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Fairytales in the Scottish Borders

'Fairytales' in the Scottish Borders

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jun 2024: A 5 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to 'Fairytales' in the Scottish Borders with Johnsons Coaches

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Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June 2024




Traverse the banks of the Tweed and discover the hidden beauty of the Scottish Borders region. A pipers welcome and towering turrets await your arrival for an exclusive out of-hours access tour at Thirlestane Castle, a delightful 16th-century country mansion. Compare and contrast this with the fantasy of Floors Castle – a majestic architectural gem. From fantasy castles to the most comfortable jail in Scotland, keep your eyes peeled for ghostly sightings at Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum. Walk in the footsteps of inmates as your storyteller shares the trials and tribulations of the 1820’s cell blocks. Calm your nerves with a wee dram at Borders Distillery, before visiting the fabulous-four ‘Famously Hawick’ partner venues including luxury knitwear giant Lockies and Lovatt Mill, the ‘home of tweed’.



Look What’s Included

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ Seating & Legroom

  • Fully reclining seats

  • Complimentary on board hot and cold drinks

  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charging points

  • Complimentary gift bag

  • 4 nights half board

  • Welcome Drinks Reception

  • Private tour of Thirlestane Castle ‘Out of Hours’ Tour

  • ‘Storyteller Tour’ of Jedburgh Castle

  • The Borders Distillery & Famously Hawick Guided Tour

  • Floors Castle Garden Tour


Not included: All lunches


We drive north to Peebles, arriving late afternoon with tea/coffee and shortbread served on arrival. Time then to relax before dinner this evening.


Today we visit Thirlestane Castle for a 90-minute private tour. From great ‘keep’ to grand palace and country mansion this 16th century, 5-story tower house is the ancient seat of Earls and Duke Lauderdale, and now the family home to the influential Maitland family. With it’s unmissable rose-pink sandstone, fairy-tale turrets and a proud, dominant vantage point overlooking Leader Water, this finest and oldest retreat of the aristocracy holds a unique place in history that is filled with stories to tell.


First we make our way to Jedburgh Castle, dubbed the most comfortable jail in Scotland, because of its appearance of a grand castle. It is a 4-star visitor experience giving a true taste of 1820’s prison life. Enjoy a 90-minute ’Storyteller Tour’ with the chance to walk the original cells, learn of the inmates and hear their stories, complete with a ghost or two! (Please note accessibility is limited as there are narrow staircases and doorways. There is no lift between the ground and the first floor. Access to the ground floor is good although wheelchair users will require some assistance). This afternoon we visit the world-famous town of Hawick – ‘where cashmere is king and where tweed was invented!’ Here, we explore five key attractions including Borders Distillery, where you will enjoy a tour and tasting, Lockies, one of the oldest family-run luxury knitwear businesses, Hawico of Scotland and Johnsons of Elgin Mill who produce cashmere and woollens, and Lovat Mill with a worldwide reputation for woven excellence and the original home of Tweed. Your local guide will walk you through the history and background of each venue, providing a fascinating introduction to their business and product offering, and where you will enjoy a relaxing cup of tea with cake at the Johnstons of Elgin Coffee Shop.


Our excursion today takes us to the iconic country house of Floors Castle – the largest inhabited house in Scotland, home to 11 generations of Duke of Roxburgh, and the Innes-Ker family for over 300 years. In fact, it is a true fairy-tale! In fact, the grandeur and setting of the house prompting Sir Walter Scott to declare Floors, ‘a kingdom fit for Oberon and Titania (the king and queen of fairies in medieval literature) to dwell in’.


After breakfast we leave our hotel and make our journey home with comfort stops en-route.

Your Hotel


4* Barony Castle Hotel, Near Pebbles

This imposing 16th-century castle has evolved into a traditional and welcoming hotel. Set in 25 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of the Scottish Borders with the lovely town of Peebles only a 10-minute drive away. The welcoming bedrooms offer all the home comforts you would expect and every room is unique, featuring different views of the castle estate, garden and glen. The leisure centre and spa provide the perfect spot for a relaxing swim or treatment, including a 10m pool with whirlpool bath and sauna. The delightful restaurant offers dishes prepared with locally sourced, fresh produce and, following a delicious meal, you can head to the bar, an ideal place to relax with a drink.

Mobility Grading: 3. Lift access to most areas.


Duration, Dates and Price:

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jun 2024

4 Nights



Departs: 7.30am

Returns: 7.00pm




Single Room: £100

Holiday Insurance: £34


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

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Henley Feeder Meet Point Liveridge House - Feeder Meeting Point
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Henley in Arden Depot Park & Ride, Johnsons Depot
Liveridge House Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden
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