Based in this fine hotel, located in Grantown on Spey, a traditional Highland town on the River Spey, on the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park. The town is surrounded by ancient woodlands, much of which is community owned and which offer a unique habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. These Anagach Woods have many walking trails to suit all abilities. The town’s Square and High Street are lined with unique, independent and interesting shops, numerous cafes, bars and restaurants offering a wide range of meals, drinks and snacks to suit all tastes and pockets. All in all it is a beautiful, charming town and perfect location to tour this truly wonderful region. As well as the stunning itinerary from our hotel in the Cairgorms, the journey’s to and from our overnight hotels also make up into a fabulous itinerary, with visits to Sterling, Pitlochry, Perth and Moffatt, not to mention the stunning scenery en-route. Enjoy!
|5th – 11th July 2020||6 nights||£659pp|
Price per person on Half Board Basis. Single Supplement £142pp
The Grant Arms Hotel
In the fine Scottish county town of Granton on Spey, not far from the famous Spey River in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, lies the handsome stone built Grant Arms Hotel. The Grant Arms Hotel has changed a lot since Queen Victoria stayed here in 1860. Built in 1765 during the reign on King Georg III and situated in the Cairngorms National Park in Grantown on Spey, the Grant Arms Hotel is a traditional Scottish building, tastefully refurbished to provide thoroughly modern standards of comfort. The Grant Arms Hotel offers 50 en-suite bedrooms all with tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, colour TV, direct dial phone and free WiFi. There are two four poster rooms (one of which is Queen Victoria’s), twin, double, single or family rooms and also three enabled rooms for disabled guest. All facilities in the Grant Arms Hotel are wheelchair accessible.
Day 1 – Sit back, relax in your comfortable seat as we make our way to Gretna for our overnight stay, with ample comfort stops en-route. (Overnight Bag Required)
Day 2 – After breakfast, we head north, firstly stopping at Stirling for a coffee stop, from here we make our way to Pitlochry for a lunch stop, before travelling through the Cairngorms to Granton on Spey.
Day 3 – A half day trip to the “Pearl of the North” Ballindalloch Castle, one of the finest surviving examples of a Scottish Baronial Castle, 500 years of history and beautiful gardens.
Day 4 – A stunningly scenic trip today, a 150 mile round trip, firstly through the Cairgorms to Kingussie, from here to Spean Bridge for a photo stop then onto Fort Augustus, time here for lunch before a cruise on Loch Ness. We drive the length of Loch Ness then to Inverness. After time here we head back to the hotel.
Day 5 – We take the short journey to Aviemore today where we board a steam train on the Strathspey Railway for a return trip through beautiful scenery, after time in Aviemore, we take a scenic drive to Nethy Bridge, before returning to Grantown on Spey.
Day 6 – After breakfast, we head to our overnight hotel in Carlisle, our first stop en-route is the city of Perth, Scotland’s ancient capital. The next comfort stop is made at the attractive town of Moffat, before we head over the border to Carlisle. (Overnight Bag Required)
Day 7 – Sadly, after breakfast, we make our way home with ample comfort stops en-route, arriving home late afternoon.
Nestled amongst the rolling Border Hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the gorgeous Borders town of Peebles straddles the glorious River Tweed, world renowned for its salmon fishing. Made a Royal Burgh in 1152 by King David I of Scotland, Peebles has for many years been a market town cherished by locals and visitors alike, valued for its picturesque and unspoilt character. The town has something for everyone, from activities like fishing, walking, golf, cycling and horse riding to fine shopping and award winning restaurants. Peebles is a town for all seasons, its setting and character will take your breath away. Get to know Peebles with a stroll along the timeless high street, meander in and about the alleyways and medieval closes and enjoy stunning walks along the River Tweed which have barely changed over the passing centuries.
|10th – 16th May 2020||5 nights||£579pp|
Half Board Single Supplement £47pp
The Barony Castle Hotel
Located in 25 acres of stunning grounds, 4 miles from Peebles in the village of Eddleston, Barony Castle is an exclusive hotel in the heart of the Scottish Borders. With award winning dining, bar, leisure facilities and treatment rooms it is a fantastic location for a leisurely holiday. Originally built for the Murrays if Blackbarony and steeped in history, this imposing 16th century tower house has evolved into the modern, welcoming hotel we see today. All bedrooms are fully en-suite, decorated in a beautiful contemporary style offering tea/coffee making facilities, radio, TV, WiFi and hair dryer. The hotel also offers a heated indoor pool, sauna, spa treatments and fitness area. Located in the stunning grounds in the Great Polish Map of Scotland, a large physical relief map of Scotland, sculpted in concrete and measuring some 40m by 50m, now designated a category B listed building.
Day 1 – Journey north, stopping at the beautiful town of St Ives. From here we travel further north for a visit to Newark on Trent, with the finest Georgian Market Square in the country before travelling onto our overnight hotel in Yorkshire. (Overnight Bag Required)
Day 2 – After breakfast, our journey to the Scottish borders takes us across the Pennines to our first stop on the Eden Valley at the Cumbrian town of Penrith. After time here we cross into Scotland and visit the attractive town of Moffat, before completing our journey to our hotel.
Day 3 – Enjoy a trip on the famous Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat-lift. An exceptional feat of engineering, which lifts the boat up to join the Union Canal 35m above. We spend the afternoon in Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland. Explore the streets of the old town that wind up towards the magnificent castle.
Day 4 – A visit to the award winning New Lanark Visitor Centre, which tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village which was founded in the 18th Century and has been beautifully restored as a living community. From here, we spend the afternoon in the gorgeous town of Peebles.
Day 5 – Today we take a scenic route via the Pentland Hills to spend the day in the magnificent capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.
Day 6 – After breakfast we make our way to our overnight hotel in Yorkshire, firstly visiting the border town of Jedburgh before driving through the Northumberland National Park to our next stop, the enchanting city of Durham. (Overnight Bag Required)
Day 7 – Our final journey south, we visit the picturesque town of Stamford for lunch and sightseeing before making our way to Hall Place, where we arrive late afternoon.
Stirling & The Trossachs
Stretching across central Scotland from east to west, the landscapes of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley are wonderfully diverse. With stunning countryside, mountains and glens and historic cities and attractions, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to explore. Stirling, known as “The Wee City with Big History”, is overlooked by its magnificent castle, from where there are wonderful views across to the Wallace National Monument on the edge of the rolling Ochill Hills, then look north east for the mountain peaks of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. A stunning area of Scotland awaits to be explored.
The King Robert Hotel
The King Robert Hotel is situated on the site of the Battle of Bannockburn on the outskirts of historic Stirling. The King Robert is a family run hotel where you will always find a friendly welcome and excellent value for money. All of the 52 en-suite bedrooms are non-smoking and equipped with all the necessary modern amenities from flat screen tv’s to free WiFi, which is available throughout the hotel. Entertainment is provided on some nights in the cocktail lounge.
|18th – 24th October 2020||6 nights||£545pp|