The Tour starts from Carlisle at 9am and proceeds to Naworth Castle, the ancestral home of the Howard family and then onto Lanercost Priory, an Augustinian monastery built in the 12th Century. Here you will have coffee in the converted tearooms adjacent to the Priory before heading off to Hadrian’s Wall and visiting the Old Roman Fort at Birdoswald. After this you proceed to Bewcastle, another Roman Fort where there is a fine example of an Anglo-Saxon Cross standing in the Churchyard. We then drive onwards over remote Bewcastle countryside of Northern England and cross over the border into Scotland and continue to Newcastleon and the Liddesdale valley which was once the heartland of the Border Reivers. Here you will stop for a picnic lunch. Early in the afternoon you will visit Hermitage Castle famous for its association with Mary, Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell. You will then continue through this remote part of the world to Abbotsford, near Melrose, the home of Sir Walter Scott, a famous poet and writer of the romantic Waverley novels, where you will visit the house, garden and museum. After a day steeped in the history of the Northern Borderlands and Scottish Borders you will then take the train from Tweedbank to Edinburgh on the Borders Railway arriving in Edinburgh around 7pm, followed by an over-night stay in the Old Waverley Hotel on Princes Street.
Location and Accommodation
Carlisle is an historic Medieval city with Roman origins in the county of Cumbria situated on the western side of northern England bordering Scotland. Carlisle Castle was founded in 1092 and stands testament to years of feuding over the English-Scottish border and was where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. At the centre of The Historic Quarter is Carlisle Cathedral founded 1122 of which contains treasures illustrating the history of Christianity in Cumbria.
The Hallmark Hotel
Carlisle. CA1 1QY
Tel. 01228 531951
The Hallmark Hotel is situated next to the Main Railway Station and has good car parking facilities
By road: Carlisle is linked directly with the North West by the M6 and the adjoining motorways. From London and the South East take the M25, M40 and M6.
By rail: Virgin trains from London (Euston) reach Carlisle in just over 3 hours. Northern Rail provides services to Carlisle from stations across the whole of northern England. National Rail enquires 08457 48 49 50
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe. The medieval Old Town contrasts sharply with the Georgian splendour of the New Town. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city sky line and sits eminently in the heart of the city. The most beautiful of all the monuments is Scott’s Monument built in the memory of the romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott.
Edinburgh is a great seat of learning and has produced many distinguished scholars. As well as having a good university it also has many excellent schools including Fettes College built from the legacy and endowment of Sir William Fettes for the education of young people.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Holyroodhouse lies at the far end of the Royal Mile, a route which takes you through the Old Town from Edinburgh Castle. Along this route there are many Closes, Wynds and dark mysterious lanes which lead to the inner aspects of the Old Town.
There is an abundance of Art Galleries, the best known being The National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy which are situated on the Mound near to Princes Street. There are also many Concert Halls and Theatres offering a variety of culture plus many more attractions and places to visit.
Old Waverley Hotel
The Old Waverley Hotel is perfectly positioned on Princes Street and it is the ideal base from which to explore the capital’s many and varied attractions. The hotel overlooks the world famous Princes Street Gardens and Scott’s Monument and is situated directly opposite Waverley Railway station. Dating back to 1883 the hotel commands views of Edinburgh Castle standing high above the city.
The driver is from Northern Cumbria and is familiar with rural life. You will be taken on your tour in a 4x4 Freelander where you will visit the many historical places which are located on this rural route. The Northern Borderlands of England and Scottish Borders are wild and wonderful and they are fully appreciated when travelling on old Drover’s roads that criss-cross the countryside. The terrain varies from good grazing land to moorland and forestry whilst travelling along this historic route.
After visiting Abbotsford, the historic home of Sir Walter Scott the driver will take you the short distance to Tweedbank where you will board the train for Edinburgh on the new Borders Railway. In Edinburgh you will have an over-night stay at the Old Waverley Hotel on Princes Street which is located just across the road from Waverley Railway Station.
If you wish to travel further into Scotland please visit:- www.visitscotland.com
Private tours in a 4 x 4 Freelander starting from Carlisle, the Great Border City and then onwards through the Northern Borderlands and Scottish Borders visiting Lanercost Priory, Hadrian’s Wall at Birdoswald, Bewcastle Church and the Anglo-Saxon Cross, Hermitage Castle and finally Abbotsford, the beloved home of Sir Walter Scott. After this you board the train at Tweedbank which takes you on the Borders Railway to Edinburgh with an over-night stay in the Old Waverley Hotel on Princes Street situated in the heart of the city.
Price of Tour Inclusive of:-
Entrance fees into the historic buildings
Rail tickets from Tweedbank to Edinburgh
Bed & Breakfast at the Old Waverley Hotel
Price £155.00 per person
During August and the Edinburgh Festival
Price £195.00 per person
Tour of the Northern Borderlands and Scottish Borders
Price of tour
Entrance fees into the historical buildings
Picnic lunch and tea
Price £55.00 per person