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The Edinburgh Tattoo is one of the most spectacular shows in the world, with an international television audience of over 100 million. But there is no substitute for being there to enjoy the music from the massed pipes and bands within the majestic surrounds of Edinburgh Castle – An experience not to be missed.
Sunday – An early morning departure from your local pick-up point for the journey North into Scotland, with suitable coffee and lunch stops en-route to Peebles and our hotel.
Monday –Today we have a trip to Edinburgh for a guided tour and some free time to explore this fascinating city. Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century, Edinburgh stands on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. With great visitor attractions museums, galleries and restaurants to suit every taste Edinburgh’s got it all! This evening we have tickets to for the Edinburgh Tattoo.
The Edinburgh Tattoo is a spectacular like no other. A kaleidoscope of music, dance and entertainment. All set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. See your evening burst into life with a colourful blend of Scottish pipe and drum bands, highland dancers and performers from across the world. Bigger, better and more technically thrilling than ever before. A unique mix of military tradition and global cultures. This really is an experience for the senses.
Please note: Dinner is not included this evening. You will have free time to purchase your evening meal in the city centre.
Tuesday - Our journey today takes us north to Stirling. A wee city with a big history, Stirling punches well above its weight for historic attractions and spectacular scenery, not to mention shopping, places to eat and events. Browse independent boutiques in the historic surroundings of the Old Town and the Victorian Stirling Arcade. Head to The Thistles shopping centre for top brands and high street retailers. Unusually, the centre was built around a 16th century jail cell, known as the Thieves Pot. Take a look inside and hear the tales of times gone by for free!
This afternoon we visit the mighty Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. Get your bearings by looking out from the hill-top esplanade and take in views of the city and surrounding areas, just as kings and queens of Scotland have done before you. Spot the winding River Forth and the prominent National Wallace Monument on the edge of the rolling Ochil Hills before looking north east for the mountain peaks of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.
Wednesday – We depart after breakfast for our journey home with suitable comfort stops en-route arriving back in the local area late evening.
Mercure Barony Castle Hotel, Peebles
This hotel was originally built for the Murrays of Blackbarony, and steeped in history, this imposing 16th century tower house has evolved into the modern, welcoming hotel we see today. Escape to the 25 acres of idyllic countryside and make use of the hotels leisure centre with indoor swimming pool and spa treatments. All bedrooms are en-suite and have a TV, hair dryer, WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities. As well as beautiful grounds the hotel also has a lovely bar/lounge area and a lift to all floors.
Luxury coach travel
3 nights Bed and Breakfast
Hostess on board
Dinner on 2 nights
Local pick-up points
Edinburgh Tattoo ticket
Entrance to Stirling Castle
Edinburgh Tattoo – Castlehill, the old cobbled approach to the Esplanade and entrance to the Castle is a short walk of approx. 80 metres, through on a steep incline and consequently may prove difficult for some in addition, there is approximately a further 60 metres followed by a dozen or so steps to be negotiated to reach the spectator stands in the arena where generally the seating is quite steeply tiered.
Stirling Castle – The castle has uneven surfaces and cobbled walkways and slopes.