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This five day tour offers the chance to explore some of Scotland's rich history.
There will also be free time in Edinburgh to explore some of the citys numerous attractions. With so many to choose from, youll be able to take your pick, whether you fancy following the footsteps of royalty on the Royal Yacht Britannia, discovering the seat of power with a tour of the Scottish Parliament, or maybe find your perfect dram on a Scotch Whisky tasting experience. For those looking to see as much of the city in the time available, we recommend one of the many sightseeing bus tours available.
From your base in the pretty village of Eddleston, just outside Peebles, explore the rich history of the local towns and villages; from Linlithgow, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, to Abbotsford House, the extraordinary home of novelist Sir Walter Scott.
Making a reasonably early start to the day, we make our way to our overnight stop in Harrogate. Our journey will include suitable comfort stops en route, including a lunchtime break in Melton Mowbray, a quintessential English market town build on a strong traditional of farming and fine food and drink. Famous for its pork pies and Stilton cheese, you can also discover more about the town with the walking heritage trail.D
Continuing our journey to the historic Barony Castle Hotel, we make a stop in Carlisle, known as the Boarder City. Originally established as a Roman settlement to serve the forts on Hadrian's Wall, Carlisle has over 2000 years of history to discover.B, D
Today we spend time in historic Edinburgh, starting with a morning visit to the Castle. Dominating the city skyline, it's easy to see why Edinburgh Castle is the city's most visited paid tourist attraction with its fascinating, vibrant (and at times grisly) history. There is much to see in the castle, including the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and the Argyle Battery; offering incredible panoramic views of the city.
You will then be able to enjoy free time to explore Edinburgh's numerous other attractions.
Today you can enjoy a more relaxed day, exploring some of Scotland's pretty and historic towns. Spend the morning in Linlithgow, perched on the banks of a loch and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. See the ruined Linlithgow Palace, or perhaps visit the Canal Centre, exploring the only canal museum in Scotland and taking a stroll along the waterway to view the boats.
We then move on to the attractive town of South Queensferry, nestled on the shore in the shadow of the Forth Bridges. Walk through the town or visit one of the cafés and restaurants which line the main street to admire the Forth Bridges that cross over to Fife. The Forth Bridge, a railway bridge which was completed over 125 years ago, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular feat in engineering. The neighbouring Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964, and Queensferry Crossing, to the west of South Queensferry, opened in 2017.
This morning we make a stop in Jedburgh, whose historic highlights include the magnificent Jedburgh Abbey. Dating back to the 12th century, it is considered the best surviving remains of an Augustinian Abbey in the whole of Scotland. There is also the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre, located in the 16th century tower house where she is believed to have stayed. The building is now dedicated to telling the story of her eventful life.
In the afternoon, we make a short journey to Abbotsford, the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott, who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country's Crown Jewels. Inside the stunning manor house, discover a trove of intriguing objects which inspired his greatest poems and novels. Sir Walter Scott's imagination and creativity extended beyond the walls of his house into the outdoors and the creation of beautiful formal Regency gardens.
We bid farewell to Barony Castle today and make the short hop into Peebles. Nestled within an area of outstanding natural beauty, Peebles sits straddling the majestic River Tweed. The town boasts spectacular scenery, shopping and cafes to keep you entertained all year long. You wouldn't be the first to feel inspired by this artsy town, with many notable residents including Scottish novelist John Buchan choosing to make their home there. After lunch, we head back to Harrogate for our overnight stay.B, D
On the final leg of our return journey, we stop in Stamford, widely regarded as one of the finest Georgian towns in England. The pretty facades have featured in several films and television series, including the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film. We visit on the bustling market day, when the pavements are packed with local produce.B
B=Breakfast Included, D =Dinner Included
4 nights dinner bed & breakfast
Welcome tea or coffee on arrival
Entrance to Edinburgh Castle & Abbotsford House and Gardens
Free time in Edinburgh, Linlithgow, South Queensferry & Jedburgh
Travel day stops in York & Lincoln
The 16th century Barony Castle Hotel has the real wow factor as you arrive. Located in the Peebles countryside just a short drive from the town, the historic building contains a modern and contemporary interior. All 74 comfortable bedrooms are traditional in style, there is a modern, informal restaurant, comfortable bar and elegant lounge where there are plenty of comfortable sofas and armchairs. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and mini-gym. There is a lift to all floors, however some single rooms are accessed via a flight of steps.
We also spend our overnight stays at the Crowne Plaza Harrogate. Centrally located and with sweeping views over the town and Yorkshire countryside, the hotel is an ideal base to explore this Victorian Spa town.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ashford|| Park Street Bus Stop A, Ashford |
|Ashford International Htl|| Ashford International Hotel |
|Canterbury|| St George's Lane, between bus station and Fenwicks |
|Dover|| Market Square, Dover |
|Folkestone|| Bus Station Bay E, Folkestone |
|Hawkinge|| Haven Drive, bus stop outside Lidl, Hawkinge |
|Herne Bay|| Old bus garage, High Street, Herne Bay |
|Hythe North Bound|| Red Lion Square next to pub, Hythe |
|M2 Medway North Bound|| M2 Medway Services, North Bound |
|Maidstone|| Bus stop outside Vinters Road Car Park, |
Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone
|Whitstable|| Bus layby outside Tesco Extra, Whitstable |
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