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GROUP ESCORTED TOURS

SCOTLAND: GREAT HOUSES & GARDENS

This unique tour visits great houses and gardens in the scenic Scottish Borders and East Lothian.
GROUP ESCORTED TOUR

ABOUT THE TOUR

This unique tour visits great houses and gardens in the scenic Scottish Borders and East Lothian, staying at the historic 5* Schloss Roxburghe Hotel on the banks of the River Teviot. Many visits are private and some are by special permission to these landed estates in the Scottish Borders.

Highlights include an exclusive visit to Mertoun House, the home of the Marquess of Stafford, which has been under restoration. See the spectacular private collection of Old Masters (paintings by Rembrandt, Poussin, Raphael and Titian) and the mature and well-maintained gardens, dating from the late 17th century. Visit Bowhill, the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and home to part of the superb Buccleuch art collection.

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There are private visits to fine houses associated with the Adam family of architects, including Mellerstain, home of the Earl of Haddington and one of Scotland’s great Georgian houses as well as the ‘Gem of the Scottish Borders’: Floors Castle: seat of the Duke of Roxburghe for over 300 years.

Explore several private gardens in the Scottish Borders including Carolside, with its National Collection of pre-1900 Galicia roses, and the marvelous, lovingly-restored Victorian walled garden at Portmore Castle. Enjoy a day in East Lothian, on Scotland’s eastern coastline. See Broadwoodside, one of the finest contemporary gardens in Scotland as well as the renowned and outstanding walled garden at Tyninghame House.

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TOUR LEADER

Andy-Bunten
THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
4 days from $2,500 per person

TOUR DATE: 24 JUNE 2024 – 27 JUNE 2024

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $630

Price Includes

  • Accommodation throughout as shown in the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 2 dinners
  • All entrance fees, visits, excursions and transportation as per the itinerary
  • Gratuities in restaurants for included meals; gratuities to guides/s; gratuities to driver/s; porterage
  • Local guides
  • The services of your tour leader throughout

Price Excludes

  • Trains for London Kings Cross to Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal expenditure (e.g. telephone calls / laundry etc.)
  • Government levies or taxes introduced after costing and publication of this programme on 02/08/23
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Day 1

London – Berwick-upon-Tweed – Kelso

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Morning train from London Kings Cross to Berwick-upon-Tweed (not included in the cost of the tour). Lunch under your own arrangements (please buy or bring a sandwich before departure from London). On arrival in Berwick-upon-Tweed, transfer by coach to Mertoun for an exclusive tour of the private paintings collection, by special arrangement with the Marquess of Stafford. Designed by Sir William Bruce for Sir William Scott of Harden, Mertoun House was built in 1703-05 on a high bank overlooking the River Tweed. Enjoy a private tour of the garden with the head gardener. Within the 26-acres, there are colorful herbaceous borders, with azaleas and shrub roses. Pretty trails wind through the garden, past an ornamental pond, to an arboretum and a walled kitchen garden which contains a 16th century dovecot, thought to be the oldest one in Britain. Time permitting, stop in the picturesque town of Melrose, at the foot of the Eildon Hills. Drive to the 5* Schloss Roxburghe Hotel where 3 nights are spent. This elegant historic hotel set in the rolling hills in the Scottish Borders is located on the edge of the River Teviot, three miles from the pretty market town of Kelso. Formerly owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, the hotel boasts an impressive contemporary new spa, a heated outdoor pool and the only championship layout golf course in the Scottish Borders. Dinner at the hotel.

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