Bonnie Scotland & Lake District Tour
4 Nights / 5 Days
22nd June 2023
Pick up Points:
Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Arklow, Kilmacanogue, Dublin Airport, Newry
Once again, we will be offering you our very popular 5 day tour that we have been operating since 1989. As usual we will be using the well known and loved Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club in the beautiful border town of Dumfries. The excursion programme (as always) has been carefully planned to make sure that you get maximum enjoyment. Travelling by coach is probably the best way to appreciate the splendours of Scotland and the Lake District. This is one of our most popular tours so early booking is recommended.
We depart by executive coach from your local pick-up point and travel to Belfast via Dublin to catch the afternoon ferry service to Cairnryan. Our lunchtime stop will be in Newry. The crossing from Belfast docks takes about 2 hours onboard the luxury Stena Superferry. From Cairnryan we go directly to our hotel in Dumfries. This is a lovely drive through glorious unspoiled Scottish Border countryside. Dumfries is a handsome town situated on the banks of the river Nith and is only about an hour and a half drive from Cairnryan. Our base for the next 4 nights is the Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club. Dinner tonight and every night is in the hotel.
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, (similar to Irish), we take a stunning mountain drive to Edinburgh, one of Europes most beautiful cities, where the Irish always get a warm welcome. After a tour of the city, you will have the remainder of the day free to soak up the many attractions this magical city has to offer. We then return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation after a memorable day.
After breakfast we travel to the beautiful English Lake District. Our lunchtime stop is in the largest lake in the Lake District, Lake Windermere, where you have free time to shop or perhaps take a leisurely boat trip. After our break we travel via Lake Grasmere and Lake Thirlmere and then stop in the historic border village of Gretna Green where you have the opportunity to get married by the local blacksmith. We then return to our hotel for dinner.
After breakfast today, we head for Bonnie Scotland’s city of culture, Glasgow. After a tour of this magnificent city, we take the high road to the ‘Bonnie Bonnie’ banks of Loch Lomond. We then return to our hotel for another fine Scottish dinner.
After a final hearty Scottish breakfast, you will have some free time free to soak up the delights of Dumfries. You’ll discover a fine town with magnificent red sandstone buildings. You may want to spend some time in its pedestrianised shopping centre or visit St Michaels Kirk where the immortal Scottish poet Rabbie Burns is buried. Our lunchtime stop is in the coastal town of Stranraer. We catch the afternoon sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast and arrive back in Ireland with many happy memories. Please note that this is our planned itinerary but sometimes due to circumstances outside our control we may have to alter it slightly
Fully escorted coach travel from Ireland to Scotland.
4 night’s bed and Scottish Breakfast & table d’hôtel dinners
All day excursions, taxes, and service charges.
Services of our tour leader Frank Mackin.
Single room supplement