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Witness the world-class Edinburgh Military Tattoo and journey the heritage Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway on a scenic holiday staying in Scotland's charming Peebles

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2024 Tour code: 24ETE

About the tour

Experience the sensational Edinburgh Tattoo display, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. From your base in beautiful Peebles, enjoy a heritage journey on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, visit the stunning Floors Castle for a traditional afternoon tea, and witness the magnificent Kelpies.

Unforgettable Experiences

Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Experience a spectacle of entertainment, tradition, and music at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
Relive a bygone era of rail travel aboard the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway and journey through the scenic Scottish countryside.
Kelpies
Kelpies
Visit the fabulous 'Kelpies', 30 foot statues of mythical horses, said to roam the Caledonian countryside.
Floors Castle
Floors Castle
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the fascinating Floors Castle and explore its grounds which include Victorian Walled Gardens.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – Gorgeous Peebles

Your holiday begins today in Edinburgh where you meet your Tour Manager. From here, your coach takes you to your hotel in Peebles, a little town on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. After settling into your room, your group meets for dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 – The nostalgic Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, inspiring Kelpies, and the sensational Edinburgh Tattoo

After breakfast, you're at leisure to discover Peebles this morning. With its breathtaking scenery, local shops, charming cafés, and picturesque walking routes, the town is wonderful to explore. If you're a lover of writers, you could visit the John Buchan Story Museum which celebrates the local legend through fascinating artifacts. Or, you could discover the history of Peebles and the surrounding area at the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery.

This afternoon, your group heads by coach to Bo'ness. Here you board the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway for an atmospheric round trip in one of the lovingly-restored locomotives. Gaze out of your window as you journey by the Forth Estuary, through woodlands, past waterfalls and over the Avon Viaduct. After soaking up the beautiful Scottish countryside by heritage rail, your group rejoins the coach bound for Edinburgh.

On the way, you visit the magnificent Kelpies. These towering sculptures were designed by the talented Glasgow-based artist, Andy Scott to pay homage to the hardworking horses of Scotland that once pulled barges along the canals and worked in the fields of the area. There's time to take some photos before the coach continues to lively Edinburgh. You're at leisure in Scotland's capital to get some dinner and explore before the Edinburgh Military Tattoo experience.

It's easy to find restaurants and pubs anywhere in the city centre, however, for the most interesting areas you could head to the top of the Old Town's Royal Mile, or the charming Rose Street and Princes Street in the New Town. If there's a particular place you'd like to eat, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Meeting up with your group again this evening, you settle into your seats for the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This remarkable event happens every year and brings together music, entertainment, and ceremonial performances. Watch in awe at the Scottish regiments' pipers and drummers performing together, the impressive Massed Bands of the Royal Marines, and a fantastic firework show - all with Edinburgh Castle magnificently illuminated behind them.

After an incredible spectacle, the coach takes your group back to your hotel in Peebles late this evening.

Trains are steam-hauled where possible, however due to timetable changes or weather conditions, heritage diesel locomotives may be running instead.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 – Afternoon tea at the magnificent Floors Castle

Late this morning the coach takes your group to the market town of Kelso. Arriving at the stunning Floors Castle, your group is treated to a traditional afternoon tea on the beautiful grounds. Afterwards, you can explore the house and its Victorian Walled Gardens at your own pace. Enjoy wandering through atmospheric woodland grounds or discover the collection of fine art, porcelain, tapestries, grand rooms and amazing views over the River Tweed. The coach takes your group back to your hotel later this afternoon and you have some time to relax before dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – Homeward bound

It's time to bid farewell to Peebles after breakfast this morning. Your group gathers on the coach for your journey to Edinburgh, where your holiday ends. Once you've said goodbye to new friends, you can make your way home or take the opportunity to explore more of the area. Britannia, the former Royal Yacht of Queen Elizabeth II, is just two miles from Edinburgh's city centre, or for an extravaganza of plants from around the world, the Royal Botanic Garden is only a 20 minute walk. There's plenty more to discover if you're not ready to leave.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Peebles Hydro Hotel and Spa, Peebles

Peebles Hydro Hotel and Spa, Peebles

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Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

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Reviews

4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 40 reviews

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J Urbanowski

5 stars

Submitted 09 Sep 2023

Our trip with GRJ was excellent in every respect from dealing with the office staff, accommodation, meals provided, coach transport and the service of our Tour Manager.

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E Bayly

5 stars

Submitted 08 Sep 2023

Was great 5days Tattoo was the icing on the cake for us !!! all staff really helpful when things had to be re arranged due to the rail strike was so good to be able to talk to a member of staff talk me through the changes felt & was looked after by all thank you you do an excellent job

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Mrs M. Pugh

5 stars

Submitted 07 Sep 2023

Absolutely brilliant loved it but the rest of it was rubbish...these are not train holidays we never went on one will never book with you again.

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Celia

4 stars

Submitted 28 Aug 2023

Enjoyed the holiday overall. The first day was too long and we gthought that the Tattoo would have been better on the second day. If we had gone back to the hotel for an early dinner and after Floors Castle a d no cream tea them wnt to the Tattoo I it wouldhave been better.

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Joyce Lowery

4 stars

Submitted 27 Aug 2023

Tour manager very good. Overall the tour was enjoyable but the food in the hotel could have been better and dinner was too early for us on the last night

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Mr watkin

5 stars

Submitted 27 Aug 2023

Very well organised. Very good accommodation and excellent tour manager.

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