Four nights dinner bed & breakfast
Festive package includes a wee dram of whisky, tea & coffee with cake on arrival; 3-course themed dinner each evening; and two nights live entertainment
Gretna Hall, set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens, was originally built in 1710 as a private Manor House, and has the original Blacksmiths Shop within the grounds. Facilities include: Stylish, recently refurbished lounge bar and restaurant; well maintained grounds with views over the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian Fells; complimentary toiletries; and complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas. Porterage is included.
MONDAY We make our way north, and over the border into Scotland.
TUESDAY A morning at leisure to explore Gretna Green, when you may wish to visit the famous Blacksmith Shop Museum to discover the history, and experience the magic of Anvil weddings. (Small admission cost) In the afternoon we visit the remarkable Devil's Porridge Museum commemorating HM Factory Gretna, the largest munitions factory in the world during the First World War. The museum uses artefacts, information panels, film and audio, photographs and oral histories to bring the fascinating history to the Border area to life.
WEDNESDAY We visit Carlisle, where we include a visit to the award winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. The rest of the day is free to explore the city at your leisure. You’ll find over 2000 years of history and heritage in Carlisle’s Historic Quarter, with the cathedral, one of the jewels of the North West, and the Museum of Military Life within the walls of the mighty Carlisle Castle (Admission not included).
THURSDAY Today we visit Abbotsford, the extraordinary home of Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott, the man you gave us the historical novel, popularised tartan and rediscovered Scotland’s crown jewels. We enjoy the benefit of a guided tour of the house, and have time to visit the exhibition, café, shop and woodland walks.
FRIDAY We depart after breakfast and commence our homeward journey.