About the ‘Walking & Music through the Borders & Burns Country’ Tour

Holiday details

Grade: Grade 1-Grade 2

Price: £2400.00 (approx $3190.00)

Single Supp: TBD

Date: 16 - 25 June 2018

Duration: 9 days

The varied landscapes of Scotland's Southern Uplands forms the backdrop of the Borders country. People have shaped this land for thousands of years. Standing stones and ruined hill forts stood witness to the roads and garrisons of the Romans. Later the Abbeys were built once Christianity had become established. Ongoing throughout was reiving (raiding) across the borders between warring Scots and English armies and families.

Scattered throughout this history, were individuals of local and world renown including the father of modern geology, James Hutton; engineers & scientists like Thomas Telford and James Clerk Maxwell; literary giants like James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, John Buchan, Sir Walter Scott, JM Barrie, and of course Rabbie Burns. Links with America include John Paul Jones and John Muir.

The rugged hills of Galloway in the west give way to long empty valley of the Ettrick, to the wide farming lands of Berwickshire in the East. Our route travels to the busy and the quiet places, exploring history, music and nature. As with most places, the people make the place, and the place makes the music and song in people. Join us to explore this fascinating and varied world of the Borders and Burns country.

Itinerary

16 June

We will rendezvous at Glasgow Airport, head east by the Falkirk Wheel and Edinburgh to Dunbar, birth place of John Muir, where we will stay for a couple of nights. An all too short visit to Edinburgh to the Writers Museum, with maybe time at the Museum of Scotland should be possible. Driving Time: 3 hours; Walking Time: 1 – 2 hours; Meals: Dinner.

2 nights at a small family run hotel in Dunbar. We'll be joined one of the days by a local musician.

17 June

We'll explore the East coast today; the 14th century ruins of Tantallon Castle or Siccar Point, used by the father of Geology James Hutton as evidence to support his world changing theories about the origins and age of the earth. Walking Time: 3 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.

18 June

We head south today, to the Borders' town of Melrose, where we'll stay for the next 3 nights. Today sees the "Melrose Rideout" the evening start to the Melrose Common Ridings Festival, where the locals ride around the town boundaries to commemorate times when locals fought to protect their towns and inhabitants. Driving time: 2 hours. Walking Time: 3 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

The Border country is full of history, heritage, cattle raiding, and the battleground between the Scots and English over the centuries. The Romans left their mark at Trimontium, a major Roman fort near Melrose. During our stay we'll catch up with some local musicians. We'll be based for 3 nights in Melrose

19 June

Dere Street Roman Road

A walk by the Tweed or up the Eildons, and a visit to Trimontium, and maybe Abbotsford the former home of Sir Walter Scott. Walking Time: 3 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.

20 June

Melrose Abbey

A day to explore some of the nearby Borders' Abbeys at Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh. Walking Time: 3 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.

21 June

Heading by St Mary's Loch and Moffat across to the western Borders for 2 nights at Gatehouse of Fleet.

Driving Time: 3 hours; Walking Time: 1 – 2 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.

22 June

John Paul Jones cottage

Dumfries and Burns' Day today with time hopefully to visit the birth place of John Paul Jones.

Walking Time: 2 – 3 hours: Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.

23 June

Robert Burns

We head north into Ayrshire and Burns' Country

Walking Time: 2 – 3 hours: Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.

24 June

Burns - poet, philosopher, lyricist, is renowned the world over. His commentary is as real and relevant today, as when he made it over 200 years ago. We'll spend the day getting to know him and his local haunts a bit better - Alloway Auld Kirk, Brig O Doon, the Burns' museum are all within easy reach for us to explore.

Walking Time: 2 – 3 hours: Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Farewell Dinner.

25 June

After breakfast, we will head north to Glasgow arriving around 2 pm. Driving Time: 2 hours; Meals: Breakfast.

Please Note: All our itineraries are subject to change. Walks will be weather dependent and musical events and guests may be altered or added.

The varied landscapes of Scotland's Southern Uplands forms the backdrop of the Borders country. People have shaped this land for thousands of years. Standing stones and ruined hill forts stood witness to the roads and garrisons of the Romans. Later the Abbeys were built once Christianity had become established. Ongoing throughout was reiving (raiding) across the borders between warring Scots and English armies and families.

Scattered throughout this history, were individuals of local and world renown including the father of modern geology, James Hutton; engineers & scientists like Thomas Telford and James Clerk Maxwell; literary giants like James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, John Buchan, Sir Walter Scott, JM Barrie, and of course Rabbie Burns. Links with America include John Paul Jones and John Muir.

The rugged hills of Galloway in the west give way to long empty valley of the Ettrick, to the wide farming lands of Berwickshire in the East. Our route travels to the busy and the quiet places, exploring history, music and nature. As with most places, the people make the place, and the place makes the music and song in people. Join us to explore this fascinating and varied world of the Borders and Burns country.

‘Walking & Music through the Borders & Burns Country’ Tour: What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • 9 nights B&B accommodation
  • 9 full Scottish breakfasts, 8 packed lunches & 2 evening meals
  • Several music concerts and specially arranged private performances by musical guests
  • Entry fees as needed – eg. Burns museum, etc
  • Scottish fiddler and music columnist Ed Pearlman, provides relaxed opportunities for travelers interested in playing music and in dancing, and background for appreciating our guest musicians.
  • Walking guide for the duration, knowledgeable, friendly and a terrific storyteller
  • All group safety equipment
  • V.A.T at the current rate of 20%

Accommodation

9 nights will be spent in B&B's.

Rooms are on a twin share arrangement. If booking as an individual we will match you up with a room mate of the same sex.

Luggage

During this hike, trip members' luggage will be transported with the group between accommodations. We ask that you limit your overnight bag to a maximum of 15kg (33lbs) in weight. In addition you may bring a small day pack for walks and your musical instrument. Surplus baggage can be stored for you for the duration of the trip if you're staying longer in Scotland.

Not Included

What's not included in your tour:

  • Any additional meals not specified
  • Optional or individual excursions
  • Beverages
  • Insurance
  • Items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, passport fees, etc.)

Musical Instruments

Our Walking & Music in the Scottish Borders & Burns Country trip is primarily a cultural walking tour. However, there will be a number of opportunities for trip members to participate in musical sessions, either by playing or listening. Trip members are welcome to bring small, easily transportable musical instruments, including fiddles.

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