Lake District, Edinburgh & Scottish Castles Experience (from London) 2021/2022

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8 Days / 7 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : May to September
Start: London, England
End: Edinburgh. Scotland

Lake District, Edinburgh & Scottish Castles Experience: 2 nts Keswick, 2 nts Edinburgh, 2 nts Aberdeen, 1 nt Forres

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

A home can mean different things to different people.

In the Lake District, they can be cottages lined up along little lanes, surrounded by beautiful mountains, and never too far from a swim in a lake.

Whereas in Scotland, castles were some people’s homes. These stone fortifications could contain dozens of families and pose as both a war weapon and a wedding venue.

On this trip, we take you exploring through quintessential British landscapes to some of these unique buildings.

You see the town halls and squares by the Lake District’s famous waters. You see Gothic spires overlooking the cobbled lanes of Edinburgh. And you see castles clinging to dramatic cliffs by the sea.

And maybe by the end of the tour, you’ll have found that little place you’d dream of calling ‘home’ one day.

8 DAYS / 7 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.

Falkland Palace – The palace was the countryside home for many of the Stuart royalty. They would make use of the woodland areas in the vicinity to hunt.

Brodie Castle & Culloden – A 16th-century mansion that belonged to the Brodie Clan until 1980. And Culloden Moor is the resting place of those lost in the final land battle to have taken place in Great Britain.

Dunnottar Castle – This is the archetypical Scottish castle. Mysterious, ruined, and beautiful.

Loch Leven & Castle – Lochleven Castle is the famous prison fort to Mary Queen of Scots.

Pick Up Location & TIme

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

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
6:30pm

Price Includes

  • 7 nights Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation or hotel 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

  • 7 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 - Aberdeen

Today you join a new bus for the continuation of your tour to the Highlands. With your new companions you head north, and cross the Queensferry Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit of the day is Falkland Palace. This palace was built in the 16th century and is set in the medieval village of Falkland, which features in the television show, Outlander.

You continue to St Andrews where you have a chance to get lunch and discover the beauty of the cobbled lanes and ancient university buildings.

Travelling north towards Aberdeen, you have a chance to admire the House of Dun, a beautiful Georgian mansion located within a woodland estate.

In the afternoon, you visit Dunnottar castle. This ruined cliff top fortress is one of Scotland’s megastars and adorns the front covers of travel magazines everywhere. So, it’s a great spot to take in the view and test your photo skills. (B)

Day 6Aberdeen

Today is spent in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles.

Your first visit is Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. You can round the visit off with a walk through the beautiful 18th-century walled garden. Later on, you can have an opportunity to visit Banchory where you might be able to see salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh.

Lunch is at Ballater, before continuing with your afternoon programme. Crathes Castle provides the highlight for the afternoon. Turrets, gargoyles, and the ancient Horn of Leys are just a few of the features of this historic castle.

You’re free to explore the house and stunning gardens at your own pace. Wandering through the outstanding, world-renowned June Borders, beautiful vistas of the castle can be seen through the fusion of colourful flowers.

You return back to Aberdeen for another overnight. (B)

Day 7Aberdeen - Forres

Your tour heads further north and starts the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle. Fyvie Castle dates back to the 13th century and has a fine collection of arms and armour as well as 17th-century tapestries.

You continue, travelling through beautiful scenery and on to Nairn, where lunch will be taken at nearby Brodie Castle. You have time to explore this imposing castle’s unusual plasterwork and art collection.

In the afternoon, you can take the Clan Walk at the Culloden Visitor Centre. The Clan Stone Walkway is designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden.

After the visit, you continue to Forres for your overnight stay. (B)

Day 8Forres - Edinburgh

You travel south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.

You pass Kingussie where you may have an opportunity for a quick photo stop at the Ruthven Barracks. From here, you continue to Dalwhinnie Distillery where you have the chance to taste the ‘Water of Life’. Dalwhinnie is the highest Distillery in Scotland and takes its waters right from the source of the River Spey.

After a lunch stop in Pitlochry, you head to Loch Leven. In the middle of the Loch you find Lochleven Castle, a late 14th-century tower, which was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

You can enjoy a boat ride over to the island and explore at your own leisure before we return back over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: July 5 to July 26 –  Monday  $2080 $2580
2021: August 2 to August 30 – Monday $2255 $2865
2021: September 6 to September 27 – Monday $2080 $2580
2021: October 4  – Monday $1990 $2490
2022: May 9 to May 30 –  Monday  $1990 $2490
2022: June 6 to July 25 –  Monday  $2080 $2580
2022: August 1 to August 29 – Monday $2255 $2865
2022: September 5 to September 26 – Monday $2080 $2580
2022: October 3  – Monday $1990 $2580
Dates and Prices- Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: July 5 to July 26 –  Monday  $2390 $2990
2021: August 2 to August 30 – Monday $2565 $3275
2021: September 6 to September 27 – Monday $2390 $2990
2021: October 4  – Monday $2320 $2940
2022: May 9 to May 30 –  Monday  $2320 $2940
2022: June 6 to July 25 –  Monday  $2390 $2990
2022: August 1 to August 29 – Monday $2565 $3275
2022: September 5 to September 26 – Monday $2390 $2990
2022: October 3  – Monday $2320 $2940

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 [email protected]  to book.

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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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