We would be delighted if you could join us on our 5 day escorted tour of Bonnie Scotland & The English Lake District. Contact us now if you wish to make a reservation
Led by Scotsman Frank Mackin
12 JULY 2018
19 JULY 2018
09 AUGUST 2018
23 AUGUST 2018
- Fully escorted coach travel from Ireland to Scotland.
- 4 night’s bed and Scottish Breakfast & table d'hote dinners
- All day excursions, taxes and service charges.
- Services of our tour escort Frank Mackin.
- Insurance at €17.00 per person if required (double if over 69yrs, quadruple over 75yrs)
- Single Supplement: €20.00 per night, €80.00 in total.
PICK UP POINTS:
WEXFORD, ENNISCORTHY, GOREY, ARKLOW, KILMACANOGUE, DUBLIN AIRPORT, NEWRY
Once again we will be operating our very popular 5 day tour that we have been operating since 1989. As usual we will be using the very popular Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club in the beautiful border town of Dumfries. For more information on the hotel visit their website www.cairndalehotel.co.uk. Mackin Travel clients can enjoy free use of its heated indoor pool, spa, sauna, steam room and gymnasium. Our clients have particularly enjoyed the excellent food and entertainment programme at the hotel. The excursion programme (as always) has been carefully planned to make sure that you get a true insight in what Scotland has to offer. This is one of our most popular tours so early booking is recommended.
We depart by executive coach from your local pick up point and travel to Belfast via Dublin to catch the afternoon ferry service to Cairnryan. Our lunchtime stop will be in Newry. The crossing from Belfast docks takes about 2 hours onboard the luxury Stena Superferry. From Cairnryan we go directly to our hotel in Dumfries. This is a lovely drive through glorious unspoiled Scottish Border countryside. Dumfries is a handsome town situated on the banks of the river Nith and is only about an hour and a half drive from Cairnryan. Our base for the next 4 nights is the Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club. Dinner tonight and every night is in the hotel. Don’t forget to bring your swimming attire to use in its heated pool!
After a hearty Scottish buffet breakfast, (similar to Irish), we take a stunning mountain drive to Edinburgh. This is probably the most beautiful city in Europe, where the Irish always get a warm welcome. After a tour of the city you will have the remainder of the day free to soak up the many attractions this magical city has to offer. We then return to the hotel for dinner and relax after a memorable day.
After breakfast we travel to the beautiful English Lake District. Our journey takes us on a truly spectacular drive to Lake Ullswater which which was William Wordsworth's favourite lake. Our lunchtime stop is in the largest lake in the Lake District, Lake Windermere where you have free time to shop or perhaps take a leisurely boat trip. After our break we travel via Lake Grasmere and Lake Derwentwater and stop for a break in the border village of Gretna Green where you have the oppportunity to get married by the local blacksmith. We then return to our hotel for dinner.
After breakfast today, we head for Bonnie Scotland’s city of culture, Glasgow. After a tour of this magnificent city we take the high road to the ‘Bonnie Bonnie’ banks of Loch Lomond. We then return to our hotel for another fine Scottish dinner.
After a final hearty Scottish breakfast you will have the morning free to soak up the delights of Dumfries. You’ll discover a really fine town with magnificent red sandstone buildings. You may want to spend the remainder of your sterling in its pedestrianised shopping centre, or visit St Michaels Kirk where the immortal Scottish poet Rabbie Burns is buried. In the afternoon we catch the afternoon sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast and arrive back in Ireland with many happy memories.
Please note that this is our planned itinerary but sometimes due to circumstances outside our control we may have to alter it slightly