Travelling doesn’t always need to be about getting from A to B. Take some time to savour the beautiful British Isles by car, boat and train, with these exceptional experiences from Pride of Britain Hotels.
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Whizz through postcard-pretty villages, woodland, vast countryside and along dramatic sections of the Cornish coast in a classic Morgan 4/4 sports car. The longest-running production vehicle in the world weighs just 795kg, allowing drivers to head down the winding roads that lead to Cornwall’s most beautiful villages, harbours, beaches and coastal scenery.
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Roseland Peninsula, The Nare allows guests to hire its Morgan car for a day of exploration. Why not order a freshly prepared luxury picnic, including locally-sourced smoked salmon and lobster? Strap a basket to the car’s luggage rack to enjoy in a secluded spot with stunning sea views.
Deep in the Scottish Highlands, The Torridon also offers a classic Morgan for guests to take a spin along the winding North Coast 500. After traversing the rugged landscape, take a pitstop at famous landmarks in the surrounding area, including the woodland waterfalls of Faerie Glen, Rosemarkie or the elegant Dunrobin Castle, with its landscaped grounds inspired by the Gardens of Versailles.
One day’s car hire at The Nare or The Torridon costs from £250.
Image: Sea Safari at Glenapp Castle
If travelling on land isn’t your style, perhaps the option to see the beautiful Cornish coastline from the water will float your boat. The Nare has two options: Alice Rose, a 38ft motor launch which can be chartered privately for up to 10 guests to explore the Fal and Helford rivers, and Maggie O’Nare, a classically-designed 22ft Cornish Crabber, ideal for mackerel fishing, exploring, swimming and gentle sailing on Carrick Roads’ estuary.
Europe’s largest artificial lake, Rutland Water, is in sight of Hambleton Hall, which is perched high atop the Hambleton Peninsula in the Midlands. As well as being a haven for wildlife, the peaceful 3,100-acre reservoir is ideal for sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and canoeing, all of which are possible at the nearby Rutland Watersports Centre.
The clear waters off the Ayrshire coast are teeming with marine life, from 30ft basking sharks to dolphins, minke whales and seals. Glenapp Castle’s Sea Safari takes guests across the water by boat to the volcanic outcrop of Ailsa Craig, which is home to over 40,000 birds, including puffins, guillemots, gannets and razorbills. The experience is available from £195 pp (minimum four sharing).
Image: Hebridean Princess
Elsewhere in Scotland, the Hebridean Princess is Pride of Britain Hotels’ small luxury cruise ship, which carries just 50 guests on voyages of between four and ten nights, taking in the Highlands, islands, lochs and remote mainland areas. As with the hotels within Pride of Britain’s collection, the ship is renowned for its exceptional service, and fine food and wine. The varied itineraries include classical music, art, cycling, food and drink, wildlife and gardens. Trips aboard the Hebridean Princess start from £1,665 pp (two sharing).
Image: Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway
In addition to the new regular steam train departing London Waterloo for the historic town of Windsor this summer, the Sunset Steam Express will take passengers on an evening tour of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, departing Waterloo at 6pm, every Tuesday from 4 June to 3 September. Travelling in vintage rail carriages, the four-hour round trip takes in rolling chalk downs, flower-rich grasslands and woodland, on a steep climb through the Surrey Hills before descending through the Vale of Holmesdale and passing through the market towns of Dorking and Reigate, returning to the capital as the sun begins to set. Adult prices start from £49 pp for Standard Class. A seat in a Premier Dining Carriage costs from £99 pp, including a delicious three-course meal. Stay at one of Pride of Britain Hotels’ London properties.
Experience the beauty of Snowdonia from over 40 miles of scenic railway on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, which crosses the length and breadth of Snowdonia National Park. In comfortable and traditional carriages, the romantic journey is pulled by steam engine, with a range of full and half-day journeys available. Enjoy a luxury afternoon tea for two, with first class return rail travel between Caernarfon and Porthmadog from £165 (two sharing). Stay overnight at Bodysgallen Hall & Spa in Llandudno.