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Look out over the gothic Houses of Parliament and iconic 'Big Ben' from Westminster Bridge, the perfect viewing point.

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The UK & Ireland is home to miles and miles of picturesque countryside just waiting to be explored. The small size of the region means that you are never far away from the nearest area of natural beauty.

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Escape the hustle and bustle of central London and head to Greenwich, a World Heritage Site, with its lovely village like feel. With the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and Sir Christopher Wren's Old Royal Naval College to visit, Greenwich can definitely be considered a worthwhile destination in its own right.

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Take a ride on the London Eye at sunset and admire the city's iconic skyline from above.

UK - Brown's Hotel

The oldest hotel in London, Brown’s is a wonderful slice of history in London’s exclusive borough of Mayfair. Take Afternoon Tea in the English Tea Room, sip cocktails in the Donovan Bar and visit Mayfair’s beautiful boutiques and art galleries, which are all just minutes away.

UK - Buckingham Palace Guards

If you are looking for some traditionally British pomp and ceremony, watch Changing the Guard as it happens, almost every day, at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

UK - Bulgari Pool

Not many London hotels can boast a swimming pool, let alone one of these size and grandeur. When the weather isn’t quite up to scratch, we can’t imagine there being a better place in the capital to spend an afternoon. 

UK - Claridge's Lobby

One of London’s finest hotels, this art deco splendour is loved by both royalty and rock stars. 

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While away a weekend in the New Forest with its roaming ponies, luxurious country house hotels and beautiful wooded landscapes.

UK Inverlochy Castle

Nestled within the foothills of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, Inverlochy Castle is a scenic country retreat in the heart of the Scottish Highlands which is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and wide range of traditional country pursuits. 

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For those interested in royalty, Glamis Castle was the childhood home of the Queen Mother. Considered one of the country’s most impressive castles, the castle has been home to the same family for over 600 years.

UK Corinthia Suite Terrace

The Musician's Penthouse Suite at Corinthia. Spread over two floors linked by a staircase and private lift, this stunningly decorated suite is one of London's finest. As for its magnificent terrace, with gas fire and both city and riverscape views... well, this photo speaks for itself!

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We might be biased, but no city comes alive at night quite like London, and few terraces beat this one - the Corinthia's Penthouse Suite. Bridges flicker into life, the Thames glows with reflections from all sides, Canary Wharf never sleeps and signature sites, such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, the Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral are sensationally lit all night long.

UK - Boundary Rooftop

One of London’s most popular spots as soon as the sun comes out, Boundary Rooftop in Shoreditch, open for lunch, dinner, drinks and general relaxation, is one of the trendiest hangouts in town. 

UK - Brighton Pavillion

Built as a seaside home for the Prince Regent in 1787, Brighton Pavilion is an exotic combination of Eastern and Western architecture located on Britain’s south coast.

UK - Aldourie Castle

Stay in a castle and bring your childhood fantasies to life at one of Scotland’s finest exclusive use properties. Perched on the banks of Loch Ness, Aldourie Castle has been lovingly and skilfully resorted to resemble its Victorian hey-dey. 

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Take time to visit Buckingham Palace, one of the world’s most famous royal palaces. Well located between Green Park and St James’s Park, your visit can easily be combined with a wander through London’s royal parks. 

UK - The Witchery Restaurant

An Edinburgh institution, nowhere in Edinburgh offers a more romantic dining experience. If you can’t quite face leaving after dinner, The Witchery has sumptuous suites to stay in too. 

UK - The Sir Percy Blakeney Master suite, Royal Crescent

Feel like a king or queen, or at least a lord or lady, at the Georgian style Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. 

UK - The Ritz

Take tea at the Ritz, one of London’s most famous hotels.

UK - The Lobby Lounge Corinthia Hotel London

Stay at one of London’s most luxurious hotels, Corinthia, formerly the site of the Ministry of Defence under Winston Churchill. Wonderfully located between Trafalgar Square, theatre-land and Westminster, guests can explore all the city has to offer by foot. 

UK - The Bath House Spa, The Royal Crescent Hotel

Relax in the beautifully atmospheric spa at the Royal Crescent hotel in Bath, lit with glowing candles by night and streaming sunshine by day.

UK - The Balmoral

Stay at one of Edinburgh’s finest luxury hotels located on Prince’s Street. Now over 100 years old, The Balmoral is an Edinburgh institution. 

UK - Stratford upon Avon Cottage

Swot up on Shakespeare in this picturesque market town, birth-place and home to the world’s most famous playwright. 

UK - Standing Stones of Callinish

One of the UK & Ireland’s most ancient sites, the striking standing stones of Callinish, thought to be a calendar system based on the moon, date from around 2900 BC. You’ll find them on the Isle of Lewis which is part of the Outer Hebrides. 

UK - St Pancras

Marvel at this recently renovated Victorian-era railway hotel. If you’re heading on to Paris to London, there is nowhere better to stay as St Pancras Station is home to the Eurostar.

UK - Scottish Borders

The UK & Ireland is the perfect place to visit for the festive season. With snowy landscapes, cosy boutique hotels and fantastic Christmas shopping in London, we couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

UK - Saville Row

Get fitted for your perfect tailor-made suit at one of Savile Row’s world-famous tailors.

UK - Royal Scotsman train

The Royal Scotsman takes you from Waverley Station in Edinburgh into the heart of Scotland on several luxurious journeys. Visit the country’s finest castles, whisky distilleries and most dramatic landscapes as your travel in style.

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Sail down the Kennet and Avon waterway on a 1920s Thames River Launch at Bath's Royal Crescent hotel.

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One of the country’s finest examples of Georgian architecture, Bath’s Royal Crescent is an impressive site, from which ever way you approach it. 

UK - Roman Baths

Visit one of the world’s first spa resorts; Bath was much frequented by the Romans who adored the city’s naturally warm waters. 

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With its dramatic cityscape views, the rooftop Radio Bar at ME by Melia hotel is one of the best bars in London from which to spot some of London’s world-famous buildings.

UK - Pulteney Bridge, Bath

Explore Georgian Bath, one of the UK & Ireland’s most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

UK - Prince's Lodge

One of the smartest hotels in town, The Connaught in Mayfair is the perfect pied-a-terre while in London. 

UK - Oxford Spires

Walk through centuries of history as you explore one of the UK & Ireland’s most beautiful cities. Grand university colleges, quaint cobbled streets, historic spires, aristocratic piles and Michlin-starred restaurants are just some of the delights on offer.

UK - Old Parsonage Oxford

Head to the Old Parsonage in Oxford, a quaint boutique hotel housed in a historical 17th century manor house.

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London has an awe-inspiring amount of world-class art on display in an incredible amount of galleries, whether you are interested in the great masters, Pre-Raphaelites, YBAs, contemporary street art, prehistoric sculpture or cutting-edge performance art. 

UK - Millenium Dome

Formally the ill-fated Millennium Dome, and one of London’s signature buildings, the O2 Arena has brought the dome back to life as the setting for endless concerts and cultural performances. For the best views, take a ride on the Emirates Skyline.

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Try one of our tailor-made helicopter tours of London for the best views of this beautiful city.

UK - Loch Laich

Take a tour of Scotland’s many lochs; from the scenic Loch Laich to the infamous Loch Ness.

UK - Limewood, New Forest

Immerse yourself in nature from the comfort of Lime Wood, on of the UK's most exclusive boutique hotels.

UK - Leeds Castle, Kent

Explore one of the UK’s finest castles. Leeds Castle dates from Norman times and has been frequented throughout history by William the Conqueror, medieval queens, Henry VIII and American heiresses. 

UK - Le Manoir, Oxford

If you fancy yourself as a foodie, then no visit to Oxford would be complete without experiencing the gourmet gastronomy of Michelin-starred celebrity chef, Raymond Blanc. Housed in a picturesque 15th century Chiltern manor, with exquisite gardens, Le Manoir can be visited all year round.

UK - Lake District

The Lake District, with its dramatic hills, expansive lakes and idyllic villages, is an unrivalled area of natural beauty that is perfect for walking, trekking, hiking, sailing and riding to your heart’s content. 

UK - King's College Cambridge

Located in between Cambridge’s River Cam and the heart of this beautiful city, King’s College, in its late Gothic style, is one of the university’s most beautiful historic colleges. 

UK - Hampton Court

Recreate history at Hampton Court Palace. Dating from 1494, Hampton Court was home to many INFAMOUS monarchs including Queen Mary I, Charles I and, most famously, Henry VIII.

UK - Gilpin Lodge, Lake District

Stay in the heart of the Lake District at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House.

UK - Giant's Causeway, Ireland

World famous and a central part of Irish folklore, the Giant’s Causeway can be found on County Antrim on Ireland’s wild North East coast. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive geological formation is over 50 millions years old and is made up of over 40,000 basalt columns.

UK - Fort William Ben Nevis

From your base in Fort William climb Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles.

UK - Fairmont Simpson in the Strand

No longer confined to builders, bankers and English gentleman, nothing beats starting the day with a traditional English breakfast; bacon, eggs, beans, sausages and all the trimmings. 

UK - Eileen Donan Castle

No trip to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a visit to one of the country’s most striking, and most celebrated, castles, Eileen Donan. 

UK - Edinburgh Castle

Towering over the ancient city of Edinburgh on the site of a now extinct volvano, Edinburgh Castle dates back to the 9th century. Offering panoramic views over the city, the castle is a must-see for any first time visitor to Edinburgh.

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One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a jewel of Georgian architecture. Visit the medieval EdinburghCastle, shopping-haven Princes Street, Holyrood Palace and Royal Botanical Gardens before anything else. 

UK - Dublin Library

Take a look at the Book of Kells in Dublin's Trinity College library. Dating from the 8th century, this ornate depiction of the New Testament is one of Ireland’s finest treasures. 

UK - Dublin Ha'penny Bridge

Cross the Ha’penny Bridge, learn about the lives of Oscar Wilde and James Joyce and visit the world headquarters of Guinness; what ever you are in to, Dublin will have something to offer. 

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Experience a country house hotel at its best at CoworthPark in Berkshire, under an hours drive from London. Its award-winning spa, top restaurants and endless country pursuits will have you never wanting to leave.

UK - Cotswolds, Tewkesbury

Familiarise yourself with some of Britain’s most picture postcard villages in the Cotswolds with its winding country lanes, quaint Cotswold stone buildings and fantastic country-house hotels. 

UK - Corinthia Suite Terrace

Corinthia’s seven Penthouse Suites are some of the finest, and largest, in London. All boast sensational views, but come with a different selection of luxurious extras from private spas. Large open terraces, cocktail cabinets and nearly everything else you can think of.

UK - Coworth Park

Located just outside Ascot, Berkshire, and set within 240 acres of private parkland, Coworth Park is an established country retreat with an array of outdoor activities, but situated just 45 minutes from central London.


Recommended Itineraries in the UK & Ireland

The United Kingdom & Ireland offer fantastically rewarding and diverse holidays from multi-destination cultural tours to romantic city breaks, rural adventures and family fun. You've got historical country houses, royal palaces, ancient castles, stunning landscapes and yes, even world-class food all jostling for your attention on these small isles!

On a tailor made tour of the UK & Ireland, you get the chance to experience some really special towns and cities – from buzzing multicultural London to the beautiful Georgian cities of Edinburgh, Bath and Dublin, the university towns of Cambridge and Oxford and the birthplace of Shakespeare, Tudor Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition to centuries of history, these towns and cities have some of the finest museums, galleries and architecture in the world. The UK & Ireland also have some of Europe's most picturesque natural landscapes. Ampersand favourites include the wild Scottish Highlands and the vast lakes of the Lake District, the picture-perfect Cotswolds and the New Forest – the UK's last open area of unenclosed pasture land where horses and ponies roam freely. The UK & Ireland also boast fantastic wildlife. Go fishing in its rivers, loch and lakes, and ride, shoot or birdwatch to your heart's content in its many national parks, forests and countryside. Rich in urban, rural and gastronomical delights, the UK & Ireland also boast some of the world's best hotels. From grand country house hotels and small charming boutique properties to landmark institutions and luxury 21st century hotels, the UK & Ireland have something to offer everyone.

Our suggested tours in guide

Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Ireland

UK Ballyfin Ireland

10 days from £4,500

Ireland is home to some of the world’s finest historical homes, medieval castles and influential gardens. We have created Ampersand's...

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Royal Britain... A Luxury Tailor-made Tour of London and Edinburgh

Royal Britain UK Itinerary 14

6 days from £3,150 / $4,150

This classic combination of London and Edinburgh allows you to explore the best of Royal Britain using only the finest...

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A Pretty Pocket of England – The Classic Cotswolds

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9 days from £3,995 / $5,420

Not far from the Urban Jungle of London lies a pretty pocket of rural bliss. The honey coloured hues of...

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A Quintessential Downton Abbey Experience

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11 days from £3,800 / $4,865

Not just for fanatics, our Downton Abbey Tour of the UK gives the perfect taste of the grand history of...

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James Bond in London: The Ultimate 007 Experience

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6 days from £3,674 / $5,327

Sexy, glamorous and action packed, London is possibly the most exciting city in the world. This itinerary offers the ultimate 007 Bond...

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Grand Tour of Ireland

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11 days from £4,673

Do you want to experience the ‘real’ Ireland whilst staying at her most exceptional luxury properties? Ampersand has selected the...

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Historical Houses and Gorgeous Gardens… A Luxury Tour of Southern England

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9 days from £2,924 / $4,678

This 9 day tour takes you to The Cotswolds, Somerset and Sussex to explore some of Southern England’s finest historical...

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Best of British... A Luxury Tailor-Made Grand Tour of the British Isles


13 days from £4,344 / $6,950

This classic tour allows you to explore the British Isles staying in the best luxury hotels in each location. Over...

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English Indulgence... Luxury London, Bath and the New Forest


9 days from £3,286 / $5,257

England has some of the world's most beautiful luxury hotels. This 9 day tour allows you to experience London's Corinthia,...

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Romantic Scotland.. A Stay at The Witchery and Loch Ness Lodge

Romantic Scotland UK Itinerary 8

7 days from £2,189 / $3,502

A perfect introduction to Scotland, this 7 day tour takes you to Edinburgh and Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands....

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The Best of Scotland & Ireland: The Ultimate Luxury Vacation

Ashford Castle Cong Ireland Ampersand Travel 2

15 days from £7,365 / $11,784

This itinerary offers a perfectly balanced and varied taste of Scotland and Ireland. Stay in the finest hotels in the...

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Luxury Christmas in London

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8 days from £3,191 / $5,105

This festive itinerary is perfect for families looking to make the most of the Christmas period in London. Split between...

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Four Seasons England... Tailor-made Town and Country

Four Seasons Town And Country UK Itinerary 2

10 days from £3,100 / $4,960

Explore the best of what London, Hampshire and Dublin have to offer with this luxurious Four Seasons itinerary. Experience London’s...

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Literary Legends in Luxury... London, Oxford & Stratford Upon Avon

Literary Legends UK Itinerary 8

9 days from £2,924 / $4,678

This 9 day tour covers London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Dublin, with specialised guides at all times. Visit the homes of...

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Amazing Architecture... Luxury London Tailor-made Tour

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6 days from £1,863 / $2,980

A perfect tour for architecture-lovers, this 6 day itinerary will allow you to explore London's architectural wonders - from Georgian...

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Castles of Scotland... A Grand Historic Tour

Wedding Aldourie Castle

10 days from £8,665 / $13,864

This is the ultimate luxury tour of Scotland showcasing her most sensational experiences – from the vibrant culture of Edinburgh...

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The Ultimate Babymoon Getaway

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6 days from £2,200

Indulgent, relaxing and romantic, this itinerary is perfect for parents-to-be looking for some R&R and pampering before the birth...

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Boutique Blighty... Luxury Tailor-made Tour of England

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12 days from £3,407 / $5,451

This 12 day tour allows you to enjoy England's highlights from the comfort of some of the country's best boutique...

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The Ultimate Downton Abbey Experience

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9 days from £4,530 / $7,293

Explore the filming locations of the period drama Downton Abbey, whilst staying in some of our favorite UK properties. Over...

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Grand Tour of Scotland

Grand Tour Of Scotland UK Itinerary 3

11 days from £2,564 / $4,102

This 11 day itinerary takes you on a tour of Scotland's highlights visiting whisky distilleries, world-class golf courses, scenic glens,...

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Family Christmas at The Ritz London

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6 days from £1,581 / $2,529

For those looking for festive family fun in the capital, this 6 day stay in London's famous Ritz hotel is...

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Learn to be an English Gentleman or Lady

Learn How To Be An English Gentleman UK Itinerary 17

6 days from £1,868 / $2,529

This 6 day town and country itinerary lets you experience the Connaught and the luxurious Coworth Park in Berkshire. Shop...

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Art Attack... East versus West London


6 days from £1,780 / $2,848

London has some of the best art in the world, from Renaissance classics, Turner Prize entries or raw and ready...

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Journey into The Scottish Highlands

Journey To Highlands UK Itinerary 12

11 days from £3,045 / $4,872

The Scottish Highlands are considered the last great wilderness of Europe and this 11 day tour takes you on a...

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Luxury London... A Classic Luxury Tailor-Made Tour of the Capital

Luxury London UK Itinerary 2

6 days from £1,990 / $3,184

Explore the best of London from your base at London's luxurious Claridge's hotel. Perfectly located minutes from Hyde Park, Mont...

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Outdoors Lover's Paradise... A Luxury Tour of the UK's Lakes, Lochs and Brochs

Outdoor Lovers Paradise UK Itinerary 8

10 days from £2,670 / $4,272

Great Britain has a great deal to offer lovers of the outdoors and this tailor-made itinerary allows you to explore...

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The Royal Scotsman: The County Homes and Gardens Journey

Royal Scotsman Country Homes Gardens UK Itinerary 4

5 days from £4,660 / $7,456

Perfect for those who wish to experience the UK's finest country homes and gardens, this 5 day and 2 night...

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The Royal Scotsman: The Highland Journey

Royal Scotsman Highland Journey UK Itinerary 1

3 days from £2,350 / $3,760

This 3 day 2 night tour is perfect for combining with a tour of Scotland or the rest of the...

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Some of our favourite hotels in guide

Dromoland Castle ,

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A grand and romantic hotel, a stay at Dromoland Castle completely captures the romance of South Western Ireland. Dating back...

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The Lanesborough ,

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Nestled in the heart of London’s most exclusive postcode, lives the impressive and glamorous Lanesborough. The historical hotel closed in...

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Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard ,

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A combination of staggering views, great bars and restaurants, and the “wow” factor of staying in Western Europe’s tallest skyscraper...

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Aldourie Castle ,
Loch Ness

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Straight out of a fairy tale, the beautiful Grade A listed Aldourie Castle is located directly on the scenic banks...

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Ard na Sidhe Country House ,

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Located outside the Killorglin, a short distance from Killarney on the banks of the scenic Caragh Lake, Ard Na Sidhe...

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Coworth Park, A Dorchester Collection Hotel ,

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Part of the luxurious Dorchester Collection, Coworth Park opened in 2010 and is already an beautifully established country retreat. Located...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in guide


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Cradled in the heart of Kenmare Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare epitomises the untamed beauty of the south...

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County Limerick

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County Limerick is a land of low-lying farmland and rolling green mountains, with a quaint rural Irish charm and tradition....

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Ballyvaughan Ireland Ampersand Travel 1  (1)

Ballyvaughan’s craggy landscape is beautiful and raw – a stunning place to hike or cycle across; other activities include golf,...

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Stratford Upon Avon UK 6

Celebrated as the town of Shakespeare’s birth, Stratford-upon-Avon is not to be missed for die-hard Shakespeare fans. Essentially a small...

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Midleton Jameson Factory Ireland

The town of Midleton is set in a fertile valley close to the south coast and Cork Harbour with many...

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Paris * (itinerary extensions)

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* Ampersand can arrange a tailor-made city break to Paris or an extension to your UK itinerary. Consistently voted the...

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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
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