Full Day Tour of Scotland: Whisky, Castle and Burns

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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

Take a trip to Scotland into the beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway famous for "Scotland's poet" Robert Burns, home to magnificent castles and the destination for runaway lovers.

This tour will depart the Lake District and make its way north, passing through incredible scenery into the Scottish Borders to enjoy a tour and whisky tasting experience at Annandale Distillery.

Enjoy an engaging lesson in whisky production and taste the single malts distilled at Annandale.

Visit Caerlaverock Castle, a medieval stronghold which played a large role in several border conflicts between England and Scotland in the middle ages.

Enjoy a stroll around Dumfries, the market town and former royal burgh, home to Robert Burns' House and the mausoleum, his final resting place.

You will also visit the famous Blacksmith's House at Gretna Green, where starstruck lovers would elope to be married after the passing of the Marage Act in England in 1754. The house is still used for wedding ceremonies to this day.

This tour is the perfect taste of Scotland, a land rich with heritage, history and fantastic scenery - only a short journey away from the Lake District in England!

Tour Itinerary

Prices

Summer 2020

28th March 2020 - 01st November 2020

Adult Senior Student Child
£79 £76 £76 £65

Tour Days

Summer 2020

28th March 2020 - 01st November 2020

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Duration

Full day 09:00 - 18:30

Activity Level

This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.

Language

English

Group Size

16 passengers Maximum

Includes

  • Distillery tour and whisky tasting experience;
  • Entry into Caerlaverock Castle;
  • Free entry into Robert Burns' House;
  • Transport in a 16 seater mini-bus;
  • On-board commentary in English.

Main Departure point

Windermere Tourist Information Centre, Victoria Street, Windermere, LA23 1AD

How to find us

Pickup Service

Windermere Tourist Information Centre

Our main pickup point is Winderere Information, Victoria Street, Windermere, LA23 1AD.

We also pickup from Bowness Pier, Waterhead Pier in Ambleside and Ambleside Kelsick Road Bus Stop.

Restrictions

Children must be over 5 years to join a tour and have their own seat

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.

Lunch

Lunch is not included, however there will be a lunch stop on route with many options available

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 24 hours prior to departure & receive a full refund. After 24 hours no refund will be issued

Take a trip to Scotland into the beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway famous for "Scotland's poet" Robert Burns, home to magnificent castles and the destination for runaway lovers.

This tour will depart the Lake District and make its way north, passing through incredible scenery into the Scottish Borders to enjoy a tour and whisky tasting experience at Annandale Distillery.

This distillery has been producing single malt Scotch whisky since 1836 and was once owned by the famous Johnnie Walker.

Here you will learn about the history of the distillery, whisky production in Scotland and enjoy samples from several different malts, you may also enjoy lunch in the fantastic restaurant should you wish.

Onwards to the remarkable ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, a medieval stronghold with a tumultuous history, one which saw it at the centre of several sieges at the centre of the border conflicts between England and Scotland.

Enjoy views across the Solway Firth, on a clear day you will see the mountain ranges of the Lake District which you left in the morning, before taking a short journey into the market town and former royal burgh, Dumfries.

Here you will pay a visit to the resting place of the famous poet Robert Burns, also known as the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet. From Robert Burns' Mausoleum you will visit the poets former home, where you can explore the small cottage he lived in throughout his life.

After enjoying a journey through Scotland's history in the town of Dumfries you will head back towards the Lake District, but not before paying a visit to Gretna Green and the famous Blacksmith's House.

Here you can enjoy a wander round the shops, selling traditional foods and gifts with an optional entry (payable on the day) to the Blacksmith's House itself, where you will learn about the tales of runaway lovers who defied the marage acts of England from 1754.

The small building is still used to this day to perform ceremonies and is an incredible piece of the Scottish Border's history.

After enjoying a leisurely stop at Gretna Green you will journey back to your departure point in the Lake District National Park.

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