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Christmas in Dumfries & Galloway - Cairndale Hotel

Christmas in Dumfries

Thur 22 - Tues 27 December 2022: A 6 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Dumfries & Galloway and The Secret Solway Coast with Johnsons Coaches

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Thursday 22nd December- Tuesday 27th December 2022


Dumfries and Galloway is Scotland’s hidden secret with stunning scenery and attractions galore. The first thing you will notice about the region is just how beautiful this part of lowland Scotland is, with an undulating coastline of rocky shoreline and sandy beaches, whilst inland, there are acres of forest and green spaces.


  • Door to Door Home Service 

  • Our own courier service 

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ seating

  • 5 nights half Board 

  • 4 Course choice menu comprising of a set starter, soup, choice of 3 main courses, choice of 3 desserts followed by Tea or Coffee 

  • Full Scottish breakfasts 

  • Afternoon tea/cakes with Queens Speech  

  • 4 nights of entertainment 

  • Traditional Christmas Day Lunch 

  • Entrance to Threave Garden & House 

  • Pantomime Ticket 

  • Gretna Green 1754 with a light lunch 

  • The Devil’s Porridge Museum


Not Included: 4 lunches



Travelling north, we cross the border into Scotland and on to our hotel. Enjoy a pre-dinner drinks reception before a 4-course choice dinner as we settle in for our 5-night stay.


We head through the countryside, following the Solway Coast, passing the tiny villages of Kirkbean, Sandyhills and Barnbarroch en-route to Castle Douglas, an 18th century market town where you can lunch and time to relax. Afterwards, we head for Threave Garden & House, a garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife. Take a stroll through the secret garden and walled garden with 19th-century Threave House as its backdrop.


This morning we take the short ride into the historic border city of Carlisle where we spend the morning and have chance for lunch. The city has lots to offer, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle, museums and an excellent pedestrianised centre for some retail therapy. This afternoon we take our seats for this year's Pantomime at the Sands Centre of Aladdin. We return to our hotel for dinner.


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. 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 visiting the Devil's Porridge Museum - a state of the art museum, where we will experience life in WWI trench and explore the factory to discover what life was like for the thousands of girls who worked in this munition's factory. The name is inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who visited the factory and witnessed the girls mixing the nitro-cotton by hand and commented that it was the 'devil's porridge'.


After breakfast we leave and head for home.

Your Hotel


3* Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries

The Cairndale Hotel is a fantastic place to stay as you can enjoy a wide range of facilities including a selection of restaurants and an exciting Festive events programme. 91 elegant en suite bedrooms, all with excellent facilities.  Relax and experience some of the regions finest hotel leisure facilities  which include a beauty salon, 14m heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath and air-conditioned gymnasium. The hotel's two restaurants cater perfectly for food lovers - the award-winning Reivers Restaurant, which offers fine dining and the more relaxed Sawney Bean's Restaurant. With the town centre just a two-minute walk away, a number of visitor attractions are right on your doorstep.

Mobility Grade:  3. Locality fairly level with isolated steps in hotel, however a lift serves all floors.


Hotel facilities:

  • Ensuites

  • TV

  • Hairdryer

  • Tea/coffee facilities

  • Lift

  • Indoor Swimming Pool

  • Beauty Salon with Sauna & Steam Room

  • Two Restaurants


Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Thu 22 - Tues 27 Dec 2022

5 Nights



Departs: 8.00am | Returns: 7.00pm



Single Occupancy: £125 | Holiday Insurance: £32


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







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