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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
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Pembrokeshire coastal path, Wales, UK
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Sunset over the Valley of the Rocks, Devon, UK
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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.

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Alladale Estate, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom
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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.

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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.

Climb Pen y Fan

Hike to the summit of the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Coastal footpath

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

Cycle the Tarka Trail

Bike the Tarka Trail in Devon through wooded valleys and alongside peaceful river banks and coast.

Cycling through the Cotswolds

Take a slow cycle ride through some of the Cotswolds lesser-known villages and sites.

Discover Celtic history

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

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Explore Alladale Wilderness Reserve to learn about wild cat reintroduction programmes.

Beaver reintroduction

Visit a beaver reintroduction project in Devon.

British Trust for Ornithology

Take part in a fieldwork survey under the auspices of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Butterfly conservation

Help with butterfly conservation and census work in the Cotswolds.

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.

Explore Eden

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

Explore Cairngorms Connect

Take a rewilding tour of the Cairngorms for privileged insight into Cairngorms Connect.

Discover Cotswold manor houses

Explore fascinating manor houses, like Asthall Manor or Chavenage House.

Explore Lundy Island

Visit Lundy Island to see the puffins and skylarks.

Explore private gardens

Discover some of the UK’s most exquisite private gardens and arboretums.

Foraging in the wilds

Go foraging on Dartmoor with a local expert.

Head to St Michael’s Mount

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

National Trust properties

Step back in time at Lanhydrock and Trelissick Houses.

Pine martens in the Forest of Dean

Learn about the reintroduction of pine martens to the Forest of Dean.

Sailing in Norfolk

Sail around the Norfolk creeks on a refurbished, traditional wooden whelk boat.

Search for wild garlic

Explore ancient woodlands in springtime, when the wild garlic blossoms and fills the damp air with its scent

Search rock pools

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

Self-drive in Scotland

Drive Scotland’s North Coast 500 on a luxury, supported self-drive holiday.

South West Coast Path

Walk England’s longest National Trail, the South West Coast Path.

Stand up paddleboard in Devon

Get out on the water on stand-up paddleboards and journey from Watermouth Cove to Broadsands beach.

Stay at the incredible Alladale Reserve

Stay in exceptional lodges at spectacular locations like Alladale Reserve, which is situated on 23,000 acres of wild, highland terrain and the perfect base for lovers of unspoiled wilderness.

White-tailed eagles in Scotland

Photograph white-tailed eagles and learn about their conservation in Scotland.

Wild swimming in Dartmoor

Go wild swimming in Dartmoor at the remote Sharrah Pool or on remote stretches of coast.

Wildlife walk

Head out in search of British wildlife, including deer, foxes, badgers and birds of prey.

Walk the Cotswold Way

Walk the most stunning sections of the Cotswold Way – a 164-kilometre footpath that skirts along the Cotswold Edge escarpment.

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.

Visit Knepp Estate in West Sussex

Since 2001, the land at Knepp – once intensively farmed – has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding programme. Extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding here; and populations of more common species are rocketing.

Tree-planting in the UK

Get involved with a tree-planting project or other land restoration in the UK, perhaps even at our Steppes Travel forest in Brigg, Scunthorpe.

Support the white-tailed eagle project

Gain privileged insight into rewilding and visit the white-tailed eagle project in Mull, Scotland.

Skomer Island

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

Holiday Ideas

Our experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure in the UK.

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.

Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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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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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village 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!  

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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.

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