2021: Lake District, Edinburgh & Isle of Arran

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7 Days / 6 Nights (B 'n B)
Availability : April to October
Start: London, England
End: Edinburgh. Scotland

2 nts Keswick, 2 nts Edinburgh, 2 nts Brodick

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

This trip teaches you that ‘small is beautiful’.

You take the train from London to the little Lake District. The quaint walled lanes here appear too tiny to be good for anything but beautiful photographs.

After the Lake District, you venture to Edinburgh. This city feels more like a bustling old country town than a capital of a European country.

And finally, you visit Arran. They call this ‘Scotland in Miniature’, because you’ll find everything everyone loves about Scotland squeezed into this wee island.

So, if you like picturesque towns, hidden gems, and the little local things, join this tour and discover the Lake District, Edinburgh, and Arran.

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Ullswater – The second largest lake in the English Lake District is famous for its sublime, tranquil beauty.

Aira Force Waterfall – A lovely stone bridge crosses the fabulously flowing waterfalls.

Lake Windermere – You can choose to wander the shores or put on your sailing hat and go for a cruise.

Edinburgh – Scotland’s Medieval capital city boasts spectacular architecture and fascinating history.

Culzean Castle – An 18th-century castle with beautiful grounds and gorgeously elegant rooms.

Robert Burns Country – Discover the locations that inspired Scotland’s most famous poet.

Brodick and Brodick Castle – A quintessential Victorian castle said to be haunted by a ‘Grey Lady’.

Isle of Arran Distillery – There used to be around 50 distilleries on Arran. But now, this is the only distillery keeping the tradition alive.

Machrie Moor stone circles – These prehistoric stone circles are the most famous archaeological sites on the Isle of Arran.

Mull of Kintyre Peninsula – Admire gorgeous coastal views in this hidden away part of Scotland.

Pick Up Location & TIme

London  (Google Map)
9:30am – London Euston Train Station, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DU

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
7:15pm

Price Includes

  • 6 nights Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full English breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1London - Keswick

You collect your train ticket at the London Euston Station and head north to the historic Cumbrian market town of Penrith. The town’s uniquely coloured castle played a key role in defending the border from its invading Scottish neighbours.

After arriving in Penrith and meeting your Rabbie’s Guide, you enter the Lake District National Park and travel along the northern shores of Ullswater. This lake is often described as England’s most beautiful lake, and it’s here we give you the chance to take a forest walk and see the mighty Aira Force waterfall.

You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and a hub of ancient pagan rituals.

You have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick* where you’re dropped off at your accommodation and free to explore the charming town.

*Please note all tours that depart in July will stay in Bowness-on-Windermere instead of Keswick

Day 2Keswick

After breakfast, you take in views of Ullswater as we head along country roads to its southern shores.

You continue further south and travel over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass towards the wonderful Windermere. Here you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or eat lunch while enjoying sublime views of the surrounding scenery.

After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water. Your next stop is the picturesque conservation village of Hawkshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School.

After exploring the cosy village, you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”.

There’s free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, taste the legendary gingerbread, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy.

In the late afternoon, you return to Keswick*. (B)

* Please note all tours that depart in July will stay in Bowness-on-Windermere instead of Keswick

Day 3Keswick - Edinburgh

We head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter Pass into the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer.

You journey along winding lanes, past the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere, and towards the Honister Mountain Pass.

Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to visit old slate workings, where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living.

After refreshments, you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water, where there’s free time for lunch and shopping.

Once you’ve eaten lunch, you begin your return journey, heading towards Penrith and north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland, you take a stop in the town of Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415. From here, it’s a leisurely drive through the rolling border hills to Edinburgh. (B)

Day 4Edinburgh

Today is a free day to explore Edinburgh.

We think you should start with our included Edinburgh City Tour to familiarise yourself with the history, geography, and laugh-out-loud tales of the city.

And after that, what you do is up to you; You can venture deep under the city on ghost tours, hike to the lofty heights of Arthur’s Seat, or even just relax in the many beautiful gardens.

Just ensure you relax and prepare for your next part of your adventure. (B)

Day 5Edinburgh - Brodick

Today you join a new bus for the continuation of your tour to Arran. With your new companions, you travel past Glasgow and the Whitelee Wind Farm, Europe’s largest wind farm.

You then leave the modern landscapes and travel into Ayrshire to visit Culzean Castle. Here you have time to enjoy its dramatic cliff-top setting, beautiful architecture, and elegant living spaces. You can also have lunch in the cafe or take a picnic in the beautiful castle grounds.

Travelling towards Robert Burns’ birthplace, you discover the places from his poems and songs. You stop at the visitor centre in Alloway, where you can find out more about this remarkable man.

You continue to Ardrossan where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. You’re dropped off at your accommodation in Brodick. (B)

Day 6Brodick

Arran is alive with wildlife, mountains, beaches, pubs, and restaurants. Depending on the weather and your group’s interest; your driver-guide will arrange the best day out for you.

You may explore the mountainous north of the island, some of Arran’s best beaches, Lochranza Castle, and the Arran Distillery.

Arran is also home to many stone circles dating from the Neolithic period and the early Bronze Age. You visit Machrie Moor and its six stone circles; and after exploring this area you travel south through the harbour villages of Blackwaterfoot.

Travelling back to Brodick you see The Holy Isle across the water, owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community.

You may make a stop at the Arran Cheese Shop, a family-owned business that’s now famous all over the world.

At Brodick, we find Brodick Castle, and situated in the shadow of this imposing red sandstone castle is Arran Brewery. This microbrewery blends naturally with its stunning surroundings, combining the island’s unique water with the finest local ingredients. You can sample this ale in many of the local pubs and restaurants; a perfect way to round off your day! (B)

Day 7Brodick - Edinburgh

You return to the mainland on the ferry running between Lochranza and Claonaig. This short 30-minute crossing takes you onto the Kintyre Peninsula.

You travel along the coastal road to the charming fishing village of Tarbert. The village sits on the narrowest strip of land between the two bodies of water, forming a natural harbour.

From Tarbert, you follow Loch Fyne toward the whitewashed village of Inveraray, where you have free time to explore and have lunch.

You continue over the ‘Rest and be Thankful’ mountain pass.

From here, it’s a short drive to Luss and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before returning to Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: April 1 to April 26 – Thursday (except April 8 & 29)    $1640 $2150
2021: May 6 to July 29 –  Thursday (except May 20) $1840 $2350
2021: August 5 to August 26 – Thursday $2005 $2610
2022: September 2 to September 30 – Thursday  $1840 $2350
2022: October 7 to October 21 – Thursday $1640 $2150

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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