Specialist Tours

With a number of years of experience of providing specialist tours, Spirit of the Place, is committed to continuing to provide different and unusual tour concepts. 

Examples of past specialist tours have included a series of private country house tours, for KCWC (Kensington & Chelsea Women's Circle)in 2010 and most recently a tour of Harry Clarke Stained Glass in Dublin (2016)


Planning is now complete for the following tours, the first of which will take place during May  and August 2017:

Houses, Gardens, Castles and Abbeys of the Borders

May 22 - May 27  2017 

Cost £895.00

The Scottish Borders is an area fabulously rich in a range of historic sites, ranging from evocative ruins of abbeys and castles, through to magnificent houses, collections and their gardens. All of this is set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.  Based in Kelso, at the Cross Keys Hotel, the tour will include visits to seven houses and gardens, plus five abbeys and priories.

The cost includes:

Transport from and to Newcastle Airport/Central Railway Station,

All tour transport

Five Nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso

Two Dinners

All entries to properties

The Stained Glass of County Mayo

August 29 - September 2 2017

Cost £900.00

Positioned in the far west of Ireland and set amongst some of the finest scenery, Co. Mayo is often overlooked. As a county, from its dramatic Atlantic coastline to its mountains and lakes, it is a region which gives up its charms and beauty to patient exploration.

Scattered across this landscape are a large number of beguiling and charming small towns and villages, which play host to a remarkable collection of stained glass, not just by Harry Clark or his Studio, (St Patrick’s Church, Newport is home to his last designed (1931) window and widely considered to be his greatest window) but also by Joshua Clarke, Sarah Purser, Alfred Child, Michael Healy, Wilhelmina Geddes, Hubert McGoldrick, Richard King and Patrick Pye. Add to this the major pilgrimage site at Knock and the magnificent ruined abbeys at Cong, Boyle (County Roscommon) and en-route to Co. Mayo, Clonmacnoise (County Offaly) and you will have gained a glorious introduction to and flavour of this part of the far west of Ireland

The Houses and Gardens, Public and Private of Northern Ireland

 September 4 - September 9(Five Days, Five Nights)

Cost: £950.00

For many people, Northern Ireland conjures up a series of images, redolent of its past, often violent and always in the news. Yet, in the twenty years plus years since the peace, this country now holds out the opportunity to see some of the most varied and dramatic scenery, in which are dotted a large number of houses and castles, great and small, well known through to totally unknown. In the space of just five days, you will cross this dramatic and for too long neglected country, seeing some of the most beautiful gardens and estates in the world. To this will be added in stops to take in the stunning natural beauty of such places as the Giant’s Causeway, the North Antrim Coast and the Sperrin Mountains that help to make up this most beautiful corner of the British Isles. In addition a stop will be made in Armagh, a wonderful Georgian city and the Ecclesiastical capital of Northern Ireland.

All of this and wonderful hospitality, food and drink will combine to create an experience and tour which will live long in your memory.

The mixture of properties which range from private Ducal estates to National Trust properties, will be drawn from such places as, Baronscourt, Glenarm Castle, Mount Stewart, Ballywalter Park, Florence Court, the Argory, Ardress, Killyreagh House, Downhill, Castle Coole. 

On request a booking form will be sent to you, which should be returned with a deposit of £200 per person per tour.

For further information, these sheets should be used in conjunction with the Spirit of the Place website.www.spiritoftheplace-co-uk.com

If you are interested in any of these programmes please contact me, by email, as there will be only limited places available. All of the programmes will have no more than 15 places.