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Views from Malvern Hills, England, UK

United Kingdom

‘And did those feet in ancient time…’
Steppes’ UK holidays lift a lid on the eccentricities for which our small island is renowned while showcasing our lesser-known, ‘green and pleasant’ locations.

Following a visit to our office in the Cotswolds and a fabulous pub lunch, an American partner of Steppes, posed the question, “Why on earth don’t you offer holidays to the UK?” It is easy to be complacent about what is on your doorstep but with a wealth of riches only minutes away from our office, we agreed it was about time we used our travel expertise to showcase the wonders of our own back yard.

Using our own personal contacts and sharing some of our fondest memories of childhood holidays and special occasions, we have pulled together several holiday ideas and experiences we think you will enjoy. From the wilds of Scotland to the rugged coastline of Devon, and all the wonderfully quirky bits in the middle, you can expect a Steppes UK holiday to be crafted with the same care, passion and attention to detail that thousands have come to expect from us on their overseas adventures.

Jay bird, pirched on a branch, England, UK
England
Pembrokeshire coastal path, Wales, UK
Wales
Sunset over the Valley of the Rocks, Devon, UK
Devon, England
Puffin bird flying, UK
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What to expect on a UK holiday with Steppes

A holiday in the UK with Steppes is a celebration of the outdoors. We know the weather is unreliable, but we won’t let a bit of rain spoil the view or stop us from enjoying a walking tour of the Cotswolds hills or a boat trip around the isle of Mull. We’ve pulled together a collection of holiday ideas and small group tours that showcase our favourite parts of this island we call home.

You can expect walking, cycling, paddleboarding, kayaking, wild swimming, bird watching and husky-sled dog-trekking. Yes, you read that last bit correctly. We’ll take you to the UK’s wildest and most spectacular places and, as with any Steppes’ holiday, we’ll find the most fascinating and articulate guides to help you see a different side to the country.

A young Red deer stag, Scotland
Scotland
Alladale Estate, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotland
Eagle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Eagle, Scotland, United Kingdom, Scotland

Rural Britain and Rewilding

At the heart of the rewilding philosophy is the desire for a greater co-existence between humans and wildlife. Urbanisation, intensive agriculture, pollution and climate change have taken a heavy toll on the UK’s plants and animals – something the rewilding movement is eager to redress.

Tourism should play a key role in supporting the UK’s rewilding projects and Steppes can help you get behind the scenes to learn what is being done to create a more sympathetic environment for the UK’s native species. Call us to hear how you can visit beaver reintroduction sites in Devon, wild cat breeding programs in Scotland and butterfly conservation projects in the Cotswolds.

Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Beaches of Cornwall

Explore beautiful sandy coves and endless beaches.

Visit St Ives

Visit St Ives with its Tate and arty vibe, home to some of the greatest artists and sculptors from all around the globe.

Discover Celtic history

Discover the seat of Cornwall’s Celtic kings at Tintagel Castle.

National Trust properties

Step back in time at Lanhydrock and Trelissick Houses.

Head to St Michael’s Mount

Cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned by its medieval church and castle.

Explore Eden

Visit the world’s largest greenhouse and miniature ecosystems at the Eden Project, connecting us to the natural world around us.

Explore Cornish harbours

Explore picturesque Cornish harbours like Port Isaac for picturesque 18th-century cottages and meandering coastal footpaths, and Mousehole, one of the principal ports of Mount’s Bay until the 16th century.

Coastal footpath

Walk the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which passes above a series of sweeping beaches, sheer cliffs and inaccessible coves.

Search rock pools

Search tidal rock pools for marine creatures, including crabs, anemones and sea urchins.

Skomer Island

Visit Skomer Island in search of the countless bird species found here, including puffins.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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It is always a pleasure to 'plan' adventures with Steppes and to travel in the knowledge that everything has been carefully thought through by experts who know exactly what they are talking about and go out of their way to tailor-make each trip.  Having all the 'bits in-between' planned for in advance means that we can travel worry-free. I'd give you 10/10!  

Steppes Travel - Mrs Comin

The team created an incredible last-minute short break for us last year, helping us to rediscover our own doorstep. From rewilding projects to chef's table dining experiences we couldn't have had a better holiday.

Steppes Travel - Mrs Leading

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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