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Sensational Southern Scotland

Sensational Southern Scotland

A region of great history and landscapes, often just a blur as visitors whizz through on their way to the Highlands - Big Mistake!


A region of great history and landscapes, often just a blur as visitors whizz through on their way to the Highlands - Big Mistake!

Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Lothian do not have the highest tourist profiles and are often just an blur visitors whizz through on their way to the Highlands - Big Mistake! You would miss out on a huge swathe of Scotland that is in many ways the very heart of the country. Over the centuries its inhabitants bore the brunt of long, brutal wars with the English. Its farms have fed Scotland’s cities since industrialisation, and two of the country’s greatest literary icons, Sir Walter Scott and Robbie Burns lived and died here. Dominated by the Southern Uplands, a chain of bulging round-topped hills, it is a region of great history and landscapes where you can find plenty of breathing room and peaceful corners.


Monday - Early morning departure from Dorset driving northwards with refreshment stops as appropriate to arrive at our stunning Lanarkshire base in time for a 3 course dinner followed by tea/coffee.

Tuesday - After a Scottish breakfast drive into Lothian and out onto the banks of the Forth Estuary for a journey on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Your vintage train meanders beside the water, through woods, past waterfalls and over the Avon Viaduct on a 10 mile round trip recreating the romance of a golden age. There will be time to view the railway museum after. Continue to South Queensferry situated between the awesome Forth Bridges. Here we shall board a sightseeing cruise on the Firth of Forth with a cream tea included. Enjoy unrivalled views of the three bridges, Blackness Castle and have your camera ready to capture the marine wildlife.

Wednesday - Venture south into the Southern Uplands and visit Drumlanrig Castle - "The Pink Palace" is beautiful on the outside, but exquisite on the inside. A guided tour provides insight into 600 years of Douglas family history, works of art, architecture and culture. Later our journey takes us across Ayrshire to Mauchline with a pause to view the National Burns Memorial Tower. Continue to the seaside resort of Troon with its bustling harbour and sandy beach.

Thursday - A relaxing day to enjoy the hotel and the New Lanark UNESCO Heritage Site, which includes a visitor centre, video exhibition, restored buildings, working machinery and stunning views of the valley. There is a woodland walk and a short stroll is richly rewarded. All attraction ticket included.

Friday - Homeward bound with stops as appropriate to arrive back in Dorset early evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

New Lanark Hotel, Lanark

An impressive 18th century cotton mill that has been beautifully restored in the New Lanark World Heritage Site. Many original features have been retained while providing the expected facilities of a 4 star venue. 38 bedrooms all equipped with private bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, phone, television/radio, tea tray, safe, iron, wifi and stunning views. Mill One Restaurant is stylish yet informal and serves traditional Scottish dishes using local ingredients. Mill One Bar is a comfortable space in which to socialise with a drink. Guests have use of the hotels indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym and can book beauty or massage treatments in the Spa (extra).

A lift serves all floors and room service is available.


Tour Price: £520.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £80.00


Price Includes; All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Porterage, B&K railway journey, Firth of forth Cruise with cream tea, Admission and tour of Drumlanrig Castle, All attraction ticket for New Lanark.

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
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
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
Value House Value House Car Park
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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