A chance to enjoy an unspoilt corner of Scotland. Here in Scotland’s South West, the mildest part of the country, you will find a combination of magnificent coastal scenery blended with inland beauty and a host of connections with its rich heritage, in particular with those of the National Bard Robbie Burns. Our base is the historic border town of Dumfries situated on the banks of the River Nith and famous for its connections with Robbie Burns and Robert the Bruce.
Superbly located near the centre of Dumfries, the 3 star Cairndale offers all the comforts of one of the region’s leading hotels. Under the supervision of its resident owners we are guaranteed a warm welcome. All the en-suite rooms have satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and tea/coffee making facilities. A large comfortable dining room, choice of bars and superb leisure centre complete with large indoor pool, sauna, spa and gym and lift completes the impressive list of hotel features
Sunday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north to the delightful city of Ripon with its small but impressive Cathedral, then on through Wensleydale, the terraced waterfalls at Aysgarth and Sedbergh before crossing the border at Gretna to arrive at our holiday hotel late afternoon. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served upon our arrival then time to settle in before dinner
Monday We take a drive north through Nithdale to visit the magnificent Drumlanrig Castle and gardens the category A listed castle home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. The 17th cent. Castle built in distinctive pink sandstone, is brimming with centuries-old heritage and culture, period furnishings, fine art and antiques whilst the wonderful gardens extend some 40 acres. We continue our drive by climbing the Mennock Pass in the heart of the Lowther Hills to spend time in the weaving town of Moffat before returning to the hotel late afternoon.
Tuesday We have a short ride into the historic border city of Carlisle with time for exploration and the chance for lunch. The city has lots to offer including Carlisle Cathedral, its magnificent museum and many shops. This afternoon we head to the Devil’s Porridge Museum, an amazing exhibition which tells the story of arguably the Greatest Munitions Factory where 30,000 women came together to produce explosives for the Second World War.
Wednesday A delightful drive along the scenic coast road of the Solway Firth. We visit romantic Sweetheart Abbey, view golden sand beaches, pass Kirkbean home of the American Naval hero John Paul Jones and the tiny villages of Sandyhills & Barnbarroch en-route to Castle Douglas, a relaxing 18th century market town, where we have time for lunch. Afterwards we visit Threave Garden & House; a garden for all seasons, a landscaped beauty and haven for wildlife. Take a stroll through the secret garden, rockery and walled garden with the 19th century Threave House as its backdrop.
Thursday Homeward bound via Shap Fell and the beautiful Lake District. We make a stop at the K Village Heritage Centre then travel by way of the Yorkshire Dales and Ribblesdale to historic Skipton where we make a stop with time for lunch and sightseeing. We return to our home areas late afternoon.
Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG