English Lakes to Scottish Castles


This tour takes in the best of England and Scotland’s countryside as we explore the Lake District and Aberdeenshire. We enjoy scenic cruises on magnificent Lake Windermere, a steam train journey, a day at Balmoral – the Queen’s residence while in Scotland – and a
visit to a Scottish farm to see some Highland ‘coos’.


Click here to watch a video on Balmoral Castle

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Lake District
We start our day with a 30 minute steamer cruise from Ambleside Pier to Bowness Pier on beautiful Lake Windermere. Taking in the finest views from England’s longest lake, we cruise serenely to Bowness, where we enjoy time at leisure to enjoy lunch and a stroll around this bustling Lakes town. After lunch, we head for Bowness Pier again, from where we enjoy a 40 minute steamer cruise to Lakeside Pier. Once here, we climb aboard a Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway steam train at Lakeside Station, from where we enjoy a 20 minute journey to Haverthwaite station.

Day 3 Journey to Aberdeen
Today, we leave the Lake District behind and travel to Aberdeen, taking in the lovely scenery as we go. There are several destinations on our route that we could pause at, including Gretna Green to visit the Blacksmiths or Dundee to explore the exciting V&A.

Day 4 Balmoral Castle
We spend today at stunning Balmoral, the Scottish home of the Royal Family. We spend
time at leisure exploring and learning all about the castle’s fascinating history, famous
residents and visitors on our audio handset tour. We visit the largest room in the castle,
the Ballroom, as well as the exhibitions, grounds and gardens. Covering three acres, the
beautiful formal gardens feature a large kitchen garden, a range of Victorian glasshouses
full of flowering pot plants and a water garden. Please note, admittance to Balmoral is subject to members of the Royal Family not being in residence and will not be open in late summer. Please speak with the Sales Team for alternatives if Balmoral is closed.

Day 5 Highland Cattle & Aberdeen
After breakfast, we travel to the Lochton Of Leys Farmhouse, the home of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef. Here, we meet Grace the farmer’s herd of pedigree Highland Cattle up close, and learn about the history of this native breed and how they are farmed today on a 1 hour guided tour. We also enjoy a beef tasting and tea/coffee served with homemade Scottish shortbread. Afterwards, we visit the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen, famous for its stunning, sparkling, granite buildings and monuments that shimmer in the sunlight. We spend the afternoon at leisure shopping and exploring the city before returning to our hotel.

Day 6 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Newby Bridge Hotel

AAA Double for Single Occupancy Lakeside Location
This charming 3 star Georgian mansion hotel is located on the southern shore of Lake Windermere, offering a tranquil retreat in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Situated within its own grounds, the hotel is traditionally decorated with several rooms having original features including wood panelling and log fires. Each of the 44 bedrooms differs in size and all are traditionally decorated. The restaurant overlooks the Mediterranean gardens and the kitchen garden supplies most of the fresh produce. There is no lift, however ground floor rooms are available. There is also a small leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, exclusive to hotel guests. • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
AAA+ Central Location
The Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen is located in the city centre, just off Union Street, in the city’s ‘Granite Mile’. Each of the 185 comfortable bedrooms is equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Dining-wise, the stylish restaurant is decorated with bold colours while the modern bar is furnished with plenty of comfortable couches and chairs for guests to relax with a choice of draught beers, wine, cocktails or a cheeky dram. The hotel also has a fully equipped fitness centre.
5 Nights Half Board

Twin from £384pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £110
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2 Nights Half Board Newby Bridge Hotel
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Tea/coffee & scones on 1 afternoon
• Windermere cruise Ambleside – Bowness
• Windermere cruise Bowness – Lakeside
• Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway one way Lakeside – Haverthwaite
3 Nights Half Board Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen
• Porterage
• Choice of buffet menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Balmoral
• 1 hour guided tour of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef including beef tasting & refreshments
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£384 for 6 days

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