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  Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

The English Lake District, the Borders and Hadrian's Wall

Highlights:
~ Scottish Borders
~ Hadrian’s Wall
~ Lake Windermere
~ Wordsworth’s Cottage
~ Derwent Water
~ Honister Pass
~ Moffat


3 Days spent discovering the secrets of Roman Britain and the stunning Lakes and Mountains of Cumbria. Highlights include The Scottish Borders, Hadrian’s Wall, Lake Windermere, Wordsworth’s Cottage, Derwent Water and Honister Pass. For the variety of landscapes and history packed into three days this tour is difficult to beat.

Stay 2 nights in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District. (**During July this tour may stay in the lakeside town of Windermere instead).

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.
Departs: 09.00       Returns: 18.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £139
Discount Prices:  £129
Departing: Wednesday (April to October)
Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Travel south into the Scottish Borders stopping at the world famous Scott’s View for stunning views over the Borders, the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills that separate Scotland and England. You then travel along what remains of Hadrian’s Wall, built as the frontier of the Roman empire, with stops along the way. In the afternoon you will reach the charming town of Keswick, your base for 2 nights. (**During July this tour may stay in Windermere).

Day 2 gives you the opportunity to explore some of the highlights of the Lake District, including visits to Castlerigg standing stones and Ullswater, described as England’s most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. You will have options to take lunch and a boat cruise on Lake Windemere and the afternoon will be spent exploring Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter country around Coniston water, Hawkeshead and the charming village of Grasmere.

Day 3 gives you time in the dramatic Whinlatter Forest Park, the rural village of High Lorton, Crummock Water, Buttermere and the Honister mountain pass, famous for its old slate mines. Your tour continues through the forest of Borrowdale, along Derwent Water and back to Keswick for lunch and some free time, before returning to Edinburgh in the afternoon via the spa town of Moffat, the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands.

Departure Point 
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions: 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
Air Conditioning as standard. 
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide 
All ferry and bridge crossings. 

 

Exclusions: 
Meals and refreshments.
Entrances to all Visitor Attractions.

Accommodation 
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information  
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. The English Lake District and the Scottish Borders can be very wet!

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
We're a family of four from Singapore. We booked two tours with Rabbie's on the internet - the Whiskey & Highlands Tour (3 May) and the Lake District Tour (7 - 9 May). We are indeed delighted with the service we received from its two two resentatives, Alan and Mav respectively. Both gentlemen were knowledgeable, service-oriented and friendly. We learnt so much about your beautiful country from them. We had such a great time that we have already informed our friends and relatives back home to travel with Rabbie's when they visit Scotland. Well done Rabbie's!
Posted by Govendram Premchand on 09/05/2014


I have wanted to visit Hadrian's wall literally for decades and the Lake District was lovely. Being able to travel off main highways made the experience most memorable. Also, the Dorchester House B&B in Keswick was among the best I have stayed at.
Posted by Nancy on 07/07/2013


We joined 2D1N to Bath and Oxford, and 3D2N to Isle of Skye. It was very good! The place, the service provided by our tour guide cum driver, and etc. Especially to Isle of skye, We were constantly entertained by Gus throughout the journey with his music, story-telling, his driving skills, politeness, and etc. Everything is just so, so, so good!
Posted by Jenny Tang on 06/11/2012


The sites were great! Lake District is beautiful! Nice scenic driving routes too. Ally has good balance of music, talking and silence on the bus. He was friendly and took an effort to get to know ppl. He also has a great delivery of info to make it interesting.
Posted by Vina Goghari on 08/10/2012


We went on the 3 day tour to the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall with Pete. Pete was an excellent guide, historian and storyteller, and he made sure that we all had a fabulous tour.
Posted by Marcus & Anette Schmidt on 20/07/2012


Eric was an excellent guide, lots of stories, great singing voice - all added up to a very enjoyable trip
Posted by Anne Jack on 27/06/2012


Since we were a small group, we integrated very much and made really new friends.
Posted by Clayton Abdilla on 28/05/2012


A great time! Hallo you all in Edinburgh. Sorry, I couldn't write earlier because work caught me faster than I had expected. My daughter Jana and me went on the 3 Day tour down to Hadrian's Wall and the Lake District. What a great tour with our guide Peter! He was very friendly, helpful and not bored by answering my endless questions. It was a tour through an amazing countryside, through Scottish history. We learned a lot and were able to recreate in places we would never have seen on our own. Autumn is a wonderful time: all the bright colours and the peaceful places without any hustle and bustle. Back to Edinburgh we had another day to spend. What to do because we saw a lot last year on our trips to the western Highlands and Loch Ness and on our stay in Edinburgh? Having passed your office, we decided to ask for a day tour. And we got one to St. Andrews. Thanks to Sarah who took us there and made our Scotland experience perfect. We are planning to come back next year to explore either the Isle of Skye or the Orkney Islands. Scotland has us calm in its hand.
Posted by GertraudeFreche on 08/11/2011


Ally (Palmer) was a perfect driver/guide and a great story teller. From students to senior citizens, 16 people from six nations got on well with each other thanks to his ability to make us all most welcome.
Posted by Monika Bowditch on 14/09/2011


Wow –we had three wonderful days – 24 – 26 Aug. My sister and I have just returned from the 3 day English Lake District Tour with Ally. We admired Ally’s knowledge of the geology of the Lake District, the history and relevant dates, all told with a lot of humour. He is a mine of information, history, poetry, geology, music etc. We learned a lot and laughed a lot. It was great. The group consisted of a wide variety of nationalities and ages but Ally managed to get everybody involved and nobody felt ‘alone’. If you have not seen the English Lake District, book a tour with Rabbies and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. A big thank you to Ally and to Rabbies. Hope to see you again next year.
Posted by Monika Bowditch on 03/09/2011


The English Lake district is stunning and Ally's commentary made it really interesting. The small group was excellent, all nationalities and ages. Met some lovely people.
Posted by Monika Bowditch on 03/09/2011


Good Itinerary, really felt like I saw everything I needed to in the Lake District. Excellent base in Keswick.
Posted by RACHAEL JACKSON on 29/08/2011


I really enjoyed our Tour Guide Ally. He made the tour fun and interesting...I felt like I was traveling with family and it was wonderful!
Posted by Barbara Drury on 05/11/2010


Ally Rocks.. comments anyone?
Posted by Viral Sodha on 24/09/2010


I just had gr8 tour at lake district....our guide Ally was soooo good and he got excellent knowledge of everything...and he is funny aswell..i would love to go to another tour with him...this is my second tour with ribbie's.... and i can say rabbie's is the best of the best...i will definitely coming back to scotland again and next time and and and of course i will take rabbie's tour again. Again thanks to rabbie's team and specially Ally for the great tour....
Posted by Khandoker Jelani on 18/09/2010


Happy tourer!
Posted by Angela on 29/05/2010


Recorded in May 2010 by my camera. Memories to treasure.
Posted by Liz Stayner on 25/05/2010


Hey, a few pics of happy tourers!! Also one of the hidden valley - for those who didn't make it up. Aw ra best, Angela
Posted by Angela on 23/05/2010


Thankyou to the Rabbie's Team I saw sights on this tour that I had never expected to see in my life. Beautiful in Spring. The Borders, A Stone Circle, Hadrian's Wall, Scott's View, Lake Windermere, the Lakes District, and many more. Angela our Driver & Tour Guide added to our trip by her knowledge and thoughtfulness. I've got another booking to Inverness, and I'm hoping to fit in another day trip to Stirling Castle before I return to Australia .This tour was excellent Rabbie's show you Scotland..and more.
Posted by Liz Stayner on 23/05/2010


Alli the driver was fantastic. He made the trip. We wished we had tipped him more.
Posted by Meg hadley on 02/10/2009


Our tour guide Ali stopped everywhere that he thought might interest us, and our group was extremely small--only 9 people, which made me feel like going on a private tour.
Posted by Xinrui Zhang on 27/07/2009


B&B was wonderful--the Edwardene in Keswick Alex the driver was very friendly and informative thought the variety of nature and towns was great loved hadrians wall and hawkeshead
Posted by Joanne Lambert on 06/07/2009


The attractions were beautifully introduced by the Rabbie's drivers as he explains the long history of the place.
Posted by Amy Hiu Yin Lau on 20/05/2009


visit to harridans wall and hawkshead and wordsworth house was great
Posted by Arshiya Kapadia on 20/05/2009


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Depart Edinburgh at 09.00 and travel South into the Scottish Borders stopping at the world famous Scott’s view with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot hills that form the border between Scotland and England. You continue on to take a short walk to the William Wallace statue, the first ever statue erected to Scotland’s most feared warrior. Stopping briefly for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey you continue your journey towards the border crossing at Carter Bar. You follow the old Roman Road known as Dere Street into Northumberland and continue over the moors to follow the route of Hadrian’s wall, built by Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of the Roman Empire. After lunch you can take the opportunity to explore some of the Roman remains and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurians who patrolled this desolate frontier of the Empire. You head South West and travel over Hartside Pass, at over 1900ft - on a clear day the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible. You follow the route of the old sheep drovers road towards the lively market town of Keswick where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town. (**During July this tour may stay in Windermere).

Day 2 After breakfast you head a short distance out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones. Thought by many to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. You then travel on to the shores of Ullswater described as England’s most beautiful lake where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. Continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass you stop at Lake Windermere where you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After free time to explore the village you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There is free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon you return to Keswick.

Day 3 You will be collected from your accommodation and you head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter pass and into some of the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. Your journey takes us through the rural village of High Lorton and past Crummock Water and Buttermere and on towards the Honister mountain pass. Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to visit the old slate workings where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. Following refreshments you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water on your return to Keswick where there is free time for lunch and shopping. Following lunch you begin your return journey by heading north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland you make a stop in Moffat, one of Scotland’s oldest Spa towns. From here it is a leisurely drive through the Galloway Hills back to Edinburgh. Arrival Approx 18.00

On day 3 you have the option to be dropped off in the afternoon at Penrith train station if you are wanting to continue on to London or other destinations south.

Photography Credits: 
Visit Scotland.
Britainonview.
VisitBritain: Rod Edwards (Derwent Water, Keswick, Hadrian's Wall), Joe Cornish (Honister Pass).
Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts, Robma (Moffat).