A twin based tour with 3 nights in the Borrowdale Valley, considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District, and 4 nights in Birnam,
Dunkeld, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.
Both areas have connections with authors and artists, including Hugh Walpole, Beatrix Potter and John Millais, and the landscapes are dramatic and steeped in history.
- Daily Walks, guided
- Transfer from Windermere Train staton on day one (plan to arrive near 2:00 PM) and transfer to Glasgow Airport (sorry no drop off in the city). Arrival will be late lunch, so please plan departures accordingly.
- Meals as noted in the itinerary. Dinner of the first night; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on days 2 -7 and breakfast on the final day.
- Transfer from Borrowdale Valley to Scotland
- Overnight accommodations
A twin based tour with 3 nights in Borrowdale, considered to be one of
the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District, and 4 nights in Birnam,
Dunkeld , the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Both areas have
connections with authors and artists, including Hugh Walpole, Beatrix
Potter and John Millais, and the landscapes are dramatic and steeped in
Day 1- Meet your Lakeland guide at Windermere Railway Station
(2:00 PM) or make your way to Borrowdale Gates via taxi if arriving later.
Travel via minibus through Ambleside and Grasmere, before climbing
Dunmail Raise and on towards Keswick. Explore one of the finest
prehistoric stone circles in England before arriving at your hotel for
the next 3 nights. Refreshments and an orientation meeting will be
followed by your welcome dinner.
Day 2 Drive up to the Honister Pass to discover how a traditional
industry has become an awe inspiring tourist attraction. Walk from here
on a contoured track, visiting the lofty mini summit of Castle Crag, and
the wooded idyll by the River Derwent where the "Professor of Adventure"
Day 3 Walk from the hotel on an elevated level with glorious views
over Derwent Water, then through wooded lakeshore paths to visit
Lingholm where Beatrix Potter and her famil holidayed, and on past Fawe
Park where the tale of Benjamin Bunny was based. Take the lake launch
back to Ladore pier, with a gentle walk across level fields and lane
back to the hotel.
Day 4 Today we leave Borrowdale, and with your second guide, head
north and over the border into Scotland, stopping at the ancient village
of Dunning to visit the church and the magnificently carved Dupplin
cross, dating aprrox to 800 AD and dedicated to one of the last Pictish
kings. After settling in to our hotel at Birnam, we explore the Beatrix
Potter Memorial Garden and institute on the other side of the road.
Day 5 - Walk by the River Tay for a view of the house where the
tale of Pater Rabbit was written, past ancient deciduous trees - the
remnants of MacBeth's Birnam Wood, then into the town of Dunkeld with a
visit to the Cathedral, which dates to the mid 12thcentury but before
this date the site had St. Columba connections. The afternoon is spent
on a circular walk through woods, including seeing one of Britain's
tallest trees, Ossian Hall, a viewing house overlooking the falls, and
on to Rumbling Bridge and the house once stayed in by John Millais, the
Pre- Raphaelite artist championed by John Ruskin. Millais was to fall in
love with Ruskin's wife, Effie, after a holiday in the area.
Day 6 - A short drive takes us to Killiecrankie, where we explore
the gorge, a site of outstanding natural beauty, but best known for the
battle fought here in 1689, when the Jacobites emerged triumphant, but
lost their charismatic leader "Bonnie Dundee". Then on to Blair Castle
to see the last resting place of Dundee.The Castle boasts 700 years of
Scottish history, where 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl
have left their mark. The Castle also has an 18th century walled garden,
an extensive parkland with Diana's Grove the home of some of the finest
and tallest trees in the country.
Day 7 A circular more strenuous walk to the summit of Birnam Hill,
with enchanting views over Dunkeld and the surroundings.In case of poor
weather, a low level circuit to the Loch of Lowes through conifer and
deciduous woodlands and open pastures, can be taken. Ospreys are nesting
each season on the loch.
Day 8 Depart after breakfast. Travel to Glasgow Airport via Loch Tay and Loch Lommond, arriving late lunch time. Please note drop off cannot be made in the city itself.(B)
(ELR reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary when deemed necessary or appropriate).
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- 6 scenic and historical walks in the heart of England's Lakeland Yorkshire Dales regions
- 7 nights' lodging in delightful country inns and hotels
- Double-occupancy room with private bath
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Sightseeing visits and admission fees
- Luggage transported between inns
“Meals at our
hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches
were excellent. Our guide’s leadership
was a high point of the trip — his
knowledge of the region (topography, history,
social and cultural characteristics), his
overall concern for the group, his keen
insight and well-developed sense of humor
D Swoap Clearwater, FL
“For the Cotswolds — an
area steeped in history — one needs
a guide who is steeped in the knowledge
of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate Malvern, PA
“It was a very
friendly group — helping to make
the tour an excellent experience. Meals
were superb, both the quality of the food
and the serving staff.”
A Matz PA
Best Time to Go
May through September
Manchester Airport (MAN)
Traveling By Rail
There are direct trains from Manchester Airport to both Penrith and Windermere, though at certain times of day the quickest option may involve a change of train at Preston, Lancaster or Oxenholme. From Windermere to the hotel will take about 50 minutes in a taxi, and from Penrith about 40 minutes. Both journeys are possible by bus, but both will require one change at Keswick. For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or www.britrail.comIn the UK the number to call is (08457) 484950, or you may visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Another useful resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com.
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