English & Scottish Border Explorer!

Staying at the Gilsland Hall Hotel, this holiday crosses counties and countries as we include a day in Northumbria, where we are guided through the history and heritage of Hadrian’s Wall, a day in the Lake district with a lake cruise and distillery visit plus a day in Scotland where we take part in a wedding re-enactment in Gretna Green!
Day 1 Arrival In Brampton
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda & Hexham 65 mile round trip
After breakfast we meet our step-on-guide for a full day guided tour of Hadrian’s Wall and Hexham. We travel through the fabulous scenery of the beautiful Northumbria countryside, along the route of Hadrian’s Wall, as our expert guide relays the history and heritage of this World Heritage Site. We will visit the award winning Vindolanda Fort & Museum, one of Europe’s most important Roman archaeological sites. Our visit includes entrance to the Roman Army Museum and we will learn all about the archaeological sites where live excavations take place (during summer) before enjoying free time for lunch here. In the afternoon, we visit the charming market town of Hexham characterised by its stone architecture, cobbled streets and historic buildings. We continue our tour along military road and will have the opportunity to see this magnificent wall at close quarters before returning to our hotel.

Day 3 Lake District: Ullswater 133 mile round trip
After breakfast we will drive to the magnificent and beautiful Lake District, taking a scenic drive along Ullswater, the second largest lake in the National Park. The Lake runs a serpentine course for eight miles through expansive vistas of the district’s highest mountains. We arrive at Pooley Bridge pier and take a relaxing scenic 1 hour Ullswater steamer cruise to the south side of the lake to Glenridding. After our cruise, we will make our way to nearby Derwent Water Lake and stop at the pretty Lake District town of Keswick where we will have free time for lunch and a stroll around. Our final stop of the day is at The Lakes Distillery, England’s largest distillery making whiskey, gin and vodka, set in a stunning location next to Bassenthwaite Lake, where we will enjoy a guided tour and a tasting of three spirits!

Day 4 Gretna 61 mile round trip
Today we travel into Scotland and visit the award winning HM Factory Gretna where the majority of munitions were produced during WW1 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. The Blacksmith Guide takes on the role of the ‘Blacksmith Priest’ and with a little help from members of our group a re-enactment of the legendary event of a runaway wedding takes place! We will have free time for lunch and to visit the Blacksmith Shop which offers a wide selection of Scottish and local produce.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast we depart our hotel and begin our journey home.
Legend

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
April - October 2018
(Selected Dates Only)
Twin from £259pp to £275pp
No Single Supplement (max 6, incl. driver)

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Tea Dance from 5.30-6.30pm each day
• In-house activity such as bingo after dinner each night
• Live musical entertainment & dancing with resident organist
& cabaret spot every 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 HM Factory Gretna
• Entrance to Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop & Story Exhibition
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Prices starting from...

£259 for 5 days

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Features of this tour


  • 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 HM Factory Gretna

  • Entrance to Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop & Story Exhibition