Peebles, Edinburgh & Borders Railway

Peebles, Edinburgh & Borders Railway

A 5 day tour of the Scottish Borders including a train ride on the latest heritage line

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A 5 day tour of the Scottish Borders including a train ride on the latest heritage line

Peebles

Nestled within an area of outstanding beauty 23 miles south of Edinburgh, the Borders town of Peebles sits straddling the majestic River Tweed.

But the world famous salmon fishing river - Peebles motto is "Against the stream they multiply" - is only one of the many treasures on offer to visitors.

A Royal Burgh since 1152 and the rule of King David I, Peebles has for many years been a market town cherished by locals and visitors alike for its picturesque and unspoilt character. Get to know Peebles with a stroll along the timeless High Street, meander in and about the alleyways and medieval closes and enjoy the stunning walkways along the River Tweed which have barely changed over the passing centuries.

 

Rosslyn Chapel

Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. The chapel took some 40 years to build and its ornate stonework and mysterious symbolism have inspired - and intrigued – artists and visitors ever since. Today, there are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel, many of which are impossible to prove or disprove conclusively. Tour guides will be able to tell you more about these, and about the history of the Chapel, during your visit. The Chapel, is open throughout the year (closing only on 24 and 25 December and 31 December and 1 January).    

A new state-of-the-art visitor centre tells the Chapel’s story – from its 15th century origins, through the Reformation, to the Da Vinci Code – and has an attractive coffee shop and gift shop.

 

Scottish Borders Railway

The Borders Railway is the longest new domestic railway to be built in the UK for over 100 years. The 30 miles of track sees passenger trains running from Edinburgh, through Midlothian and into the Scottish Borders for the first time in almost half a century. It takes passengers between Tweedbank and Edinburgh in less than an hour and trains run half hourly throughout peak times.

The Borders Railway provides a strong and reliable transport connection between the country’s capital and the south east, with benefits for employment, leisure, tourism and business and offers great opportunities for days out in Edinburgh and the Borders.

 

Scottish Border Towns

The triple peaks of the Eildon Hills are the most distinctive single landmark in the Scottish Borders. At their feet in the valley of the River Tweed lies Melrose, birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens. Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. Probably the most famous ruin in Scotland, the abbey was founded by David I in 1136 for the Cistercian Order, and it was largely destroyed by Richard II's English army in 1385. The surviving remains of the church are of the early 15th century. The exterior of this magnificent ruin is decorated by unusual sculptures, including hobgoblins, cooks with ladles and a bagpipe playing pig. The abbey is also thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds.

The town of Kelso lies at the junction of two rivers – the Tweed and the Teviot. The spacious Kelso Square claims to be the largest town square in Scotland. At its centre is still the Bull Ring, a reminder of the traditional market days, now past, the square is now host to many fine specialist shops.

The Historic Royal Burgh of Jedburgh lies 10 miles north of the border with England. Romans passed by here and established a settlement around 845 AD by the Bishop of Lindisfarne. In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed in Jedburgh at a house which now tells the story of her tragic life.

Hawick is famous for its fine quality knitwear including Cashmere. 'The Horse' at the end of the High Street is the 1514 memorial. This impressive equestrian statue commemorates the victory of local youths over English invaders at nearby Hornshole in 1514, barely a year after the disaster at Flodden.

Monday 11th Mar

We depart from Cumbria and head to Hexham, time at leisure before we have the scenic drive through Kielder Forest and past the reservoir to Hawick. From here we head to Peebles and our hotel, the Peebles Hydro. A welcome drink is served prior to dinner followed by musical entertainment.

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Tuesday 12th Mar

We spend the morning in the Royal Burgh of Peebles, a market town that straddles the river Tweed. In the afternoon we have an included visit to the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel which attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. A new state-of-the-art visitor centre tells the Chapel’s story from its 15th century origins, through the Reformation, to the Da Vinci Code. Dinner at the Peebles Hydro.

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Wednesday 13th Mar

Following breakfast today we head to Tweedbank and join the Scottish Borders Railway, in September 2015 passenger services ran for the first time since 1969 on part of the old Waverley Line that linked Edinburgh and Carlisle. Time at leisure for sightseeing in Edinburgh before joining the train for the return to Tweedbank. Dinner and musical entertainment in the hotel.

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Thursday 14th Mar

A tour of the Scottish Border Towns today, an area famed for its association with the textile industry , the River Tweed and its many tributaries. We visit Melrose with its ruined Abbey, picturesque Kelso with its spacious market square and five arched bridge over the River Tweed and Jedburgh a strategic border town with a turbulent past. Final dinner at the Peebles Hydro tonight

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Friday 15th mar

After a leisurely breakfast we head to Hawick one of the largest Border Towns and most famously associated with the textile industry. We then head via St Mary's Loch and the Grey Mare's Tail to Moffat and home to Cumbria, arriving back late afternoon

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Peebles Hydro Hotel

The Peebles Hydro is located just a stone’s throw from the River Tweed in the heart of the Scottish Borders, explore the pretty market town of Peebles and discover the great outdoors.

It’s the little things that turn a good stay into a great one. Like access to the newly updated leisure pool and gym – ideal for early risers. Or the kind of breakfast that’ll keep you going until lunch, and probably quite a bit beyond. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, not just in the public areas. There is a good selection of double, twin and single rooms.

The restaurant has fantastic views over the Tweed and is open for breakfast and dinner, serving seasonal local produce, so that you can enjoy a taste of the Borders. There’s plenty of vegetarian options, as well as smaller plates.

There is a lounge & sunroom and the 'Gin Palace', looking a tad like a greenhouse it's definitely one of a kind, which offers a wide selection of gins from all over the world.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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