Raves About Rick Steves' British Isles Tours

England, Scotland, and Ireland offer a marvelous mix of travel thrills, from the unexpectedly exotic to the nearly familiar. Take it from our tour members: Each of our tours in the British Isles — from soaring cathedrals to friendly pubs to hard-working sheepdogs — comes filled with unforgettable experiences...

"Our guide had apparently planned that during our walk through York we would round the corner suddenly so we would have a first, close-up, surprise, full view of the York Minster in all its glory and immensity. I had hoped for many years to visit this cathedral, and that moment of sudden encounter of the whole thing right in the face was the high moment of the tour for me. The evening we hiked to the Castlerigg stone circle outside Keswick was also an exciting, emotional experience."

— Earla in Wilmington, NC — Best of England in 14 Days Tour

Sheepdog at Leault Farm, Kincraig, Scotland

"There were so many 'wow' moments. I guess my very favorite time was at the sheep farm where we got to watch the border collies herd the sheep. The intensity and focus of the dogs is amazing. I also enjoyed holding a tiny puppy and having him snuggle up against my neck. That was special. Cawdor Castle was very interesting. Actually seeing how someone lives in a castle today is amazing. Our tour was so fortunate to see the highlanders marching through the entrance."

Carolyn in Durham, NC — Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour

"Coming from New York, I thought nothing could beat the sights and sounds of NYC. Was I wrong! From the first day until the last day, the tour was fabulous. We learned so much about London, and can't wait to return. Under the guidance of Gillian, we learned how to navigate the ‘underground’, see the sites for which London is famous, find the best restaurants, walk (and walk, and walk!!) the different areas of the city, and enjoy every aspect of being in London."

— Margaret in Quechee, VT — Best of London in 7 Days Tour

Pub musicians, Dingle, Ireland

"My favorite 'wow' moment took place in O'Sullivans Courthouse Pub in Dingle the first time I heard Theresa Horgan sing. The pub was filled with a vibrant mix of tourists and locals. The boisterous crowd was joking and laughing and drinking, and taking pictures, and sharing stories, and ordering frothy pints of Guinness. The mood was a bit raucous but friendly and fun. Then Theresa began to sing. Within 10 seconds the crowd went silent. Everyone was just captivated by the sound of her voice."

— Michael in Rutland, VT — Best of Ireland in 14 Days Tour