This tour offers the opportunity to explore, walk, shop or just relax. The idyllic location of our hotel makes an ideal base for exploring the World Heritage sites along Hadrianís Wall as well as enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Gilsland Hall Hotel sits proudly in 140 acres of manicured garden and natural woodland in an idyllic countryside location with spectacular views over the Cumbrian and Northumberland countryside. All of the en-suite bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and there is a lift to the 1st and 2nd floors.
Monday From your front door to the waiting coach for the drive north. We make a stop for lunch in delightful Richmond then enjoy superb scenery as we travel by way of Barnard Castle and Weardale to arrive late afternoon at Gilsland Hall Hotel for a welcoming cup of tea/coffee. A Sherry Reception precedes dinner which is followed by cash bingo in the ballroom, and an evening of music and entertainment.
Tuesday Today we head for Longtown and drive along Liddesdale as we make our way to picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park. We take a break at the visitor centre before continuing to Bellingham and Hexham, dominated by the Abbey overlooking the market square. This afternoon we return along the path of Hadrianís Wall, which stretched some 76 miles from the Tyne to the Solway, in time for a Tea Dance and a chance to relax before dinner and tonightís entertainment.
Wednesday This morning we have a drive to the nearby historic border city of Carlisle. The city has much to offer the visitor Ė Carlisle Cathedral, founded in 1122, is one of the smallest in the country, the 900 year old castle, built to keep out the Scots, and the Tullie House Museum, detailing the cityís history. The Lanes shopping centre is at the heart of the pedestrianised city centre, with chic boutiques to well-known High Street names. We make our way back to the hotel for tonightís special Tea Dance, this one features a visit from Santa, bearing a present for those who have been good! A traditional Christmas Turkey Dinner is served with all the trimmings and a glass of wine, with more festive entertainment to follow.
Thursday Border Country is our excursion today. We head north into Scotland and the pleasant town of Moffat, with its connections to the wool trade, for a short break before continuing into the mountains, past picturesque St Maryís Loch, to Selkirk. The Royal Burgh of Selkirk is one of Scotlandís oldest burghs and has associations with William Wallace, Bonnie Prince Charlie and writer Sir Walter Scott. From here we head for Hawick and Gretna, where we have a brief stop before returning to the hotel for our final night of entertainment.
Friday A fine breakfast before bidding farewell to our hosts as we depart for home. We drive through broad Ribblesdale with its peaks and caverns to reach Skipton, where we have time for the bustling market and lunch. Late afternoon we return to our home area after a memorable break among some of Englandís finest scenery.
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