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Edinburgh Tattoo & Settle Railway

Edinburgh Tattoo & Settle Railway

An action packed long-weekend that will have you questioning what really was the true highlight of your tour?


An action packed long-weekend that will have you questioning what really was the true highlight of your tour?

An action-packed short-break that will have you questioning what really was the true highlight of your tour?– The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacle of music, light and precision movement OR, The Carlisle – Settle Railway, one of the world’s greatest railway lines running through sensational dales scenery OR, staying in an exclusive hotel based around a 16th century Baronial style tower house? No need to make a choice really – each is equally exciting and each is individually unique, making for a thoroughly enjoyable and varied tour at a great value-for-money price.  What’s not to like?


Tuesday - Early Morning departure from Dorset, driving northwards through the Midlands and past the Lakes to Peebles where tea/coffee & biscuits will welcome you while your bags are taken to the room. You will receive a booklet on the history of the hotel and some walks in the grounds.
This evening guests are welcomed into the restaurant for a 3 course dinner with choices and tea/coffee to follow.

Wednesday - Morning to explore your surroundings and maybe enjoy one of those suggested walks. A 3 course lunch is included in lieu of evening dinner. Afternoon to Edinburgh, with time for sightseeing or shopping. Maybe visit the Castle, Gardens or Royal Yacht Britannia. You are free to source your own dinner in the city centre where you will be spoilt for choice. This evening take your seats for the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo (side tiered seating with steps). The 100 minute long show is possibly the most stupendous on Earth and commands a TV audience of over 100 million - although there is absolutely no substitute for being there in person. When subtle lighting picks out the lone piper playing a lament on the castle ramparts, few in the audience fail to be moved by the atmosphere. We shall return to hotel late that night.

Thursday - Enjoy a lie-in or exploit the hotel leisure facilities. Leave hotel mid-morning and drive south to Carlise with time for lunch. This afternoon board a train on the Carlisle-Settle Line accompanied by a local guide who will point out places of interest and history. The 73 mile long route crosses remote scenic regions of the Cumbrian Fells and Yorkshire Dales by way of 21 viaducts and 14 tunnels - completed in 1876 and built using manpower and dynamite alone! There is a little time to enjoy the bustling dales town of Settle while the coach catches you up, then re-board to drive to Holiday Inn Express Preston-South Hotel for a final overnight stay with dinner and breakfast.

Friday - Homeward bound with a stop at Webbs of Wychbold home & garden centre for lunch.
Return to Dorset early evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Barony Castle Hotel, Peebles

Part of the highly respected Mercure brand this exclusive 3 star hotel is based around a stunning 16th century tower house, steeped in history and surrounded by 25 acres of beautiful grounds. 76 well equipped bedrooms provide all modern conveniences including private bathroom, hairdryer, digital tv, phone, free wifi and tea tray. Thompson’s Restaurant is regarded as one of the finest in the Borders, and the head chef formerly created dishes aboard the QE2. There is a well stocked bar and a comfortable lounge in which to relax and a fully equipped leisure spa with heated indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym. A lift serves all floors and room service is available.


TOUR PRICE: £499.00 Per Person  Single room supplement: £50.00


Price Includes: All coach travel, 2 nights hotel in Peebles, 1 night hotel in Preston, Half board meals, Ticket for Edinburgh Tattoo, Carlisle-Settle train fare, Local guide on train.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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