Staying at the 4* Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel and Spa
4 DAYS | 14th July 2020
Join us as we head north of the border on an exploration of some of Scotland’s most fascinating social history and contemporary art, as well as two of its most fabulous cities. Edinburgh is a wonderful mix of the medieval old town alongside the elegant Georgian new town. Dundee is a UNESCO city of design, the famous home of ‘jute, jam and journalism,’ and the location of the new V&A. The world’s only V&A Museum outside of London, this stunning cultural endeavour is not to be missed. With a stop at one of Scotland’s most famous buildings, the Rosslyn Chapel, we complete our tour with a visit to the picturesque village of Culross.
Our base for the tour is the 4* Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel and Spa. The hotel boasts the award-winning Botanist Restaurant as well as a delightful lounge bar. After a day treading the Scottish wynds there is also a luxury health and leisure spa. All bedrooms feature an en suite bathroom, TV, WiFi, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel does not have a lift but does have ground floor rooms.
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en route to Moffat where we stop for a quick lunch. Next, we head to Rosslyn Chapel for our guided tour. There is much to learn about the history of the building, and the tales of myths and legends surrounding the ornate stonework and mysterious symbolism have inspired visitors for generations, most notably Dan Brown’s novel ‘The Da Vinci Code.’ Late afternoon we continue the journey to our hotel.
Having crossed the Firth of Forth we make our way into Edinburgh where we meet our guide. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure; why not visit the iconic Castle at the top of the Royal Mile, or Holyrood House, the Queen’s official Scottish residence? There are also the National Art Galleries and a fantastic array of shops on Princes Street.
Our excursion today takes us north to Dundee. Firstly, we venture up to The Law, a hill in the centre of Dundee with stunning views. We then head down to the waterside for our visit to the new V&A Museum; the building is an architectural masterpiece in its own right, and the exhibitions exploring Scottish design are simply fascinating. You then have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Dundee. Why not visit one of the other museums on the waterfront, stop in at the Verdant Works or take a stroll around the brilliant shopping centre?
We say farewell to our hotel and make the short journey to the Royal Burgh of Culross. You will have time to wander along the cobbled streets which were once full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th-century port on the River Forth. Perhaps visit the ochre-coloured Culross Palace or take a stroll around the gardens. Entrance to the village is free but the Palace and Gardens are National Trust. (NT members free, non-members: £8.00 /£4.00). We continue our journey home, making a stop for lunch as well as an afternoon comfort break aiming to arrive early evening.
£398.00 per person sharing twin/double
£67.50 single room supplement
£26.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT