Start Date: 4th June 2022
Duration: 6 nights
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Starting our tour in Glasgow, we travel to Ayrshire to see The Birthplace of Scotland’s National Poet. We will stop briefly at Troon beach and stand where Claire, Jamie and Murtagh stood to board the Christabel to Paris, before visiting Robert Burns’ Cottage and medieval bridge ‘Brig o’ Doon’ - the setting for the final verse of Tam o' Shanter. Later, we visit the village of Dunure; a charming fishing village with a picturesque harbour, beach and ruined castle which all featured in Outlander. Overnight nr Dunure.
Today we discover the beautiful villages and small towns on the SWC300 driving route. This is a land of vast vistas, sweeping coves, and incredible views. Culzean Castle & Gardens perched on the Ayrshire cliffs is our first stop for a 2-hour visit. Afterwards, take in Maidens village with fine views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran, and the Mull of Kintyre. After lunch, we head south for a leisurely visit to the splendid gardens of Castle Kennedy dating from 1716, then through Stranraer to Portpatrick. Overnight nr Portpatrick.
This morning we head for the most southerly tip of Scotland. The spectacular Stevenson lighthouse is perched on top of a 260ft cliff surrounded by seabirds and superb views to England, Scotland, the Isle of Man and even Northern Ireland. Take a photo at Luce bay before we journey into The Machar Peninsula to Whithorn Priory, home to Scotland’s earliest Christian monument. After lunch we tour to the fishing town of Kirkcudbright and Sweetheart Abbey for an afternoon visit. Overnight Dumfries.
Today we explore an area known as the Southern Uplands. Our first stop is 17th century Drumlanrig Castle which stands in as the Duke of Sandringham’s Bellhurst Manor with many Outlander shooting locations inside and outside of the castle. After a 2-hour tour, we take the spectacular Mennock Path which winds its way up to Scotland’s highest village, Wanlockhead. After lunch we make our way back via Moffat for a look around this beautiful town and Caerlaverock Castle. Overnight Dumfires.
This morning we head out to see the longest surviving stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and extensive remains of a Roman Fort. The journey crosses the border into England, and if desired we can stop at Gretna Green; formerly a popular place for runaway couples from England to be married. We start our Hadrian's Wall adventure at the Roman Army Museum before visiting the remains of Birdoswald Roman Fort. We tour north through the Northumberland National Park back to Scotland. Overnight Jedburgh.
We tour through the Scottish Borders, home to a number of ruined, yet magnificent Abbeys, all founded in the 12th century. We begin with a visit to Jedburgh Abbey and also Mary Queen of Scots’ House in this historic royal burgh. We then head north to visit Abbotsford House to discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects and learn about Sir Walter Scott's life. Later, we visit beautiful Melrose town and Abbey, and take in the panorama of the River Tweed and Eildon Hills at “Scott’s View”. Overnight Jedburgh.
Today we travel north to Edinburgh. The journey takes us east to the English border town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed for a look around before moving on to the beautiful fishing village of St. Abbs. Enjoy a leisurely stroll at the picturesque harbour and perhaps even the cliff walk with superb views over the North Sea. Later, we head for Dunbar for a visit to nearby Preston Mill which featured in Outlander. See the waterwheel, millpond and doocot, and discover the gruelling nature of the miller’s daily work. End in Edinburgh.