Gretna, The Borders and Cumbria
For this tour we base ourselves in Gretna, taking in the highlights of the Scottish Borders and Cumbria. We visit the Lake District in Cumbria and take a trip on the Carlisle Settle Railway and visit Dumfries, the Solway Coast and Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland.
Gretna Hall Hotel, 3 Star
Gretna Green Tel:01461 338257
The Gretna Hall Hotel is steeped in history and still retains much of its original character from 1710, and even offers a traditional Blacksmith’s Shop. The hotel offers a good standard of accommodation, there is a comfortable bar that offers regular entertainment as well as the traditional Anvil Restaurant. The hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of the Gretna Retail Outlet and Gretna town centre. Lift
Monday 30 November* 5 Days £280
Single Supplement £60. Insurance £20
(includes Insurance Premium Tax at 20%)
4 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Tea/Coffee and Shortbread on arrival in Gretna, Rail journey from Settle to Carlisle, Cruise on Ullswater, Entrance to Drumlanrig Castle. Two nights live entertainment.
*Holly & Mistletoe includes wee dram of whisky, tea/coffee and mince pie on arrival, 2 nights live entertainment, 3 course themed Dinners each evening.
DAY 1 We leave home and travel to Gretna, stopping in Moffat en-route. Tea/Coffee and shortbread will be waiting for us in Gretna.
DAY 2 We make our way into the Yorkshire Dales to Settle where we will have free time to explore the Market and in the afternoon, we board the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway. We travel through 72 miles of unspoilt countryside enjoying the breathtaking scenery including the world-famous Ribblehead Viaduct. We arrive in Carlisle where our coach will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.
DAY 3 This morning, we drive to the Lake District taking a scenic route along Ullswater, the second largest lake in the National Park. We arrive at Pooley Bridge pier and enjoy a 1 hour Ullswater steamer cruise to the south side of the lake to Glenridding. We rejoin our coach and make our way to nearby Derwent Water Lake, stopping at the pretty town of Keswick where we have free time for lunch before returning to Carlisle where we will have some free time.
DAY 4 Today we head for Dumfries where we will have some free time before making our way to Kirkcudbright and the Solway Coast.
DAY 5 We return home, stopping on the way at Drumlanrig Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and from your very first glance you’ll know you’re entering a special place. Special enough, in fact, that the producers of Outlander recently used the Castle for filming their second series!