Autumn Tints in Kelso & The Scottish Borders

Staying at The Cross Keys Hotel

5 DAYS | 21st October 2019

Join us for this year’s Autumn Tints tour as we head north to the beautiful Borders region of Scotland. With its wealth of wildlife and kaleidoscopic history all waiting to be discovered. We enter an enchanting land of ancient abbey ruins, castles, gracious mansions, and landscapes, which have inspired poets and writers for generations. A delightful area to explore especially at this time of year with all the beautiful autumnal colours.

The Cross Keys Hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Kelso’s picturesque cobbled square. The present hotel was built in 1769, but in other forms a Cross Keys hotel has occupied this site since the earliest days of Scottish coaching inns, and it is an ideal base to enjoy all that the Scottish Borders has to offer. The hotel boasts the Saddlers restaurant and bar and lounge. All guest rooms have a TV, tea and coffee facilities and en-suite bathroom.

We depart Macclesfield heading north calling for coffee en-route to the historic town of Hawick. You will have free time for lunch and to visit one of the local textile or social history museums (free entry). Mid-afternoon we continue on to Kelso and our base for the next four nights.

Enjoy a free morning in Kelso, why not take a stroll around the old abbey or visit the shops. This afternoon we visit Floors Castle for a stroll through the autumnal gardens and grounds. We complete our visit with a cream tea.

Today we have a scenic run taking us firstly to Hirsel Arts and Craft Centre in Coldstream where we stop for coffee. We then continue on to the historic town of Eyemouth, which boasts a natural harbour and fine coastal scenery. Fishing at Eyemouth dates back to the 13th century and the harbour is still active with its colourful fleet. You will have free time for lunch and then to stroll around the historic town and harbour before we head back to Keslo.

This morning we visit the pretty town of Melrose with its gardens, magnificent Abbey ruin and the delightful town centre. There will be ample time to meander at leisure and have an early lunch. Our afternoon visit takes us to the historic house and gardens at Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott’s extraordinary home. The 19th century novelist, who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The ticket allows you to wander at leisure through the house and gardens.

This morning we say farewell to Kelso and call for coffee at the market town of Hexham. We make Houghton Hall Garden Centre, our lunch stop. We then join the motorway network south, making a quick comfort stop en-route we aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area late afternoon/early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Floors Castle and gardens and Abbotsford.
£494.00 per person sharing twin/double
£50.00 single room supplement (single room)
£130.00 double room for sole occupancy
£28.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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