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Scottish Castles, Cakes & Cashmere

  • Departure Monday, 16 April 2018
  • Return Friday, 20 April 2018
  • No. of nights 4

The Scottish Borders, which is also referred to simply as the Borders, stretches from the Pentland, Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills that mark the boundary with the Lothians in the north, to the Cheviot Hills which, along with the River Tweed, mark the border with England in the south. Along with Dumfries & Galloway this area of Scotland is referred to as the Southern Uplands.

Mercury Barony Castle Hotel

Originally built for the Murrays of Blackbarony and steeped in history, this imposing 16th century tower house has evolved into the modern, welcoming hotel we see today.

The 25 acres surrounding the hotel reveal a secret at every turn. The Limes Avenue laid out in the 1620’s was the original impressive entrance to the house and remained such until the 1950’s.

The Yew Tree Walk leads to the Altar which was built on the site of a 19th century summerhouse, which in turn occupied one of the sites used for private worship by the Murray family during the 17th century. The Altar is now a popular choice for Wedding and Civil Ceremonies.

The last remaining Summerhouse is now a popular wedding backdrop and has also been used as a Hindu temple and a chapel. The Ice House was built for George Murray the 6th Lord Elibank and could hold 11,500 litres of ice collected from the Mill Pond and surrounding streams during the winter months.


Day 1: Travel to the Scottish Borders for a 4 nights stay.

Day 2: Enjoy a tour of a cashmere mill in Hawick and a freshly made cake with tea/coffee. Continue to the picturesque setting of Abbotsford House & Gardens, which was the inspirational home of Sir Walter Scott. If time allows, we will visit the Borders town of Peebles.

Day 3: Visit historic capital city of Edinburgh, with time to explore the imposing Castle, Royal Mile, Princes Street and the Palace of Holyrood house.

Day 4: Visit the historic town of Kelso, with its elegant Georgian buildings and Frenchstyled cobbled market square, before enjoying an afternoon visit to the stately home of Floors Castle, with its collection of fine art, porcelain, tapestries, grand rooms and wonderful gardens.


IGC Travel Ltd.
Kirkhaw Lane
West Yorkshire
WF11 8RD

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