Historic Houses of the Scottish Borders (no single room supplement)

4 days

From £695

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The Scottish Borders are often overlooked in comparison with the Highlands and Islands, whose grandeur and drama have an obvious attraction. Yet the Borders have a quiet, understated beauty of their own, with softly rolling hills draped in early morning mist, peaceful valleys dotted with sheep farms and the sinuous, salmon-filled River Tweed, which runs like a silver thread from the Lowther Hills to the sea at Berwick.

This prosperous region is also home to a remarkable number of historic houses, ancient castles and stately homes, allowing the visitor to sample a huge slice of Scottish history and folklore in a short space of time.

These include Manderston House, described as ”The swansong of the stately home”, Traquair House, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, with a host of royal connections, Mellerstain House, an outstanding example of Georgian architecture and Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott. Perhaps the grandest of all is Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke of Roxburghe.

Our tour is based at the Peebles Hydro, a landmark hotel with its own rich history and heritage.



Tour highlights:

  • Georgian masterpieces at Mellerstain and Manderston
  • Regal connections at Traquair House
  • Sir Walter Scott’s personal collections at Abbotsford
  • The opulence of Floors Castle
  • Lunch in the Victorian Kitchen at Thirlstane Castle

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Skene Street
08.00 19.00
Discovery Point
09.30 17.30
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
10.00 17.00
Moto Services on M90
11.15 15.45
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
11.30 15.30
Outside Marriott Hotel Glasgow Road
12.00 15.00

Subject to minimum numbers Glasgow will be served by a feeder coach or taxi:

Glasgow: (Departure) 10.45 (Return) 16.15

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

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Alastair Walker

Tour Manager

A native of Inverness with a rural background, Alastair’s knowledge of Scotland is wide ranging, from the Northern Isles and the Hebrides to Perthshire, Galloway and the Borders.

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Services of a professional tour manager
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25 April 2022 BHSB220425 25 April 2022 (Monday) 28 April 2022 (Thursday) Alastair Walker £695
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26 June 2022 BHSB220626 26 June 2022 (Sunday) 29 June 2022 (Wednesday) £725
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25 September 2022 BHSB220925 25 September 2022 (Sunday) 28 September 2022 (Wednesday) £725
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