Select South West Tours
Select South West Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Multi Award Winning luxury guided day tours around Devon and Cornwall Experience the real Devon and Cornwall in style, comfort and safety​ Let me create your memorable visit to the most beautiful region the UK. Door to door collection in Luxury Mercedes Benz Viano. Local guide, fully licensed and insured. Gold awards Best Overseas Visitor experience 2017, 2018 and 2019 Cornwall Tourism Awards, Gold award Best Guided Tour 2018 Cornwall Tourism Awards, Silver and bronze Awards at SW England Tourism excellence awards 2018 and 2019
Plymouth, Devon, England

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Annie W
White Plains, NY3 contributions
Aug 2022
My husband, daughter, and I just finished a delightful four-day tour of Devon and Cornwall with James. He is a phenomenal guide: knowledgeable, entertaining, gracious, and flexible. Each day he mapped out an adventurous itinerary and made adjustments based on our preferences, the weather, etc. Without ever feeling rushed, we visited an astonishing variety of sites, ranging from natural wonders such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Dartmoor, and the Cornish coastline to fascinating historical locations such as the Mayflower Steps and Botallack mines. We were deeply moved by James’s narration of Cornish mining history. We sampled the best Cornish pasties and debated jam vs. cream first on afternoon scones. James accommodated our interest in gardens with visits to Abbotsbury and Lanhydrock. His skillful driving and parking enabled us to relax and enjoy the ride, scenery, and stories. We heartily recommend Select Southwest Tours for an unforgettable experience!
Written August 10, 2022
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Thanks so much for taking the trouble to write your lovely review. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour. I had a great time as well ! James
Written September 28, 2022
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Susan E
Wilkes-Barre, PA37 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Three of us 70’s spent 7 days exploring southwest England and the cotswolds with James. He found the church and burial site of our friends 7 generations, took us to wonderfully picturesque fishing villages, prehistoric ruins, and the gorgeous beauty of Botallack and Tintagel. The tiny hedgerow lanes and charming towns of the cotswolds were an added gift. We enjoyed pasties by the sea and Cream teas together.
James was considerate of our mobility issues and worked to make sure we saw everything that we wanted to.
He was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. We heartily recommend James if you really want a good idea of life in SSW England and thousands of pictures to remember it.
Written June 6, 2022
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Thanks so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to show you around, and I am delighted you enjoyed the tour. kind regards James
Written June 14, 2022
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george w
Kimberton, PA18 contributions
Sep 2022
Years ago, for our vacations, my wife and I always researched then planned our own itineraries, rented a car, and off we went. We have many great memories of trips across Europe. We decided that this time we would go with the ultimate tailored trip; a single tour guide and us. The research was to find the best small tour company in Southwest England, a region we had not visited. I’d say the research paid off big.
I am handicapped - muscular dystrophy - and as I aged, my physical limitations grew. Frankly, I had reservations about going overseas at all. James Coulton, owner and operator of Select South West Tours, was perfect for my challenge. With his knowledge of the region, he anticipated my limitations and created inventive ways for me to traverse terrain I would have never done on my own; allowing my wife and I to have many marvelous experiences.

James knows his stuff. He imparted a deep knowledge of the Cornwall and Devon counties. Each day, James would have a friendly quiz for us, helping us to recall and cement into memory, our experiences.

One of our first stops was to Port Isaac, the small port town where the Fisherman Friends originated. James told the story of this group of fishermen and their rise the fame. Coincidentally, when we stayed in Plymouth, later in the tour, we attended “Fisherman’s Friends” a musical at the Royal Theater. The musical told the story exactly as it had been relayed to us by James. We truly felt for those 2 ½ hours like we were a part of the Cornish culture.

I would highly recommend James and Select South West Tours for those able bodied or with physical limitations, like me. We had the time of our lives.

Thank you, James
George and Barb White
Written September 21, 2022
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George and Barb Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write your extensive and lovely review. When people write things like this I am humbled, and just so pleased that I was able to give you such great memories. I was delighted that working together we could ensure you didnt miss out on anything despite your limitations of mobility..we try hard to make everything as inclusive as we can . When people say that they had the time of their lives it means a lot. Thank you so much James
Written September 28, 2022
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Edith
1 contribution
May 2022
For a day trip to Tintagel Castle I enlisted the services of Select Southwest Tours. As a visitor from Florida, I thought it wise not to try renting a car for the 2 hour drive from Penzance. I was very pleased with that decision; my tour guide was prompt and very knowledgeable of all the areas that we drove by on our way to Tintagel. Tim made my comfort and choices his priority. Of course, Tintagel Castle was thrilling and made so much more relaxed by my knowing that I was in very competent hands. After Tintagel, lunch was served at Boscastle Farm Food Store. I probably would not have known about this lovely spot on my own. Rain dampened our attempt to walk at stops in Bodmin Moor, but I did not mind getting drenched. Tim proved not only to be very knowledgeable and creative, he was a lovely companion. I hope to return soon.
Written May 22, 2022
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Thanks so much for your kind words. I am delighted you enjoyed your tour with Tim . we look forward to welcoming you back very soon best wishes James
Written May 28, 2022
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Dave L
1 contribution
Oct 2022
I completely agree with the many very positive reviews already written. James worked carefully with our group of 4 (2 couples) to customize our 4 day visit to Cornwall and Devon to our interests. My wife and I both have ancestors from Cornwall and a highlight of our visit was to see the areas where they lived and worked. I highly recommend having the Cornwall History Society do research on your family prior to your visit. Their report became a road map for the areas we explored.

James deep knowledge of the area guided us to many hidden & beautiful locations. As mentioned by other reviewers, I was so glad that James was driving given the narrow roads (& other side).

Many thanks to James for an awesome 4 days exploring the beauty and history of Cornwall.
Written November 9, 2022
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Thanks so much for your review, I am delighted to hear you enjoyed the trip . ap[ologies for not responding sooner. Kind regards James
Written April 1, 2023
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Carol R
1 contribution
May 2022
James was an absolute delight to travel with on our customized 10 day tour of southern England. He's extremely knowledgeable of the area's history, and imparts that history in a fun and comprehensive manner. And, when we visited a city or village outside his normal tour route, he graciously booked a local tour guide for us. That's what I call going above and beyond in order to guarantee our happiness. We would definitely book with him again!
Written May 15, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the trouble to leave your kind review. I am delighted you both enjoyed the tour, as did I..It was good to go to some places that are off my normal route as well. Hope you had a good journey home, and warmest good wishes James
Written May 16, 2022
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Jennifer R
2 contributions
Mar 2022
Travelled to the UK on a visit to dear friends and our day tour of Dartmoor and Slapton Sands in Devon was a delightful, extraordinary experience that far exceeded everything we had hoped for. James Coulton picked us up right on time, was well prepared for some minor mobility needs and a very safe driver. His research and knowledge of the area we toured was amazing, in depth and delivered in a casual, friendly, engaging manner that was not only charming but left us feeling like we had made a new friend. I only wish there was a rating higher than Excellent to choose
from. Look no further than Select Southwest Tours for your visit to the UK!!!
Written March 25, 2022
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You are so kind, thank you very much for your warm words and lovely review. I am delighted you enjoyed the tour so much warm regards James
Written March 26, 2022
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Gonçalo Castelao
1 contribution
Jun 2023
I have experienced many guides on my family travels, however, I would like to tell you that I had a wonderful experience with Mark. He was very professional and always went the extra mile to make me and my family feel confortable and enjoy our experience in Cornwall, which we did very much! We were traveling with an 82-year-old person with less mobility than the rest of the us and Mark was an amazing help to make her experience interesting and enjoyable. He also customised his explanations according to our interests and culture. It was a pleasure to use your services and I will highly recommend asking for Mark to anyone that wishes to visit Cornwall and hire Select South West Tours.
Written June 19, 2023
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Thank you so much. Its so good to hear that you had such a great experience with Mark as your guide. We always try to go the extra mile , and I am delighted you enjoyed your tour so much. Thank you for taking the trouble to write your review. Best wishes James
Written June 22, 2023
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irisgorgeous
Northampton, UK6 contributions
Mar 2022
OMG what can I say about our fantastic day out with Select South West Tours and the amazing James, our super knowledgeable driver and tour guide. When I made initial contact with James I explained I was an elderly disabled lady who was about to have a lifelong friend from the USA come to visit for 3 weeks. As I can no longer drive and barely walk I wanted to give her and my two sisters a good day out to include Slapton Sands and Dartmoor. The rest of the day was entirely his choice.

OMG did he deliver the goods and more. I cannot fault one thing about the day. James arrived punctually in a super comfortable smart and tidy 8 seater. He greeted us with a smile and handshake and addressed us all by name. I knew then we were off to a flying start. He went out of his way to make things as easy as possible for me from the minute we met. We left Plymouth and headed out, first to Bigbury then on to Slapton Sands to learn all about the practice for D-Day and the raising of the Sherman tank. We had quite a long visit there as I had some knowledge of exercise Tiger but needed to know more. James answered all our questions and gave us the time we needed.
A lovely tour followed taking in this sights as we headed for Dartmouth followed by Dartmoor. Again James was full of information. He had us all singing Widecome Fair, including Uncle Tom Cobley and all. Totnes, Tavistock and Yelverton brought us full circle back into Plymouth. What a day. Must add the weather was glorious, sunshine all the way
I’m sure I’ve missed out loads but I think it’s enough to express my delight with this company.
If anyone is thinking about a personalised tour I implore you check out Select South West Tours. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Thanks James for the perfect day out.
Written March 24, 2022
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Wow! Thank you so much for your extremely kind review. It was such a pleasure to show you around South Devon and Dartmoor and I am delighted that it exceeded your expectations . With greatful Thanks James
Written March 25, 2022
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Troy-Travelers1
12 contributions
Mar 2023
My family of four had the great pleasure of being James' first tour group of 2023. We spent six days touring beautiful Devon and Cornwall and cannot say enough good things about our experience.

From our first email contact, James was incredibly helpful and professional with lots of great suggestions about our itinerary. With our input, he developed a full schedule for each day and was flexible about making adjustments along the way. The weather was not at all cooperative during our trip but that didn't deter us at all - we got to see everything we wanted to see and then some.

James is a great travel companion with lots of local knowledge and great stories to share. He really went out of his way to show us why this area is special and why he loves it so much.

If you have the good fortune to be traveling to this region, you will not regret connecting with James. You will have an unforgettable experience! Thanks, James, for your many kindnesses.
Written March 24, 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind words. I had a great time with you all, and i am delighted you enjoyed our tour of the region so much. Come back soon!
Written April 1, 2023
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