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clock-o3 days (Approx.)
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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 the Victorian Spa town of Moffat 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.
  • 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

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.


Day One:

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. 

Day Two:

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.

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 Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415. From here it is a leisurely drive through the Galloway Hills back to Edinburgh.


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, Aug 2017

Rabbies/3 Day Tour of Lake District in England. A great tour hosted by Matt! With a smaller group of 16, the trip was more personal. We never felt pressed for time and we saw so many lovely places. We stayed in Keswick, a lovely town to visit again. I want to return for hiking in the Lake District

, Aug 2017

This well-organized tour by Rabbies was the most memorable experience of our two weeks England-Scotland vacation. Absolutely beautiful land and lakes, of course. We were lucky to have James as our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, courteous and with a great sence of humour, pleasure to deal with. We would like to stay longer in most places and, perhaps, a bit less in a few others personal preferences - tastes different but all in all - 3 days were hardly enough to fully enjoy this magnificent part of England. All in all, I wish we could spend more time in the Lake District.

, Sep 2016

Rabbie's Tours does an incredible job. Their tour guides are always very knowledgeable and amenable.

, Jul 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.

, 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

, Aug 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.

, Jun 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.

, Jan 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.

, Aug 2013

well done with a wonderful guide.

, Jul 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.

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