Spend Christmas in Scotland on the banks of Loch Ryan, close to the centre of Stranraer. Enjoy the perfect mix of free time and tours to see the stunning scenery in the area.
4* North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer
A fine 19th-century country house hotel, located across from the shores of Loch Ryan, just a short walk to the centre of Stranraer. Enjoy your meals in the elegant 'Regency dining room, which offers views towards the loch or enjoy a drink in the 'Ross' bar. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and Jacuzzi, as well as an indoor curling rink, table tennis, snooker and pool. Bedrooms feature a TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities and free WiFi. There is also a lift.
Lift Bar Restaurant Tea/coffee in room Leisure Facilities Indoor swimming pool Sauna Gym Jacuzzi Snooker and pool tables Table tennis Carpet bowling Freeview TV Hairdryer Free Wi-Fi
At the overnight hotel
2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Tea/coffee after dinner
At the Main hotel
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Choice menu at dinner
Tea/coffee after dinner
Free use of leisure facilities
Lunch & 5-course Dinner on Christmas Day
Curling Practice, Bonspiel & a treasure hunt on Christmas Day
Live band with dancing & Christmas quiz on Christmas night
Boxing Day lunch
Frostbite Golf Competition on Boxing Day
Christmas Quiz on Boxing night
Once collected from home we head to our overnight hotel in Preston.D
Drive through Dumfries and Galloway to reach our hotel in Stranraer with time to explore before dinner.Br, D
Loch Ryan Scenic Drive & Alloway
This morning our tour begins with a scenic sightseeing drive along Loch Ryan's eastern shore, then up the Firth of Clyde coast before cutting inland to Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns. Spend some time here exploring the landmarks such as The Brig o' Doon, the 15th century hump-backed bridge over the River Doon, and Monuments and Memorials dedicated to Burns. Return to the hotel in time for dinner.
Christmas Day at the Hotel
'Merry Christmas'! This morning we have the chance to give curling a go at the hotels indoor curling rink. A game similar to lawn bowls but played on ice, this sport has been associated with Scotland since the early 16th century. For those that wish to join, there is a 'Bonspiel' curling tournament in the afternoon. We have a light lunch at the hotel, followed by a treasure hunt. Have a chance to relax before dinner which will be followed by entertainment - a live band with dancing and a Christmas quiz.
A Day of Leisure in Stranraer
Today is yours to explore at leisure and take advantage of the hotel's facilities. You could take a walk along the coastal path of Loch Ryan, follow the Stranraer Town Trail inland around some of Stranraer's most historic and interesting buildings or there will be a Frostbite Golf Competition held by the hotel. The hotel will be serving a light lunch and evening meal which is followed by a Boxing day quiz.
We say goodbye to our hosts and make our way back to our overnight in Preston.Br, D
We depart after breakfast and return to the local area.
As our itineraries are written many months in advance, hotel entertainment programmes and inclusions are still to be confirmed and may be subject to change without prior notice
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