Holidays 2022

History with Mystery in the Scottish Borders

Sunday 5th June 2022 | 5 Days

History with Mystery in the Scottish Borders

Tour Price:
£539.00 per person

Your Holiday Centre

New Lanark is an exceptional example of a purpose-built 18th century mill village, set in a picturesque Scottish landscape near the Falls of Clyde, where in the early years of the 19th century, the Utopian idealist Robert Owen (1771-1858) inspired a model industrial community based on textile production.

It was there that Owen first applied his form of benevolent paternalism in industry. It was there, too, that he formulated his Utopian vision of a society without crime, poverty, and misery.

New Lanark prospered under his enlightened management. New Lanark is a small village the imposing cotton mill buildings, the spacious and well-designed worker's housing, and the dignified educational institute and school still testify to Owens humanism.

Tour Inclusions

  • All coach travel
  • 4 nights half board
  • Excursions
  • Entrance to all Heritage site
  • Guided tour of Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate
  • Entrance to Rosslyn Chapel/Roslin
  • Entrance to Dawyck Botanic Garden Peebles
  • Services of driver/guide

Special Notes

  • Insurance.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
  • Special requests are put forward to the hotel and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
  • There are tea making facilities in the rooms.
  • The itinerary could be subject to change.

Tour Price

Price Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £72.00

(Double/twin for sole use)

Your Accommodation

New Lanark Mill Hotel

Mill No.1, New Lanark Mills, New Lanark Rd, Lanark. ML11 9DB
Tel: 01555 667200

The New Lanark Mill 4 star Hotel is located in the heart of the UNESCO New Lanark World Heritage Site in Scotland, a beautiful restored 18th-Century cotton mill village. Nestled in the spectacular Clyde Valley in southern Scotland, a stone's throw from the Falls of Clyde.

All thirty-eight of our bedrooms and the rooftop garden both offer stunning views of the river and the surrounding Conservation Area. All rooms are en suite with tea/coffee making facilities, TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press, iron/board.

The restaurant overlooks the River Clyde and offers traditional Scottish dishes, whilst the Falls Bar serves a fine selection of drinks and bar food throughout the day.

The hotel has extensive facilities, which include a heated indoor swimming pool, modern gym, sauna and steam room and spa facilities.

The hotel is also surrounded by native woodlands and the Falls of Clyde the Hotel is ideal for woodland walks and wildlife spotting at the Wildlife reserve.

History with Mystery in the Scottish Borders
History with Mystery in the Scottish Borders

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Local Area

After boarding your luxury coach, we travel north with comfort stops en route. We arrive at Gretna Green for lunch. We then continue our journey to New Lanark and our Hotel, where we will spend the next 4 night's half board.

Day 2: New Lanark World Heritage Site

We spend today at New Lanark, one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and discover the fascinating 200 year social history of this beautifully restored cotton mill village. Listen to the story of a mill girl from 1820 during the Annie McLeod Experience, see working textile machinery, enjoy the views from the Imaginatively designed roof garden and explore the Millworkers house, The village store and Robert Owens house and school. The Mill Shop offers a selection of delightful gifts and Scottish produce including wool which is spun on site.

Day 3: Drumlanrig Castle

After breakfast we depart for a guided tour of the majestic Drumlanrig Castle, one of Britain's grandest castles and a treasure-trove of delights, including a Rembrandt, remember to ask your guide about the Da Vinci that was stolen! The castle is one of the finest examples of 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland. With impressive gardens and breath-taking views across the Nith Valley, with afternoon tea on leaving the castle we travel back later to our hotel.

Day 4: Rosslyn Chapel & Dawyck Botanic Garden

This morning we visit Rosslyn Chapel, a building that has intrigued historians, writers and artist over the years and its intricately carved stonework has inspired many theories, myths and legends. Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the chapels fame was boosted internationally by Dan Browns novel The Da Vinci Code. Discover the highly decorated Lady Chapel, ponder the mystery of the exquisite carvings covering virtually every surface, count the 'green men' and wonder at the stained glass windows depicting the chapel's rich history. Chapel guides give regular, free talks throughout the day. This afternoon we visit the stunning Dawyck Botanic Gardens renowned for its colourful seasonal displays, heritage tree collection and treasures from Nepal, Chile and China. We return back to the hotel to rest before dinner.

Day 5: Depart for Home

After all the suitcases have been packed and loaded onto the coach we say farewell to our hosts at the New Lanark Mill Hotel and head for home. With comfort stops on the way, we arrive back in your local area early evening.

The driver/guide will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.