such as Harrods, and the boutiques of Knightsbridge, to the antiques and bargains which can be found at Portobello Road and Camden Market, it’s a shopper’s paradise.In the evening, enjoy London’s West End which is famous the world over for its fabulous shows and collection of theatres, cinemas, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs. Covent Garden offers Opera, while the Royal Albert Hall hosts one of London’s symphony orchestras. The Brits also love their sport – think Wimbledon, Test Match cricket, or catch a Premier League soccer match.
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SCOTLAND

Over the centuries, Scotland has been besieged by conflict. Roman and Irish-Celtic invasions were followed by a protracted series of wars with neighbouring England. From this turbulent history emerged many prominent local heroes and fighters. Protagonists like William Wallace and Rob Roy MacGregor are still celebrated by the Scots today, as are the literary luminaries of Sir Walter Scott and Robbie Burns. Nowadays, you are invited to enjoy all these cultural and historical aspects, set against a backdrop of lush green landscapes, spectacular mountain scenery, mysterious lochs and colourful festivals.The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and offers a wealth of sights to digest. Stroll down the Royal Mile past St Giles Cathedral, explore the 18th century ‘New Town’ with its classical Adam facades, shop on Princes Street or marvel at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Mary Queen of Scots lived – it is still the official Scottish residence of the Queen. In summer, join the celebratory crowds at the Edinburgh Festival, and witness the unforgettable spectacle that is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Scottish Highlands offers up more dramatic scenery and a plethora of baronial castles, a testament to the country’s gripping history.Scotland also makes some of the world’s best clothing and you’ll find a very good selection of tartans, woollens and tweeds. Rummage for Celtic jewellery in the numerous galleries and studios. Edinburgh crystal, shortbread, bagpipes, sheepskin clothing, china, crystal and, of course, whisky are also good buys.

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WALES

Wales has been inhabited by a range of peoples, from the early Celtic tribes that settled around 500-100 BC to the Britons pushed into the country during the Roman and Saxon invasions. Today a proud country, Wales embraces a distinct culture that includes its own language, holidays and music.Wales boasts a stunning variety of scenery. The Welsh coastline stretches over 1,200 kilometres, marked by unspoilt beaches and a vast array of marine and bird life. Inland stand craggy mountain ranges, striking waterfalls and lapping lakes. The biggest mountains in Wales and England are to be found in the Snowdonia National Park. It was here that Plantagenet King Edward I built an iron ring of medieval castles in order in to establish his dominance over the country. They still stand and feature on several Insight itineraries. Cardiff was the world’s major coal port in the early 20th Century and much of its appearance can be attributed to that period. The Welsh capital is now enjoying a renaissance. Plush hotels, modern restaurants and bars coexist with striking architecture from different eras.Take time to hit the shops in Cardiff. Glossy new chain stores sit side-by-side with trendy boutiques, super malls have shot up, while the characteristic old Victorian arcades and markets have been given a new lick of paint.
Cardiff hosts some of the very best in arts and entertainment. You’ll find professional theatre, opera of the highest quality, visiting ballet, classical music, ranging through to comedy clubs and contemporary circus acts.
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IRELAND

Packed with history, creativity, folk legend, religious devotion, miles of spectacular coastline and an unsurpassed natural beauty, Ireland has so much to take in. Combine this with a lively pub life, vibrant urban cities like Dublin and Cork, and everlasting Celtic traditions, you’ll find Ireland nudging the top of most travellers’ wish list.Nestled on the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin prospered greatly during the 18th Century and it has preserved many of the neo-Classical buildings and elegant Georgian terraces from this period. There are also magnificent museums and cathedrals, well preserved castles, leafy squares and parks.Ireland’s countryside is beautiful, pastoral and unspoiled, with quaint old villages, where time seems to go more slowly, or stops altogether. Scenery can be dramatic – especially on the west coast. The many ancient Christian crosses, ruined monastic settlements and castles stand as a reminder of early Irish piety and its turbulent past.The Irish playwright Oscar Wilde famously wrote, “I can resist everything except temptation,” and there’s plenty to tempt you here. Irish tweed and knitwear from the Aran Islands (once handmade by fishermen featuring family patterns); lace from Limerick and pure Irish linen. You’ll also see pottery, Waterford crystal, Irish whiskey, jewellery and enamel work inspired by ancient Celtic art.
Ireland is a place of song and story where you’ll hear traditional folk music played on banjos, bagpipes, accordions and fiddles. Dublin has a great theatrical heritage. Don’t miss the chance for dinner and a performance at one of Dublin’s famous theatres.Showcasing the very best sights and scenery of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way and an incredible stay at the distinguished and luxurious Ashford Castle – recently respectfully and magnificently restored with a $75m investment by its owners, Insight’s parent company. You can be sure of extra special care and service at this world-famous icon.
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