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The Celtic Corner of England


Southwest England has some of the most iconic shores in the United Kingdom and nearby coastal countries. The craggy coasts are mystical, with rocky cliffs often obscured by fog. This area juts from the mainland into the Lizard Peninsula, where the ceremonial county of Cornwall sits. Recognized as one of the Celtic nations, Cornwall has kept a distinct identity from the lands next door for the traveler to discover. With prehistoric and Bronze Age monuments that tell a story of an ancient nation, Cornwall is vastly different from its neighbor.


  • Cornwall’s only city is Truro. It is the southernmost city of mainland Britain and the only larger city. The most notable site in the city is the Truro Cathedral, which was completed in 1910. This Gothic-Revival style church has the classic sharp spires reaching up to the heavens. The streets are small and winding along classic facades of stonework buildings. The traveler can also check out the Royal Cornwall Museum, where the artistic heritage of the Cornish people is displayed.



  • Along the north coast of this mythic peninsula are traditional villages known for their fishing and slower way of life. Craggy coasts and rolling green hills punctuate the already tradition vibe of these villages. Also known for their fantastic seafood that comes fresh-off-the-boat. Port Isaac is one of these villages. It is located on the western edge of the peninsula, and the old center of this village is made up of 18th and 19th century cottages. This quiet slice of Cornish life that was featured in the show Doc Martin.



  • There are more notable sites to see in Cornwall. One of these is St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island just off the southern coast. This area features a village with a medieval castle and gardens to explore. The castle stands at the center of hill that makes up the island with exquisite turrets and balconies lining its roof. Along the stony hill are sub-tropical gardens featuring colorful flowers and shades of green not normally found in England. Another fantastic site to visit is the Jurassic Coast, a coastline that shows evidence of almost 200 million years of Earth’s geological history. Along this coast is also fossils of long extinct animals and plants, as well as tracks of the great beasts that once walked the planet. Add in gorgeous views sedimented rock formations next to the sea and the traveler will appreciate taking in the history of Earth.



Cornwall’s paths are many, and the fiercely independent nature of the culture creates a unique vibration through the air. That’s why Blue-Roads Touring has included Cornwall in their tours, along with other options in the area such as the Emerald Isles and other highlights of Britain. And, as always, Blue-Roads Touring offers a more intimate touring style than other operators with smaller groups (18 max) and mini-coaches that can go where larger coaches cannot.

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Corners of Cornwall

From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is filled with evocative sights and fascinating stories. Join us as we seek out the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of this unique corner of South West England on a scenic seven-day journey.

Highlights of Britain

Join us on the back-roads for an adventure that delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England we’ll trace the footsteps of writers and poets, while in North Wales and Scotland, our journey will take in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles. Ready to experience it all?

The Emerald Isle

From north to south, this is one Irish journey that delves into the Emerald Isle’s fascinating history, rich traditions and cultural heritage like no other. Starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway, our road will lead us to Ireland’s rugged peninsulas, quaint villages and ancient landmarks – all while drawing on local knowledge to transport you to the heart of this captivating country.


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