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 visit popular towns North and South of the border before arriving at the Lake District National Park.
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.
You depart Edinburgh at 08.30 and head South through the Scottish Borders. You can enjoy the gorgeous rolling expanses of the Galloway Hills and Southern Uplands as we travel to our first stop of the day, the Victorian spa town of Moffat. From Moffat you continue south over the border into England and head to the historic Cumbrian market town of Penrith. Here you have the chance to enjoy lunch and explore the imposing ruins of Penrith Castle. This uniquely coloured castle played a key role in defending the border from invading Scots. After lunch we enter the Lake District National Park and travel along the northern shores of Ullswater. This lake is often described as England’s most beautiful lake, and it’s here we give you the chance to take a forest walk and see the mighty Aira Force waterfall.
You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and once a lively hub of ancient pagan rituals. You have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you’re dropped off at your accommodation and free to explore the charming town.
After breakfast, you take in views of Ullswater Lake as we head along country roads to its southern shores. You continue further south and travel over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass towards the lovely Lake Windermere. Here you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or eat lunch while enjoying sublime views of the surrounding scenery. After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water. Your next stop is the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After exploring the cosy village, you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”.There’s free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon, return to Keswick for your overnight stay.