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Southern Scotland Tour

Southern Scotland Tour

Introduction

Time: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Accommodation: Best Hotels

Start Date: Any Day

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

The south of Scotland is a remote and beautiful place and one of the least populated areas of Britain. We have selected a cross section of places from castles, roman monuments to lovely villages.

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Starting from Edinburgh, this tour travels through the glorious unspoilt scenery of the Southern Uplands to the borders with England. Crossing the border we will visit Alnwick Castle, Holy Island and the principal sites of Hadrian's Wall before travelling back along the west coast to Glasgow.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Abbotsford - Traquair House -

Day 1: Abbotsford - Traquair House -

ABBOTSFORD HOUSE was the home of Scotland’s most famous writer, Sir Walter Scott - author of classics like Rob Roy. On the banks of the River Tweed, the house has an historic collection of armour, relics and a library of 9000 rare volumes. Close-by is the country’s oldest house,C12th TRAQUAIR HOUSE. Set in beautiful grounds, the house has many parts worth exploring including a walled garden with rare breeds and even 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 2: Lindisfarne - Alnwick Castle

Day 2: Lindisfarne - Alnwick Castle

The borders with England are an area of evocative scenery, steeped in a turbulent history. The castles of the coast are visible for miles around and they provide a vivid impression of the past. One of Christendom’s most important sites is LINDISFARNE ISLAND. Founded in AD635 as a small wooden church it became the focal point for expansion of the Christian faith. 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 3: Hadrian's Wall - Forts - Caerlaverock

Day 3: Hadrian's Wall - Forts - Caerlaverock

As we travel west, 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 have been discovered here. There are many Roman forts and we can stop at two of the best, HOUSESTEADS and VINDOLANDA. Back in Scotland, CAERLAVEROCK CASTLE was built over 700 years ago to a unique triangular plan. It was rebuilt in the C17th and today forms a beautiful moated ruin.

Day 4: Wigtown - Drumlanrig - Culzean Castle

Day 4: 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 west coast 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 his service in WWII.


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