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The Best Group Tours in the UK

A trip to the UK isn’t complete without getting a taste of the British outdoors – and now you can book with TRIPS by Culture Trip to experience the best the British Isles has to offer.
Mandi Keighran
11 Dec 2021
Encompassing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is home to exciting cities, a rich and fascinating history and some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. From speeding through a forest on a dog sled in the Scottish Highlands and hiking the tallest peak in Wales to meditation and stand-up paddleboard yoga on the Thames, British tours have something for everyone.
1 . Island hopping and sea kayaking in the Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides is about as remote as it gets in the UK. This interconnected chain of Atlantic islands off the northwest coast of Scotland features a spectacular landscape of mountains, moors and grassy plains (known locally as machair) and a coastline dotted with sandy white beaches. If you want to get to know this Gaelic paradise like a local, book a spot on Culture Trip’s Britain’s Last Frontier: Exploring the Hebridean Isles. You’ll spend seven days island-hopping, experiencing Gaelic hospitality and seeking thrills—think kayaking through secluded inlets and hiking the craggy peaks of the Cuillin Mountains. There’s also time for whisky tasting and visiting a magical ancient stone circle.

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2 . Coastal hiking, paddleboarding and wild swimming in Devon

With sandy beaches, a coastline rich in fossil cliffs, sprawling moorlands and a collection of picturesque harbour towns dubbed the English Riviera, it’s no wonder Devon is often referred to as Mother Nature’s playground. To explore it fully, join our six-day Walking and Swimming the Wilds of Devon trip, designed for adventurous travellers who want to get to know the wilder side of Devon — swim off secluded beaches, in lidos or at hidden wild spots, or try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Another highlight is the traditional British accommodation, which includes an old coaching inn and a clifftop retreat.

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3 . Bird watching, cider sipping and meditation in the Thames Valley

If you’re looking to escape the city, there are plenty of premium tours in the UK with a focus on outdoor adventure, but if you want something a bit more relaxing head to the Thames Valley. Located within easy reach of London, this rural paradise offers hiking in the Chiltern Hills, stand-up paddleboarding yoga on the River Thames, wild swimming, and plenty of traditional pubs. Book a spot on Culture Trip’s four-day Swim Wild, Sip Cider and Meditate in Rural England group trip and you’ll experience all this alongside dedicated meditation sessions to clear the mind. The trip begins with an opening ceremony led by a meditation expert and also features meditative walks through the wildlife-rich Goring Gap.

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4 . Coasteering, mountain hiking and ziplining in Wales

North Wales has been named the adventure capital of Europe and is a must-visit destination in the UK for adventure seekers. The region, which stretches from Anglesey to Gwynedd, is known for its rolling fields, picturesque craggy coastline, pine forests, and towering mountain peaks — including Wales’ largest mountain peak, Snowdon. Join Culture Trip’s five-day Find Your Wild Side in North Wales to explore this wild region of the UK. Highlights include bedding down in an off-grid ecolodge, hiking through Snowdonia National Park, an underground adventure in a disused slate mine, and coasteering along the Anglesey coast.

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5 . Snowshoeing and dog sledding in the Scottish Highlands

Snowshoeing and dog sledding through forests beneath the northern lights is typically associated with Scandinavia — but the Scottish Highlands also offers this kind of magical winter and there are many Scottish Highlands tours to choose from. The four-day Culture Trip Snowshoeing and Dog Sledding in a Scottish Winter Wonderland group tour takes place in Glencoe Mountain Resort, one of the dramatic locations from the James Bond film Skyfall. Alongside snowshoeing and dog sledding, you’ll enjoy ice-climbing, whisky tasting, and a visit to an award-winning chocolatier.

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