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Christmas in The Borders, Lockerbie

Christmas in the Borders

Wed 22 - Mon 27 Dec 2021: A 6 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to the Scottish Borders this Christmas with Johnsons Coaches

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Wednesday 22nd to Monday 27th December 2021


Christmas – It’s the most wonderful time of the year... and you’d be hard pressed to find a more magical setting to spend Christmas than the beautiful Scottish Borders. Set in the remote hills of Annandale, where we can enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of a country house hotel. 


Look What's Included:

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ seating

  • 5 nights Half Board

  • Traditional Christmas Day lunch

  • Boxing Day lunch

  • Musical entertainment on the 26th Dec with other entertainment including bingo, quizzes & light-hearted games

  • Entrance to Abbotsford House including lunch

  • New Lanark Mill Heritage Site

  • The Gretna Green Story including lunch

  • The Dryfesdale Memorial Garden


Not included: 3 lunches








We drive north to the Scottish Borders. Mulled wine and scones upon arrival as we settle in to our rooms. Welcome drinks reception prior to dinner tonight, is followed by a leisurely evening in the hotel.


Today, we visit Melrose, with its beautiful gothic Abbey ruins, which are alleged to hold the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. We continue to Abbotsford House, home to the 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott – Discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects which inspired his greatest poems and novels and learn about Scott’s life. A sandwich lunch is included at the Ochiltree Café before we return to our hotel for dinner, followed by some in-house entertainment.


We drive to the New Lanark World Heritage Site - founded in 1785 in a dramatic gorge close to the famous Falls of Clyde, the mill village of New Lanark quickly became known all over the world under the enlightened management of social pioneer, Robert Owen. Discover the recreated mill workers houses, historic working machinery and the nearby ‘Falls of Clyde waterfalls. There’s a Mill Shop and a welcoming café. We pause at the historic spa town of Moffat. Dinner is followed by in-house entertainment.


A leisurely breakfast is followed by a traditional Christmas lunch including a glass of wine then it’s time for the Queen’s Speech. Tea/Coffee & Christmas cake is followed by board games/quiz/bingo. Buffet dinner during the evening.


This morning we visit Gretna Green 1754 where someone might be getting married!!! – As we experience a fun wedding re-enactment and discover the Gretna Green Story. We include a light lunch before returning to our hotel early-afternoon. Tonight, after our evening meal, there will be live musical entertainment.


After breakfast there’s an opportunity to visit Dryfesdale Memorial Garden that is filled with touching tributes to the Lockerbie Air Disaster before we commence our journey home.

Your Hotel


4* Dryfesdale Country House Hotel, Lockerbie

This family-run hotel is set in 5-acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of the town. With 29 bedrooms, it offers spectacular views, real log fires, free Wi-Fi, restaurant with an excellent reputation. Steeped in history, the hotel dates back to 1762, but with all the up-to-the minute amenities you would expect from a 4-star hotel, Dryfesdale is a special place indeed! Mobility Grade: 4. The hotel is in a generally level location. There is no lift but there are many easy access, ground floor rooms are available on request.


Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Wed 22 - Mon 27 Dec 2021

Luxury Traveller

5 Nights



Departs: 8.00am | Returns: 6.45pm



Single Room: Nil | Double for Sole Use (Internal Rooms): £125

Premier Double Garden View: £75 | Holiday Insurance: £30.50


These departures include the £5 per person per day ‘Luxury Traveller’ Coach supplement.


Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain, payable at time of booking. 







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