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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.

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  • 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

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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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 12 reviews

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Mrs V Matthews

5 stars

Submitted 02 Sep 2019

Excellent hotel and tour guide

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Mrs Z Skinner

5 stars

Submitted 22 Aug 2019

Very good tour leader, friendly and efficient. Excellent trips. Nice hotel. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Mrs J Turner

4 stars

Submitted 13 Sep 2018

Good hotel but too far from the \Edinburgh festival , so too much time was spent travelling

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Mrs C Highley

4 stars

Submitted 27 Aug 2018

A good combination of activities; well looked after; liked the "free day" in the middle

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Mr J Hugill

4 stars

Submitted 23 Aug 2018

fine--although the tattoo organisation was terrible that of course is not your fault--very long queues, a stand, we were at the top, to steep and to difficult to access a lot of people missed the start as it took far to long to get in.Why let people in to late--to get to their seats

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Mr R Boyt

5 stars

Submitted 23 Aug 2018

We enjoyed the whole experience ! Tattoo , Hotel , Blair Atholl , the Strapthsey Steam Railway , The Cairngorms and Blair Castle were Extremely well organised ! We MUST point out , though , that the QUEUING to get into the Tattoo was one of the worst organised experiences of my life . I can understand about the Hillsborough Disaster now . This was NOT Rail Discoveries Fault , but YOU should point it out to them ! Meanwhile , the Coach Drivers were also very good !

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