Kingdom of Northumbria and the Scottish Borders

Kingdom of Northumbria and the Scottish Borders

Stunning Alnwick Castle featured in the Harry Potter films and the new gardens there feature cascades and sculptures. We meander along the Scottish border at Coldstream and Kelso with its Georgian buildings and wide streets. There is peace and spiritual tranquillity on Holy Island and a chance to see Cragside - a wonder of innovation in the Victorian age.

Your Holiday Highlights


6 Days • 5 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast • Home Link included


• Holy Island and Lindisfarne

• Beautiful Bamburgh

• Coldstream, Kelso and Tweed


• Ford and Etal villages

• Rothbury and Cragside

• Alnwick gardens


A morning departure from your home area for
the journey to Bamburgh and the Victoria Hotel
for the next 5 nights with dinner, bed and


Today we visit Alnwick and include a
visit to the delightful Alnwick Gardens. Described
by the Victorians as the ‘Windsor of the North’,
Alnwick Castle is the home of the Dukes of
Northumberland, whose family, the Percys,
have lived here since 1309. The castle featured
in the Harry Potter films. The current Duchess
has inspired the gardens’ design and there are
cascades, water sculptures and the Poison
Garden for you to enjoy


After breakfast our day begins with a
visit to the villages of Ford and Etal. This vast
rural estate offers a visitor centre, a steam
railway, castles, paintings, cafes, craft workshops
and the Black Bull - Northumberland’s only
thatched roof pub. Lady Waterford Hall was
Ford school until 1957 and there is a ride on the
Heatherslaw steam light railway and a visit to
Heatherslaw corn mill - England’s most northerly
working water mill. Next we head for the Scottish
borders and Coldstream, continuing along the
Tweed Valley to Kelso. Flemish in style, its wide,
cobbled market square and gracious Georgian
buildings make it the most attractive town in the
region. Kelso is also home to Floors Castle, the
largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Then it is
back to Bamburgh in time for dinner.


Today we cross the causeway to Holy Island and
the mysterious Lindisfarne Castle - visible in the distance
from Bamburgh. Afterwards there is free time in
Bamburgh, to perhaps visit the majestic castle
or the Grace Darling Museum.
Please note: The crossing of the causeway
to Holy Island is governed by tide times. It may
be necessary to amend this excursion.


Beautiful countryside takes us to Rothbury, the
capital of Coquetdale. It was once a popular
health resort where people came to take the waters
in its delightful riverside setting. From here we head
to magnificent Cragside House, the former home of
Lord and Lady Armstrong and now in the care of
the National Trust. Cragside was the first house to be
lit by electricity - a wonder of the Victorian age.
The house is fascinating and the gardens
spectacular with their conifers, rocky crags and


We bid farewell to the Kingdom of Northumbria today
and head home.

Your Hotel


The Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh overlooks

the village green and is just up the main

street from the magnificent Bamburgh Castle.

A warm welcome awaits you.

The rooms are individually named, fully en suite

and well equipped. Evening entertainment

is planned on at least one evening of your stay.

The hotel does not have a lift.

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Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
First Choice Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester
Bus Station
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Michael Wood Services Michael Wood Services - Outward - Northbound side
Return - Southbound side
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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