Avoid airport chaos and meet kindred spirits on a bargain coach trip

Avoid airport chaos and meet kindred spirits on a great-value coach holiday, with half-board trips from just £160

  • Here, we pick the best coach holidays in the UK and Ireland for solo travellers
  • Choose a five-day tour of the Pennines or explore the Lake District 
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Coach holidays are a great way for solo travellers to meet others and be sociable on trips (if they want to be, that is).

Here, we round up some of the best without significant extra charges for travelling solo.


Book a tour of the Lake District with visits to Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, Coniston and Grange-over-Sands on a five-day trip that highlights the region’s beauty.

A cruise on Windermere, England’s largest lake, is included, and accommodation is at the waterside Windermere Hotel.

Windermere (above) is the base for a five-day coach tour of the Lake District with Shearings 

Above is one of Shearings’ coaches. The company’s tour of the Lake District is priced from £349 half-board 

Details: From £349 half-board (shearings.com).


See Snowdonia and visit the charming town of Caernarfon and the village of Betws-y-Coed, while staying at the Victorian-style resort of Llandudno in North Wales.

Caledonian is offering a four-day coach tour, staying at the Grand Hotel, which is by the beach and close to the elegant Grade II-listed pier at ‘the queen of the Welsh watering places’, as the resort was nicknamed in the 19th century.

Details: From £179 half-board (caledonian.com).


This list of coach holidays for solo travellers includes a five-day tour of the Pennines with Grand UK Holidays, which has visits to Hebden Bridge (pictured) and Halifax

Plenty of single rooms remain free for two group coach trips in the Pennines in August.

The five-day holidays, based at Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield, include stop-offs for heritage train rides on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and the East Lancashire Railway, plus a visit to Hebden Bridge and The Piece Hall, the 18th-century cloth hall in Halifax.

Details: From £519 half-board (grandukholidays.com).


Grand UK Holidays, which doesn’t charge supplements for single rooms, organises ‘Singles Special’ five-day tours, based at the Legacy Preston International Hotel.

Places visited include Windermere and Ullswater in the Lake District, as well as Liverpool’s cathedrals and Albert Docks.

A ferry across the River Mersey is part of the package, along with a Leeds and Liverpool canal cruise.

Details: From £539pp half-board (grandukholidays.com).


You can visit the Needles chalk stacks (pictured) on a five-day tour of the Isle of Wight with Woods Travel

Visit Alum Bay and the Needles chalk stacks in the west of the Isle of Wight, then take in Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s home, before seeing the south-east coast around Shanklin on a five-day tour. Accommodation is at Warner’s Bembridge Coast, an adults-only hotel with coastal walks nearby.

Details: From £559 half-board (woodstravel.co.uk).


Based at the Alvaston Hall hotel on the edge of Nantwich, Cheshire, join a five-day trip that includes excursions to medieval Nantwich, Shrewsbury and Bridgemere Garden Centre — one of Britain’s largest. One day is spent at your leisure at Alvaston, a Grade II-listed country manor.

Details: From £489 half-board (jonesholidays.co.uk).


Leger Holidays’ six-day tour of Ireland stops off at Carrick-on-Shannon, Athlone and Dublin (pictured)

On the Leger Heart of Ireland & Dublin for Solo Travellers tour, passengers travel in the Silver Service coach (above) 

Leger Holidays runs more than 20 coach trips with no single supplements. Its six-day Irish offering, Heart of Ireland & Dublin for Solo Travellers, features visits to Carrick-on-Shannon, Clonmacnoise Monastery, Kilbeggan Distillery, Athlone and Dublin.

You’ll be based at Bloomfield House Hotel by Lough Ennell.

Details: From £779 half-board (leger.co.uk).


Join a three-day Torquay Bargain Weekender tour to Devon and stay at either the Ashley Court Hotel or the Riviera Hotel. Visits to Dartmouth and Bath are included.

Details: From £160 half-board; £10 single supplement (harryshaw.co.uk).

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