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Day One: Arrive in Edinburgh
By whichever method you choose to make your way to Scotland’s capital, we’re happy to help facilitate travel (at extra cost). Once here, it’s a short distance to your hotel on the edge of Holyrood Park.
Your Hotel in Edinburgh
Built in the late-17th century as the grand, baroque home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, your hotel in Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s most opulent and luxurious places to stay. The hotel having been recipient of a string of awards since its inception in the 1950s, the current owner has undertaken a programme of improvement and upgrade, installing a quite staggering collection of art and antiques, creating a unique atmosphere of romance and drama unlike any other. As well as sumptuous accommodation, the hotel features one of Edinburgh’s finest restaurants, impressive lounging and extensive private grounds in which guests are free to roam.
Day Two: Edinburgh and a Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh Old Town
Soak up the atmosphere of centuries gone-by and learn about the social history of Edinburgh on a private walking tour in and around the mediaeval Old Town, peeping into hidden closes and wynds, whilst hearing often dark and brooding stories from your knowledgeable guide. You’ll also have plenty of time for self-exploration, perhaps popping into a famous watering hole for a wee dram or a local craft beer or treating yourself to dinner in one of the city’s Michelin Star restaurants – we’ll provide plenty of recommendations and can help with advance bookings.
Day Three: 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 and stretch your legs.
Your Accommodation in Haydon Bridge
Your accommodation for two nights is in a magnificent medieval castle in a picturesque valley near Hadrian’s wall.
Day Four: Hadrian’s Wall
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Hadrian’s Wall in the company of a knowledgeable local historian, complete with champagne picnic lunch. 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 Five: Depart for Home
Unfortunately, your holiday comes to a close as you depart Edinburgh – do let us know if you would like any assistance with onward rail travel.
A two centre holiday, staying in Edinburgh and Northumberland, close to Hadrian’s Wall.
£1130 per person for March & November, £1195 for April & October, £1315 for May, June, July & September, and £1445 per person in August.
Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for two nights in a five-star hotel in Edinburgh and two nights in a five-star castle hotel near Hexham, on a bed and breakfast basis. The holiday includes a morning private walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and full-day private tour of Hadrian’s Wall, with champagne picnic supplied. Return travel by train from Edinburgh to Hexham, with first class on the section Edinburgh to Newcastle, is also included, as well as hotel transfers at Hexham.
There will be a £50 per person supplement for stays in Edinburgh on a Friday or Saturday.
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.
My guide brought Hadrian's Wall to life...the picnic lunch was also a lovely touch. Marvellous, I shall never forget it.Janet, Ontario, Canada
This holiday can be arranged from March to November.
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