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Platinum Plus South Tour

Platinum Plus South Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Best Hotels

Start Date: 7 Days / 8 Nights

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

This tour explores the regions to the south of Edinburgh. Travelling in a ciruclar route, we travel as far as Hadrian's Wall and the borders with England before returning back through the quiet beauty of the Southern Uplands and to Glasgow.

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Staying in Edinburgh for a few nights to visit the city and Stirling, we will then go south to the borders with England and the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall. We will return through some of Scotland's quietest yet best scenery before ending the tour in the beautiful city of Glasgow.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile

We start our tour in one of the World’s most famous streets, the ROYAL MILE. At the top of the street is Edinburgh CASTLE. Dating from the C12th, you will see the CROWN JEWELS of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The Royal Mile has numerous hidden alleys and legends and half way down is ST GILES Cathedral. Often referred to as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism” it was John Knox’s church in the reformation. The Palace of HOLYROODHOUSE is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It is probably best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots and the setting for the most dramatic parts of her reign.

Day 2: Stirling Castle and City

Day 2: Stirling Castle and City

Then, travelling north to Stirling – named Scotland’s newest city in 2002. STIRLING CASTLE was once the residence of the Scottish Kings and it perches onto of an extinct volcano. It is here that some of the country’s most famous warriors lived and fought including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The exquisite architecture and cobbled streets of the Old Town are testament to Scotland’s troubled past. Within the old town is ARGYLL'S LODGING – the most complete surviving example of a C17th town house in Scotland.

Day 3: Britannia - Rosslyn Chapel - Glenkinchie

Day 3: Britannia - Rosslyn Chapel - Glenkinchie

The Royal Yacht BRITANNIA was launched in 1953 and it served the Royal family for 40 years. Docked in waterside Leith, there are 5 decks to explore and discover what life was like for both the Royals and crew. To the south is ROSSLYN CHAPEL, built in 1446 by William St. Clare, Prince of Orkney the chapel has an air of mystery having featured in the blockbuster, the Da Vinci Code. The interior is heavily sculptured with intricate carvings and Biblical stories. One of the few lowland distilleries in this part of Scotland is GLENKINCHIE. The tour will allow you to discover the processes involved in making Scotland’s national drink.

Day 4: Abbotsford - Traquair - Melrose

Day 4: Abbotsford - Traquair - Melrose

ABBOTSFORD House was the home of Scotland’s most famous writer, Sir Walter Scott – author of classics like Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. The house has an historic collection of armour, relics and a library of 9000 rare volumes. Close-by is the country’s oldest house, TRAQUAIR House which dates back to the C12th. Set in beautiful grounds, the house has many parts worth exploring including a walled garden and rare breeds. It even has it’s own brewery. MELROSE Abbey was founded by David I in 1136 but virtually destroyed by the English army of Richard II. Amongst the ruins are believed to be Robert the Bruce’s heart.

Day 5: Lindisfarne Island - Alnwick Castle

Day 5: Lindisfarne Island - Alnwick Castle

Travelling along the coast road we will enter England an area of evocative scenery, steeped in a turbulent history. The castles of the coast are visible for miles around. One of Christendom’s most important sites is LINDISFARNE ISLAND. Founded in AD635 as a small wooden church, this small island became the focal point for the early expansion of the Christian faith. About 20 minutes away is the wonderful ALNWICK Castle, seat of the influential Percy family. The medieval castle has extensive state apartments remodelled by Robert Adam in the C19th – it was used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

Day 6: Hadrian's Wall - Forts - Caerlaverack

Day 6: Hadrian's Wall - Forts - Caerlaverack

HADRIAN'S WALL lies on a volcanic escarpment and dominates the scenery. The Romans built the wall, probably as a formal way to collect taxes from the trade between their Empire and Scotland. Some of the best preserved roman artefacts and buildings anywhere in the world have been discovered here. There are many Roman forts and we can stop at two of the best, HOUSESTEADS and VINDOLANDA. Back in Scotland, CAERLAVERACK Castle was built over 700 years ago and has a unique triangular plan. It was rebuilt in the C17th and today forms a beautiful moated ruin.

Day 7: Wigtown - Drumlanrig - Culzean Castle

Day 7: Wigtown - Drumlanrig - Culzean Castle

The market town of WIGTOWN is Scotland’s national “book town”. About 20 shops sell all types of books from antiquarian to new titles. One of the most important castles in the area is DRUMLANRIG. This opulent C17th castle has connections with Mary Queen of Scots and has an outstanding collection of furniture and art including works by Da Vinci. The estate stretches to 9000 acres. CULZEAN Castle is set on the cliffs tops and was transformed from a simple tower house into one of the country’s greatest houses. An apartment in the castle was give to Eisenhower as thanks for recognition of his service in WWII.

Day 8: Robert Burns - Glasgow City

Day 8: Robert Burns - Glasgow City

South of Glasgow is the area where Scotland’s favourite poet and writer, Robert Burns lived. In some lovely rolling countryside, the BURNS NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK includes the cottage where Burns was born and some of the places featured in his most famous poem, Tam O’ Shanter. GLASGOW is Scotland’s largest city and has many elegant streets with outstanding Victorian architecture. At the east end of the city is the CATHEDRAL – a wonderful example of gothic architecture. Built in the C13th, the church has a shrine to St Mungo – the patron saint of Glasgow.


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