Operated by Scenic Car Tours
Wednesday 5th to Monday 10th June 2019
6 Day, 5 Night Package
£549.00 Per Person
MSCC Members price applies to the member plus one guest. All prices are per person and based on 2 persons occupying a car and a twin/double room at the hotel.
Single Supplement - £150.00
The Border 500 road trip stretches from Northumberland in the east, taking in the Scottish Lowlands and north Pennines, finally skirting west along the Solway coastline into Dumfries and Galloway to Portpatrick at the tip of the Irish Sea. From quaint fishing villages, and sandy beaches, through historic market towns, over vast moorland and through enchanting forests your journey will be full of interesting things to see & do with stunning scenery and roads.
For many the journey is not simply the means of getting from 'A to B' but instead an experience to be enjoyed and savoured. On today's crowded and congested roads, it is becoming a rarity to find the space to enjoy motoring for the very pleasure of it. On the Border 500 route the roads have been selected so you can indulge in that very driving pleasure. Open moorland roads, twisty hill passes, coastal cruises, the Border 500 welcomes considerate driving enthusiasts, and car clubs to enjoy all that the region has to offer.sponsored by Red Bull, along with a handful of racing motorcycles as well.
Northumberland is a magical place filled with ancient castles; hidden gardens; unspoilt beaches; rolling hills; rugged moorland; sweeping views; friendly little market towns and a cultural heritage all of its own.
Scottish Borderlands - From the rolling hills and moorland in the west to the gentle valleys and picturesque Berwickshire coastline in the east, it is easy to see why Sir Walter Scott was so enamoured with this peaceful region that he chose to build his beloved house, Abbotsford here.
North Pennines is one of England’s most special places, a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more.
Dumfries & Galloway - The first thing you'll notice is just how beautiful this lowland part of Scotland is. From the rocky and sandy Solway Coast looking out for miles across the sea, to the lush green inland forests and hills, it's simply amazing. And it's not just us that think so - writers such as Robert Burns, artists and many more have been inspired by these lands.
The Lake District - Covering 900 square miles, this unique and truly magnificent part of England is famed for its lofty peaks, tranquil lakes and, most of all, its sheer beauty, inspiring artists and poets throughout the ages. The rugged landscape includes Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, which stands at 3210ft. Cumbria has sixteen lakes and over five hundred secluded tarns. Windermere is the longest lake and the villages of Windermere and Bowness are known as being the heart of the Lake District National Park. Coniston, once a mining village is also famous as the former home of John Ruskin and is the lake is where Donald Campbell died in his attempt at the world water speed record in 1967.
Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite - With open log fires and beautiful oak beams, the Hotel features a luxury spa, beautiful landscaped gardens and a traditional restaurant. The Leisure Centre features an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. There is also a fitness centre and beauty rooms, offering a range of indulgent treatments. Heron View Restaurant and Bar serves a creative, seasonal menu using fresh ingredients from Damson Dene’s own kitchen garden.
All of the guest rooms are classically decorated in natural colours, and each has tea/coffee facilities and a flat-screen TV. All rooms have an en suite modern bathroom, and many offer scenic views of the gardens. The hotel offers free parking and Lake Windermere is 15 minutes away by car.
DAY 1 (D) - Following the journey from your home, arrival at the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake District for check-in is mid/late afternoon. Following check-in and some free time to freshen up, we have arranged a welcome group dinner, so that you can meet other members on this tour.
DAY 2 (HB) - Border 500 - Lake District to Stranraer (approx 165 miles)
DAY 3 (HB) - Border 500 - Stranraer to Moffat
(approx. 130 miles)
DAY 4 (HB) - Border 500 - Moffat to Alnwick
(approx. 110 miles)
DAY 5 (HB) - Alnwick to Lake District
(approx. 115 miles)
DAY 6 (BB) - Breakfast followed by check-out from the hotel. Enjoy some free time in the Lake District before heading home.
• 2 Nights at the Damson Dene Hotel,
Crosthwaite Lake District
• 1 Night at the North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer
• 1 Night at the Best Western Hotel, Moffat
• 1 Night at the Hogs Head Hotel, Alnwick
• 5 Full English Breakfasts & 5 Dinners
• Detailed Road book featuring Maps, Great Drives & Local Attractions
• Detailed MSCC Roadbook featuring Maps, Great Drives & Local Attractions
• Commemorative MSCC Tour Rally Plate
• Complimentary Car Parking at the Hotels
Room Upgrades may be available at some of the hotels on this tour
(Please call us to check availability)
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Our Border 500 Hotels...
Hogs Head Hotel, Alnwick Northumbria - The Hog's Head Inn in Alnwick features a terrace and a bar. Built in 2012, this 3-star inn is within 1.3 miles of Alnwick Castle and 5 miles of Dunstanburgh Castle. Guest rooms in the inn feature a TV, desk, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing facilities. The private bathroom is equipped with a bath or shower. A Full English/Irish breakfast is available each morning at The Hog's Head Inn. The restaurant offers an all-day seasonal menu, specialising in steaks and using local produce when possible.
Best Western Moffat House Hotel, Moffat - This 18th-century building has been careful renovated to offer modern amenities whilst retaining its charm and elegance. It has a bar, a restaurant, free parking and free Wi-Fi. Dine in the award-winning Hopetoun’s Restaurant or the casual lounge. Both offer fresh local produce and home cooking. The library bar offers a vast array of malt whisky and beer. In the summer, guests can enjoy the sun lounge, which opens out onto beautiful gardens. Situated on the High Street of Moffat, there are various quaint shops, cafes and interesting buildings to explore.
North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer - North West Castle Hotel is located opposite Stranraer harbour, which serves as the main ferry port between Scotland and Ireland. Hotel facilities include an indoor pool, sauna, spa, gym and indoor ice curling rink. All of the guest-rooms feature free Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom and TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Dishes made with fresh local produce are served in the hotel’s 2 restaurants, and accompanied by an extensive wine list. Musical accompaniment comes in the form of the hotel’s pianist, who will play your song requests. Guests can also relax in The Residents Lounge which boasts views along the entire length of Loch Ryan. Stranraer town centre is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel.