Cross the border into south of Scotland and be amongst the rolling hills and lush green beauty of the Scottish Borders. The Scottish Borders is the main gateway to Scotland from the south but there is more than enough here to make it a destination in its own right.

As the Borders is a region famed for its textiles, a major attraction for many is to browse and buy beautiful tweeds and tartans and the highest quality knitwear direct from the local mills and shops.

Day 1

Abbotsford House

Abbotsford, the home of 19th century novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, is one of the most famous houses in the world. Constructed on the ample proceeds of a literary career without parallel, it is an enduring monument to the tastes, talents and achievements of its creator, the ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.

Wander through Scott’s study, where his books changed the world and admire his eclectic and world-class collection of arms, armour and curiosities, aided by a free audio tour.

Abbotsford House

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Borders Textile Towerhouse

At Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick, discover the story of the town’s famous cashmere and tweed industries. You’ll learn about the area’s role as a producer of sought-after textiles, supplying designers such as Chanel, Dior and Vivienne Westwood. Displays of fashion, artefacts, photographs and film bring to life over 200 years of tradition and knitwear luxury.

Borders Textile Towerhouse

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Located amidst stunning Borders scenery near Peebles, Tweed Valley Forest Park includes seven forests and there is a great selection of waymarked walking routes, horse-riding trails, wildlife watching opportunities and lots of other points of interest for visitors to this beautiful forest haven.

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Schloss Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course

This historic property features a 20-bedroom luxury hotel, a championship golf course and a full range of sporting pursuits on the Estate. The charming country house has been enhanced by an extensive and tasteful refurbishment, with further plans for a separate extension to feature 57 additional rooms, luxurious spa and state-of-the-art meeting space.

Schloss Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course

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Cocoa Black

Do you like chocolate? Of course, you do! Learn how the finest chocolate is made at Cocoa Black in Peebles on a half day course. From petit fours to chocolate truffles, these small and friendly classes provide a great introduction to all thing’s chocolate. Watch Cocoa Black’s Chocolate & Pastry School video for a taste of what you can experience.

Cocoa Black

Crossing into Dumfries and Galloway the first thing you’ll notice is just how beautiful this part of lowland Scotland is, with undulating coastlines and sandy beaches, and inland boasting Scotlands first UNESCO biosphere designation and the UK’s first dark sky stargazing park, there’s plenty to see, do and enjoy in Dumfries and Galloway.

Day 2

Galloway Forest Park

The Galloway Forest Park is Britain’s largest forest park.

Established in 1947, the Galloway Forest Park is often referred to as ‘the Highlands of the Lowlands’ and attracts around 800,000 thousand visitors each year. Home to dramatic ancient woodland, magnificent scenery and an astonishing range of local wildlife, the park is perfect for the whole family.

Galloway Forest Park

Kitchen Coos and Ewes

Experience being among a herd of Highland cows from the comfort of a purpose-built trailer. Listen to the story of how the herd benefits their natural environment and finish off your day enjoying a traditional farmhouse baking with your hosts

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Kitchen Coos and Ewes

Caerlaverock Castle

Visit Caerlaverock Castle and discover one of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses. With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland.

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Caerlaverock Castle

Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle is a luxury 5 Star Hotel with 17 luxury bedrooms and an award-winning dining room. The castle is open to non-residents guests for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner however a prior reservation is required. The castle is also available to hire on an exclusive use basis for family gatherings, corporate events, incentive groups and weddings.

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Glenapp Castle

The Globe Inn

Back in the day, The Globe Inn was the favourite drinking spot of Robert Burns – so it has plenty of history! Today you’ll find great beer and tasty food on offer as well as a lively atmosphere. The perfect place to try a plate of haggis, neeps and tatties.

The Globe Inn

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people.  Glasgow is known the world over for its legendary music scene and was named in 2008 a UNESCO city of music.
Glasgow offers a blend of internationally acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars. The vibrant nightlife is complemented beautifully by the city’s array of green spaces – a perfect spot to relax and unwind. With over 90 parks and gardens, it is no wonder that Glasgow is known as the Dear Green Place.

Day 3

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

No visit to Glasgow would be complete without a trip to one of the many museums and galleries, most of which are free to visit. Housed in an iconic red sandstone building that sits next to the beautiful Kelvingrove Park, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is arguably the top must-see attraction in the city

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Explore the city centre mural trail

In recent years, many of Glasgow’s lanes, buildings and streets have undergone colourful makeovers by talented street artists. And if it’s your first time here, then exploring the city’s vibrant urban art is a must. You can explore the urban works of art and learn more about the inspiration behind them on a Street Art Tour led by knowledgeable locals.

Explore the city centre mural trail

Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort

Set in a 240-acre private estate, Mar hall Hotel is a 19th century Gothic Mansion that has undergone a £15m refurbishment to offer discerning travellers a stunning 5-star luxury hotel. It combines 53 individual bedrooms, a championship golf course and a luxury spa, with extensive dining, wedding, conference and banqueting facilities.

Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

Built in the early 1800s as smart city townhouses for wealthy Glasgow residents, the beautiful historic buildings that now make up Blythswood Square were the Royal Scottish Automobile Club headquarters before being renovated into this stylish and luxurious hotel.

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

Mackintosh at the Willow

Visit the original Willow Tea Rooms Building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. First opened in 1903, the fully restored Tea Rooms boasts a 200-seat restaurant across 3 floors. As well as; a variety of beautiful spaces, each with their own character and unique design, including the Front and Back Saloons on the ground floor, the Gallery, the Billiard Room and the famous Salon de Luxe. reopened in July 2018.

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Mackintosh at the Willow

Take in the spectacular landscapes of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park stretching across central Scotland. With stunning countryside, mountains, glens and historic attractions, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to explore.
In Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, you’ll find wild scenery, thrilling history and superb local food and drink – all of which is easy to get to.

Day 4

Relax by the bonnie banks

At the heart of the park is Loch Lomond itself. You won’t find a bigger loch or lake in the whole of Britain and you’ll have a hard time finding a more beautiful one, too.

Sit with a picnic and admire the mighty bulk of Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro, as well as the jagged shoulders of the Arrochar Alps. You could maybe even visit one of the loch’s 30 islands.

Cruise Loch Lomond

One of the best ways to have a true Scottish Experience is to cruise Scotland’s Great Glen on a wee ship. Cruise Loch Lomond can help you access some of the most awe-inspiring places in The National Park – hidden beauty spots, remote peaks and ancient forests.

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Cruise Loch Lomond

Golf at the Carrick Golf Club

The Carrick golf course at Cameron House on Loch Lomond is one of Scotland’s newest and finest championship standard golf courses and, arguably, the country’s most breathtaking round. Sympathetically designed in keeping with its position within Scotland’s first National Park, the par 71 course follows a traditional Scottish heathland style and, uniquely, straddles the rolling Lowlands and majestic Highlands of Scotland. Challenging holes stretch over beautiful undulating fairways, hug inland lagoons and overlook the glittering waters of the Loch and rugged mountains beyond.

Golf at the Carrick Golf Club

A magnificent baronial mansion surrounded by 100 acres of woodland, Cameron House on Loch Lomond, blends traditional Scottish influences with sumptuous contemporary decor to offer guests a memorable stay in the finest surroundings.

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Cameron House on Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Waterfront Luxury Lodges

Find the best of Scotland, in all its grandeur and variety, at the Loch Lomond Waterfront self-catering lodges. Lochs, islands, forests, mountains, moorland and more. Stay in one of the fabulous luxury self-catering lodges in 18 acres of exclusive shoreline.

All lodges boast private hot tubs, steam cabins, all bedrooms ensuite, fully equipped kitchens and loch views.

Loch Lomond Waterfront Luxury Lodges

Split into North and South, Oban makes a brilliant touring base. Out of the town you could spend days exploring castles, gardens, villages, beaches, forests, and fun and unusual attractions, from the power station hollowed into a mountain to boat trips where you can spot basking sharks and a host of other sea life.
Oban itself is compact and it’s easy to get around on foot. There are plenty of small galleries and independent stores to browse through, as well as the centrally located local distillery, chocolate shop, and museum.

Day 5

Mccaig’s Tower

McCaig’s Tower is a prominent landmark in the resort town of on Scotland’s west coast. Built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, the aim of the tower was to provide work for local stonemasons and a lasting monument to the McCaig family.

The climb from the town centre to McCaig’s Tower is well worth the effort when faced with the spectacular views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands. The gardens inside the tower are well maintained and are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life in Oban.

Mccaig’s Tower

Sealife Adventures

Sealife Adventures run whale search and wildlife watching boat trips from Oban. The area is exceptional for porpoise, minke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and seals. Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins and a great variety of seabirds. The Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation / Marine Protected Area is one of the few sites in Scotland to have enjoyed a high level of long term protection.

The boat trips run 3, 4 and 5 hour tours, all of which visit the Corryvreckan whirlpool.

Sealife Adventures

Perle Oban Hotel & Spa

In the heart of Oban’s picturesque harbour, the Perle Oban Hotel & Spa is a luxury contemporary hotel with Michelin awarded restaurant BAAB, cafe and bar. With re-designed interiors throughout, all the rooms exude an understated timelessness and appeal. The perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and rewind in Oban.

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Perle Oban Hotel & Spa

Isle of Eriska Hotel

Living on your own private island is a dream for many – however, a stay at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island allows you to turn this fantasy into reality as you live the Eriska Experience.

The hotel experience delivers unique levels of personal service, with decor blending the traditional with the contemporary. Distant islands form a stunning backdrop to Eriska’s 9-hole golf course.

Isle of Eriska Hotel

Inverlonan

Inverlonan Bothies are architecturally designed cabins that offer rough luxury, seclusion and the chance to disconnect from the day-to-day. The cabins are only accessible by boat, foot or buggy and nestle gently amongst ancient oaks on the shores of Loch Nell. The ethos of the Bothy Experience is disconnection, slow living and getting back to basics whilst in a luxury setting, surrounded by an unspoilt, nature-filled wilderness!

Inverlonan

Isle of Erika Hotel

The hotel dining room is the amalgamation of four areas, firstly the morning room with views over the lawns to the south, secondly the business room which catches the morning sun, then the butler’s pantry which joins the two earlier rooms together and finally the conservatory which was added in 2002 with views under the boughs of the oak planted the year the house was built.

Isle of Erika Hotel

Lochaber and Fort William. in the West Highlands, is often described as the Outdoor Capital of the UK and is a popular base for weekend breaks and holidays in the Highlands.
From sandy beaches and dramatic hills to iconic films locations, castles and distilleries, there are plenty of things to do in Fort William. Take your time and explore the natural wonders of Lochaber, breathe the fresh mountain air and marvel at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Day 6

The Jacobite Steam Train

Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84-mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!

West Coast Railways, operators of ‘The Jacobite’, provided the steam engine and carriages for the ‘Hogwarts Express’ as seen in the ‘Harry Potter’ films including ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ and others in this wonderful series of films.

The Jacobite Steam Train

Ben Nevis Guided Walk

Ben Nevis requires little introduction. With a wild heart, an adventurous spirit and a flair for drama, the legendary peak towers above glistening lochans and deep glacial valleys. In Scotland, you can’t get any higher than this. Join a guided walking tour to climb Ben Nevis and enjoy the beautiful nature of Scotland.

Ben Nevis Guided Walk

Lochaber Geopark

The Lochaber Geopark is home to some of the most breath-taking and awe-inspiring scenery in the world. The Geopark is recognised for its outstanding and unique geological heritage. Explore mountains, lochs, rivers, coasts, cliffs and sandy beaches, look out for some wonderful wildlife, and learn how our landscape has been shaped over many millions of years.

Lochaber Geopark

Nevis Range Mountain Experience

With skiing up to 1190 metres, Nevis Range reaches high onto the mountain of Aonach Mor and offers skiing and boarding running late into the spring. The base of the snowsports area is accessed by the UK’s only Mountain Gondola taking visitors to 650 metres.

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Nevis Range Mountain Experience

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Inverlochy Castle Hotel is an outstanding 19th-century castle in Fort William, nestled in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis. Each of its 17 rooms and suites plus their two bedroom Gate Lodge have been uniquely designed and all enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside or private loch.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

The Garrison Hotel

The Garrison Hotel signifies the newest, 4-star, boutique hotel to open in Fort William. Built on the site of the Old Police Station, the new hotel has 41 rooms – comprising of 6 cells and a mixture of twin and double rooms, as well as family suites – and a 60-seater restaurant and bar.

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The Garrison

We have to say, we’ve got a lot of love for Inverness. A compact, cosmopolitan city with a lot of heart, and all the wonders of the Highlands on its doorstep – that’s a pretty fine combination, don’t you think?
Inverness really has got all the elements for a memorable city break. Discover its flourishing culinary scene, explore the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre for a bit of retail therapy or take a wander through the handsome city centre; appreciating the history and heritage all around.

Day 7

Culloden Battlefields

Visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising – the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil. Explore the interactive visitor centre, view fascinating artefacts from both sides of the confrontation, and experience the battle in our immersive surround cinema.

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Culloden Battlefield

Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns are well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones in a beautiful setting.

Clava Cairns are free to visit and open year-round and are a hugely significant and exceptionally well-preserved prehistoric site dating back about 4,000 years.

Clava Cairns

Kingsmills Hotel

A sympathetically extended 17th Century residence, the four-star Kingsmills Hotel offers a selection of 147 spacious classic, luxury, cocoon & retreat bedrooms together with fully equipped conference facilities for both large and intimate events.

One mile from the Inverness city centre, and set within 4 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, sits the much-loved Kingsmills Hotel – a luxurious hotel that understands the true meaning of service with passion.

Kingsmills Hotel

Ness Walk

On the leafy banks of the River Ness, lies the 5-star Ness Walk. This stunning addition to the city redefines luxury and delivers the pinnacle of Highland hospitality.

Offering 47 exquisite bedrooms, including two suites, designs take their influence from the seasonal landscape surrounding the Highlands with a flow of soft colours and textiles.

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Ness Walk

Girvans

Café by day, restaurant by night; Girvans is a quirky spot to visit.

Home to a patisserie, restaurant and winery, it’s sure to cater to everyone. This friendly, family run restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a modern setting with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Girvans