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Day 1: Edinburgh
Your base is a small, privately owned hotel in the south of the city, close to Holyrood Park, and is an outstanding example of Victorian elegance. Beautifully restored to capture the atmosphere of a bygone era, it provides the perfect setting for your visit to Scotland’s Capital. Buses run directly from the main road to the city centre or jump into a local taxi for the short trip.
Day 2: Edinburgh including walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town
Soak up the atmosphere of centuries gone-by and learn about the social history of Edinburgh on a guided group walking tour in and around the Old Town, peeping into hidden closes and wynds, whilst hearing often dark and brooding stories. You’ll also have plenty of time for self-exploration, perhaps taking in a spot of shopping in some of the traditional Scottish shops or popping into a famous watering hole for a wee dram or a local craft beer – we’ll provide plenty of recommendations.
Day 3: By Train to Haydon Bridge via Newcastle
The line from Edinburgh to the border at Berwick hugs the coast for much of the journey with jaw-dropping views over the cliffs to the North Sea. Berwick and the Northumberland countryside provide a stunning backdrop for the rest of the journey south. Changing at Newcastle, the train heads west along the picturesque Tyne Valley with rolling farmland and old Roman settlements. Reaching your destination by lunchtime this gives ample time to explore the local area or join your guide for an afternoon on the wall.
Your accommodation is a traditional bed and breakfast in the centre of the village of Haydon Bridge. You are assured an incredibly warm welcome and your hosts will advise you on places to go and where best to eat.
Day 4: Exploring Hadrian’s Wall
Enjoy a full day guided tour of Hadrian’s Wall with a knowledgeable local historian. Stretching 80 Roman miles (73 modern miles) from the Solway Firth to the North Sea, completed in AD128 to defend the Roman Empire against the Picts, the Wall consists of a continuous line of defence with vallum ditch, mile castles, turrets, forts, temples and civilian settlements from the cities of Carlisle in the west to Newcastle in the east. It sits majestically on top of the Whin Sill, an ancient layer of igneous rock, and provides countless opportunities for stunning walks amid this spectacular Northumbrian landscape. The main visitor attractions on the Wall are the Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda where live excavations take place and the huge forts at Housesteads and Chesters.
Day 5: Depart for Home
You can continue south or return to Edinburgh.
Spend two nights in Edinburgh then head south by train into England, to Hadrian’s Wall country.
£595 per person for March & November, £625 per person for April & October, £675 per person May, June, July & September, £775 per person for August.
Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for four nights in a small three star hotel in Edinburgh and four star guest house in Haydon Bridge, on a bed & breakfast basis. The holiday includes a group walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town with entrance to Edinburgh Castle, and full day private guided tour of Hadrian’s Wall. It includes rail travel in standard class from Edinburgh to Haydon Bridge return. You may also choose to end your tour in Glasgow, Carlisle or York.
The supplement for a single traveller is £225 per holiday, based on single occupancy of double/twin rooms.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
This holiday can be arranged from March to November.
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