Cumbria Border Explorer

Enjoy a cross-border tour crossing counties and countries as we include a day in Northumbria, a day in the Lake District with a lake cruise and distillery visit, and a day in Scotland where we take part in a wedding re-enactment in Gretna Green - we propose this will be an interesting tour!
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda & Hexham
After breakfast we meet our step-on guide for a full day guided tour of Hadrian’s Wall and Hexham. We travel through fabulous scenery along the route of Hadrian’s Wall with our first visit being to the award winning Vindolanda Fort & Museum, one of Europe’s most important Roman archaeological sites. After exploring, we have free time to enjoy lunch here before visiting the charming market town of Hexham.

Day 3 Ullswater Lake District
This morning, we drive to the Lake District taking a scenic route along Ullswater, the National Park's second largest lake. We arrive at Pooley Bridge pier and enjoy a 1 hour Ullswater steamer cruise to Glenridding. We re-join our coach and make our way to nearby Derwent Water, stopping at the pretty town of Keswick where we have free time for lunch, before heading to The Lakes Distillery, England’s largest distillery. We enjoy a guided tour with a tasting of whiskey, gin and vodka in a stunning location next to Bassenthwaite Lake.

Day 4 Gretna
Today we travel into Scotland and visit the award winning Devil's Porridge Museum where the majority of munitions were produced during WW I by an army of women determined to do their bit for the war effort. Our next visit is to the Gretna Green Blacksmiths Shop, the historic hotspot for elopements! We will experience a wedding re-enactment at The Gretna Green Story Exhibition, housed within the original blacksmiths cottage and workshop.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Gilsland Hall Hotel

Brampton, Cumbria
AAA Countryside Hotel
Gilsland Hall hotel is set in 140 acres of manicured gardens and natural woodland and offers spectacular country views. The hotel has 94 bedrooms over 4 floors. A lift is available for the first and second floors, however, the lower ground floor rooms are accessible by stairs only. The large restaurant serves a variety of popular dishes and there are two bars where guests can enjoy drinks. There is entertainment in the ballroom each evening and the hotel boasts its own bowling green, putting green and croquet lawn. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Gilsland Hall Hotel

Brampton, Cumbria
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £289pp
No Single Supplement (max 6, incl. driver)


• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Tea Dance from 5.30-6.30 pm each day
• In-house activity each night e.g. bingo
• Live musical entertainment & dancing with resident organist & cabaret each night
• Full day step-on guide Hadrian’s Wall
• Entrance to Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum
• One way Pooley Bridge - Glenridding, Ullswater Steamer cruise
• Guided tour of The Lakes Distillery
• Entrance to Devil's Porridge Museum
• Entrance to Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop & Story Exhibition
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£289 for 5 days

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