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About Brightwater Holidays

If there’s a garden or archaeological site you’ve always wanted to see, we’d love to help you see it. From the northern tip of Scotland to the southern reaches of Cornwall, the villas of Italy to the temples of Japan, you can discover it all on a Brightwater Holidays tour. ....more

Reasons to tour with Brightwater Holidays

Over 29 years of experience in creating award-winning coach holidays and tours to the very best of Scenic Scotland, UK and Overseas Gardens, and Archaeological sites

Great value for money with coach travel, visits, accommodation and most evening meals included, and no hidden extras

Exclusive access to private gardens and visits

Enjoy peace of mind with financial protection & Flexible booking options available

Holidays accompanied by personable, experienced and professional Tour Managers, ranging from a former Head Gardener to HM the Queen Mother to broadcasters and popular horticulturalists

All local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach, with adequate space that will allow you to maintain social distancing

Travel with Confidence and be COVID safe with Brightwater Holidays.

As we continue to navigate the ongoing global pandemic, we understand that your health and safety will be at the top of your priority list when considering your next holiday – more so than ever before. Let us reassure you that it is at the top of ours, too. However, ....more

Accreditations & Associations

Association of Group Travel Organisers
Association of Group Travel Organisers
Atol Protected
Atol Protected
ABTOT Member 5001
ABTOT Member 5001



Brightwater Holidays' awards

Bronze Best Holiday Coach Company 2020
Bronze Best Holiday Coach Company 2020
Silver Best Special Interest Holiday Company 2019
Silver Best Special Interest Holiday Company 2019
Gold Best Coach Holiday Company
Gold Best Coach Holiday Company

Our Story

What can you expect when you travel with Brightwater Holidays?

Brightwater Holidays has been based in Fife’s county town of Cupar for the last 25 years. In that time, we have made it our mission to provide quality garden and special interest tours to individuals, private clubs and societies up and ....more

Brightwater Holidays Reviews

Trusted Customer

Brightwater Holidays offers great value



I would highly recommend Brightwater Holidays. It offers excellent service and value for money. This was my first tour as I normally arrange holidays myself, but this tour - which was to the gardens of Kent and Sussex - was a very pleasant change of pace.

Brightwater Holidays Customer

My experience with Brightwater Holidays



The tour was well managed, the sites visited were all interesting and linked to the theme of the Picts and their place in history, the hotel was comfortable and the coach journeys were well paced. I have been with Brightwater before and will certainly travel with them again

Brightwater Holidays Custome

Wonderful experience with brilliant information



The most important factor was an amazing guide in Alastair Walker whose knowledge and care for clients was fantastic. The whole trips are superbly organised

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive more details of the holiday before I travel?

You will receive detailed joining instructions around 10 days prior to you departure, but you are of course welcome to contact us at any time should you have any queries.

What facilities do your coaches have?

Generally, our coaches have reclining seats, air-conditioning and toilets, however this cannot always be guaranteed as sometimes we have to use smaller vehicles. Toilets are recommended for emergency use only and regular comfort stops will be made throughout your holiday while travelling around.

Do I have to go on the included excursions?

Absolutely not. You are more than welcome to spend the day at your hotel or exploring independently should you wish. All we ask is that you inform your Tour Manager, so they are not left waiting for you to join the group.

Is there time to relax?

Although our itineraries may seem jam-packed, boasting access to some of the most exclusive sites across the UK and beyond, a Brightwater Holiday is just that: a holiday. Each trip will counter in more than enough free-time for you to explore places at your own leisure. And with most nights and the majority of meals being included in our tour prices, you can relax in hand-picked accommodation.

Do I need to be an expert?

Absolutely not! Although some of our tours are specifically focused on one thing, all you need to enjoy a Brightwater holiday is interest and bags of enthusiasm! Even on our most specialist tours, we take travellers from all skill levels, from experts to beginners.

How fit or active do I need to be for one of your holidays?

You need to be able to get on and off the coach unassisted, and most – but not all – coaches have a kneel facility that lowers the front step for ease of boarding

Do you have self-drive holidays?

Yes, we do – tailored to your exact requirements!

What’s the luggage allowance on your coaches?

There’s no fixed limit, but we generally say one large suitcase to go in the luggage compartment and a smaller bag that you can take onto the coach with you. For flight-inclusive holidays, we include a luggage allowance of at least 20kg.

Where are your departure points?

UK garden holidays generally depart from London, with additional pick-ups depending on the route of the coach, while holidays to Scotland depart from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, with Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen sometimes included. All Eurostar holidays depart from London St. Pancras and flight-inclusive holidays depart from one or more of the main London airports, with regional flights .

What about the company that will be kept?

For single travellers, those with a companion or even those travelling in a larger group, you'll find that the signature of any Brightwater Holiday is the company. You won't ever be travelling with a group of strangers, instead, you'll find yourself surrounded by like-minded people with a strong shared interest who will soon become your firm friends.

What is a Brightwater Holiday?

Bursting with enthralling, educational and enlightening itineraries, a Brightwater Holiday, by its very nature, is packed with bucket-list-worthy destinations, behind the scenes passes and expert-led experiences. From creating bespoke quality garden and special interest tours for groups and individuals alike, we have made it our business to make our guests' travel dreams come true.

Why is there a single supplement?

Unfortunately, single room supplements are charges that are often imposed on us as a company when we book rooms for group holidays. However, most hotels do charge less for single occupancy, and we always pass this saving on to our solo travellers in the form of a modest single supplement.

How much are your optional excursions?

Prices start from as little as £20, but please contact our friendly team for questions about specific itineraries or excursions.

Can I pre-book my coach seats?

Yes, you can. In the case of front seats, guests with limited mobility are given priority. Please get in touch with our friendly team to discuss any requirements you may have.

How to get there? Easy!

With a Brightwater Holiday, the journey is just as important as the destination and we make getting you to your tour start point easy. From organising group flights and individual travel plans, to offering accessible local departure and pick-up points, we go out of our way to ensure that your journey is as convenient and hassle-free as it can be.

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is required for all overseas holidays and is also strongly recommended for UK holidays – primarily to protect yourself against cancellation charges should you be unable to travel.


Book With Confidence

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Brightwater Holidays allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform Brightwater Holidays, 25 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Brightwater Holidays requires a minimum deposit of 15% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 70 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of Brightwater Holidays charges.

    At 40 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost
    At 7 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost
  • Secure payments

    All payments are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway
3 Nights $799
New Zealand
19 Nights $9280 $8839
inc flight
A Classic Scottish Steam Break
3 Nights $786 $749
Seasonal Gardens of Japan
12 Nights $6184 $5891
inc flight
Scotland's Northern Edge
4 Nights $1083
Gardens of North Wales
3 Nights $737 $702
Highgrove and the Cotswolds
3 Nights $860
Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes
7 Nights $2718 inc flight
Gardens of Mallorca
5 Nights $1727 inc flight
South Africa’s Garden Route
14 Nights $4946 $4711
inc flight
Gardens and Architecture of Andalucia
7 Nights $1851 $1763
inc flight
Shetland and its Outer Isles
4 Nights $1480
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