England, Ireland and Scotland 2018
Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) are offering a farm and agribusiness tour of the UK June 17-28, 2018. Anyone interested in getting a better understanding of this region is encouraged to join us.
Contact Mary Bowen, firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-4435, for more details or to register.
Arrive Dublin Airport and transfer to city center for check-in at your hotel. After some time to rest after the flight, there will a sightseeing tour of Dublin, visiting Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College, famous for the 1,200 year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library, Phoenix Park, the statue-lined O’Connell St, elegant Georgian squares, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the ‘Guinness Storehouse’ is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s the home of the Ireland’s most famous beer, with interactive experiences that fuse a long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. Overnight: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Depart after breakfast for a day’s touring in one of Ireland’s most scenic areas, County Wicklow and Glendalough. Visit the famous Powerscourt Gardens and House, perhaps the most beautiful in Ireland. Also includes a visit today to dairy farm producing award-winning yoghurt on site. Ireland is justly famous for the quality of its grassland (assisted by a favorable climate) and dairy industry, producing butter, cheese and yoghurt. Overnight: DUBLIN
Depart this morning for a visit to the Irish National Horse Stud in Kildare, established in 1946, combining an active role in the development and promotion of Irish bloodstock with its role as one of the country’s major tourist attractions. After lunch, depart north of Dublin into the area of County Meath, stopping to visit a 285-acre Texel & Suffolk sheep farm. These breeds thrive on the excellent grassland of this region. Time permitting, visit a cereal crops farm in County Down, Northern Ireland. Continue to your hotel in Belfast to check in. Overnight: BELFAST
Early morning transfer today to the port of Belfast for the ferry crossing to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. This afternoon, visit a Galloway or Belted Galloway Beef herd before continuing to Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Visit a whisky distillery en route. Overnight: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
The whole day will be devoted to visiting the Royal Highland Show, Britain’s premier agricultural event with an unrivalled display of farm exhibits and livestock. As an overseas visitor, you will find a warm welcome at the International Visitors Pavilion with complimentary refreshments, free Show Guide and access with spectacular views over the Main Ring. This evening there is an optional Scottish folklore dinner with bagpipes and dancers. Overnight: EDINBURGH
Begin the morning with a visit to the famous Edinburgh Farmers’ Market that takes place every Saturday on the Castle Terrace. Continue with a sightseeing tour introducing you to both the 200-year old New Town and from the Old Town drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Later this morning drive over the mighty Forth Road Bridge via St. Andrew’s, whose Royal and ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, has given us the rules of golfing. Overnight: EDINBURGH
Travel this morning through the highly scenic Borders region of southern Scotland and then hilly areas of Northern England. Visit the Chillingham wild cattle at Chillingham Castle near Alnwick. Continue to Yorkshire for farm-stay accommodation. Overnight: YORKSHIRE FARM-STAYS, ENGLAND
Enjoy some time with your farm-stay hosts this morning. Visit a sizeable Swaledale sheep farm in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Native Swaledale Sheep are a hardy breed well adapted to surviving the cold, snowy winters on the hilltops. Swaledale fleeces have excellent insulative qualities, and traditionally it has been used for carpets. It is also exported as a premium product to Japan for making futons. Later continue the historic county town of Chester on the River Dee, noted for the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings the two-tiered shopping arcades known as the “Rows”. Overnight: CHESTER
This morning visit the JCB factory, a global manufacturer of agricultural equipment, located at Cheadle. After a tour of the factory, where a two-course lunch will be provided, continue to the county of Leicestershire. This another important agricultural region. Visit a large broad acre arable and livestock farm. Continue to London, arriving in the early evening. Overnight: LONDON
Depart hotel for a half-day sightseeing tour of the City of London featuring the City and West End, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London. This afternoon, there will be a presentation on UK agriculture / Embassy trade talk. Farewell dinner tonight with your fellow travelers. Overnight: LONDON
Time at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight home
*Itinerary is tentative and may change.