Designing tours is hard work. But it's also a lot of fun.
We spend months mapping backroads, studying castles, tasting new foods, seeing epic views, and learning local stories. This time, we even got lost a few times and had to run away from a Highland coo.
But finally, after all our rigorous research, we can present four brand new tours to you.
Starting in April 2018, we have four Irish day tours, a one day Outlander tour, a trip over the North Coast 500, a journey into the Black Isle, and an adventure through Shakespeare's England.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we've enjoyed creating them.
Read on and find out more.
In ancient Ireland, people were obsessed with stones.
And it’s not surprising. The landscape was littered with them, and they could be used to create life-saving weapons and fortresses.
But there were certain stones that were worshipped for other reasons. For mysterious supernatural powers.
And on this trip, you go to the incredible constructions that house two of Ireland’s most mythical rocks.
You visit Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the magical ‘Blarney Stone’ and attain the gift of the gab. And you travel to the ‘Rock of Cashel’, a magnificent building that’s located on the rock where the Kings of Munster reigned from for hundreds of years.
So, join this tour and visit the biggest rock stars of Ireland.
Dublin has beautiful parks and beer gardens. And these can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of this boisterous city.
But they’re never enough when you need to escape to an oasis of serenity.
So, when we created this tour, we made an adventure that takes you an hour out the city to the refreshing natural landscapes of Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.
You have time to absorb the beauty, and you have time to explore ancient religious sights and the mansion of Powerhouse Court.
What’s more is now that you’re rejuvenated, you still have time for some evening antics in Dublin when you return.
Irish history is open to your interpretation.
The Pagan tales are poetical, so you can never tell whether the imaginative beasts refer to psychological or physical struggles. The Roman records are often artefacts of military leaders’ attempts to impress their emperor. And the Christian missionaries converted ancient stories into their own mythos.
So, on this tour we give you the stories and take you to the most important archaeological sites of Ireland such as Trim Castle, Monasterboice High Crosses, and the Hill of Tara. And you can decide whether the Normans were heroic, the Pagans were barbaric, or the Christians were vindicating.
Join this tour and delve into the questions and mysteries of Irish history.
Every country has its superstars. Those emblems that adorn every travel guide, postcard, and tourist website.
And on this tour, we’ve managed to fit in Ireland’s most fabulously famous sights in a day.
You amble down the colourful cobbled lanes of Galway, where you can indulge in in the fun and flavour of Ireland’s culture. You travel through Connemara, where the soft green fields merge into jagged, steep mountains. And you explore the cute Cong village, a hot-spot for Irish celebrities and grand weddings.
Tick off Ireland’s essential wonders on our new one-day tour.
Every day, we have travellers requesting trips to see the best spots from the Outlander TV series.
We tell them you can already take an in-depth tour on our four day Outlander Trip. But apparently that wasn't enough.
So, now we've created a tour that lets you see some of the most essential sights in a day.
You explore the fictional town of Crainsmuir, Jamie's home at Lallybroch Castle, and visit where they shot some of the most death-defying scenes at Linlithgow Palace.
And even if you're not into Outlander, it's a great choice for anyone who wants to see as many castles as you can in a day.
You asked for it, so we created it.
Our new Inverness departures make it simple to access famous parts of Scotland, such as Loch Ness, Skye, and the Speyside whisky region.
But what's more is they also make it easy to delve deep into some of the unheard of local legends.
And on this tour, you venture off the beaten track and visit one of Scotland's best breweries, try to spot dolphins in the Moray Firth, and explore some of the quaintest villages that Scotland has to offer.
It's perfect if you want to avoid the main roads and go to the lesser-known local highlights.
For a long time, Scotland kept the North Coast 500 secret. And at Rabbie's, we never spoke about it much, even though a few of our 8 - 17 tours of Scotland ventured there.
But now the secret has unravelled. And everyone is talking about this fabulous road that takes you to the wildly remote parts of Scotland.
So on this tour, you explore all of it. You see crumbling castles clinging to cliffs, beaches as beautiful as the Maldives, and local villages sandwiched between massive mountains.
It's an essential journey for people who want to admire the most epic views of Scotland.
England's battle-torn history is more intricate and treacherous than Shakespeare's entire back catalogue.
But this is exactly what makes it a fascinating place to explore.
You see castles that have been rebuilt more times than you've had hot dinners, you go down cobbled lanes that have been unchanged for centuries, and you find traditions as old as the hills themselves.
And on this tour, we take you to the highlights of Shakespeare's England. You visit the streets that inspired his tales, go to Oxford, where they study his sonnets, and venture to Warwick Castle, where some of the epic dramas actually occured.
It's the perfect tour if you want to journey deep into the history and poetry of England.