Group Travel Tour Operator and DMC for Scotland
Scotland Starts Here – NEW TOUR
The Midlothian and Borders area of Scotland is easily accessible, stunningly scenic and rich in history, yet sometimes it is bypassed in favour of the Highlands. On this new tour we explore this area including visits to the historic homes Traquair, Abbotsford and Thirlestane Castle. We also visit Rosslyn Chapel made famous by bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, and Newbattle Abbey which played a special role in the story of Scotland.
Dates throughout 2022 & 2023
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to your hotel
Start your Scottish adventure with a scenic drive to our hotel in Peebles. If time allows you could visit The Devil’s Porridge Museum just north of the border in Eastriggs.
Abbotsford and Thirlestane Castle
2021 marks Sir Walter Scott’s 250th birthday. It is no surprise then that his extraordinary home near Melrose will be the centre of the celebrations. Here we will learn about Scott’s life and discover objects that inspired his poetry. There is also a large visitor centre and cafe on site which is open all year round. Next is Thirlestane Castle, one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. Throughout its long history Thirlestane has belonged to the Maitland family, recognised for their political importance. We will take a guided tour of the ancestral home, with its fairytale exterior and many fascinating stories inside.
Rosslyn Chapel and Newbattle Abbey
Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel has intrigued and inspired visitors for generations with its ornate stone carvings which cover practically every surface. Rosslyn has survived turbulent times and has recently undergone extensive conservation. The neighbouring visitor centre tells the Chapel’s story from its 15th century origins, the Reformation, to The Da Vinci Code and beyond. In the afternoon we visit Newbattle Abbey for a guided tour and afternoon tea. Now an adult learning centre, the original Abbey played an important role in medieval Scottish history and the Declaration of Arbroath.
Kailzie Gardens and Traquair House
Kailzie Gardens stand 700 feet above sea level on the south bank of the Tweed, and over the years has recorded frost in every calendar month! Despite this the gardens thrive and in their seasons produce Snowdrops, Daffodils and sheets of Bluebells. In the afternoon we visit Traquair. At over 900 years old it is Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House and continues to be a family home. Originally a hunting lodge for Scottish royalty, the Stuarts of Traquair also had strong associations with Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite Uprisings.
Today our attractions are located close to Peebles which means you can return early to the hotel and make use of the many leisure activities on offer. Alternatively you may choose to visit Robert Smail’s Printing Works, a National Trust property and a living example of a historic printing works.
After a full Scottish breakfast we embark on our journey home. If the route permits why not call in Hawick, a town famous for its Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky.
We can offer a selection of 3* and 4* hotels in the area.
|Dates||5 days / 4 nights|
|2022 dates||From £319.00 per person|
|2023 dates||Prices on request|
Single room supplement available upon request.