An interesting combination of old and new in Scotland for this spring tour. Our holiday takes in the peaceful Coast of the Kingdom of Fife, noted for its picturesque fishing villages and St Andrews the home of golf and the oldest university in Scotland, we also make visits to Stirling and Edinburgh as well as crossing the magnificent new Forth Bridge.
The 4 star Keavil House Hotel can be found in the quiet village of Crossford, not far from Dunfermline. The spacious, secluded gardens and country house charm make it a very relaxing place to stay. Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool and all the ensuite bedrooms have a safe, Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel does not have a lift.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north to Scotland. We arrive at our 4 star hotel with time to settle in before dinner this evening.
Tuesday Stirling is our destination today. On the way we pay a brief visit to the village of Culross, pronounced Cooross. This village is the nearest thing you will find to a 16th century time capsule anywhere in Scotland. It is as though much of the core of the village is was frozen in time and is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. After time here we make our way to Scotland’s former capital, Stirling. Standing on a high plug of volcanic rock at the head of the Old Town, the castle’s attractions include The Great Hall and the stunning Renaissance Royal Palace. Nearby is the Church of Holy Rude, which is well worth a look, later we make our way back to the hotel by crossing the Kincardine Bridge.
Wednesday Today we follow the coast of Fife with pretty little harbours and villages such as Elie, Pittenweem and Crail as we make our way to St Andrews. This ancient town is the ‘home of golf’ and site of Scotland’s oldest university. The Duke & Duchess both spent there student days, we have chance to explore and get lunch before we head inland across Fife to Kinross and Lochleven, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner in the 16th century, before continuing south to our hotel.
Thursday For our final outing we start by crossing the new Forth Road Bridge to Queensferry, with stunning views of the old road bridge and the iconic railway bridge. We make our way into Edinburgh where we include a tour of both the New and Old towns seeing many of the famous sights including the Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile and Princes Street before having free time to explore. Late afternoon we make our way back to the hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
Friday Using the motorway we cross the new Forth Bridge again and reach Edinburgh then through scenic Lauderdale before making a lunch stop in historic Jedburgh. Into England and down the east coast to return to our home area late afternoon after a fantastic Scottish break.
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