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Cumbria & the Border Country 5 Days 15 – 19 November 2021

YOUR HOTEL The Gilsland Hall Hotel is set in 140 acres of woodland with fantastic views across the Irthing Gorge, where the River Irthing separates the counties of Cumbria and Northumberland. All bedrooms are en suite and have television and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift to most floors.

MONDAY Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Cumbria and arriving late afternoon at Gilsland Hall Hotel for a Sherry Reception. Dinner is followed by an evening of festive entertainment rounds off the day.

TUESDAY Today we head for Longtown and drive along Liddesdale as we make our way to picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park. We take a break at the visitor centre before continuing to Bellingham and Hexham, dominated by the Abbey overlooking the market square. This afternoon we return along the path of Hadrian’s Wall, which stretched some 76 miles from the Tyne to the Solway, in time for a chance to relax before dinner and tonight’s festive entertainment.

WEDNESDAY This morning we have a drive to the nearby historic Border City of Carlisle. The city has much to offer the visitor – Carlisle Cathedral, founded in 1122, is one of the smallest in the country, the 900-year-old castle, built to keep out the Scots, and the Tullie House Museum, detailing the city’s history. The Lanes shopping centre is at the heart of the pedestrianised city centre, with chic boutiques to well-known High-Street names. We make our way back to the hotel for tonight’s special Tea Dance, this one features a visit from Santa, bearing a present for those who have been good! Traditional Christmas Turkey dinner is served with all the trimmings and a glass of wine, with more festive entertainment to follow.

Border Country is our excursion today. We head north into Scotland and the pleasant town of Moffat, with its connections to the wool trade, for a short break before continuing into the mountains, past picturesque St Mary’s Loch, to Selkirk. The Royal Burgh of Selkirk is one of Scotland’s oldest burghs and has associations with William Wallace, Bonnie Prince Charlie and writer Sir Walter Scott. From here we head for Hawick and Gretna, where we have a brief stop before returning to the hotel for our final night of entertainment.

FRIDAY After breakfast we leave and begin our journey home.



PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation.

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