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2022 - Lakes, Castles & Borders

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRU8723

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Best of Both Worlds

Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds, on this brand-new tour based right on the border in romantic Gretna Green. Take a fascinating journey of discovery as you explore north and south of the border with included visits to Drumlanrig Castle and day out in the beautiful Lake District with a steamer cruise on Ullswater, the second largest lake in England surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Visits to Lowther Castle & Gardens and the intriguing Devil’s Porridge Museum make for ‘stirring stuff’!

PRICE FROM ? £459 per person
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Itinerary

DAY 1 - After you join your holiday coach, you head north with suitable refreshment stops en-route. Check into the 3* Gretna Hall Hotel in Gretna Green for 4 nights with a welcome tea/coffee on arrival. DBB

DAY 2 – 4 - At leisure in Gretna Green with two included excursions and one optional excursion. Gretna Green is famous for marriages with around 5,000 couples tying the knot there. Historically it was to Gretna Green that young English runaway couples eloped so that they could be married ‘over the anvil’ from the age of 16. Gretna Green Famous Old Blacksmiths Shop, where couples have come to marry since 1754, is still here. Guests at the Gretna Hall Hotel have free entry to the Famous Old Blacksmith’s Shop Museum as well as a 10% off voucher in the Blacksmith’s visitor attraction.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
South to Lowther Castle & Ullswater
Drive south today towards Penrith and Lowther Castle & Gardens. This intriguing gem of a castle was built at the turn of 19th century as the grand seat of the Lowther family but was partly demolished in 1957 with just the crenellated façade and outer walls remaining. Today the dramatic ruins and gardens within gardens make this one of the most captivating visitor attractions in the Lake District. The short journey along the shores of delightful Ullswater takes you to Glenridding to board a heritage steamer for a relaxing one-hour cruise along the length of this stunning lake to Pooley Bridge. Scooped out by a glacier in the last Ice Age, Ullswater is about 9 miles long and ¾ mile wide.

North to Drumlanrig Castle & The Devil’s Porridge Museum
Head to the majestic Drumlanrig Castle, set in the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, complete with a country park and Victorian gardens. Known as the ‘Pink Palace’ due to its fine ref sandstone exterior, this 17th century castle is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the country and is the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Explore the magnificent rooms and spectacular collections of silver, porcelain, French furniture and art with an included guided tour. Tea / coffee and shortbread included on arrival. Return to Gretna Green via historic Dumfries straddling the River Nith and onto the fascinating and informative Devil’s Porridge Museum to discover the remarkable story of the ‘Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth’ and the extraordinary story of the Gretna Girls who worked there during WW1.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION
‘Secret Solway’ 
The Solway coast is an AONB in northern Cumbria and is a stunning place to visit with miles of open coastline, spectacular rocky cliffs, rolling grassy dunes and sandy beaches. Enjoy dramatic views of the hills of Southern Galloway from the shores of the Solway Firth in the attractive seaside town of Silloth with its spacious seafront green and magnificent promenade. Take a scenic drive along the coast to Maryport, the planned town created by the Senhouse family in the 18th century who developed the small fishing village into a coal port. Last stop is Cockermouth, a pretty Georgian market town on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Located at the junction of the Derwent & Cocker Rivers, it is considered the gateway to the western Lake District and the Solway Coast and is a vibrant town with all sorts of independent shops, galleries and eateries.

DAY 5 - After breakfast, head back homewards with ample stops for coffee and refreshments. Continue back to the local joining points via the fast motorway network arriving back mid/late evening.

 

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Accommodation

YOUR HOTEL
GRETNA HALL HOTEL, GRETNA GREEN
Built in 1710, the 3* Gretna Hall Hotel is steeped in history and is centrally located within walking distance of the Gretna Retail Outlet and Gretna town centre. It offers a good standard of accommodation with all guestrooms equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a comfortable bar and a stylish restaurant. There is a lift as well as some ground floor rooms.

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