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Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh
Your accommodation in Edinburgh is a serviced apartment of the highest five star quality, recently created from the medieval structure of what is believed to be Edinburgh’s oldest town-house. Each of the beautifully appointed apartments features every modern facility, and the property’s location in the heart of Edinburgh means the city’s amenities are right on your doorstep.
Day 2: Edinburgh including 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 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 3: 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 for two nights is in a magnificent medieval castle in a picturesque valley near Hadrian’s wall.
Day 4: 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 5: Depart for Home
A two centre holiday, staying in Edinburgh and Northumberland, close to Hadrian’s Wall.
£1030 per person for March & November, £1070 for April, May, June, September & October, £1100 for July, £1200 for August.
Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for two nights in five star accommodation in Edinburgh and two nights in a five star castle hotel near Hexham, on a bed & 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.
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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