Walk in some of Scotland's most dramatic and romantic scenery Learn about famous Scottish salmon, wool and cashmere Connect to the writings of Sir Walter Scott, John Buchan and Alistair Moffat Special visits to Neidpath Castle, Abbottsford, Traquair, Glenternie and Tweedvale Visit the gentle heather clad hills of the Scottish Borders for the perfect mix of dramatic scenery, colorful history, and age old traditions. This Walk follows the river Tweed, weaving a tale of lords and kings, of military conquests and uprisings, or literary masterpieces by the likes of Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan, and finally, of life along the meandering Tweed. Our ambitions itinerary is highlighted with visits to castles and stately homes, including private tours and meals with current Lords and Ladies of the manor. We learn about salmon fishing and weaving wool, and take time to connect to the region's fascinating history and culture. With so many treasures hidden in a gently rolling and romantic landscape, you'll sure to enjoy every moment.

Sunday Overnight: Burts Hotel

Meet at the Tweedbank railway station and join us for a visit to the ruins of Melrose Abbey, famous burial place of the heart of the hero Robert the Bruce. We can still make out the delightful decorative sculptures amid the ruins, including a bagpipe playing pig! We'll gather for a welcome apertif and dinner at the hotel this evening.

Monday Overnight: Burts Hotel

An invigorating walk takes us into the Eildon Hills, perhaps the best known landmark of the Borders. The hills are visible from miles around and are steeped in legend and history. We'll stop at Bowden church, built at the time of the great Border Abbeys, nearly 900 years ago. Then follow the River Tweed to lunch in St Boswell's and return to Melrose to visit the Roman Fort Trimontium. Award winning journalist and author Alistair Moffat will join us for dinner.

Tuesday Overnight: Burts Hotel

Today we're off to Abbotsford, the impressive baronial mansion of Sir Walter Scott. En route, we'll pass Cauldshiel's Loch, which is said to be bottomless and haunted. Be prepared for a great Scottish ghost story. On arrival in Abbotsford we'll tour the house and its eccentric collection of artefacts, including Rob Roy's sporran. After lunch and time in the wonderful gardens, we'll return to the banks of the river Tweed to wend our way back to the hotel.

Wednesday Overnight: Windlestraw

Start the day walking the famous Scottish Upland Way that runs from coast to coast across Scotland. See dramatic views as we descend down into Traquair, to lunch at the country estate, Traquair House, Scotland's oldest inhabited house. After time for exploring the gardens, we'll walk along the river to our next hotel. Tonight's special treat is a wonderful dinner at Tweedvale House, an historic private home in the village of Walkerburn, once the center of Scotland's wool and cashmere industry.

Thursday Overnight: Cringletie House Hotel

Scotsman John Buchan was famous for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps, but there is so much more to know about this writer, historian, statesman and favoirte local son who lived and wrote here. We'll visit the John Buchan Centre, then follow the path named for the author, stopping for lunch in another private baronial mansion, Glenternie House. After lunch, we return to the John Buchan Way and follow it to our hotel in Peebles. We have arranged a special dinner in historic Traquair House, where the 21st Lady of Traquair Catherine Maxwell Stuart, a direct descendant of King James VI, will join us for drinks and lead us on a tour of her home.

Friday Overnight: Cringletie House Hotel

Walk from our country hotel into Peebles, following the route used by drovers for centuries. We'll then walk beside the river to Neidpath Castle, with its commanding position overlooking the river and 14th century tower. The castle will be opened especially for us to visit and enjoy lunch in the main hall. After lunch, we walk back into Peebles where we can visit its small museum and enjoy a cup of its famous hot cocoa.

Saturday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transport you to Edinburgh.
Moderate
"Look back and smile on perils past." Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford
Walk on the moors, river paths and hill paths. Mileage: approx 10 miles per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 Nights from
$4,395.00

(Single Supplement $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,175.00

Dates

From Jun 2 to Jun 8 (more dates)
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Arrival: Edinburgh Departure: Edinburgh or Glasgow
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Hotels - Where we stay

Burts Hotel

Burts Hotel

Burts Hotel, set in Melroses 18th century Market Square, it is easily identified by its neat white exterior. Built in 1772 as a home, the building has been updated into a charming hotel. There are 20 en-suite bedrooms decorated in tasteful Scottish Gentry style with colors and plaids that reflect the weaving history of the area. With luxury linens and soft furnishings rooms will make your stay restful and relaxing. Room amenities include television and radio, alarm clock, hairdryer, tea and coffee making, wifi access, and complimentary Arran Aromatics toiletries. There is on-site parking and a laundry facility. The on-site restaurant has a menu that reflects the abundant local game and fish of the region.
Cringletie House Hotel

Cringletie House Hotel

Completed in 1861, Cringletie House first became a hotel in 1971. Over the last decade, the house and grounds have received extensive renovations. The result is the luxurious hotel you see today, combining the charm of the house's Victorian heritage with the comfort and convenience of the 21st century. To honor the history of the House and its inhabitants, the current tartan in the hall and staircase is a mixture of the Murray and the Sutherland tartans. Explore the 28 acres and you will find the famous walled garden with its 400-year-old yew hedge, a delightful river and waterfall, a historic dovecote, outdoor sculptures and a croquet lawn. Cringletie House Hotel is unique. With its very special architecture, each bedroom has its own unique size, shape and characteristics; from romantic turrets to feature fireplaces.
Windlestraw Hotel

Windlestraw Hotel

A magnificent Edwardian manor overlooking the picturesque Tweed Valley ” home to 5 star gold accommodation, a two AA rosette restaurant and winner 'Independent Scottish Hotel of the Year 2017'. Set within two acres of private, landscaped grounds, Windlestraw was originally built in 1906, as a wedding gift for the future wife of the Scottish cashmere mill owner, John King Ballantyne. All rooms are en-suite and have views of the Tweed Valley or surrounding country side. Each room features the highest quality beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, bath robes, telephone, television, wi-fi and Nespresso machines.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.) Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!) Wine with dinner On-trail snacks and refreshments All gratuities at hotels and restaurants