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SCOTTISH BORDERS

August 15th, 2019

Just a short hop over the English border lie the pleasant Scottish borderlands. Often overlooked, this wild and beautiful land has a rich history and a romance that often belies the peacefulness that we now enjoy. We explore both sides of the border whilst staying in the famous Scottish village of Gretna Green. 

The three star Gretna Hall Hotel is an old wedding house set in its own grounds.

www.gretnahallhotel.com

Hot Drinks Facilities, Lift, Porterage & Entertainment.

Itinerary

Tuesday We depart Cornwall in the morning and travel to Scotland where there will be a welcome dram on arrival.

Wednesday Stepping back into England today we roughly follow the path of Hadrians Wall to Chesters Roman Fort one the Roman Empire’s most northern outposts and the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain. During the day we also visit the historic market town of Hexham which is clustered attractively around the Abbey. 

Thursday We journey through Kielder Forest, England’s largest forest, and break for morning coffee at the visitor centre on the way. Later we visit the town of Jedburgh. This former Royal Burgh was a 17th century frontier town in cross-border raids and now boasts excellent historic attractions including the Mary Queen of Scotts Visitor Centre and the Castle Jail Museum.

Friday Today we begin with a scenic tour into the Lake District and enjoy a cruise on Ullswater. There will be time for coffee before we visit the border city of Carlisle, a significant place since well before Roman times. There will be time to visit the medieval cathedral or the magnificent castle. 

Saturday This morning is free to explore Gretna Green and we enjoy an included visit to the Blacksmith visitor attraction. In the afternoon we visit the excellent Devils Porridge Museum which tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the largest munitions factory in the world during the First World War. 

Sunday After breakfast we cross back into the UK and make our way home to Cornwall. 

Term

Limited number of single rooms at no supplement

Home pick up £12 per person

£75 non-refundable deposit

Balance due 6 weeks prior to travel

Total Price Includes:

Premier Class coach travel

Free optional travel insurance

5 Nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Welcome dram & shortbread on arrival

Excursions as detailed

Admission to Chesters Roman Fort

Cruise on Ullswater

Admission to Devils Porridge Museum

Free parking at depot

Pick up points throughout Cornwall

Enjoy a fun filled Turkey and Tinsel break in the lovely seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare. By day we sit back and enjoy a range of excursions to explore the local attractions and the lovely Somerset countryside. In the evenings we enjoy the fun filled hospitality of our hosts. 

Smiths Hotel is a three star family run hotel that occupies a prime position on the beautiful seafront.

www.smithshotel.uk.com

Hot Drink Facilities, Lift, Porterage & Entertainment.

Itinerary

Monday Leaving Cornwall in the morning we make our way to Taunton. The county town has plenty to offer from individual boutiques to historic architecture and unspoilt views across the Blackdown Hills. Later we travel to the Smiths Hotel where a warm drink and a festive atmosphere awaits.

Tuesday After breakfast we visit the beautiful city of Wells. Here there will be time to explore the city and have lunch before an afternoon visit to the famous Bishops Palace. Home to The Bishop of Bath and Wells for over 800 years, the Palace tells a story of bold Bishops, sensational secrets and how water has shaped the Palace through centuries. 

Wednesday Today is free to explore the popular Victorian town of Weston-Super-Mare. Dominated by the spectacular beach and pier, it welcomes thousands of visitors each year and is a traditional seaside resort.

Thursday A scenic tour through the Mendips this morning with time for coffee in Cheddar Gorge village. We then visit the beautiful Victorian seaside town of Clevedon which overlooks the Severn Estuary. 

Friday After breakfast we leave Weston-super-Mare and begin our journey home. We break for lunch in Exeter where the Christmas Market is in full swing. We arrive home late in the afternoon.

Term

Limited number of single rooms at no supplement

Programme subject to change by hotel

Home pick up £12 per person

£75 non-refundable deposit

Balance due 6 weeks prior to travel

Total Price Includes:

Premier Class coach travel

Free option travel insurance

4 Nights dinner, bed and breakfast

Welcome drink on arrival

Visit and present from Father Christmas

Excursions as detailed

Admission to Bishops Palace

Free parking at depot

Pick up points throughout Cornwall

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SCOTTISH JACOBITE RAILWAY

January 24th, 2019

Spectacular scenery awaits us as we enjoy a tour to the Scottish Highlands. We enjoy a ride on the most famous steam train, the Jacobite Railway. Mountains, lochs and world famous features all provide unforgettable backdrops to this memorable holiday.

The three star Alexandra Hotel offers traditional Scottish hospitality at its best in the heart of Fort William.

www.strathmorehotels-thealexandra.com

Hot drink facilities, Wifi, Lift & Entertainment.

Itinerary

Sunday We travel from Cornwall to Lancashire where we have an overnight stop at the Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland.

Monday Our journey today takes us north into the Scottish Highlands and on to Fort William. Here we enjoy a Scottish welcome at the Alexandra Hotel.

Tuesday The highlight of our tour, we join the Jacobite Railway. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, we board at Fort William and follow a memorable journey to Mallaig taking in impressive extremes including the highest mountain in Britain and the Glenfinnan Viaduct otherwise known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’. There will be time in Mallaig before we meet our coach to return to our hotel.

Wednesday This morning we have a trip to the lovely town of Oban. Enjoy the beautiful views across to the Island of Kerrera and beyond before strolling down to Argyll Square with its attractive floral displays and pretty coffee shops. Our afternoon is free to discover the town of Fort William.

Thursday This morning we visit the Highland capital of Inverness. Nestled between mountain and sea this small city delights visitors with its warm welcome and beautiful old town. In the afternoon we have a one hour cruise on Loch Ness with stunning views of the iconic Urquhart Castle ruins.

Friday Our last breakfast in Scotland before we make our way back to England. We have an overnight break at the Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland.

Saturday Leaving Preston we make the journey back to Cornwall arriving home in the evening.

Term

Single rooms available at a supplement of £100 per person

Home pick up £12 per person

£75 non-refundable deposit

*There are 15 steps to access the boat

Balance due 6 weeks prior to travel

Tour subject to loading

Total Price Includes:

Premier Class coach travel

Free optional travel insurance

6 Nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Excursions as detailed

Ride on Jacobite Steam Train

Jacobite cruise*

Free parking at depot

Pick up points throughout Cornwall