FARMING IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

Get a real insight into how the farmers of our islands face up to the wide variety of challenges that face them in the varying conditions that prevail here.

DAY
1

Arrival in London. Free time for sightseeing in the capital, take in Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and The Houses of Parliament. Possible flight on the famous London Eye for excellent views of the city. A special evening's entertainment is in store tonight, with a visit to the Medieval Banquet at St Katherine's Dock. Overnight London.

DAY
2

Milking imageAfter breakfast drive to the famous university town of Oxford for a short visit to one of the colleges. The countryside around Oxford and further north in the Midlands has many arable and dairy farms which we will pass through on our journey, and time allowing and depending on the specific interest of the group we can visit one of these. Continue into the north of England and overnight in Carlisle.

DAY
3

After breakfast we visit a large dairy farm with over 200 milking cows and calves, as well as many acres of arable land farming wheat and barley. Many of the farms in this area were hit by the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001 and today we can see how they have overcome this trouble and rebuilt their livestock. After the farm visit, we will continue on to Hadrian's Wall and a visit of Housesteads Roman Fort.  Continue on to Edinburgh, and time permitting late afternoon sightseeing in this beautiful capital city. Edinburgh Castle is set in an imposing position overlooking the city, and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels - no visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the castle. Overnight in Edinburgh.

DAY
4

After breakfast we have a day in Perth and the Grampians and we visit Blair Castle. Along the rugged east coastline through Montrose, our journey takes us to the city of Aberdeen. In the afternoon we visit the Mart, the local Livestock Cattle Market. This is a meeting point for all the local farmers and gives you the chance to see many breeds of cattle as they are viewed for sale. Overnight Aberdeen

DAY
5

Harvesting imageThis morning a brief tour of Aberdeen and St. Machars Cathedral and the bridges over the river Dee, then into the Highlands of Scotland on the Whisky Trail and to a whisky distillery in the Speyside area for a VIP tour with tutored tasting. Continue on to Inverness and the famous Loch Ness. Here we have a chance to hunt for the famous Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as 'Nessie'. South along the banks of Loch Ness, and the chance to visit the Official Loch Ness Visitor centre. Overnight in Fort William or Oban. 

DAY
6

South from Fort William we travel in the direction of Glasgow, and to the Scottish Country Life Museum, where you can see the Historical Farm and see how farming has developed through the years. Then back into England and a visit of a farm in the Ripon area. This farm is 600 acres and is an arable farm growing rape, wheat and barley. The farmer will also show you and discuss potato farming. Overnight in the historic city of York. 

DAY
7

Morning sightseeing in York, then travel south to the countryside and farmlands of East Anglia - an area famous for its potato farming. Stop in Cambridge for late lunch, then on to London. For the final evening meal we invite you for a Premier Dinner Cruise on the Thames. Overnight in London

DAY
8

After breakfast, free time in London before departure home.