Christmas Card-like scene, Moffat
Christmas Card-like scene, Moffat

Scenic Scottish Tours

Christmas in the Scottish Borders

4 days From £0

24 December 2018

The Southern Uplands, the Scottish Borders, or simply 'the Borders': whatever you call them, one thing's for certain, and that's that they make a jolly good setting for a festive jaunt.

While the lure of a far-flung Christmas holiday spent reclining on a tropical beach can be strong indeed, we're firmly of the belief that those who succumb might be missing out — yes, really. When a Scottish staycation means waking up in the sheer luxury of a grand country house hotel, looking out over a landscape brimming with the promise of powdery snow and bracing frosty walks (followed with the promise of a warming dram by a crackling fire) what more could you want?

This, and more, is all yours when you celebrate Christmas in the Scottish Borders with Brightwater. Glittering drinks receptions, comradely carol singing, a traditional lunch with all the trimmings, and a guided tour of the beautiful Border country with a peek into the region's charming towns are just the icing on top of the Christmas pudding. Yes, the weather outside may be frightful, but new friends, good cheer, and that famously friendly Scottish hospitality are all sure to leave you feeling warm.


What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Call for availability £495

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy a traditional Christmas carvery lunch with all the trimmings
  • Spend Boxing Day morning in a scenic coach tour of the Border country or take the day to relax around the hotel
  • Festive teas on arrival at hotel; drinks reception and Christmas carols

Tour details

Dates 24 December 2018 - 27 December 2018
Duration 4 days
Cost £495 Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150 Balance due by 1 October 2018
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code BWCSB18A

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Skene Street
0830 1900
Railway station
0920 1810
Railway station
0940 1550
Outside Discovery Point
1000 1530
Canal Street
1030 1500
Moto Services, M90
1130 1400
Fife College
1145 1345
Marriott Hotel
1215 1315
Millennium Hotel, George Square
1330 1200

Please note all pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers. All timings are approximate and are subject to change, and will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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24 December 2018: Itinerary

From our pick-up points throughout Scotland, we are whisked away for the first day of our festive tour. Before heading to our luxury accommodation just outside Peebles, we pause for a visit in the town itself, where we are free to explore independently and find the perfect lunch spot. Afterwards, we make our way to the sumptuous Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Country Club, where we are welcomed with tempting festive teas on arrival.

After taking a little while to settle in and freshen up, we enjoy our first dinner as a group in the hotel, followed by a drinks reception and Christmas carols with the hotel staff. A thoroughly warming and welcoming first night!

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Country Club

Our first full day kicks off in true festive style with a glass of Buck’s Fizz over breakfast. After this, the morning is free to relax — why not take a stroll by the river to sharpen your appetite for the imminent feasting?

The feasting itself begins in earnest at lunchtime, as we all join together for a traditional Christmas carvery lunch with all the trimmings (cheesy jokes and paper hats not compulsory, but greatly encouraged). After gathering around to enjoy the Queen’s Speech, we are free to spend the afternoon however we like, whether that’s making the most of the hotel’s leisure facilities, reading our new books, or even succumbing to a postprandial nap — just make sure to wake in time for the buffet supper this evening!

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Country Club

Your Boxing Day morning can unfold in one of two ways — embark on a scenic coach tour of the Border country, including visits to the delightful towns of Moffat, Galashiels, and Melrose, or if you prefer, take the day to relax around the hotel. Why not book some spa treatments or partake in a bracing round of winter golf?

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Country Club

Sadly, this morning is our last in the borders. We check out of our hotel and return to our original pick-up points, full of good food and happy memories.

Meals include: Breakfast

24 December 2018: Additional Info

24 December 2018: Accommodation

Set by the River Tweed, in a quiet countryside location, the 4-star Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa boasts views of the Border Hills, an 18-hole golf course, an award-winning restaurant and a spa.

The bedrooms at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa all have blackout curtains for a good night’s sleep. Guest can also enjoy views of the hills or the golf course as well as many facilities including tea and coffee.

Renwicks Restaurant at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa offers fine dining and views over the golf course. 2 bars serving lighter meals are also available on site.

Guests can make the most of the hotel’s spa or use the health club, which has a sauna, a gym and a swimming pool. Other activities available at the Cardrona Hotel include golfing, fishing, shooting, canoeing and quad biking. Edinburgh is a 40-minute drive away

24 December 2018: Enquiries

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