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Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907


  • Latrigg, Keswick
  • Ullswater
  • York City Wall
Scottish Borders, English Lakes and York
See, Visit & Explore: Melrose, Hadrians Wall, Ullswater, Kirkstone Pass, Hawkshead, Keswick, Yorkshire Dales, York, Richmond, Alnwick Castle and Dunbar.

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5 day tour from £450

Mondays
16 & 30 April, 2018
14 & 28 May, 2018
11 & 25 June, 2018
9 & 23 July, 2018
6 & 20 August, 2018
3 & 17 September, 2018
1 October, 2018

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 450 per person
Children - from 440 per child
Single Room - from 530 per person

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from 550 per person
Children from 540 per child
Single room from 610 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive at time of travel

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal price range
450 - 630
Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)

Product code: HEX 02603

Tour Summary

This wonderful tour is the perfect way to explore the beautiful English Lakes, the historic city of York and the delights of the Border Country. Enjoy a cruise on Ullswater, savor a taste sensation at the Wensleydale Cheese Factory, discover what life was like for a Roman Centurion and follow in Harry Potters footsteps when you visit Alnwick Castle. Theres just so much to discover in the five relaxing days of this magical tour.

Day 1: Travel from Edinburgh into the picturesque Scottish Borders. Visit Melrose and explore its historic Abbey. Cross into England and visit Hadrians Wall. Later make for the Lake District.

Day 2: Start the day by enjoying an optional cruise on Ullswater. Later spend the day touring the Lake District including Bowness on Windermere and Hawkshead.

Day 3: : Bid farewell to the Lakes and travel across the Yorkshire Dales. Stop to visit the Wensleydale Cheese Factory then later Skipton.

Day 4: Today is free to enjoy historic York.

Day 5: Explore pretty Richmond then travel to Alnwick to visit Alnwick Castle, home to the Percy Family and star of the Harry Potter Movies. Return to Scotland and visit Dunbar before the tour ends in Edinburgh.

Tour features:

  • Visit The Lake District, York and Alnwick Castle* (*admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Keswick (2) and York (2)
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
  • Signature Extended Tour [view more]

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Day One
Edinburgh Melrose - Keswick


Our adventure starts as we leave Edinburgh behind and make our way into the beautifulScottish Border Country. Our first stop is in the attractive town of Melrose where you can relax in the pleasant surroundings. Why not take time out to visit the Abbey founded in 1136 by King David I. It has had a colourful history and its said that the heart of Scotlands great freedom fighter, Robert the Bruce, is buried here. Soon well cross into England for our next visit to Hadrians Wall. This World Heritage Site stretches for 73 miles from Coast to Coast. It was built by Emperor Hadrian to mark the northern boundary of the Roman Empire. Well stop at Horsesteads to explore some of the best vantage points and to learn more about life as a Centurion.   Our home for tonight is in delightful Keswick which nestles between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwentwater in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
Overnight: Keswick

Day Two
Exploring the Lake District


Ullswateris the second largest lake in the Lake District and it sits in the shadow of some very impressive fells making it the ideal place to enjoy a scenic cruise* all the way to Glenridding. Next enjoy the views as our coach makes its way over the Kirkstone Pass, the highest in the Lake District, to reach Bowness on Windermere which makes a delightful setting for lunch. Here we can watch the comings and goings of the historic steamers that have sailed the lake for generations. Our next visit is to the picture-postcard perfect village of Hawkshead which has connections with the poet William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. There will be time to visit the Gallery* to see a selection of her paintings and sketches or just to soak up the scenery and atmosphere that inspired Beatrix Potter to create such memorable characters as Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck.  Our final stop of the day is to the mysterious Castlerigg Standing Stones. Youll be amazed at the 38 massive slabs of volcanic stone carefully formed into a circle against a stunning mountain backdrop.Back in Keswick why not enjoy a pre-dinner stroll along the banks of Derwent Water?
Overnight: Keswick

Day Three
Keswick - Skipton - York


Today, well say goodbye to Keswick and make our way to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Englands highest market town is home to the Wensleydale Cheese Factory*, a cheese first made by French Cistercian Monks who settled here in 1150. This iconic cheese has found new popularity thanks to the the animated characters Wallace and Gromit. Its the perfect place for a "cracking fun-filled morning snack. From here, we make our way to Aysgarth, where you can take in the stunning Aysgarth Waterfalls. These three impressive waterfalls are surrounded by peaceful woodland. The bustling market town of Skipton oozes old-world charm. It sits on the Liverpool and Leeds canal so if time permits dont miss the opportunity to enjoy a stroll along the toepath to see the attractively painted narrowboats. We continue our journey through the Pennines to reach York by early evening.
Overnight: York

Day Four
Exploring York

There is so much to do in York that weve left today completely free so you can explore the city on your own. You can, if you want, join us for a short orientation walking tour or you can just do your own thing.
Why not check out the citys Viking heritage at the Jorvik Centre. Here you experience the sights and smells of a Viking city and learn about the Nordic Kings that once ruled Jorvik, as the city was known. A must-see is York Minster, one of the Worlds most magnificent cathedrals. This masterpiece in stained glass and stone dates from Norman times. At the York Castle Museum you can wander the Victorian street and explore the prison cells that once housed the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin. York is a foodies paradise. Youll find all sorts of restaurants, cozy bistros and traditional pubs all serving the best in English cuisine. Not to be missed isBettys tea rooms. This Yorkshire institution is famed for their mouth-watering cakes and speciality teas and coffees. Just whats required when you need to rebuild your stamina for more sightseeing! 
Overnight: York

Day Five
York - Alnwick Castle - Edinburgh

Its a fond farewell to York as we make our way to the pretty market town of Richmond. Explore the cobbled market square with its amazing Georgian buildings or make the short walk to discover the castle which sits overlooking the River Swale. There are wonderful panoramic views to enjoy from the tower of this 11th century castle considered by many to be one of Englands finest! We then head to Alnwick, where you can opt to visit the beautiful Alnwick Castle (you may recognise it from the Harry Potter flying scenes!) or explore the town of Alnwick itself. Its home to the incredible Barter Books, a magical second hand book shop in a converted Victorian railway station. We travel through Berwick-upon-Tweed, Englands most northerly town, then all of a sudden were back into Scotland once more. Enjoy the panoramic coastal views as we make our way towards our last stop in Dunbar. This attractive little town is the birthplace of John Muir, the "father of the US National Parks System. Down at the harbour which is home to a small fishing fleet youll find the ruins of the ancient castle that once stood guard over the town. Its back on the road for the final part of our journey which takes us through the rolling countryside of East Lothian and back into Edinburgh.

* Admission Fees 

Housesteads Roman Fort             Adult: £7.00        Child: £4.10
Roman Vindolanda                      Adult: £6.75        Child: £4.25
Ullswater 'Steamer' Cruise            Adult: £9.50        Child: £4.75
Wensleydale Cheese Factory     Adult: £2.50        Child: £1.50
Richmond Castle                          Adult: £5.30        Child: £3.10
Alnwck Castle and Gardens       Adult: £18.00      Child: £8.45

This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect on this Signature Extended Tour?
For the discerning traveller a Signature Extended Tour from Scottish Tours delivers a quality Scottish and English touring experience that offers the very best value for money. Comfortable accommodation, well-paced sightseeing and luxury mini or midi coach travel all combine to create the definitive Scottish experience.  
Each tour is hosted by a professional driver/guide, who has been chosen for their extensive knowledge as well as their driving skills.Friendly, courteous and well informed, theyll be happy to answer all your questions about the history, geography and customs of the places youll discover on your tour. And being locals you are sure to get that extra insight. If you should have any problems during your stay, theyll go out of their way to help.
You will want to see as much as possible, but you dont want to be rushed. Our tours are carefully planned to strike the right balance, and as well as comfortable coach travel many feature memorable railway or ferry journeys. We often include those little gems, well worth a visit, that most other tour companies drive on by.
As these itineraries are more leisurely, visiting places off the beaten track is easy and makes for a truly unforgettable trip.Having somewhere pleasant to stay after an exciting day of discovery is an important part of your holiday experience. Youll stay in a comfortable guest house with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities.
Each property has been carefully selected to offer you British hospitality at its very best. Start each day with a English breakfast, a hearty meal that will keep you going all day long. Vegetarian and Continental options will also be available if you prefer lighter fayre. Please check out the other FAQs for more specific information on this tour. If you have any unanswered questions please feel free to email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk  - well be happy to help. 
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available.
What meals are included?
A full English breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and black pudding plus tea or coffee.
Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.  
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:
Guesthouse and B&B
The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a residents lounge where you can relax with other guests.
Hotel
We select comfortable and characterful inns and hotels. Generally they are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All our hotels have comfortable lounges where you can enjoy morning coffee. Most have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes. Many have lively bars where you can relax and re-live the days experiences with your fellow passengers.  Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in. Hotels are normally centrally located and the guesthouses/B&Bs seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre. The coach will drop you off at or close to your accommodation each night and will pick you up in the morning, after breakfast.
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate bedsDouble room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed  Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers. At times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
How do I pay for the admission fees?
Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. Its not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so its a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.
What features will the coach have?
You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly mini or midi touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.   

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full English breakfast (days 2 & 3)
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Live commentary in English
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

  • Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your driver/guide
  • Departure information

    Check-in: 08:15 hrs
    Departure: 08:30 hrs
    from Highland Experience Tours
    1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile/High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
    Returns at 19:00 hrs (day 5)


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