This tour takes in the best of England and Scotland’s countryside as we explore the Lake District and Aberdeenshire. We enjoy scenic cruises on magnificent Lake Windermere, a steam train journey, a day at Balmoral - the Queen’s residence while in Scotland - and a visit to a Scottish farm to see some Highland ‘coos’. Image Courtesy of Balmoral Castle & Estate.
Detailed Overview

Price Includes

3* Newby Bridge Hotel, Newby Bridge, Near Ulverston

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • Full cooked Breakfast

  • 3-course choice dinner menu

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Tea/Coffee and scones on one afternoon

  • Free use of hotels leisure facilities

  • Porterage

3* Park Inn Aberdeen Hotel

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3 course buffet menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked Breakfast

  • Porterage

Attractions

  • Cruise on Lake Windermere

  • Lakeside to Haverthwaite one-way railway journey

  • Entrance to Balmoral Estate

  • Entrance and a 1-hour tour, beef tasting and refreshments at Aberdeenshire Highland Beef



Image Courtesy of Balmoral Castle & Estate

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We depart in the morning and make our way to the hotel were tea/coffee will be served on our arrival.

Day 2

Windermere Lake Cruise & Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
We start our day with a steamer cruise from Ambleside to Bowness Pier on beautiful Lake Windermere. Take in the breathtaking views from England's longest lake before we enjoy lunch and a stroll around this bustling Lakes town. After lunch, we enjoy another steamer cruise to Lakeside Pier and experience a fabulous steam train journey to Haverthwaite station, with beautiful views en route.

Day 3

Today, we leave the Lake District behind and travel to Aberdeen, taking in more beautiful scenery as we go.

Day 4

Balmoral Estate
We spend today at the royal estate of Balmoral, with plenty of time at leisure to explore the castle's fascinating history, famous residents and visitors. We visit the largest room in the castle, the Ballroom, and see the many exhibitions, gardens and sprawling grounds. Covering three acres, the beautiful formal gardens feature a large kitchen garden, a range of Victorian glasshouses filled with flowering plants and a water garden. Please note, admittance to Balmoral is subject to members of the Royal Family not being in residence.

Day 5

Highland Cattle & Aberdeen
After breakfast, we travel to the Lochton Of Leys Farmhouse, the home of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef. Here, we meet Grace the farmer's herd of pedigree Highland Cattle up close, and learn about the history of this native breed and how they are farmed today on a 1-hour guided tour. We also enjoy a beef tasting and tea/coffee served with homemade Scottish shortbread. Afterwards, we visit the 'Granite City' of Aberdeen, famous for its stunning, sparkling, granite buildings and monuments that shimmer in the sunlight. We spend the afternoon at leisure shopping and exploring the city before returning to our hotel.

Day 6

It's time to journey home. We depart after breakfast and make our way back.

Other Information

Hotels

3* Newby Bridge Hotel

This charming 3-star Georgian mansion hotel is located on the southern shore of Lake Windermere, offering a tranquil retreat in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

• No walk-in showers • Bar • Restaurant • Fitness Centre • Indoor Swimming pool • Free Wi-Fi • TV • Telephone • Tea/coffee in room • Hairdryer •

Please note: There is no lift but ground floor rooms can be requested, subject to availability.

3* Park Inn Aberdeen Hotel

Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen is in the city centre, located just off Union Street, in the City's ‘Granite Mile'. The hotel is within walking distance of the train and bus stations as well as shopping and business districts. Relax in one of the 185 comfortable and clean bedrooms and suites. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi, smart flat-screen TVs and work desks. Enjoy on-site dining in the colourful restaurant and bar, which serves delicious dishes and drinks. The Hotel also has a fully equipped fitness centre and business lounge.

• Lift • En-suite room • Free Wi-Fi • Tea/coffee making facilities • Iron and ironing board • Safe • Hairdryer • TV • Climate control • Restaurant • Bar •

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