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Isle of Arran & Dumfries
From: Friday, April 24, 2020
To: Thursday, April 30, 2020
About the Trip
New for 2020, we are combining one of our most popular destinations with a new, exciting destination. The Isle of Arran is one of the most southerly Scottish islands and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. The pretty villages on Arran’s beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. Our second stop, Dumfries, has a rolling coastline of rocky shore and sandy beaches, whilst inland, there are acres of forest and green spaces. You’ll notice how beautiful this part of lowland Scotland is.
We have a meal stop en route to Ardrossan where we board our ferry to the Isle of Arran. Included is a full day to Arran Heritage museum, Brodick Gardens and Country Park. We have a half day excursion where we travel to the north of the Island for a tour of the Distillery. We have a free afternoon to do as you please, maybe have a swim in the indoor heated swimming pool. On Day 4, we travel to Brodick where we set sail to Ardrossan, grab a bite to eat on the ferry (not included). We journey to our second hotel in Dumfries, lunch is included on arrival. We enjoy a full day excursion to the majestic Drumlanrig Castle and spend the afternoon at leisure in Dumfries. We also visit some of Galloways picturesque towns, Newton Stewart, and Wigtown. We have a refreshment stop on the return journey.
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Our Choice of Hotel
The hotel sits on the banks of the Kilbrannan Sound and looks over to Kintyre. Sit in the lounge and watch the seals bask lazily in the sun. The bedrooms are en-suite with TV and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool and squash court. There will be entertainment on most nights. There is no lift but there are some ground floor bedrooms.
The Station Hotel is a beautiful Victorian building, 5-minutes’ walk from the town centre. It retains many original features. Relax in the lounge, and enjoy the peaceful garden, which features a fountain. There is a contemporary bistro restaurant and a selection of whiskies can be enjoyed in the bar.
Included in the cost of your Holiday
All coach travel
6 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Meal or refreshment stops on outward and return journey
Lunch in one hotel on arrival
3 full day excursions
1 half day excursion
Entertainment in the evenings
Avaliable Dates and Costs
|Isle of Arran & Dumfries
Friday, April 24, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I get picked up?
We have 18 pickup points from Barnoldswick to Blackburn (see back cover). If you are unsure which is the closest to you, either ring us or see your local booking agent who has a detailed list of the pickup points.
How long are the pick-ups?
Our pick up times are 1hr 50min.
Your pick up points and times have changed this year. Why?
Each year we review our pick up places and times to suit as many people as possible. Again, if you have any suggestions, please complete a feedback form.
Why do you do fewer pick-ups than other companies?
From the feedback we have received, our customers have said they do not like to lose half the day doing pick-ups. Therefore we have restricted ours to less than two hours.
Will I have to pay extra for entrance fees?
The cover price of our trips includes any admission charge except those clearly listed in the brochure. For example, Chester Zoo is not included because we also go to Chester and there is little saving for a group booking.
How can I pay?
You can ring us to book and pay the driver on the day. You can also buy your ticket at one of our many booking agents listed in the brochure.
How long will I get at the destination?
Where we have a single destination, we try to give you at least 4 hours. The driver will announce the departure time when you arrive.
Would I be able to take my walker or scooter?
We can accommodate walkers and scooters but please let us know beforehand. Scooters must be able to fold enough to fit into our lockers. If you have a particularly large scooter, please contact us so that we can check the dimensions.
Do the coaches have toilets on board?
All our coaches are executive standard with a toilet and washroom on board. However, on our longer journeys, we stop en route for a comfort / toilet break.
Can I have a window seat?
Our seats are allocated on a first-come-first served at the time of booking and you will be given a seat number as your guarantee. We advise booking early to get your favourite seat, although we think all our seats are great!
I am considering driving to the pick-up point but am worried about leaving my car.
We do a pick up at our base at Junction 7 Business Park, Accrington. This also provides free secure parking for those who would like to join the coach here.
There is a place I think would make a good day out. How can I suggest this?
Each year the trips we run are based on feedback from existing trips and suggestions from passengers. Each coach carries customer feedback cards. If you have any suggestions or anything you would like to tell us, please fill in the form on the coach or take one home and post it later.
I would like to buy my friend a trip for her birthday but I do not know which trip she would prefer?
Our gift vouchers can be used on any of our trips and holidays (space allowing) and we have vouchers available for any value, for both our day trips and our inclusive holidays.
Do you only operate great days out? I was thinking of a longer trip.
We also operate an inclusive Door-to-Door Holiday Programme within the UK, from 4 to 7 days. Please ask the driver for a brochure or call us and we'll happily send you one in the post.
DEPARTURE POINTS AND TIMES
Depending on the destination and distance, we have two directions of travel and four possible departure times. The code shows final pick-up points and times of either BL for BLackburn for BA for BArnoldswick. The © symbol denotes a circular pick-up and drop-off, so those passengers who boarded first will be dropped off first. Please see the list at the back for the departure times at intermediate points.
Sample Coach Plan
This is the standard layout for the coaches and we will strive to ensure that you
can occupy the seat you have booked. However, we reserve the right to provide
a coach with a 49th seat in the centre of the back row, to use a smaller vehicle
if the numbers do not reach our target, or to cancel a trip owing to poor weather
conditions, circumstances beyond our control, or any other reason.