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
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, we want to do more than just tell you this – we want to show you.
Our team of experts here at Brightwater Holidays created an industry-leading 11-step initiative as a response to the COVID-19 crisis that will help you, our valued guests, get back out into this new world of tourism safely and with confidence.
We understand that risk-free booking will be of great importance to you during these ever-changing times, which is why we have a reassuring flexible offer in place that will give you complete confidence in booking with no financial risk. Please find the terms and conditions below:
For 2021 departures:
If you booked your tour before or on 31st March 2021, you may cancel or transfer your booking up to eight weeks prior to departure completely free of charge.
If you booked your tour on or after 1st April 2021, you may transfer your booking up to eight weeks before departure completely free of charge – normal cancellation terms will apply.
For 2022 departures:
Book your 2022 holiday with complete confidence, safe in the knowledge that you can transfer or cancel without any penalty up to 10 weeks prior to departure. If you have already booked a holiday for 2022, don't worry – you are automatically eligible for this offer*
Terms and Conditions:
*Transfer without admin fees to any other holiday or receive a full refund including deposit if you cancel up to 70 days before departure. Applies to new and existing bookings.
Oberammergau holidays and a very limited number of other holidays are excluded from this offer because we have non-refundable service costs to pay in advance – you will be advised at the time of booking if your chosen holiday is ineligible for this offer, in which case normal transfer/cancellation conditions apply.
Please visit our website for our full COVID-19 protocol.
Accreditations & Associations
Association of Group Travel Organisers
ABTOT Member 5001
Brightwater Holidays' awards
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Bronze Best Holiday Coach Company 2020
Silver Best Special Interest Holiday Company 2019
Gold Best Coach Holiday Company
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
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 down the country. Helping our guests to expand their horizons and fulfil their travel dreams is our privilege — 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.
Our long standing relationships with our local Scottish suppliers has given us a great opportunity to provide our guests with the opportunity to visit over 33 Scottish islands, from the iconic Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides, to a short break on the 'Scotland in Miniature' Isle of Arran. ....less
Brightwater Holidays Reviews
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
All payments are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.
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