The best places to tour by coach in Britain and beyond

By The Lucketts Group

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Picture this… you’re cruising along the dramatic Pen-y-Pass in Wales, in the shadow of the domineering Mount Snowdon, with breath-taking cliffs towering either side of the road and in front you can see endless Welsh countryside as the landscape widens into a view of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

Travelling by coach adds to the adventure of journeying somewhere new, allowing you to see every wonder along the way whether that be jaw-dropping mountain passes, cliff-top coastal routes or winding quaint village roads. Plus, you’ve a hassle-free mode of transport between different attractions and places of interest.

So be sure to grab that window seat, sit back, relax, and get lost in unforgettable panoramic views and scenery. We’ve highlighted the very best areas to tour by coach to help you decide where to explore next.

North Wales – Snowdonia Region

Snowdonia © Crown Copyright (2012) Visit WalesNorth Wales has some of the most spectacular scenery, as well as perfectly situated roads from which to enjoy it. The Snowdonia region offers diverse landscapes including the National Park, Mount Snowdon (the highest mountain in England), the Dee Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Wales’ largest natural lake.

The area is also surrounded by a wealth of picturesque villages and coastal resorts. From the pretty village of Betws-y-coed, or ‘the gateway to Snowdonia’ as it is known, and the lakeside village of Llanberis, to the tranquil Isle of Anglesey and the seaside resorts of Llangollen and Llandudno where you may like to swap the coach for a ride on the Victorian Great Orme Tramway.

Do not miss the famous Horseshoe Pass on the way to Llangollen where you can make a comfort stop at the café situated at the highest point of the valley with amazing views.

Ireland – East Coast

Wicklow Mountains National ParkFor picture-perfect vistas, Ireland is hard to beat. The country has six National Parks but the largest of which, the Wicklow Mountains, is on the east coast and is a feast for your eyes. It is an un-touched, natural oasis featuring rolling green valleys, vast lakes, towering mountains, and the highest waterfall in Ireland.

Journey through the popular Glendalough Valley, or “the glen of two lakes” in the Irish language, for remarkable scenery and an abundance of wildlife. You will also notice the ruins of an ancient monastic city on the floor of the valley.

Close by is also the medieval city of Kilkenny which is worth a visit to catch a glimpse of the well-preserved churches and monasteries, plus Kilkenny Castle, an impressive fortress and chateau built on medieval foundations.

Isle of Wight – tour most of the Island in a day

Best explored by road, this iconic island is small enough to tour in one day, promising a delight at every turn, but you will want to stop to take in the delightful seascapes, quaint villages and coastal towns. Comprising over 60 miles of glistening coastline, and consistently enjoying one of the UK's highest sunshine records, it is no wonder that generations of holidaymakers are compelled here.

Charms of the island include its award-winning beaches, rugged coastline, patchwork fields and The Needles, a row of three distinctive chalk stacks that rise about 30 meters above the sea, which is sure to be an impressive sight.

The Needles, Isle of Wight

The island also has a rich historical heritage and lots of attractions such as Osborne House, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Carisbrooke Castle, Dinosaur Island and a new Deer Park.

Italy – Lake Garda & The Dolomites

Touring Lake Garda by road is both beautiful and fun. Weave through the many arches and tunnels carved-out from mountains on waterside roads that look like a scene from the James Bond films! Roads with stunning backdrops and mountains that tower above stretch the entire 90 miles around the largest lake in Italy, so it is possible to witness the crystal-clear waters of Lake Garda from north to south.

Italian DolomitesAs the lake is surrounded by historical villages and beautiful harbours such as the Limone sul Garda and Riva del Garda, it is easy and convenient to stop and explore.

Travel north to the dramatic Dolomites for magnificent views that you must see to believe. Discover the sheer beauty of the majestic Dolomite mountain peaks, that are snow-capped at certain times of the year, and be enchanted by the vertical walls, sheer cliffs and narrow, long valleys. It is no wonder this paradise is a popular holiday destination.

There are any more destinations that are perfect to visit by coach, so why not have a browse of our wide range of UK and European holidays departing this year? For coach holidays departing from Southern England, visit the Lucketts Travel website, or visit Woods Tours for departures from the Midlands. Alternatively, visit Holidays by National Express for departures across the UK.

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