Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 2nd June 2021

A Slice of 'Euro' Britain

Still unsure about the government’s travel traffic light system? Prefer to stay at home in the UK? Play it safe?

ToursByLocals has chosen four adventures in Great Britain that families can enjoy if Europe is a bit less appealing at the moment.

The online company connects discerning travellers in search of customised, private tours with handpicked 'local' tour guides.

Swap the glitzy French Riviera for golden beaches in Cornwall
From its sandy beaches, turquoise gin-clear waters, family-friendly activities and stylish eateries, the most popular UK destination on the ToursByLocals platform this year is England’s most southerly county.

Experience all of Cornwall’s iconic locations with the family alongside local guide Peter, on an active and jam-packed private day trip. From Land’s End to Lizard Peninsula, you’ll drive through the picturesque towns of St Ives and Penzance to hear the stories of Treasure Island and little fishing ports such as Mousehole.

Check out the dramatic St Michael’s Mount, one of the most iconic and photographed landmarks in the whole of Great Britain, with a delicious Cornish pasty in hand.

ToursByLocals offers the nine hour Essential Cornwall Private Tour from £569 per tour, for up to five people. The tour includes guiding services and private transportation (seven-seat Land Rover Discovery). Read about your tour guide ‘Peter’ here:

Swap Seljalandsfoss in Iceland for The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Cold water wild swimming is great for family bonding and jumping straight into the water is the ideal way to soak up Skye.

ToursByLocals offers the Wild Swimming Adventure Tour with local historian Michelle and outdoors guide Matt, where guests on the tour will have the opportunity to visit five unique locations spread across the breathtakingly beautiful Isle of Skye.

Some of the locations that families will visit include The Fairy Pools which are located at the foot of the Black Cuillins. Children will love listening to the magical stories of folklore in the great open space, in-between swims.

ToursByLocals ( offers the seven and a half hours Wild Swimming Adventure Full Day Tour from £830 per tour, for up to four people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation for the family, towels, warm blankets, wet suit boots, goggle, hot chocolate, light snacks and refreshments. The tour ends with a dram of Skye's finest whisky, for the adults. The expert guide, Matt, will give families the option of the day being recorded to then edit the experience into a small film to keep the family memories forever.

Swap the Great Ocean Road in Australia for Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
From beautiful beaches and sheer cliffs, to walking in the footsteps of giant dinosaurs, local guide Barry has lived and worked in Dorset since 1995 and has a wealth of knowledge in geology.

Explore the world-famous Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole and Durdle Door followed by a trip to Kimmeridge Bay Marine Nature Reserve and search for ancient dinosaur fossils. Head to the idyllic village of Worth Matravers and enjoy a spot of lunch at a local pub followed by an afternoon of spotting dolphins and seals (no sharks here) from Durlston Head.

ToursByLocals ( offers the eight and a half hour Jurassic Coast of Dorset Tour from £678 for a family of four. The tour can be customised and is for maximum of six people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation and admission tickets.

Swap the Amalfi Coast in Italy for the stunning Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Cotswolds
Known as ‘the lakes’, the Lake District is a popular family destination for an action-packed, wet and wild adventure. With the help of ToursByLocals, families can book an epic eight-day adventure exploring the northern lakes, the rolling hills in the Yorkshire dales, before heading down south to the Derbyshire Dales, Stonehenge and Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. The fun-filled eight-day tour is led by expert guide Keith who is also a geologist and science teacher, with over 20 years of experience. The tour is fully customisable and can be personalised to suit the needs and interests of each family.

ToursByLocals ( offers the eight day England in Eight Days Tour from £2,998 per tour, for up to seven people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation and refreshments. Accommodation is not included.