UK holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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Fowey accommodation in Cornwall, sleeps 2, England
Cottages in a Cornish watermill, from £90 - £125 per cottage per night
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Our cabin is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside, from £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Quiet cottage near the beach, from £420 - £957 per week (sleeps 4)
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Sea kayaking explorations on the Pembrokeshire National Park coastline, from £289 (3 days) ex flights
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
Luxury B&B in the Cotswolds, from £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Lake District family activity holiday
Walk, climb, abseil and canoe around the Borrowdale Valley., from £395 (7 days) ex flights
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
Visit Britain's most beautiful shortcut - the Crinan Canal, from £794 (8 days) ex flights
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
The perfect eco escape to the countryside, from £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Peak District bed and breakfast, England
Organic farmhouse B&B in the Peak District National Park, from £43 per person per night
Coasteering weekend in Wales
The ultimate coastal adventure, from £219 - £225 (3 days) ex flights
Luxury yoga & holistic retreat in Oxfordshire, UK
A powerful inner-journey in a sublimely bucolic location, from £400 - £1500 (5 days) ex flights
Railway walking tours of the Scottish Highlands
Take in Scotland, by trains, steam railways, ferries & feet, from £935 - £1135 (7 days) ex flights
Pembrokeshire group accommodation, Wales
Group bookings for up to 30 at an activity lodge in Pembrokeshire, Wales, from £39 - £62 per person per night
Surrey Hills B&B accommodation, England
16th century farmhouse in beautiful Surrey Hills, from £70 - £80 per double room per night
Malvern bed and breakfast accommodation
Stay at a 600 year old family home, from £65 - £90 per room per night
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
The perfect trip to recharge the batteries, from £397 (3 days) ex flights
Walkers accommodation in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Family-run walkers lodge in the Scottish highlands, from £21 - £40 (2 days)
Radisson Blu hotel in Edinburgh
Exclusive hotel in the heart of Edinburgh, from £110 - £355 per room per night
Walking holidays in England
Discovering the beautiful English countryside on foot, from £495 - £850 (6 days) ex flights
Aberystwyth caravan park, Wales
4* self catering holiday park accommodation, from £130 - £520 per accommodation per week
Self guided cycling holidays in England
Cycle through stunning countryside, from £230 - £560 (4 days) ex flights
Family adventure holiday in Wales
Discovery, fun and exploration in Pembrokeshire, from £469 - £525 (5 days) ex flights
Dartmoor & Exmoor self guided walking holiday, England
Self guided walking between the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks., from £269 - £639 (3 days) ex flights
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
Accommodation in the Cairngorms, from £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Traditional houseboats, from £385 - £750 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Hiking holidays in Scotland
Unique and dramatic views, from £844 (5 days) ex flights
Scottish borders B&B farmstay accommodation
A guesthouse set amidst 1000 acre working upland sheep farm, from £27 - £41 per person per night
Cycling holidays in England
Cycling the beautiful English countryside, from £255 - £575 (4 days) ex flights

462 reviews for UK holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent UK holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland
Memorable parts? We were a small and delightful group of 6 travelers and 4 crew, including the skipper and a fabulous chef. We all got to know one another very well. The boat was cozy and comfortable, the landscapes and cloudscapes, sublime; and the day trips and hikes, especially our visit to Iona and its sacred and ancient abbey were vitamin C for the spirit. Tips? Bring waterproof clothing and shoes. One day the water was rough and the wind was very strong. Those of us who... (more)Patricia Knowles
From £1880 excluding flights
Devon self catering cottage, England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From £17 per person per night
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Scotland luxury rail holiday
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. (more)Anne Feeley
From £1750 - £1820 excluding flights
Guernsey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the smaller islands of Sark and Herm. Not only was the scenery fabulous but the weather was kind! (more)Stuart Harris
The day trip to Herm, the beaches were beautiful and the weather was great for an easy walk round the island. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
From £644 - £945 excluding flights
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
Fantastic. Lovely cottage, very well stocked and furnished. Very friendly and helpful owner. The cottage is spacious and in bad weather you can sit and gaze into the garden and listen to the birds. (more)Helena Poldervaart
We were intrigued to stay in a house made of straw bales and to see how recycling/ reuse can be put into practice and good effect.- we were not disappointed! We found the photo albums showing the building of the house really interesting. (more)C Sharkey
From £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
10/10, relaxing and rewarding....Great hosts and fellow travellers, stunning scenery and wonderful food, on and off the boat (more)Michele Stewart
My family and I enjoyed it very much. The wonderful scenery and the good food on and off the boat, (more)Alistair Macmillan
Wonderful holiday and great value for money. I'm considering running away to sea! (more)Patricia Moss
From £681 excluding flights
Scotland by railway holiday
Excellent...particularly the West Highland Line (more)Michael Rose
Excellent holiday with wonderful hotels and superb organization, the sun followed us around Scotland ! (more)Joy Wessels
From £985 - £1050 excluding flights
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From £30 - £45 per person per night
Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England
Very very good. Derek was very knowledgeable and helpful. Lunches were delicious. (more)Isabel Clare
Walking through Godmersham Park in the footsteps of Jane Austin was the single most memorable aspect. (more)Deborah Rice
Our holiday on the North Downs Trail in late spring was breathtaking. (more)Carol R Mehler
From £559 excluding flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Staying on the houseboat was the most memorable part!...I would give it an A+. (more)Cathy Halley
The most memorable part of the holiday was ...Spending a peaceful time in beautiful surroundings without a TV. (more)Amanda Curtis
Simply sitting back, enjoying the peace and tranquillity was the most memorable...We genuinely think we had very little impact on the environment. We spent money in local shops - although the nearby Waitrose was a temptation! (more)Tony Dunne
From £385 - £750 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Fantastic. We WILL be back! (more)MARTIN CLARK
Excellent - we would definitely go again (more)Prue Thimbleby
very good well organise energetic weekend (more)Sarah Latham
From £289 excluding flights
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
This was our second visit to The Cotswolds (last over 4 years ago) and we were charmed anew. Too often our holiday experience has been such we're ready to return home after a few days, but on this occasion a week passed quickly, happily, relatively comfortably. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
It was an excellent location. Very quiet B/B. Very friendly hosts and good breakfasts. Room well equiped with everything we needed. (more)Anne Grant
From £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Although it was a short break, we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and felt refreshed both physically and psychologically for it. (more)Carolyn Moore
The cabin was beautifully constructed and we enjoyed a very relaxing time in an interesting part of the country. (more)Bob Simmonds
Most memorable? The building itself that we stayed in - a straw bale cabin. I'd never even heard of such constructions before and so I was intrigued at the prospect. I loved its comfort, location and overall kookiness. (more)Damian Slee
From £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
It was a 100% success...We have never been anywhere that was more environmentally friendly. (more)Keith Pinion
Brillant!...The Scotish scenery and the castles. The b&b was the very good, we really enjoyed staying there. (more)Michael Hinton
Excellent...Extremely welcoming host, all facilities excellent & so refreshing to see eco policies put into practice so thoroughly (more)Geraldine Moon
From £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
Jersey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
Memorable parts? It is hard to pin point one part - the whole holiday was great. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Extremely good. (more)Christine Ermuth
From £549 - £1059 excluding flights
Scotland railway short break, West Highland Line
Memorable parts? Jacobite steam train and the ben Nevis range cable car and walks at the top. Tips? Look forward to having a great time! Local benefits? Yes, all of that. Overall rating? Responsible travel were very efficient and all travel went smoothly. The hotel is a superb venue, run by nice people. Clean, comfortable and great food. (more)Alison Tucker
From £275 - £300 excluding flights
Isle of Wight tree house accommodation, England
Memorable parts? The location Tips? Prepare for a lovely time Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Fantastic (more)Edward Cossart
From £150 - £250 per accommodation per night
Traditional crafts holiday in Scotland
The most memorable part was the excitement of watching the different colours emerging as we used natural dyes and the anticipation of what could be created using them. I have never felt so invigorated, and relaxed?!!!, at the same time. (more)Diane Peel
I loved the whole process of gathering natural materials (lichen, fungus, nettles, birch bark, etc) to dye the wool, the dyeing itself and the amazing array of colours we created with single and secondary dyes. (more)Jennifer Woodward
I felt relaxed during my holiday but I also learned a lot that I could bring back and use during my college studies for sculpture and textiles. It was an excellent combination without the fuss of dye labs and overly processed and wools. (more)Tegan Ford
From £745 - £895 excluding flights
Scottish Highlands walking tours
Memorable parts? Well, everything was memorable and exciting. Skye is a magical place. The accommodations ranged from excellent with charm and lovely people to absolutely fine. The only problem with the food was that I ate way too much. But the best of the best was our guide, Ian, absolutely top notch. He concocted for us some great mini adventures. Each walk was spectacular (a special spot in my heart for the Quiraing, though), with just the right amount of challenge. He was a delight... (more)Dominique Bousquet
From £1159 excluding flights
Pembrokeshire luxury barn accommodation in Wales
Memorable parts? Beautiful walks along the Pembrokeshire coast where we saw lots of wildlife including choughs, peregrine falcons and dolphins. Tips? Use the service provided to order your food before you arrive. It was wonderful and we didn't have to lug food all the way from London! Local benefits? An extremely eco-friendly farm with solar panels, geothermal heating and many more features. Buying the food from the service provided also benefited local farmers. Overall... (more)Nicola Goddard
From £600 - £1365 per accommodation per week
Coast to coast self guided cycling holiday in England
Memorable parts? Hmmm, so many good bits. Seeing such diverse parts of the country with such different landscapes - all within 140 miles; having the route to ourselves most of the time; meeting the challenge of a three-day cycle with quite a lot of big hills; meeting lovely people; great B&Bs etc. I will definitely remember the torrential rain... Tips? If you have the time, consider taking an extra day. We underestimated how long it would take to complete each day's ride and would... (more)Biddy Walcot
From £300 - £380 excluding flights
Northern Ireland walking holiday
Memorable parts? The hike from the giant's causeway to Ballintoy was spectacular. Tips? Familiarize yourself with the maps. We had some navigation issues due to the trail being closed in one spot. Also, prepare for wet weather. Local benefits? I think we benefited local businesses. Overall rating? It was terrific. I think the company could have been a bit more organized in getting us our materials and in alerting us to the problems caused by the Irish open. Also,... (more)Julie Bordwin
From £399 excluding flights
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Beautiful days on the beach and gorgeous walks...Very good for recharging while entertaining a toddler. (more)Lucia Whalley
Our lovely cottage was kitted out with everything you could wish for...It is a lovely cottage if you want some lovely walks and near to most things if you want to drive. We loved it. (more)Sue Adams
We loved it. We would definitely go back. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the fast boat out to the needles. (more)jo morris
From £420 - £957 per week (sleeps 4)
Walkers accommodation in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Memorable parts? The hospitality shown by the hosts Rebecca and Andy, who welcome you warmly into their home. The meals were fabulous and the packed lunches the best yet. Tips? Stay longer than we did, do more walking than we did, it will be worth it. Local benefits? Yes - we walked into Aviemore, and took the local steam train back, had a drink in the local pub, bought goodies from the local store and visited a nearby village tearoom. Overall rating? Excellent,... (more)Stephen Brown
From £21 - £40
Mountain biking holidays in England
Memorable parts? It was great to see the fantastic scenery and villages of the South West and this was just the mountain biking challenge I was looking for, both in terms of technical skill and fitness. The guides were very helpful (e.g. we got a lesson in bike maintenance) and friendly. They provided fantastic snacks and picnic lunches for us en route and went out of their way to buy the group's food requests. Day 3 was definitely the best with superb weather, stunning views over the Bristol... (more)Helena Posnett
From £95 - £625 excluding flights
Lake District family activity holiday
It was truly amazing and we will definitely be going again....The outdoor activities team were very knowledgeable about the area so we learned lots about the history of the place, and the impact of their work. They were also great at educating the children (and adults) about nature and doing things naturally which we have carried with us. (more)Sandra Hilton
Very enjoyable and offered both something for adults and children. Although you were with a group for activities you could still do your own thing in the evening which meant that it still felt like an independent holiday. (more)Matthew Hawkins
We had a great guide for the week - Simon. Also Ghyll scrambling and rock climbing with the whole family (children from 4 to 19) was special...Great fun. (more)Michele Oliver
From £395 excluding flights
Scotland winter walking holidays
Getting up some of the most beautiful mountains in the region, with a great bunch of people. Learning how to do an ice axe arrest whilst sliding down a slope was the best fun! (more)Sarah Daly
The sense of achievement after pushing my boundaries when I climbed out of the Corrie with ice axe and crampons; not being keen on heights - the instructor was so encouraging and supportive that I faced my fears and got on with it! (more)Sue Waton
Learning the techniques including how to walk on ice using Crampons, learning how to navigate in whiteout conditions and recovery procedures after a fall using ice axes. Really good group atmosphere. (more)Matthieu Pinel
From £648 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
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Very enjoyable
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It was OK
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A bit disappointing really

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