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ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

Goodwood Members Meeting
& Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
 Featuring a 12-day journey through England & Scotland
April 14 - April 25, 2023  

Our special nod to the history of motor racing, rail and air transportation. For the second time we are able to bring you the Goodwood Members Meeting in the south of England and Jim Clark’s Motorsport Museum in the Borders of Scotland. To make this even more significant, we split our traveling through England & Scotland with luxury coach and rail, and include some rare opportunities of highlight visits and people along the way.


We start our journey in the south of England, with the special invite to the private Goodwood Members Meeting. It will be the second time we have had the opportunity to offer this. On our journey through England & Scotland we have incorporated Air, Auto and Train Museums with exceptional travel throughout the beautiful countryside of the UK. We have particularly emphasized train travel, starting with London to Leeds on the daily express. From Leeds, we journey on the most famous rail route, Settle to Carlisle, crossing the wildness of the North Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. From Appleby, we revert to our luxury coach and visit the beauty of the Lake District. We then journey into the heart of Scotland with stays at Glencoe, Inverness and Dalhousie (Edinburgh). This section includes an impressive outing on the `Jacobite’ Steam Train, the glorious scenery of Glencoe, Loch Ness and Speyside plus visits to some famous whiskey distilleries. At Dalhousie we take a day to visit the farmlands around Jim Clark’s home town of Duns. A reception at the Museum is arranged by the Trust. An inspiring day, tinged with sadness, but also with wonderful memories. With all of our programs, we try to emphasize the quality of our accommodations. This program is no exception, with stays at 4 and 5 star luxury hotels. In London, we are dining as guests at the private ‘Royal Automobile Club’. Throughout the trip, we’ll enjoy restaurants that will certainly dispel any fears of ‘English cooking’!

Goodwood Road Racing ClubPhoto courtesy of Goodwood Road Racing Club

Jim Clark Motor Sport Museum

Photo courtesy of Jim Clark Motorsport Museum

          


DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

April 14 DAY 1 Meet at the Heathrow Hilton Terminal 4 for a 12:00 noon departure by coach for the village of Beaulieu on the Southern Coast. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, early evening cocktails followed by dinner. The Montague Arms for next three nights.

National Motor Museum
Photo courtesy of National Motor Museum

April 15 DAY 2 This morning we visit the National Motor Museum, considered to be the finest automobile collection in the UK. It is housed on the grounds of Lord Montague of Bealieu’s Estate. The House and Abbey is also open to the public. This afternoon, we are at Goodwood for our first day of the Members Meeting. Today’s visit will include some qualifying events and track displays. The central focus is the large ‘Mess Hall’, Goodwood was once a wartime airfield. Here lots of activity is going on and includes a very large food hall. Drivers and Members alike share the long tables. At dusk, there is a massive bonfire with entertainment and fireworks, a part of the social aspect of the Members Meeting. This evening, we return to our hotel.

April 16 DAY 3 All day at Goodwood for the main races. First, we visit Goodwood House for a champagne breakfast and then are chauffeured by limousine to the circuit. Roving grandstand seating allows for opportunities to view the racing from various locations. A full day of fabulous racing in an atmosphere only found at Goodwood. Later that evening, we return to our hotel for a light supper

April 17 DAY 4 This morning, en route to London we visit Brooklands, the birthplace of British Racing. Parts of the wooden banking is still intact and the old paddock area now exhibits some of the race cars and a number of bikes. Also o

Lake District
Photo courtesy of National Motor Museum

display are airplanes including the Concorde SST. This afternoon we arrive at our Central London hotel, The Cavendish, with time to relax around the theatre area and Leicester Square. A very special evening at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, synonymous with British Racing and Car Events. We are guests of a private Club Member and celebrity for dinner.

April 18 DAY 5 The second part of our journey now heads North. We board the London Leeds Express train. In 2 hours, we are in Leeds. Here, we change to a commuter train and journey on the Settle to Carlisle historic railway. The route journeys through Yorkshire dales and moors, and into Cumbria, one of the most beautiful sections of railroad in the country. Later this afternoon, we rejoin our coach and head for Bowness-on-Windermere, the gem of the Lake District. The next two nights in Bowness. Dinner at our hotel.

April 19 DAY 6 A relaxing morning as we cruise on one of the Lake Windermere Steamboats. Our destination is the Lakeland Motor Museum which has an emphasis on public transportation. Today is a great opportunity to walk the Lakeland footpaths or visit the home of Beatrix Potter at Near Sawrey. Bowness offers quality shopping. This evening, dinner is at your leisure, maybe an opportunity to enjoy real ‘fish ‘n chips’ or maybe a relaxing cocktail overlooking the lake.

April 20 DAY 7 Departing the Lake District, our journey into Scotland takes us on a beautiful coach drive through the Scottish Lowlands to Glasgow then following into the magnificent Highlands. Our destination for the next two nights is on the banks of Kinlochleven at Glencoe. Our journey today has taken us through the cultivated lands of Southern Scotland and onto the grandeur and wildness of the Highlands, an impressive day of beauty and history. The next two nights at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel. Dinner this evening at our hotel. 

Loch Lomond
Photo courtesy of Glencoe

April 21 DAY 8 Today, a special treat riding the ‘Jacobite’steam train. Described as one of the great rail journeys of the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you from Fort William to Mallaig. Once considered as an impossible feat of engineering, it has endured a fitting history. Recently, the line was used in the Harry Potter movies as well as in the movie, ‘The Highlander’. Dinner is again at our hotel.

April 22 DAY 9 Leaving the west coast we head north, following Loch Ness toward Inverness, the Garden City of Scotland. This leisurely run includes a visit to Urquhart castle on the shore of Loch Ness. ‘Nessie’ still attracts large crowds although it has been very shy to make recent appearances! Before arriving at our Inverness hotel we visit the battlefield of Culloden, a sobering but significant piece of Scottish/English history. We overnight at the majestic Palace Hotel in Inverness. Dinner is at our hotel.

Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle
Jacobian Steam TrainJacobian’ Steam Train

April 23 DAY 10 This morning we start our journey south through the region of Speyside and the Whiskey Trail. Our visits will include both the Glen Grant and Glenfiddich distillerys. Between these visits we are traveling through the great glens of Strath Spey. Here the herds of deer roam the hill tops, watched over by their ‘Monarchs of the Glen’. Keen eyes and binoculars reward the traveler. Golden Eagles and Osprey soar overhead while grouse, pheasant and plovers scuttle through the heather. A quick view of Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish residence, before we head down through Deeside, with one of the great salmon rivers of the world. The next two nights at Dalhousie Castle (Edinburgh). Dinner tonight at the castle.

April 24 DAY 11
Our final day of touring is to the small town of Duns, the family home of Jim Clark. We are welcomed at the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum with a private viewing and then drive the short distance to the family grave and site of his Farm at Edington Mains. We are joined by the museum director and curator for lunch in Duns. Later in the afternoon we return to Dalhousie. Dinner this evening in the castle.

April 25 DAY 12 This morning our tour concludes. You can return to England by plane or train, or if you are returning to the States, there are flights out of Scotland. We are happy to help you with your ongoing travels, wherever they might take you.

Goodwood Road Racing Club

Photo courtesy of Goodwood Road Racing Club

Scenes from 2022 Members Meeting

Scenes from 2022 Members Meeting


ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

Goodwood Members Meeting
& Jim Clark Motorsports Museum, 2023

TOUR DATE: April 14 - April 25, 2023 12 Day Program
TOUR PRICE: $5,910 per person based on two to a room $1,320 Single Room Supplement
DEPOSIT: $2,000 per person TOUR SIZE: Maximum 25 persons

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International Air

When making your air arrangements into Heathrow, please note the tour departs the airport at 12:00 noon on April 14. Your flight should arrive into Heathrow no less than two hours prior. When departing Edinburgh, your flight departure time should not be before 10:00am.

Important Cancellation Information

A $2,000 per person deposit is due with booking, fully refundable up to December 1, 2022. Final Balance is due December 15, 2022. Cancellations after December 15, 2022 up to February 15, 2023, will be subject to a cancellation of 50% of the tour cost. There will be no refund for cancellations received after February 15, 2023.

Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation insurance is available and suggested. Steve Austin’s Great Vacations does not provide cancellation insurance. We recommend you use a company you’ve used in the past or you could contact independent provider, Stephanie Warrington, at World Travel via email stephanie@wtpdx.com.

What's Included:

The program is inclusive of all ground transportation throughout the U.K. The tour price does not include air transportation to or from the USA to Europe. All accommodations, visits and touring, all breakfasts are included, with most dinners and some lunches as per itinerary. Arrival airport for this tour is Heathrow. The departure airport is Edinburgh. Photo

 Dalhousie Castle

Photo courtesy of Dalhousie Castle

Monarch of the Glen

Monarch of the Glen

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