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From the sculpted coves of Southern England’s Jurassic Coast to the honeycombed columns of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom’s beauty takes a different tint in each of its nations. Pour yourself a spot of tea and get acquainted—your next trip is here.

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Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland
12 days | 14 days with London extension

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What to know before you go

POPULATION

About 56.5 million English, 5.5 million Scots, 3.25 million Welsh, and 2 million Northern Irish live in the United Kingdom, making it the third-most populous country in all of Europe. (And with an area roughly a third the size of Texas, no less.)

CULTURAL QUICK TAKE

English is the official language of the United Kingdom and operates as a lingua franca in certain parts of the region. Depending on where you find yourself on a U.K. tour, you may read or hear one of three indigenous Celtic languages: Welsh, Irish, to Scottish Gaelic.

FOUR’S A PARTY

The U.K. is comprised of four countries, collectively called the Home Nations. England, Scotland, and Wales lie on the island of Great Britain, while Northern Ireland occupies the far reaches of the island of Ireland . All are part of the British Isles—the name given to the pairing.

WHAT ABOUT IRELAND?
That’s a whole different place! Spread over more than 80% of its island home, the Republic of Ireland is a sovereign state. It does, however, share a border with the U.K., thanks to its neighbor, Northern Ireland. The best part? You can visit both on some of our United Kingdom tours.

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The Jack of all Trips

Highlights
of England,
Scotland & Ireland

Hit England and Scotland—and
test your tongue at pronouncing
Europe’s longest town name in
Wales—before striking out for
the Emerald Isle.

See this 12-day itinerary
The Green Getaway

Landscapes
of Scotland
& Ireland

Go from Highlands to islands as
you survey Scotland’s
mesmerizing scenery. After,
cross the Irish Sea for a spell in
Northern Ireland’s coastal capital, Belfast.

The Capital Cities

Dublin,
Edinburgh
& London

Interested in more depth than
breadth? Begin in the Republic
of Ireland, then immerse
yourself in a pair of dignified
British capitals.

The Stuff of Legends

Grand Tour
of Great
Britain

Journey from Edinburgh to
Cardiff to London, stopping in
stoic castles and peaceful
villages, all on one
comprehensive U.K. tour.

Introducing the Isles

THIS IS ALBION

Buckingham Palace.

The Cotswolds.

Afternoon tea.

Find a tour of England

THIS IS ALBA

Holyroodhouse.

The Highlands.

Scotch whisky.

THIS IS ÉIRE

Glendalough.

The Burren.

Guinness stout.

Inspire your United Kingdom tour—then book it

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Catch the whispers of ancients on a breeze

Stark Stonehenge has guarded the English countryside since the Bronze Age. Check it out on our Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland tour.


Feast on sweet sights and savory food

Soar through the sky aboard the London Eye, then take to the streets for a proper pub meal on our Dublin, Edinburgh & London tour.


Trace the steps of a Northern Irish legend

One look at the Giant’s Causeway will have you believing its mythical origins. Take it in on our Landscapes of Scotland & Ireland tour.


Experience the serenity of the Scottish coast

Renaissance universities? Medieval ruins? You’ll find both in seaside St. Andrews on our Highlights of Scotland & England tour.

What travelers say about our United Kingdom tours

Amazing London Trip!
3/15/24 by 1st-time traveler Asia
My trip to London was beyond what I could expect. Besides the trip itself and the great sightseeing, I met some great people and our tour guide Kay was the cherry on top. 10 out of 10! Everything is made so easy for you and the feeling of being in a group made it more fun. I can’t wait to go on another trip with EF again.
London: The City Experience
Highlights of England, Scotland and Ireland
3/13/24 by 1st-time traveler Nancy
The tour was awesome. The destinations in each country were well thought out and provided an excellent glimpse of the history of these countries. Our tour guide was exceptional throughout the tour and our group unanimously knighted our tour guide Sir Alex!
Highlights of England, Scotland and Ireland
Come for the experience, leave with friends
3/3/24 by 1st-time traveler Kathleen
We had a great trip! The itinerary was well done. Having the option to customize your experince was amazing. Do as little or as much as you want. Both guides, Frank and Andrew, had great suggestions for down time.
A Week in Ireland: Dublin, Cork, and Galway
Exploring Scotland
10/11/23 by 1st-time traveler Ann
This trip was all that I had hoped for. I was with a great group of people and made many friends and memories. We had the best tour director/Colin and bus driver/Allan, they made sure we saw everything we had hoped for and more. I’ve already booked my next trip and I’m sure it too will meet all expectations.
Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland
Great Britain
10/6/23 by 4th-time traveler Paula
Excellent tour. We did all the optional tours and really felt that we covered a lot of ground. Our tour director Mike was very kind, patient, and organized. The local guides were very informative. The members of our tour group were very pleasant and considerate of the group. We have always been happy with our tours with Go Ahead and this one was no different.
Grand Tour of Great Britain: Scotland, England & Wales
Very professional as always
10/3/23 by 4th-time traveler Emilia
This was our fourth trip with Go Ahead and Ireland did not disappoint. We had a fantastic trip, met amazing people, and our tour guide Liam and driver John help make this trip memorable for years to come.
A Week in Ireland: Dublin to Belfast
More than expected
9/21/23 by 1st-time traveler William R
From start to finish we could not have asked for a better experience! Our guide and drivers handled everything extremely well, even when the weather put a damper on our planes, David was able to make last minute changes to the itinerary and save the day. Amazing people and beautiful scenery make for lovely memories.
Landscapes of Scotland & Ireland
Incredible Tour!
8/3/23 by 3rd-time traveler Jason
This was an incredible tour of the UK and Ireland. Our tour director, David, was absolutely wonderful! His knowledge, experience and sense of humor were greatly appreciated. The tour explores so much and yet still provides time for free time activities.
Landscapes of Scotland and Ireland

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Make for the mainland

With continental Europe so tantalizingly close, why not tack a few more places onto your United Kingdom tour?

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London, Paris & Rome
11 days | 14 days with Madrid extension

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