A fantastic tour to the southern gateway to Scotland, the Borders region stretches from the rolling hills in the west to the secluded coves and fishing villages of the dramatic Berwickshire Coastline in the east. The areaís turbulent history created its present day attributes of strong traditions and interesting heritage sites including the famous abbeys at Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh, We include visits to Britannia, Edinburgh, New Lanark World Heritage site and Sir Walter Scottís Abbotsford House.
The 4 star Peebles Hydro Hotel is an ideal base, standing on the site of a 19th century water cures hydro. This charming hotel has comfortable accommodation and stunning views across the beautiful Tweed Valley. Each of the bedrooms is en-suite and well equipped with a TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Public facilities include a leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool. A lift serves most floors.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the scenic ride to Scotland. On reaching the border at Gretna we continue north, passing Moffat to arrive in Peebles and our hotel, where we enjoy a glass of mulled wine. We have time to settle in before dinner which will be followed by entertainment.
Tuesday After breakfast we depart for a full day visit to the capital city of Edinburgh. Our first stop is an included visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, former floating royal residence of the Queen and her family. Follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this special royal yacht. Later we continue to the centre of the city for free time before returning to the hotel for dinner and an evening quiz.
Wednesday This morning we take a delightful drive following the course of the River Tweed to Selkirk then on to Melrose for an included visit to Abbotsford, the magnificent house and gardens built at the foot of the Eildon Hills by Scotlandís most famous author, Sir Walter Scott. We are joined by an informative guide for a tour of the house thatís a treasure trove of artefacts and memorabilia of the great manís life, the tour ends in the garden. We later drive to Scottís View a delightful vista of the River Tweed, Eildon Hills and the estate. This evening we enjoy a Scottish themed evening with dinner, a glass of wine or beer and traditional music to finish the evening.
Thursday After breakfast we drive to the New Lanark World Heritage Site. We discover the fascinating history of the impressive cotton mill village of New Lanark and the life and times of mill manager and social pioneer Robert Owen. Enter the spirit world of New Lanark and travel back in time on a dark ride. Be taken on a mesmerizing journey of discovery by the ghost of mill girl Annie McLeod who magically appears and tells her story of life in New Lanark in 1820. We return to the hotel for afternoon tea and scones before time to relax and dinner. This evening we enjoy dinner which will be followed by traditional board games.
Friday After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home, spending time in historic Richmond before arriving in our home area late afternoon to be greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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