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Houses & Castles of Scottish Borders, Edinburgh

Houses & Castles of the Scottish Borders

Mon 9 - Fri 13 May 2022: A 5 Day Escorted Luxury Coach Holiday to the Houses & Castles of the Scottish Borders with Johnsons Coaches, staying at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel.

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Monday 9th to Friday 13th May 2022


The Scottish Borders Region - a landscape strewn with sturdy hill forts, ancient castles and ruined abbeys that hints at the tumult of the past. It is quite at odds with the picturesque rolling, sheep-studded hills and quiet valleys that greets today’s visitor. Highlights of this wonderful new tour include the tranquil natural beauty of the Borders and the Tweed Valley: the numerous, intriguing attractions of Edinburgh, Scotland’s fine capital city: a visit to Floors Castle with the works of art and fine antiques of the Duke of Roxburgh: Traquair House, inhabited since 1107. 


Look What’s Included on your Holiday:

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ seating & legroom

  • Fully reclining seats with calf supports

  • Complimentary on board hot and cold drinks

  • Free WiFi and USB charging points

  • Complimentary gift bag

  • 4 nights half board

  • Entrance to Melrose Abbey & Floors Castle

  • Guided tour of Edinburgh

  • Entrances to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Traquair House & Abbotsford House.


Not included: All lunches.







Departing in the morning, we travel north to the tranquil natural beauty of the Tweed Valley, located in the Scottish borders and to our hotel for our 4-night stay - the fabulous MacDonald Cardrona Hotel.


Our first visit today is Melrose, with its ruined 12th century Abbey, the resting place of Robert the Bruce’s Heart. We continue via Scott’s View, overlooking the Tweed Valley where there is an opportunity to visit the statue of the great Scottish patriot, William Wallace, before reaching the impressive Floors Castle, home to the Duke of Roxburgh - Scotland’s largest inhabited castle and full of works of art and fine antiques.


After breakfast we visit ‘Auld Reekie’, an affectionate local name for the beautiful city of Edinburgh. After a short-guided tour by coach, we visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland’s famous royal residence, which dates to late 15th century


Today, we drive to Traquair House, the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. Dating back some 00 years, it was a formerly a pleasure ground for Scottish Kings and a refuge for Catholic priests. Later, we continue to Abbotsford House. Built and lived in by the 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford is stunningly located by the banks of the River Tweed in the heart of a landscape that inspired the poetry and novels of its creator.


We leave after breakfast and begin the journey home.

Your Hotel


4* Macdonald Cardrona Hotel

Located in Peebles and surrounded by the beautiful Scottish countryside, this hotel offers a luxury and relaxing accommodation just 40 minutes from Edinburgh. It boasts views of the Border Hills, an 18-hole golf course, 2 bars, leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, spa and gym, and an award-winning restaurant. Mobility Grade: 3. The hotel is in a generally level location with all 99 rooms allocated over four floors. Lift to all floors.


Holiday Facilities:

  • Ensuites

  • TV

  • Hairdryer

  • Tea/coffee facilities

  • Lift

  • Swimming pool

  • Spa

  • Gym

  • Restaurant


Duration, Departure Date & Price

Mon 9 - Fri 13 May 2022

Luxury Traveller Coach

4 Nights



Tour Departs: 7.30am

Tour Returns: 7.30pm



Single Room: £200 | Holiday Insurance: £31

This departure includes the £5 per person per day ‘Luxury Traveller’ Coach supplement.

(All prices are per person & are for the entire tour)


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







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