THE LUXURY EDINBURGH & SCOTTISH BORDERS EXPERIENCE (4 nights)
From Edinburgh to the Borders, this luxury Scottish experience takes in the best of two very different areas of Scotland and will leave you feeling relaxed and replenished. On this luxury experience, you will begin by staying in the stunning Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where you will take in the highlights of the city and enjoy a two-night stay in the beautiful Dunstane Houses. Soak in the tranquillity of Dunstane, and explore some of the delights Edinburgh has to offer – from the iconic
Edinburgh Castle, to The Royal Yacht Britannia, to the whiskies of Holyrood Distillery, there is much to see and experience in this city. On day three, your touring chauffeur will guide you south to the Scottish Borders where you will spend the next two nights at Schloss Roxburghe. There is much to explore, whether you are a history lover or fond of the great outdoors, your chauffeur will be on hand to guide you through wherever piques your interest in this gorgeous part of the country.
“We would not have seen Scotland in the most spectacular ways if it had not been for our driver guide - a driver and travelling companion who always showed when we needed him, laughed at our jokes, and pushed us to see more. The consummate professional, the reserved gentleman, the helpful guide.”
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Upon arrival at Edinburgh Airport or Edinburgh Waverley, you will be met by your own private chauffeur guide and escorted to your pristinely presented chauffeur driven hybrid saloon. After a brief orientation tour of the city of Edinburgh, your chauffeur will escort you to The Dunstane Houses, a luxuriously appointed Victorian property, where you can relax in the tranquillity of the garden conservatory before your personal whisky and cheese tasting experience in the care of their Whisky Connoisseurs.
This will be your day of getting to know the city once dubbed ‘Athens of the North’. The grandeur of Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House are not to be missed along with hidden gems dotted across the contrasting Old and New Towns which give Edinburgh its architectural character. The new Holyrood Distillery is one of the latest examples of the regeneration of Old Town buildings with tours to showcase a new generation of single malts and gins. After a suitably relaxing lunch, a visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia is a must. Once the floating palace for the Royal Family, it is now one of the city’s top attractions with a tour providing an insight into the working life of this former icon of Great Britain.
Although you may be tempted to linger long in the comfort of Dunstane Houses, the recharge part of your trip will begin as you leave Edinburgh and head south into the Scottish Borders. Just on the edge of Edinburgh is the village of Roslin and all fans of the Da Vinci Code will be aware of Rosslyn Chapel which featured in the book and subsequent Hollywood blockbuster. It contains some of the most intricate stone carvings of any church in the UK, not least the famous Apprentice Pillar. After a visit to marvel at the craftsmanship of the young stonemason, your journey south will lead you to the market town of Peebles, which sits on the banks of the River Tweed, one of the great salmon rivers of the UK. Following the silvery waters from ere will soon lead you to Kelso and the tranquillity of Schloss Roxburghe, your home for the next two nights.
After breakfast, your chauffeur will be on hand should you wish to explore more of the surrounding area. There is something for everyone in the Scottish Borders. Country sports, fishing, hiking, or countless other activities are all available in season. The area is a haven for lovers of historic and grand country houses and estates, notably Abbotsford House (home of Sir Walter Scott), Floors Castle and Manderston House (complete with its ornate and striking silver staircase). All are with easy reach of Roxburghe and anyone with an interest in history can immerse themselves in the past conflicts between England and Scotland which frequently flared up, not least during the Scottish Wars of Independence on the 13th and 14th centuries. The legacy of these, and subsequent conflicts up to the signing of the Act of Union of 1707, have left their mark on the whole area, with many ruined castle, abbey, towns and villages still visible today.
Make the most of your last morning at Schloss Roxburghe and, after breakfast, re-join your chauffeur who will return you to Edinburgh or another convenient location for your onward journey home.
ABOUT OUR TOURING CHAUFFEURS
What better way to tour Scotland than with your own private chauffeur at the wheel of a luxury car? From the moment you arrive at the airport or train station, you will be cosseted in the kid-gloved hands of your very own touring chauffeur. Your bags will be loaded and unloaded at each hotel and personal introductions will help ease you into each property when you first arrive. Your safety and comfort is of utmost importance to us and you can rest assured that your car will be prepared each day, just as your hotel room will be cleaned and refreshed,
ensuring that your Luxury Scotland experience is exactly what you, the discerning traveller, expects. As you pass through the glorious countryside visiting castles and historical landmarks, the country will open up in front of you in a way that can only happen when someone else is doing the driving. What's more, you can relax each time you visit a distillery in the full knowledge that driving is not something you will need to worry about on the other side!