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Christmas in the Scottish Borders
Up Helly Aa
The Cardrona Hotel,Golf and Country Club ,nestling on the banks of the River Tweed in a tranquil valley a few miles to the east of Peebles in the Scottish Borders,provides the luxurious setting for a relaxing,stress-free Christmas break.From the moment you arrive at the hotel,welcomed with a malt whisky, you will enjoy the best of Scottish hospitality and a full festive programme that includes carol singing,light entertainment and, of course,a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. You can make full use of the superb leisure facilities or take a bracing walk by the River Tweed and during the course of our stay there will also be an excursion into the rolling Borders hills.
Departure points:Glasgow,Edinburgh,Dunfermline,Kinross, Perth,Dundee,Aberdeen,Arbroath,Montrose. Departs:24 December 2007 :4 days from £395pp :Single room supplement £60.
Tour Highlights:Welcome drink on arrival,Bucks Fizz at breakfast and Lunch on Christmas Day;carol service and light entertainment;free use of leisure facilities plus the opportunity for a round of golf on the hotel’s championship standard golf course,scenic tour of the Borders.
Christmas at Brodie Castle
A wander through the streets of Lerwick is normally a quiet,peaceful experience,but take a walk there at the end of January and it’s quite likely that you will bump into a squad of very large,very bearded Vikings,resplendent in gleaming chain-mail and winged helmets.
Later,the Vikings and their fancy-dressed followers fill the narrow streets,their flaming torches illuminating the winter skies,their boisterous songs filling the air. A 30-foot Viking longship is carried aloft before it is set alight with a thousand blazing brands and the sky over Lerwick shimmers with exploding sparks and fireworks.This is Up Helly Aa,the annual winter festival of Shetland,which celebrates the coming of another year.
Shetland is a beguiling place to visit at any time but in the short winter days the islands take on a special character with steely grey seas and dramatic skies.
During our stay we will take in the prehistoric and Norse settlement of Jarlshof to the south, and a tour as far as the islands ofYell and Unst to the north,as well as having a full day in Lerwick to enjoy the festivities.
Departure points:Aberdeen,Dundee,Kinross,Perth,Edinburgh,Glasgow,Dunfermline, Arbroath,Montrose.
Departs:27 January 2008 :5 days from £495pp. Supplements per person:Single room price on request :Insurance £27 (65 years and above £42). What’s included:2 nights dinner,bed and breakfast at the Sumburgh Hotel,Shetland. 2 nights half board in 2-berth cabins on the overnight ferry.Outside cabins available for a small supplement. Two full day tours of mainland Shetland and the Islands of Yell and Unst, including entrance to Jarlshof;free day in Lerwick to enjoy the events of Up Helly Aa. An air package to Shetland is available on request.
There can be no finer setting for a traditional Christmas than a highland castle,and Brodie Castle,near Forres,fits the bill perfectly. Their special pre-Christmas celebration has all the trimmings – mulled wine,carol singing and festive decorations,a craft fair and a demonstration of Christmas in days gone by.
With Christmas around the corner,it is also the perfect time to stock up on some top quality gifts for your loved ones.You can choose from heart-warming whiskies from Scotland’s smallest distillery;a superb collection of Scottish crafts,knitwear and produce from one of our finest outlets and a range of quality shops in the Highland’s capital city,Inverness.
Departure points:Glasgow,Edinburgh,Dunfermline,Kinross,Perth,Dundee,Aberdeen, Arbroath,Montrose.
Departs:7 December 2007 :3 days from £135pp :Single room supplement £24.
Tour Highlights:Entrance to Brodie Castle’s Traditional Fair,plus visits to Edradour Whisky Distillery,Inverness and the newly refurbished Culloden Visitor Centre.
All enquiries to Brightwater Holidays,Eden Park House,Cupar,Fife,KY15 4HS Tel 01334 657155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Quoting Scottish Memories Scottish Memories SEPTEMBER2007
Our front cover this month from the lens of ace landscape photographer Dennis Hardley is a summer view of that palatial stately home, Floors Castle, as seen across the River Tweed, a mile from Kelso in Roxburghshire.
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Up In Smoke
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View Of The Month
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this issue is a panoramic sweep from Fo rt
William’s esplanade gardens across Loch
Linnhe in the West Highlands; and can b e
seen in its full glory on pages 24 and 25 .