Off The Beaten Path Needlepoint Tour of England & Scotland October 18-31, 2020

Our Off the Beaten Path of England and Scotland Tour will take us to some of the more out-of-the-way and amazing parts of these two historic countries. We will start our tour with three nights in London, which will be a great base for us to explore some of the famous sights of the capital city – as well as some of its hidden wonders.

During our time in the capital we will take a class with one of the tutors of the world-famous Royal School of Needlework. There will be time to shop and have some leisure time in London.

We will then drive North in our luxury bus to Edinburgh, where we’ll have an exciting program of visits in this World Heritage Site Capital City. After two nights in Edinburgh, we will head further North into the Highlands of Scotland, with its unique and stunning mountain scenery. Our base whilst we are in the far north will be the ancient cathedral city of Inverness, which has a perfect location for us to visit the Great Glen and Loch Ness. From there we will head Southwest to the Loch Lomond area of Central Scotland and the famous Trossachs Hills.  During our time in Scotland, we will get a real flavour for the country which has a completely different culture and landscape from England.

From Scotland we will head back into the Northwest of England and have a night in the famous Lake District area. Finally, we will head back towards London with a three-night stay at Woburn. During our time here we will visit Althorpe House, the ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales. At Woburn, we will also hold our full-day stitching retreat. On our tour you will stay in beautiful lodgings with fine cuisine, and enjoying stitching projects exclusive to us. There will be time for shopping, leisure, fun, and making new friends.

The cost of the tour will be:

Double Occupancy room: $8450.00
Single Occupancy room $8950.00

A deposit of $3,000 USD is due on sign-up and then you will be invoiced for the remaining payments. The final payment will be due September 15th, 2020.

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Tentative Itinerary

Sunday October 18th 
Arrival of Guests at our hotel in West London (to be confirmed). Welcome Reception with outline of our Tour activities. Dinner at the hotel. Please note: if you wish to arrive before the 13th , we can organise extra nights for you at the hotel. Please contact Jeremy by e-mail: hamiltonco@btconnect.com

Monday October 19th
After breakfast we will visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels and take a ride to see the major sights of London. We will also have another visit to somewhere interesting (to be confirmed) Dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday October 20th
Today we will visit Greenwich to see the Queen’s House, home to an internationally-renowned art collection, with the house designed by Inigo Jones, the famous 17th Century architect. Whilst in Greenwich we shall also see the Greenwich Meridian at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. This day out promises to be a highlight of our tour as you will visit a part of London away from the bustle of the city centre. Dinner at the hotel.

Please note: whilst in London, on one of the evenings we will take a class with our tutor from the Royal School of Needlework. We will also have time to shop and visit Liberty, the world-famous department store established in 1875.

Wednesday October 21st
After breakfast, we will leave London on our luxury bus for Edinburgh. This will be a full day’s travel. However by past experience, you will be able to sit back, relax, read and stitch on our journey. We will of course have lunch and rest stops. Check into the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel. Dinner at the Hotel.

Thursday October 22nd
Today is a sightseeing day of Edinburgh and we will visit the Rosslyn Chapel, just south of the city. There will be time for you to explore Edinburgh and have some leisure time. In the evening we will have dinner at Bertie’s Fish and Chips, which was a great hit on our last visit to the city.

Friday October 23rd
After breakfast, we will have a morning at leisure, where you can either stitch with Elizabeth or shop and explore. In the afternoon we will continue our journey to Inverness, passing through the city of Perth and north through the Cairngorm Mountains. This part of the journey will take in the spectacular and unique mountainous region of beautiful Scotland. Check into our hotel in Inverness for three nights

Saturday October 24th
After breakfast we will visit Grantown-on-Spey, a beautiful little town on the river Spey, very typical of a highland town where we can make a visit to the Glenlivet Distillery. We can’t be in Scotland without visiting a whisky distillery! Today we will also have time to visit a castle. Dinner at the hotel.

Sunday October 25th
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a really exciting day as we will travel to the nearby Great Glen and visit Loch Ness and take our chances at seeing the resident monster Nessie! Weather-dependent, we may take a cruise on the Loch. This is another day when we will see spectacular Highland Scenery, and may even see the Highest Mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. Dinner at the Hotel.

Monday October 26th
Breakfast at the Hotel. Then a leisurely departure Southwards to Loch Lomond. We will have the opportunity to stop somewhere of interest for lunch. Check into our hotel in Loch Lomond. Dinner at the Hotel.

Tuesday October 27th
The first part of our day includes a visit to the Hill House, considered to be the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece which turns Art into a home. This promises to be a wonderful experience and no doubt will be inspiration for a small needlepoint project based on the house. Afterwards we will journey south and check into a hotel in the English Lake District. Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday October 28th
Today we will head southeast with a stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, home town of William Shakespeare, ending up finally at the Woburn Hotel, Woburn for three nights. Dinner at the Hotel.

Thursday October 29th
We have used Woburn of lots of other tours as it is a perfect location for our big needlepoint retreat. Today of course we will visit Althorpe House, the ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales. We will have time to stitch later and have Dinner at the hotel.

Friday October 30th
Today is our full-day stitching retreat at the Woburn Hotel. In previous years it has been a marvellous way to end the tour and this year we will have the pleasure of welcoming Stephanie Burnham, Rosemary Sharman and of course, Elizabeth to teach and we trust this will be a memorable finish to what will have been a thrilling tour for all our guests. Gala Dinner at the hotel for our final night.

Saturday October 31st
Guests depart from Woburn by minibus to their respective terminals at London Heathrow Airport for their return flights to the USA. (Please if possible try to organise the return flight after 11:00am)
Please note: Jeremy can organise extensions to your stay if you wish to arrive early or stay longer in London, and can help you make plans if you wish to do so. If you have any requests or anything you would like to do or see that is near our route, please let us know, and we will try to include it.

Notes:

  • We will make additions to this itinerary in due course, to include other visits and activities.
  • During your stay in the UK, we will do all the activities listed, but may change the running order on this itinerary, subject to opening times, etc. In some of the villages and towns, the lanes can be steep and uneven. Please make sure you have good suitable footwear.
  • Included in the tour price will be all the stitching projects with materials. All you will need to bring are your personal stitching tools that you would normally use. We have not listed on the itinerary specific times for stitching and tutorials, however we will make ample time available for these activities.
  • All dinners are included in the tour price, excluding beverages. We normally have a big English breakfast and at lunchtime you will be able to purchase a light lunch or a Cake etc. Please note that we can accommodate food allergies by your prior advice.
  • All our accommodations and dinners will be of very high standard and although we are really informal as a tour, some of our dining venues may request guests to adopt more ‘smart casual’ attire.
  • The tour will be guided by both Jeremy and Elizabeth. Jeremy of course is British and is an expert in the History and Art of the country.
  • If you have any questions or requirements, please e-mail Jeremy at: hamiltonco@btconnect.com.