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  • Posted: 19 Apr, 2017


    Multi-coloured floral displays, vivacious bluebells, banks of daffodils and scenic countryside fields, that’s what spring is all about. We’ve selected some of the most scenic destinations in springtime, to get you in the mood.  

    Yorkshire Dales

    Yorkshire Dales
    The Yorkshire Dales are without a doubt one of the country’s finest destinations to experience spring’s full bloom. The area flourishes into green and yellow fields, covered with beautiful primroses, bursting bluebells, and fluffy frolicking lambs. A coach tour with Shearings is a great way to sit back and take in the breathtaking hills and rolling valleys; and marvel at vibrant colours and delightful scents remarkable castles. 

    The Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds
    The Cotswolds is one of the prettiest and most-popular destinations in the UK to visit. It was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966. The region is famous for its honey-coloured stone villages and wonderful hidden valleys, so unique that you can’t help but fall in love with it. The Cotswolds is one of the most unspoilt regions of England, boasting 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways, ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows as well as 4 000 miles of historic stone walls. If you’re looking for a picturesque holiday, a trip here is definitely for you. 

    The Wye Valley

    River Wye, Wye Valley
    If you are seeking spectacular scenery, the Wye valley in Wales is internationally renowned as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; particularly recognised for its limestone gorge landscape and dense native woodlands. The area bursts into colour in spring as the bright yellow daffodils and beautiful bluebells arrive, creating a stunning spectacle that will be hard to forget.   If you decide to visit, make sure to get cameras ready to capture stunning moments.

    Scottish Highlands

    Glen Coe
    With dramatic mountain scenery, a stunning coastline dotted with islands, amazing wildlife and a fascinating history, the Scottish Highlands has everything you could think of and more. The region is unbelievably stunning in spring, as green spaces thrive with vivid flowers forming a scenic haven for a magical escape.  If you haven’t been, you should check Shearings holiday collection to the Scottish Highlands.
    Amsterdam & the Dutch Bulbfields

    Dutch bulbfields

    Springtime is the best time to visit Holland and see the incredible Dutch Bulbfields, as field upon field of flowers burst into multi-coloured bloom. No trip is complete without a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, known as 'The Greatest Flower Show on Earth'. Every year, almost a million people flock from all over the world to see the world's largest bulb garden come to life with displays of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. Visit in spring and you’ll experience the colourful arrays of ornamental shrubs, blossoming fruit trees, natural woodland.

    The Italian Lakes

    Lake Como
    Situated in Northern Italy, the Italian Lake District is a paradise of crystal clear waters, traditional cobbled street and fascinating culture. You can choose from several lakeside destinations in Spring, including beloved Lake Como, with its scenic towns and dramatic mountain backdrops; Lake Garda with its medieval architecture and remarkable botanical gardens or the majestic Lake Maggiore with all its glory. Spring and early summer is a beautiful time to explore the region’s lovely sights, and beat the crowds.

    The Loire Valley, France

    Azay le Rideau, Loire
    The Loire Valley is known as ‘The Garden of France’, and it’s easy to see why. The region is famed for its panoramic scenery, rolling countryside and magnificent landscape, which was once the home to French royalty. The area is irresistible for visitors, especially in spring time, as the pretty villages and towns shake off their winter chill, blossoming with marvellous paintings of wildflowers and pretty buds. And that’s not all; you’ll also find fantastic wines and cheeses and a treasure-trove of enchanted Châteaux and castles.
  • Posted: 17 Mar, 2017

    St Patrick's Day festival

    Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at a number of great destinations. What better way to celebrate than in Ireland itself. You can’t go wrong celebrating St Patrick’s Day as there are great excursions to choose from to celebrate this exciting day. But there’s so much to do all the year round and there’s a number of amazing activities you don’t want to miss out:

    You could try one of these superb experiences:

    A trip to Ireland would not be complete without a taste of traditional Irish whiskey. The West County Hotel in Dublin offers a great whiskey themed entertainment programme at their hotel which includes complimentary hot whiskey and Irish coffee.

    Boru’s Bar in Ireland, Cashel, are known for their live music entertainment and there is not a better day to go than St Patrick’s Day where there will be a great atmosphere of traditional Irish music and dancing. 

    St Patricks Festival is held once a year in Dublin celebrating Irish Heritage and the achievements of local residents within the country which will bring a warm and exciting atmosphere for travellers on St Patrick’s Day. During the festival, you will get to enjoy live music and very creative street theatre which will give travellers a full insight on Irish culture which you do not want to miss!

    St Patrick's Day celebtrations


    There are many ways people in Ireland and around the world like to get involved with St Patrick’s Day which you can get involved in whether you are celebrating at home or on holiday. These can be dressing up in an item of clothing that is green, having a pint or two of Guinness or having a get together with some tasty traditional Irish food such as Sheppard’s Pie! Which way will you choose?

    So St Patrick’s Day is definitely a celebration you do not want to miss out on but Ireland is place to have to visit all year round.

    Olivia Taylor
    St Patrick’s Day 2017

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