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Scotland in a Snapshot is an incredibly exciting day tour run by Mark and Lesley who are both passionate local historians.

During the Tour, in our comfortable 17 seater minibus, you’ll visit the one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland, an iconic triangular castle owned by one of our most famous Scottish clans and the home of Whisky in Southern Scotland. The beautiful towns of Moffat and Gretna provide fantastic stories and there will be opportunities aplenty to see some of the most beautiful lochs, rivers, glens and hills not just locally, but in the whole country.

Your hosts Mark and Lesley bring a real love for Dumfries and Galloway and its history and already run the highly successful, five star rated Solway Tours. Having been history teachers both Mark and Lesley are passionate about showcasing the scenery, history and culture of Dumfries and Galloway and Southern Scotland. Unlike other tours we include entrance fees to the Distillery and Castle in the overall tour price to provide incredible value for money.

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Your hosts bring a real love for Dumfries and Galloway and its history and already run the highly successful, five star rated Solway Tours. Having been history teachers both Mark and Lesley are passionate about showcasing the scenery, history and culture of Dumfries and Galloway and Southern Scotland.

Unlike other tours we include entrance fees to all attractions on the tour, including the Distillery and Castle in the overall tour price – providing incredible value for money.

The history, scenery and culture of Southern Scotland needs to be told and Lesley and Mark offer a fantastic balance of story telling and insightful knowledge of the area.

They are determined to highlight Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders as a high quality destination and the Scotland in a Snapshot Tour is designed to highlight all the best that Scotland has to offer.

From Waterfalls to Whisky,  Historic Castles to  Heather filled Hills, Lochs to Literary Geniuses this tour really has it all!! Lesley and Mark your driver guides are also the owners of the five star rated Solway Tours.

As historians both born and raised in Dumfries and Galloway they are passionate about sharing with others amazing historic sites and the beautiful scenery of Southern Scotland.

 

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Mark Turner and Lesley Watson are both former history teachers in Dumfries and Galloway. Both have strong links with the local area and through their time in education were at the forefront of promoting and leading the outdoor classroom.  Both are passionate about celebrating Scotland’s history with others and are proud to be now offering guided tours of Southern Scotland from their 16 seater minibus.

Mark was brought up in Garlieston, a small fishing village in the west of the Region, before moving to Glasgow to study History and Politics in 1986. He taught in secondary schools in Scotland for over 23 years beginning in Easterhouse in Glasgow before returning home to teach In Dumfries and Galloway in 1997. Mark was promoted to the level of Headteacher and was proud to serve local school communities in Lockerbie, Thornhill and most recently as leader of the innovative Dumfries High School community.

Lesley was born and raised in Dumfries attending a local primary and secondary school before heading off to Stirling University to study History, Religious Studies and Education. After completing her degree she quickly moved back to the region taking up a history post in Langholm in the East of Dumfries and Galloway. After four years teaching there she moved to the high achieving Wallace Hall Academy in Thornhill where she took up the promoted post of Pupil Support and most recently as Depute Head Teacher.

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You managed to pack so much into the day (without it feeling crammed or us rushed) and nothing was a problem for you.  What value for money,  I'd certainly recommend you to anyone and even consider another trip because there's so much to see in this beautiful region. Thank you both for some wonderful memories.

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The history, scenery and culture of Southern Scotland needs to be told and Lesley and Mark offer a fantastic balance of story telling and insightful knowledge of the area.

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Scotland in a Snapshot is run wholly and solely by your hosts Mark & Lesley who handle every aspect of the Tour from bookings to driving and all things in between.

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