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The Scottish Borders

Enjoy a mix of culture with a visit to Edinburgh and Melrose Abbey, and some gentle countryside walking

  • United Kingdom

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Apr

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  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 50080

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Guided Adagio Holidays

This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Melrose Abbey - perhaps the finest of the many ruined abbeys in border country
  • Enjoy the fascinating small town of Peebles
  • A day trip to Edinburgh with a Blue Badge Guide
  • Gentle country walks with lovely views on the Eildon Hills
  • A visit to Traquair House; the longest inhabited house in Scotland

This was always bandit country, the Scottish Borders caught between the generally warring Scots and English. However, the monasteries which thrived in the fertile river valleys provided shining beacons of peace and tranquillity in these starkly beautiful lands. The ruined abbeys still serve the same purpose today and are an essential highlight of this enchanting holiday.

We stay at the Tontine Hotel in Peebles. Peebles, set on the banks of the River Tweed, is a lovely little town compact but fully of interest. During our holiday we enjoy a mixture of culture, religious and secular and gentle countryside. The land is formed and steep sided valleys so we will generally keep to the valleys and enjoy riverside strolls.

  • Half board accommodation with meals taken at our hotel
  • All local transport costs (private hire and public services as necessary)
  • All entrance fees to fulfil the holiday programme
  • Guided visit of Edinburgh with a Blue Badge Guide
  • Guided visit of Peebles with a local guide
  • Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Travel independently to the Tontine Hotel where you will be greeted by your Adagio leader and enjoy dinner with your fellow holidaymakers. Check in is from 2pm.

Day 2

Peebles

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

After breakfast we will meet our local guide for a morning walk around Peebles. We can get a very good flavour of the town with our local guide. 

This afternoon we head out of town with a walk along the banks of perhaps the most picturesque sections of the river Tweed. 

Day 3

Melrose and the Eildon Hills

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today using the public bus we spend a day in and around Melrose. We will explore its ruined abbey, probably the most impressive of the border country abbeys and walk in the Eildon Hills.

Day 4

Edinburgh

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we travel into Edinburgh, only 22 miles but a world away from border country. We will have a guided tour in the morning before some free time in the afternoon.  Whether art, architecture, history, food shopping or anything else is your passion, Edinburgh can cater for your tastes.

Day 5

Traquair House

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We visit Traquair House, thought to be the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. The current owners, the Maxwell Stuart family have lived there since 1491. We will see the house and impressive gardens and possibly the brewery they run in the grounds. Later we take a walk in the local countryside.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Your holiday has sadly come to an end and departure is after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  

Departure dates for your selected tour

16th Apr 2023 - 21st Apr 2023 (5 Nights)

2nd Jul 2023 - 7th Jul 2023 (5 Nights)

27th Aug 2023 - 1st Sep 2023 (5 Nights)

8th Oct 2023 - 13th Oct 2023 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Check-in at the hotel is from 2pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting.  

To reach the hotel ...

By Road -  From the M6 / M74, exit Jct. 15 BEATTOCK, follow A701 Edinburgh, B712 Stobo and A 72 Peebles. Or Exit M74 Jct. 13 ABINGTON, follow A702 Edinburgh / Biggar and A 72 Peebles.

Parking - there is free car parking available (22 spaces) at the hotel on a first come, first served basis. 

By Rail - The nearest railway station is at Galashiels, approx 18 miles away or Gorebridge, approx 17 miles away.

By Air - The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport 26 miles away.

Check in - You can check into the hotel from 2pm. Should you arrive earlier we cannot guarantee your room will be ready. If you arrive before 2pm you can of course check in and the hotel will happily store your luggage for you.

Route planning to and from Peebles: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Tontine Hotel

The family run Tontine Hotel is situated in the heart of Peebles; nestled in the Scottish Borders is the small town, Peebles, a royal borough in Tweeddale. The hotel is located on the high street which is a prime location for you to get out and explore the town and it’s expanse of surrounding countryside. 

All 36 rooms offer comfortable accommodation with flat screen TVs, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee facilities. The hotel has a drying room should you need it for any wet clothes and boots. There is also a washing machine and dryer available for a small fee to the hotel. 

The hotel has an excellent reputation for food and hospitality and offers a Bistro, restaurant and the Callants Lounge. The hotel prides itself to use only the very best, freshest, locally sourced produce throughout their menus. The kitchen team work closely with a range of local suppliers to create delicious seasonal menus reflecting the abundance of excellent produce available in and around the Scottish Borders. All breakfasts and evening meals are taken in the hotel. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using a mix of private hire coaches and public services as necessary. 

Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

To reach the hotel ...

By Road -  From the M6 / M74, exit Jct. 15 BEATTOCK, follow A701 Edinburgh, B712 Stobo and A 72 Peebles. Or Exit M74 Jct. 13 ABINGTON, follow A702 Edinburgh / Biggar and A 72 Peebles.

Parking - there is free car parking available (22 spaces) at the hotel on a first come, first served basis. 

By Rail - The nearest railway station is at Galashiels, approx 18 miles away or Gorebridge, approx 17 miles away.

By Air - The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport 26 miles away.

Check in - You can check into the hotel from 2pm. Should you arrive earlier we cannot guarantee your room will be ready. If you arrive before 2pm you can of course check in and the hotel will happily store your luggage for you.

Route planning to and from Peebles: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Coronavirus Travel Advice

Local Guidance & Travel Restrictions

Meals

Your holiday is on a half board basis, with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. The Tontine Hotel has an excellent reputation for food and hospitality and has a restaurant, bistro and bar. Lunches are not included and you will find a mixture of local cafes and picnics will suit our lunch stops. Your Adagio leader will give more information each evening at the briefing. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Maps & Guidebooks

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Although insurance is not compulsory for this holiday for UK residents, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in eventualities such as unexpected cancellation.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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United Kingdom

  • Capital

    London

  • Currency

    Pound Sterling

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +01:00

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • February

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • April

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • May

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • July

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • August

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • October

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • November

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • December

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

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