Day 01, U.S. - Edinburgh
Depart the U.S. on overnight flight to Scotland.
Day 02, Edinburgh
Arrive Edinburgh; Transfer to your hotel is included, however. You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).
Day 03, Edinburgh - Touring Begins - Keswick
In the morning, make your way to the Edinburgh departure point (see departure point information below) for 8:15 am (If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 8:30 am. Depart Edinburgh we travel south through the Scottish Borders, with stunning views of the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, on our way to the first stop of the day, the Victorian Spa town of Moffat,. From Moffat you continue south over the border into England and head to the historic Cumbrian market town of Penrith. Here we will have the chance to get lunch and explore the ruins of Penrith Castle, which played a key role in defending the border from invading Scots. After lunch we travel into the Lake District National Park, along the northern shores of Ullswater described as England’s most beautiful lake where we can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. We travel towards Keswick, stopping outside of the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. We have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town. (During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere).
Day 04, Touring continues!
After breakfast we head along the winding country lanes to traveling along the southern shores of Ullswater, taking stops to take in the majestic views of this beautiful lake. Continuing south our journey over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass we stop at Lake Windermere where we have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. After lunch we travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After free time to explore the village we take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There is free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon we return to Keswick.
Day 05, Touring - End in Edinburgh
We are collected from our accommodation and head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter pass and into some of the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. Our journey takes us through the rural village of High Lorton, along the quiet winding lanes to the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere and on towards the Honister mountain pass. Stopping amongst the mountains we have the opportunity to visit the old slate workings where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. Following refreshments, we continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water on our return to Keswick where there is free time for lunch and shopping. Following lunch, we begin our return journey by heading towards Penrith and then north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland we stop in the town of Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415. From here it is a leisurely drive through the rolling border hills back to Edinburgh. Arrival approximately 7:30 pm. Make your way independently to your pre-booked hotel for your last night in Edinburgh.
Day 06, Edinburgh - Home
After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the U.S.