A Taste of Scotland

includes the Settle to Carlisle Railway

Sunday 8th - Saturday 14th October 2017

£665pp

7 days

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £26.50pp
Single supplement: £45

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Overview

The picturesque 18th century Winnock Hotel is nestled in the village of Drymen, near the shores of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The 3-star Hotel offers excellent customer service, fine Scottish cuisine and a traditional bar area with an extensive selection of ales, spirits and wines and over 70 different malt whiskies.

Your Holiday Hotel

There are 74 comfortable bedrooms, all well equipped with hairdryer, television and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift but the Hotel does have some ground floor rooms. There will be live musical entertainment on two nights of your stay.

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Location: Aberdeenshire

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Sunday 8th October

A taxi will collect you from home. We journey north and cross into Bonnie Scotland. Tonight we will stay at the Gretna Hall Hotel with dinner, bed and breakfast.

(DAY 2) Monday 9th October

We continue through Lanarkshire to the city of Glasgow. A guided tour by coach will take us from Glasgow’s humble beginnings as a small provincial town to its development as a major trading port and industrial powerhouse and, more recently, as a City of European Culture. After time to find lunch rejoin the coach for the short journey to Drymen, where a warm welcome and management drinks reception awaits. Your 4-course Dinner will be served in the Merlin restaurant and includes a glass of wine, tea and coffee.

(DAY 3) Tuesday 10th October

A half-day excursion to Balloch at the southern tip of Loch Lomond. We will enjoy a short circular cruise with views of Ben Lomond and some of the stately homes and castles along the shore, and venture out towards Inchmurrin, the largest of the Loch’s 33 islands. A Scottish Tapas lunch will be included today.

(DAY 4) Wednesday 11th October

As 2017 will be Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, today’s excursion takes you to one of the country’s grandest and most impressive castles. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castleto revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations. A packed lunch is included today, and in the afternoon we continue to Falkirk to visit the Falkirk Wheel. The impressive and unique rotating boatlift opened in 2002 and is a masterpiece of design. Boarding at the Visitor Centre, a 50-minute boat trip lifts us 35 metres from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal above. We will return to Drymen via the Kilsyth Hills and the Campsie Fells.

(DAY 5) Thursday 12th October

A leisurely day through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We head first to Callander, an attractive town where you can discover why the local countryside is known as “RobRoy’s Territory”. Callander became famous in the 1960s as the fictional base for the popular TV series ‘Dr Finlay’s Casebook’. Then it’s on past Loch Venachar to Loch Katrine, a beautiful freshwater loch steeped in history and legend. We include lunch in the restaurant overlooking the Loch and a cruise on the famous steamship Sir Walter Scott.

(DAY 6) Friday 13th October

Leaving Drymen we head south over the border to Carlisle. We have reserved seats for the 72-mile journey through remarkable scenery on what is considered one of this country’s most spectacular railway lines. Heading through the peaceful Eden Valley the line climbs steadily to Garsdale Head into the rugged Yorkshire Dales National Park. We cross the Ribblehead Viaduct before reaching Settle and finally Skipton, where the coach will be waiting for us. The final night of the tour will be at the Rendezvous Hotel, situated next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on the outskirts of the Town.

(DAY 7) Saturday 14th October

A gentle and relaxing day as we head for home, travelling via Holmfirth and Glossop to Buxtonin the Derbyshire Peak District for our lunch stop. We will reach Sussex early evening for the waiting taxis.