Welcome to Dumfries & Galloway. Let the landscape and atmosphere of this inspiring corner of Scotland work its spell on you. This is a wonderful time to visit with the rugged coastline, sandy beaches, tranquil lochs and stunning gardens. Visits include Threave Gardens, Culzean Castle and Logan Botanic Gardens. Our accommodation is a new hotel to our portfolio, the North West Castle Hotel, an excellent base for exploring the beautiful local area of South West Dumfries and Galloway.
The 3 star North West Castle Hotel is a family owned and run hotel and is located opposite Stranraer harbour, a short walk to the town centre. All bedrooms are en suite (no walk-in showers available) with TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea making facilities and Wi-Fi. Leisure facilities include a curling ice rink, an indoor pool, sauna, spa bath and a gym. The hotel has a lift.
Morning departure via Gretna Green and onwards to Threave Gardens, a fine example of landscaped beauty. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden. We continue to Stranraer for 4 nights half board accommodation at the North West Castle Hotel.
Scenic morning drive to Newton Stewart continuing via Clatteringshaws Loch along the shores of Loch Ken to Castle Douglas.
We head north, travelling along the eastern shore of Loch Ryan to Culzean Castle, a beautiful castle in tremendous grounds with stunning views. Later we travel via the Electric Brae to the coastal town of Ayr.
Logan Botanic Gardens is our first destination today, Scotland's most exotic Garden, here we can discover plant treasures rarely seen in the UK. Our return route takes us via the pretty town of Portpatrick, returning to Stranraer mid-afternoon to allow time to explore the town.
We depart after breakfast travelling via Carlisle, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere and Grasmere to view the scenic English lakes. Arrive home early evening.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, Luxury coach travel, Services of experienced tour driver.
EXCURSIONS - entry to Threave Gardens, Culzean Castle and Logan Botanic Gardens.
DEPOSIT: £30.00 per person
Single supplement: £60.00