A super summer break based in the stunning city of Edinburgh, featuring a scenic train ride on the Bowness & Kinellie Railway and a visit to Scone Palace, where many a King has been crowned, including Robert the Bruce. We visit the impressive Kelpies – the largest equine sculpture in the world, and take picturesque sightseeing cruise on the River Forth offering spectacular views of the famous 3 bridges.
The 4 star Doubletree Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry is located on the north short of the Firth of Forth and Queensferry and enjoys stunning views of the bridges. Each of the tastefully furnished, ensuite bedrooms is equipped with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities and is served by a lift. Public facilities include The Shore Grill & Restaurant with sweeping views across the River Forth and a fabulous, well stocked bar.
From your front door to the Club Class coach for the drive to Gretna Green. Not just famous for weddings, the Blacksmith’s Shop has been designed to offer a combination of culture, heritage, shopping and traditional Scottish fayre. We continue north to reach Edinburgh and our hotel, with time to settle in before dinner.
This morning we enjoy breakfast before travelling to the Kelpies to marvel at the largest equine sculptures in the world, standing at 100ft tall. We then continue to Falkirk, where we enjoy free time to explore and to take lunch before our afternoon visit to the Bowness & Kinellie Railway for our scenic 10 mile return journey along the Forth Estuary, through woodlands, past waterfalls and over the Avon Viaduct.
Departing after breakfast we drive across the Forth Bridge to the harbourside where we board a 90 minute sightseeing cruise offering fantastic views of Edinburgh’s iconic 3 bridges. After our cruise we journey into Edinburgh where the rest of the day is free to explore the capital city of Scotland. The city is dominated by the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, an ancient fortress built on a volcanic crag. It is the most visited attraction in Scotland. There is really so much to see and do here with notable places of interest including the gardens on Princes Street, the Old Town and the Royal Mile leading to Holyrood House.
Today’s destination is the fair city of Perth where we enjoy the morning at leisure for exploration. This afternoon we travel the short distance to Scone Palace. The palace has an exciting and colourful history as one of Scotland’s most important stately homes. It has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. The palace houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts.
After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home where we are greeted by our awaiting taxis after a fabulous and colourful visit to Scotland.
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