The Tweed Valley, the New Borders Railway and Edinburgh
This Tweed Valley tour combines a visit to Edinburgh, a ride on the scenic Borders Railway, and visits to Abbotsford (the home of Sir Walter Scott), Mellerstain House and Gardens, one of Scotland’s finest Stately Homes, and Floors Castle. There’s also an opportunity to discover the unique Ford and Etal Estates, including Heatherslaw Corn Mill and Lady Waterford Hal
Edinburgh is a city with a wealth of history, and preserves this in its culture to create a blend of old and new. Edinburgh is home to Scotland’s number one visitor attraction the Edinburgh Castle, situated at the top of the Royal Mile, with amazing views of the city. Edinburgh does not fall short of attractions to visit from Edinburgh Zoo, to the underground vaults and a variety of museums and galleries.
April - October 2020 & 2021
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to the Scottish Borders
Ford and Etal Estates, and Floors Castle
We take a leisurely journey through the scenic Tweed Valley to visit the Ford and Etal Estates. These private estates are home to two picturesque villages with a collection of unique visitor attractions. Lady Waterford Hall was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford. She spent 21 years decorating the interior of the Hall with Biblical scenes as a teaching aid for pupils, using many of the children from the village school and other villagers as models. We then visit the restored 19th century Heatherslaw Cornmill. After lunch we visit Floors Castle near Kelso, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland.
Edinburgh and a ride on the scenic Borders Railway
Today we take a trip on the recently opened Borders Railway from Tweedbank into Edinburgh. A guided walking tour of Scotland’s capital will reveal more about Royal Edinburgh and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In the afternoon there’s free time to explore the city before we join our coach for a leisurely drive through the Pentland Hills to our hotel.
Abbotsford and visit to Mellerstain House and Gardens
This morning we visit Abbotsford, the romantic mansion situated on the banks of the River Tweed that was home to the 19th century novelist, Sir Walter Scott. In the afternoon we travel to Mellerstain House and Gardens for a private visit to experience one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. Back to the hotel in time for a rest and dinner.
Featured hotels – Visited by Greatdays December 2018
Barony Castle Hotel ***
This exclusive hotel is set in 25 acres of stunning grounds in the heart of the Scottish Borders, near the historic town of Peebles and within easy reach of Edinburgh. The castle facilities include a stylish award winning restaurant, bar and lounge areas and a modern leisure centre where guests can relax in the sauna, hot tub and swimming pool or work out in the well-equipped fitness-centre. All rooms feature TV, tea and coffee facilities, hair-dryer and complimentary Wi-Fi. Iron and board are available upon request. The castle provide a bus/coach parking area on-site as well as adapted rooms for disabled guests.
Tinto Hotel, Biggar ***
Set within 5 acres of landscaped grounds in the Scottish Borders, the Tinto House Hotel offers home-cooked food and scenic views. The hotel has a very personal and homely approach, and is located 45 minutes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The hotel was fully refurbished in 2015 and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. No lift but plenty of ground floor rooms. Ample coach parking.
Peebles Hydro, Peebles ****
This resort hotel offers a beautiful setting in gardens, in the border town of Peebles. This charming, historic hotel features an indoor swimming pool, a spa, a gym and restaurant. Various activities take place around the grounds during high season to keep guests entertained! There is also an onsite gift shop. Lift to all floors and coach parking available.
Add an extra day to this itinerary and visit Traquair House Dawyck Botanic Garden, both attractions located close to Peebles. Traquair House is claimed to be the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland and built in the style of a fortified mansion. Dawyck Botanic Garden, part of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is one of the world’s finest arboreta with seasonal displays of abundant exotic and native plants that provide a breathtaking backdrop of colour throughout the year.
|2020 dates||from £330.00 per person|
|2021 dates||from £332.00 per person|
Single supplement available on request.