Mountain Goat's newest Lake District based tour will focus on the heritage of Scotland, from whisky to castles, this tour is a true taste of an incredible country

With the coming start of the summer season comes new tours, and this year there's an extra special itinerary hitting the roads, one which will cover not one but two countries in a day!

Mountain Goat's new "Scotland: Whisky, Castle and Burns" tour promises an exciting adventure across the Scottish Border into the magnificent county of Dumfries and Galloway.

Leaving the Lake District once a week passengers will be treated to the incredible scenery of this English national park before journeying into Southern Scotland, home to a rich history and interesting locations for people with varied interests.

As the name suggests the Scottish adventure will focus on Scotch whisky, a famous castle and Robert Burns, known as Scotland's Poet who lived in the market town of Dumfries in his later life.


This incredible tour features a whisky tasting and distillery tour experience at Annandale Distillery, once owned by Johnnie Walker this distillery boats a rich history, with links to King Robert the Bruce who was the Lord of Annandale in the 7th century.

Sample the great selection of single malts and learn how Scotch is made as you explore the working rooms of the distillery.

Passengers will also visit Caerlaverock Castle, famed for its unique shape and role in various battles between the English and Scots in the middle ages. 

These remarkable ruins stand tall and proud inside a a deep moat, with the triangular battlements boasting fantastic views all around which made it such a prized defensive location, now in the ownership of Historic Environment Scotland who manage its upkeep.

A trip to Dumfries and Galloway wouldn't be complete without a visit to Robert Burns House and his final resting place, the mausoleum in St Michael's Churchyard in the centre of the formal royal burgh, Dumfries.

In the house passengers will be able to view some of Robert Burns' manuscripts and personal belongings at the very desk he wrote his well-known literature at, entry to this historic home is free and is a must visit location for any literary buffs out there.


Another highlight is the Gretna Green Blacksmith's shop, a bustling complex of traditional shops and restaurants it is home to the Anvil Wedding, where runaway lovers would elope to in order to tie the knot away from parents following the Marriage Act since 1754.

This new tour will provide a fantastic taste of Scotland to travellers from all around the world, leaving the Lake District every Thursday throughout the summer season watch as the history of Scotland opens up before you as you journey through the mountainous fells towards the border to this amazing country.