5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Experience the rugged beauty of England’s Lake District on 3-day small-group trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, you’ll wind through the picturesque borderlands into England, visiting Hadrian’s Wall and the monument to William Wallace en route. Then cozy up in the town of Keswick, and spend three days relaxing and visiting idyllic lakes like Lake Windermere, Grasmere and Ullswater.

Highlights

  • Trace the Roman history of Hadrian's Wall
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Lake District
  • Two nights' accommodation with private facilities in a charming B&B or hotel
  • Comfortable transport by Mercedes minivan
  • A fun and personal small group experience with a maximum 16 participants

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Historic Hadrian's Wall

Your relaxing 3-day country tour begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide in the morning and board the luxury van. In your small group, leave behind the city for the beautiful Lake District south of the Scottish border, speckled with dramatic peaks and charming villages that inspired writers like Beatrix Potter.

As you make your way to the English town of Keswick, you'll pass Hadrian’s Wall – the immense 73-mile-long (117.5 km) cobbled fortification built by Emperor Hadrian to keep Scottish ‘barbarians’ out of the Roman Empire. Learn more about the Roman presence in ancient Britain, and stop at the statue of William Wallace – Scotland’s beloved rebel son.

Situated in the English Lake District, the quaint town of Keswick will be your home base for the next two days. Your accommodation is located in town, easy walking distance to restaurants, cafes and shopping. From here, tour the majestic Lake District National Park. Wind along the shores of Lake Windermere and Ullswater, and stop into the lovely town of Grasmere, where charming limestone cottages tuck into verdant hills. Throughout the trip, you'll have plenty of down time to independently explore.

Your multi-day excursion concludes at the starting point in Edinburgh, arriving in the evening.

Itinerary

Day One:
Driving south, the first stop is made in the Scottish Borders, where you can experience stunning views over the River Tweed and visit the statue of William Wallace. After a stop at the ruins of 12th Century Jedburgh Abbey, the tour continues to Hadrian's Wall.

Continuing over the Hartside Pass, the tour reaches the English Lake District and the picturesque market town of Keswick, your base for the next two nights. After checking into your traditional English B&B you have free time to explore this charming town with its traditional shops and Victorian museum.

Day Two:
Departing after breakfast, you will visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones before continuing to beautiful lakeside village of Ullswater. Next stop is the famous Lake Windermere, where you may choose to take a leisurely cruise or enjoy a leisurely lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. Later explore the quaint villages of Hawkeshead and Grasmere, so admired by poet William Wordsworth, before returning to Keswick in the late afternoon.

Day Three:
You will be collected from your B&B and driven through the Whinlatter Forest Park to reach the Honister mountain pass. Here you can visit the old slate workings where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. In the afternoon, continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water before returning to Keswick where there is free time for afternoon tea and shopping.

After lunch start your return journey by heading north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland, the tour makes a stop in Moffat, one of Scotland's oldest Spa towns. From here it is a leisurely drive through the Galloway Hills back to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Kirsten B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with James D. We found his friendliness and sense of humor engaging as we formed our little community over the three days together. While we had some rather high-maintenance fellow travelers, James went out of his way to make on the fly adjustments to our itinerary, making it a valuable experience for our entire group.
For us, we chose this tour as an entre to the Lake District, as we had plans to rent a car and immediately return for a week after the tour ended. I am glad we did this, as it gave a good overview of the area and helped us to prioritize the locations we wanted to visit and re-visit.
The local tour company should be a first choice if you are considering a small guided tour anywhere within Scotland or the Lake District. Excellent customer service and value.

MEJ JC MARE M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

James was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgable, has a lovely sense of humour and his sense of adventure really made this tour very special. This balance of nature, history and free time make this tour an excellent option for everybody

Gail T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The 3 Day Lake District Tour was fabulous. Saw some beautiful scenery, met some great people and stayed in a beautiful guest house with the most welcoming of hosts, the best breakfasts and a lovely comfortable bedroom with a great view of the hills in Keswick. Loved the whole tour and would recommend it heartily. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable as well as being a safe driver. All round, a great experience.

henry e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

well done with a wonderful guide.

Irma

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I had a great time! This was a great tour and every penny is worth it. The BB was fabulous. The trip itself included areas I would never have thought of going and our guide, Barney, was great and knowledgeable. I had a great group I toured with and met many people from around the world which was a plus. You do travel a lot on bus so those who get car sick please be aware. We toured the majority of the day and do have the evening off to explore the town you are staying. I got dropped off at the train station which took me to London as I was continuing my journey of the UK. I totally recommend this tour. It is worth doing.

Mary G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

My husband and I greatly enjoyed this trip. It was rainy off and on pretty much the whole trip but Ewan our guide was very entertaining showing us many beautiful sites. He was able to provide much history concerning the areas that he took us to. I was wonderful to take in the history of Hadrian's Wall. The town of Keswick is a nice English town. The B and B, the Grassmoor, where we stayed for two night was great. The breakfast was very good. At the end of the trip we were dropped of at the Penrith Station to make our way south toward London, Ewan helped us with our luggage and took us right to the ticket office to make sure that we were at the right train station. Thank you , Ewan.

SHENG L China

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

very nice

Marelle C

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

This was a thoroughly enjoyable tour, thanks to our wonderful driver and guide, Ally, who as well as being entertaining, has a wealth of knowledge about the history and other aspects of the many places we visited. Each day was an adventure, and the accommodation at Glendale B and B was excellent.

Geoffrey B

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

A great introduction to the area around Hadrians Wall and the Lakes District. Back roads are the way to go.
Great accommodation. Steve, the bus driver and guide was absolutely fantastic. Great sense of humour, passionate about his work. Extensive local knowledge and clearly did his research prior to the next days activities. Great to be able to stop off and visit locations that large bus tour groups can't access. Couldn't recommend this type of tour highly enough.

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