Pre-tour - December 13th - Arrive into Manchester International Airport and use the day to get over your jetlag and
get rested up for the start of the tour on the following morning.

Day 1 – December 14th – This morning we start our adventure at our Manchester International Airport
accommodation. We then make our way into
Manchester City to visit the Manchester Christmas Market. The, original,
biggest and - arguably - the best
Christmas Market in the Country makes an ideal destination for a festive outing. Some 300
Beautifully Crafted Stalls
offer mouth-watering International Food, Drinks and Finely Crafted Yuletide Gifts in
the heart of the buzzing city centre. After thoroughly enjoying all that this Festive Market has to offer we make our way just  
short way out of the city to one of my very favourite tearooms to enjoy a
Festive Afternoon Tea before we then make our way
north to our
Yorkshire Cottage where we will spend our first week together. We will travel north alongside the Lake District
National Park
and through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to get settled into our lovely cottage. Tonight we will have a
Family Style Welcoming Buffet Supper. Dinner and Overnight Yorkhsire. (B,L,D)

Day 2 - December 15th -
 Today is a Tale of Two Trains in the Yorkshire Dales. We first join the Embsay Bolton Abbey
Steam Railway
and join the train at Bolton Abbey Station. The fires are lit at Bolton Abbey station, and the Refreshment
Room and Buffet Cars
will be bulging with mince pies and other seasonal fare and festive decorations will be all around. Our
journey will of course include
Santa as well as Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and Entertainment. As we are so close a visit to
Bolton Priory is in order. At the heart of Bolton Abbey Estate lies the Priory Church and Ruins of an Augustinian
Priory
in its beautiful riverside setting. The canons lived and worshipped here from 1154 until 1539 when the dissolution of the
monasteries stripped the Priory of its assets. We then stop in the dales for a
Festive Afternoon Tea before an evening journey
on the
Polar Express to take us to the North Pole! We will get to meet all the characters from the film including the
Conductor, the Singing Chefs, the Hobo
and of course Father Christmas. Throughout the journey you will tangle with
the
Caribou, see the magic of the Northern Lights and have the story of the Polar Express told you by the Singing Chefs.
Cookies and Hot Chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L)

Day 3 - December 16th -
Today we take in some of my favourite James Herriot countryside. There are four dales -
Arkengarthdale, Swaledale, Wensleydale, and Coverdale that lay closest claim to Herriot connections and we will
spend today exploring them. The Dales’ sites most associated with
Herriot TV Series is in dramatic Arkengarthdale, the most
northerly
Pennine Dale, whose watersplash is shown in the opening credits of the TV show. The narrow bridge in the same
scene frames
Langthwaite, a tiny village of gray stone, weathered with the years. We then make our way to Reeth on the
slopes of
Calver Hill at the head of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. Reeth’s shops, pubs, and houses portrayed various
locations in filming. A house overlooking the village green became
Skeldale House in the first movie. We will take in
Swaledale Road with moors on either side, one of the most beautiful of all the Dales’ drives. Waterfalls tumble down hillsides
to feed the Swale River, one of the fastest flowing in England. The view from
Gunnerside looking down into Swaledale was a
favourite of Herriot’s and one of mine as well! Here is where the real glory of the dale is seen. Stone walls, farms and hay barns
dot the landscape. Along the way a stop at
Inspired Chocolate is a must! Dinner and Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - December 17th -
As we are staying in such a beautiful home and area we will just be staying in and around the house
today. Nestling in breathtaking
Swaledale and alongside the River Ure near the village of Askrigg, Hill Top Farm was
lovingly restored, refurbished and uniquely designed with a modern living take, on a country retreat, transforming it into
something truly special.  Enjoy a glass of wine and take in the views from the beautiful appointed herb garden or snuggle up on
the sofa by the log burning fire there is something to enjoy whatever the season. While we take
Afternoon Tea in the Lounge
we will draw names for our Christmas Gifts to each other. Then you may want to take a winter's walk in the heart of
Swaledale, one of the most northerly of the
Pennine Dales and within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Within
equal distance of the pretty market towns of
Hawes, Leyburn, Barnard Castle and Richmond it’s an ideal location to relax
or explore.
Soup, Bread and Salad Supper along with afternoon tea leftovers. Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - December 18th -
Pack and overnight bag as today we will head to York City and soak up the City’s Medieval
Charm
and scents of spiced mulled wine this season, as fairs, family fun and festival flavours transform York into a Festive
Fairytale
. You can take a leisurely stroll along St Nicholas Fair and take in all of the festive atmosphere, as you discover
Fine Yorkshire Produce from Crafters and Makers showcased at the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village. More
traditional Christmas gifts can be found as you wander amongst the many
Alpine Chalets on Parliament Street. You can
then head down to
Kings Square and experience all the fun of the fair while Sampling Festive Food and Drink at the St
Sampson’s Square Rustic Yorkshire Barn
with delicious treats including Hot Chestnuts and glasses of Warming
Mulled Wine
. The York Ice Trail offers around 50 Imaginative Ice Sculptures sparkling all over the city center and
surrounding streets, competing for prizes and promising lots of surprises. This afternoon we will join a
Bishopthorpe Palace
Christmas Cruise
, a one-hour relaxing cruise that features Traditional Christmas Songs, punctuated with Live
Captain's Commentary
. Dinner and Overnight York. (B,D)

Day 6 - December 19th -
This morning we visit Fairfax House in York in all its glory as it celebrates 'The Keeping of
Christmas'
with a magnificent festive installation inspired by the traditions of the eighteenth century. See the Georgians' love
of the natural world as they decorated their homes for Christmas, as well as their
Festive Food, Extravagant Dining Table
Displays, Elegant Decorations, and Remarkable Twelfth Night Cake.
Then enjoy Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
served in
The Georgian Kitchen. We will have a Festive Afternoon Tea in York before making our way home with a stop
in
Richmond. Founded by the Normans in 1071, Richmond is a town of unique character and beauty which has changed little
through the centuries. With its many shops, pubs, hotels and restaurants, the proximity to the most stunning scenery anywhere
to be seen, Richmond remains one of the most beautiful and rewarding places to visit in
Yorkshire. Sitting high on a hilltop
above the
Swale River, it was Herriot’s best-loved town in the Dales. He said, “Richmond appeals to me as just about
the most romantic and charming town in the country”.
It is the perfect spot for  a wee wander and finding some dinner
before returning home.
Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L)

Day 7 - December 20th -
This morning we make our way to Thirsk, home to Skeldale House at 23 Kirkgate, the actual
residence and surgery in
James Herriot's Darrowby which now houses The World of James Herriot Museum. The
museum encompasses the very essence of the world renowned vet James Herriot. It offers visitors an unforgettable interactive
experience of the life and times of a man, who became a national celebrity after the airing of the
BBC Drama "All Creatures
Great and Small".
After some time to look around and enjoy all of Thirsk's Christmas Finery we make our way to the
lovely village of
Helmsley. After exploring the village we will have a Festive Afternoon Tea at the Black Swan Hotel. This
afternoon we visit the spectacular ruins of
Rievaulx Abbey. Hidden in the deep River Rye Valley, the beautiful and tranquil
abbey ruins reflect nearly one thousand years of spiritual, commercial and Romantic history. Rievaulx was one of the first
Cistercian Abbeys to be founded in England in around 1130, and after the dissolution, became the centre of commercial
activity for many years. The abbey then entered its Romantic period when its picturesque ruins became a beacon for poets,
painters, and scholars. No trip to the UK at this time of year would be complete without a
Christmas Panto so we will take
in a
Performance at the Garden Rooms in Leyburn. Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - December 21st -
This morning we start our long journey north to our Scottish Highland Lodge. We will make a
few stops along the way to break up the long journey. Our first stop is
Gretna Green, home of Weddings and the Wedding
Capital of the UK and the Famous Blacksmiths Shop
. We will take some time to wander here where you may be tempted
to buy from their popular range of
Beautiful Scottish Gifts from a number of shops offering a variety of Scottish merchandise
including our own brand name products as well as luxury brands such as Harris Tweed. You can also visit the
Museum to learn
more about what made
Gretna Green Famous and the origin of Blacksmiths Anvil Weddings! After some shopping we
continue our journey north with a stop at
Stirling for a Festive Afternoon Tea. After tea, our drive will take us past
Dunblane, Cromlix, Braco, Muthill and then to Crieff where we will make a brief stop before continuing on. Then our
spectacular drive will take through
Monzie, and to Aberfeldy on the River Tay where we find our home  for the next week.
Once we get settled in we will gather for a
Buffet Dinner. Dinner and Overnight near Aberfeldy. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - December 22nd -
First thing this morning we head a short way to Blair Atholl to visit the House of Bruar, home
of
Scottish Country Clothing for some last minute Christmas shopping! The House of Bruar offers an extensive range of high
quality products in both the
Men’s and Ladies Clothing Halls. There is also a taste of luxury from gourmet produce, artisan
treats and a fine selection of whisky and spirits in the
Food Hall – which also homes the award winning in-store butchery and
delicatessen. It also houses the largest collection of
Cashmere in the UK. The Country Living and Present Shop
departments carry plenty of choice for decorating your home, or even the perfect gift. You can also take a stroll through the
Art
Gallery
, where work is displayed from up and coming artists who have a firm interest in Scottish wildlife and scenery within
their art. We will have a
Festive Christmas Lunch in Pitlochry and then make our way to the Pitlochry Festival
Theatre
for their annual Christmas Matinee Offering. After some time to wander in Pitlochry and do some shopping, we
return home for dinner.
Overnight near Aberfeldy. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - December 23rd -
Following breakfast we are on our way to Edinburgh. Once off the city tram, we head to The Red
Bus Bistro
for an Indulgent Festive Christmas Afternoon of taking in the Breathtaking Sights of Scotland’s Capital
combined with two
Quintessentially British Classics with an Afternoon Tea Aboard a Vintage Routemaster Bus!
Step aboard the enchanting Red Bus Bistro for an afternoon tea like no other. After our lovely afternoon tea we take a very short
stroll to the
East Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Christmas Market. Set in the heart of Edinburgh, the popular
Christmas Market is held in its picturesque setting below the Mound. The Christmas Market stretches from the
Mound, along
East Princes Street Gardens Terrace and around the Scott Monument.
The traditional and romantic market offers a
unique shopping experience for every visitor with its fair of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. You can also
take in
George Street where you find a another Christmas Market, Santa's Grotto,  and the Spectacular Ice
Adventure
. After a full day of taking in Edinburgh's festive delights you can find some dinner on your own and then we make
our way back to our lovely Highland home.
Overnight near Aberfeldy. (B,L)

Day 11 - December 24th - Christmas Eve Day!
This morning we make our way back to Pitlochry for some last minute
shopping and a wee wander. Pitlochry is such a delight at any time of year, but at Christmas it reminds me of when I was a child
as the town will be decked out in all its festive finery! After our wander we will have a
Festive Afternoon Tea and then this
afternoon we make a trip to the village of
Dalwhinnie and to Dalwhinnie Distillery. The distillery stands in the Cairngorm
National Park
at the heart of the Scottish Highlands. From this remote location comes their Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
, it is also known as the ‘gentle spirit’. We will have a distillery tour and see how they make their
single malt whisky. As it is a festive opening today, at end of the tour we will sample single malt whiskies paired with specially
selected
Handmade Highland Chocolates! We then make our way back home to have an informal Christmas Eve Buffet.
Before our buffet we will place our gifts to each other under the tree and then
Santa will hand them out after we have guessed
who our present is from!
Dinner and Overnight near Aberfeldy. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - December 25th - Christmas Day!
- Today will be spent entirely in our beautiful Highland Boutique Lodge
which commands gorgeous views across to the impressive Schiehallion in the east from its gentle hillside overlooking the
Green and Golden Valley of the River Tay.  Set amidst its own 17 acres, this Highland Lodge is a great example of what
Scotland does best – fantastic landscape, endless outdoor opportunities, tradition and a warm welcome
. We will have a leisurely
morning as we get up and see if
Santa has brought us anything else this morning! We will take time to enjoy the house and each
others company before we gather for
Brunch at mid morning and spend the day enjoying the grounds forming part of a 60,000
acre estate. This afternoon we will gather for a
Traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings! We will take a break
after dinner to sit and socialize and then watch
"It's A Wonderful Life" together before we break out the pie and goodies. We
will leave out nibbles to help yourself to as we reminisce about the trip and the year ahead.
Dinner and Overnight near
Aberfeldy. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - December 26th
- As today is Boxing Day, we will spend another leisurely day at home eating leftovers and enjoying
the lovely surrounds of our Highland home. In the afternoon, anyone who would like to take a brisk walk through the Scottish
countryside can join us for this spectacular romp. In the afternoon we will take a drive around
Loch Rannoch ending up in
Kinloch Rannoch before returning home. There are breath-taking views almost everywhere you turn in Kinloch Rannoch.
From the gentle ebb of the loch to that woodland trails that take you through the
Rannoch Forest. We cannot go to Kinnloch
Rannoch without stopping at the
Dunalastair Hotel for their Spectacular Treat of Afternoon Tea, so we will do just that.
We will take a slightly different route back home going through
Tummel Bridge at the west end of Loch Tummel. Once we
are back at home I will make a lovely turkey soup for dinner and then more leftover pies, cakes and desserts before watching
another
Holiday Movie. Dinner and Overnight near Aberfeldy. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - December 27th -
This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we head into the hills to experience this sub
Arctic Wilderness and search for elusive White Hare, Ptarmigan and Red Deer on their Alpine Safari! Our safari
includes
Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Tea, a Dram of Dewars Whisky with Shortbread in their Mountain Bothy.
When we return from our safari we will have
Lunch in the Café and look through the shop before we experience a Red Deer
and Barn Owl Encounter
where we come face to face with Britain’s largest native land mammal – the Majestic Red Deer
and meet and encounter their tame
Barn Owl in a hands on demonstration as well as discovering the natural wonders of
Highland Perthshire on a fun and inspiring short walk. We then make our way just a short ways up the road to Grandtully
and Iain Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier
. No visit to the area is complete without a stop at the Highland Chocolatier!
Then on our way through Aberfeldy we will stop for you to find some dinner on your own.  The end of the day finds us back home
for our last night in the beautiful Perthshire Highlands!
Overnight near Aberfeldy. (B,L)

Day 15 - December 28th -
After breakfast we make our way to Edinburgh with a drive to Spean Bridge and then on to
Fort William where we will stop for and you can find some lunch. We will then drive to Glencoe and then over the Pass of
Glencoe.
The mountains are formed from some of the oldest sedimentary and volcanic strata in the world. The southern region
is an assemblage of peaks, ridges and valleys which rise up above the peat hags and scattered
Lochans of Rannoch Moor. The
waters which tumble from these high mountains give rise to a series of spectacular waterfalls that gather initially at the
'Meeting
of the Three Waters'
to form the River Coe. The lochans of Rannoch Moor when surrounded by snow reflect the blue of the
sky and then the silver of the Silver Birches and bronze of the fallen bracken making this one of the loveliest sites in Scotland! We
then make our way to our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near  Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 16 - December 29th -
This morning we make our way to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.
A Scottish Country Christmas Holiday  House Party
With the Borders, Edinburgh and the Perthshire Highlands of Scotland.
December 14th - 29th, 2023

Our first week will be spent in a Stunning Victorian Farmhouse surrounded by Spectacular Yorkshire Countryside.
This Gorgeous 19th Century Farmhouse was once the family home of the
Earl and Countess of Ronaldshay and is set in the
charming village of
Gilling West on the outskirts of Richmond, a Historic Market Town. Brimming with elegant country
charm, this exceptional house provides the ultimate period backdrop for our
Yorkshire Christmas. From here you can take a
relaxing walk before descending on the local village pub for dinner. Richmond is set in Wensleydale in the
Richmondshire area
of North Yorkshire
where there are plenty of options for days out, whether you love walking, exploring castles or visiting
historic houses.
Richmond Castle is a short drive away in Richmond itself with its independent shops and cafes, and the
nearby town is a must!
Our second week will be spent in a
Formerly Country House Hotel which is now an Impressive Boutique Lodge in the
shadow of
Schiehallion Mountain near Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire. We will be able to explore nearby Pitlochry
as well as A
berfeldy, Grandtully and Perth. Set in 17 Acres of Delightful Grounds with sloping lawn and mixed
woodlands, it enjoys a southerly aspect with stunning views over picturesque Perthshire. Its location makes this the perfect place
to have a
Highland Scottish Christmas, and the Spectacular Drawing Room, Formal Dining Room and Media
Suite and Bar
are perfect for celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
Your days will be full of sightseeing and holiday festivities with lovely afternoon teas and Christmas lunches interspersed
throughout. Tour includes lovely country house accommodation, all itinerary, porterage of one suitcase per person, minibus
travel including tour guide, knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues, any entrance fees, all taxes and service charges. Please
ask about special diets before signing up for this tour.

$7995Us per person. $995Us single supplement. $500Us to make your deposit.
"I am so excited to be offering this tour and especially during the holiday
season. I have always loved Christmas and everything leading up to it. I
decorate extensively for the holidays and love to go see what others are
doing in there homes, or castles for that matter! I love Christmas markets
and caroling and making merry in every way! What better way to spend the
days leading up to Christmas than traveling through the beautiful Yorkshire
Dales and the spectacular Perthshire Highlands! And then spending
Christmas Eve and Christmas in a Scottish Highlands Lodge.
I've tried to give a broad spectrum of what is available to see and do at this
time of year and I think that the end result is fabulous! Please join us for this
amazing holiday experience on a trip through magical Yorkshire and
Scotland that will live on in your heart forever! As with all of our house
parties, you will get the opportunity to live in one holiday house for the first
week and then in a second holiday home for an additional week giving you
the opportunity to see two lovely areas of  Scotland."
Shannon McDonald Tate
Deposits