The North

Dales, Lakes and Alba

8 nights - 250 miles

An exciting break that takes you from stunning Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District before arriving at the exhilarating coastline of southern Scotland.

About the break

Your break begins in the rolling natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. Drystone walls crisscross the fields as you ramble Wensleydale hills and riverside tracks to seek out hidden waterfalls, perhaps taking the opportunity for blissful secluded wild swimming or a gourmet picnic of the best local fare.

Stay at Yorebridge House – Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this boutique hotel is where the dinner menus are as unique as its location, and the rooms are elegantly designed yet full of personality.

Go across into the fells of the northern Lake District, certainly one of England’s most dramatically beautiful landscapes – inspiring artists, poets, and musicians across the centuries. Visit William Wordsworth’s family’s home Rydal Mount, or Beatrix Potter’s ‘Hill Top’ farmhouse, and you can see why. Exploring the Lakes by boat is a must, on calming Windermere or adventurous Buttermere.

Stay at Armathwaite Hall, set within 400 acres of woodland and perfectly placed for exploring the northern Lakes. With period design and contemporary luxury scattered throughout, this hotel is as romantic as the surrounding countryside.

Twisting and snaking along the wild beauty of northern Cumbria and Northumbria, Hadrian’s Wall marks the place where once Roman Britain ended and ‘barbarian’ Scotland began – today the border is a little further north! Walk along this fortified landmark and explore ancient ruins that tell a tale of what has passed before you in this unique place.

Stay at Farlam Hall – close to Hadrian’s Wall in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside and enjoy Michelin star chef Hrishikesh Desai’s culinary brilliance.

Cross the border – you’ve arrived in Scotland! Venture towards the coastal roads, known as the South West Coastal 300, with breathtaking seascapes ahead along the quietest country lanes. Watch over the Solway Firth towards the distant peaks at Southerness Lighthouse, or see nature work its magic as the huge tide goes in and out at Sandyhills Bay. Vibrant fishing port Kirkcudbright has a thriving arts scene worth exploring, before slowing the pace at Castle Kennedy’s 75 acres of loch-side landscaped gardens. Take to the water to reach the small island of Ailsa Craig and its cheeky residents – garnets and puffins. If you prefer to stay on dry land, stroll Ayrshire’s best dune-backed beaches and watch the sunset on the western coast of Scotland.

Stay at Glenapp Castle – From on-site archery and mountain biking to their very-own private boat and luxury glamping, this fairytale Scottish Baronial castle offers so many incredible experiences and is a great base of golf enthusiasts and whisky tasting.

Stay Dine Spa

Yorebridge House

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Yorkshire Dales

Rydal Monument

Hill Top (Beatrix Potter’s Farmhouse)

Windermere

Buttermere

Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

Hadrian’s Wall

Farlam Hall Hotel & Restaurant

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

West Coastal 300

Solway Firth

Kirkcudbright

Castle Kennedy

Ailsa Craig

Glenapp Castle

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

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