5 days from £459 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Fall under the spell of the beauty and enthralling history of the Scottish Borders. Discover a gentler pace of life amid the sweeping valleys and heather-clad moorlands of this outstanding part of the country. Home to some of the most historic castles and stately homes in Scotland, as well as within easy reach of Edinburgh, the area offers excellent galleries in the city, spectacular beauty in the countryside and plenty of history and fine art in the castle and abbeys.
Depart our local area by coach with appropriate stops en route, to arrive at the hotel in time for dinner.
After breakfast we travel to Floors Castle for a guided tour. Built for the first Duke of Roxburghe in 1721,the Castle boasts a collection of fine art, furniture and porcelain from Europe and China. We have time for lunch in the tea rooms (not included) before we continue to Jedburgh Abbey. Founded in 1138, it was a frequent target for invading border armies. Today, there is a cloister and herb garden to explore, and a visitor centre containing 8th century carvings and artefacts excavated from the abbey grounds. Highlights include the nave and the choir and transepts – a rare survival in Scotland of early 12th-century Romanesque architecture. Our final visit of the day is to the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre. The centre is a late 16th century tower house that has a collection of artefacts separated into different periods of her life. The Rogues’ Gallery introduces the drama of Mary’s life and the Lester Room reveals Mary’s final thoughts. We return to the hotel for dinner.
Today we make our way to Edinburgh to see the Royal Yacht Britannia and Holyroodhouse. Royal Yacht Britannia was launched on 16th April 1953 and for over 44 years she served the Royal Family, travelling over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world. To Her Majesty The Queen, Britannia proved to be the perfect royal residence for state visits, official receptions and family holidays. The audio tour allows us to experience what life was like below decks and see the magnificent State Apartments. We continue to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, including an audio tour. Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, it is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Free time in Edinburgh prior to our return to the hotel for dinner.
This morning we visit Mellerstain House & Gardens. Begun in 1725 and finally completed in 1778, this grand stately home has a fascinating history and unique architecture by William and Robert Adam. Our visit includes a guided tour where we will learn the dramatic history of the Baillie family, including Robert Baillie’s arrest for high treason and his subsequent escape to Holland. We continue to Manderston House for a guided tour. No expense was spared on this Edwardian mansion, with opulent staterooms, the only silver staircase in the world and extensive domestic quarters. It stands in 56 acres of formal gardens with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy. We finish our day with a visit to Abbotsford, the former home of Sir Walter Scott. Our guided tour will explore a treasure trove of intriguing objects and unusual artefacts, which inspired Scott’s greatest poems and novels. We return to the hotel early evening for dinner.
After checking out of our hotel we head south for our journey home, with appropriate stops en route.
Exact order of itinerary is subject to change.
If you wish to fly in & out of Edinburgh we can offer additional visits such as Hopetoun House and the Scottish National Gallery.
Mercure Peebles Barony Castle
The Mercure Peebles Barony Castle is a 16th century mansion with modern comforts. Set in 25 acres of rolling countryside, facilities include an indoor pool, restaurant serving traditional Scottish cuisine and a cosy bar offering snacks. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, coffee/ tea making facilities, cable TV, hairdryer, minibar and en suite bathroom.
• Executive coach travel throughout
• 4 nights half board accommodation
• Welcome drink on arrival
• Excursions and inclusions as per itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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