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Southern Scotland has a unique landscape and culture which is both evocative and beautiful.

The Scotland in a Snapshot tour captures the essence of Scotland in a day with visits to some incredible sites which highlight the rich history and spectacular scenery of Scotland. Scotland in a Snapshot will provide images, memories and insight which will last forever.  This tour allows you to see Scotland in miniature and gives a snapshot across historical periods as well as allowing time to photograph some iconic images.

This fantastic tour will takes in some truly incredible sites including; one of the finest medieval Castles in Europe, one of the UK’s highest waterfalls, several stunning lochs, heather covered hills and natural features, one of the finest lowland malt whisky distilleries and an opportunity to see some real Scottish wildlife in their natural environment.

The Tour will take you through some beautiful, serene local towns and villages and the stories of Scotland are provided by your hosts – both experienced and deeply passionate historians.


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Dumfries Pick Up

9:00am – Leave Dumfries Whitesands outside the Visitor Information Centre
9:30am – Caerlaverock Castle
11:00am – Annandale Distillery Tour
12:15pm – Gretna Story
1:00pm – Lunch in Moffat
2:20pm – Grey Mare’s Tail
3:00pm – St Mary’s Loch
3:30pm – Megget Reservoir
4:00pm – Talla
4:30pm – Devil’s Beeftub
5:30pm – Drop off back at the Visitor Information Centre, Whitesands Dumfries

ADULT: £60
CHILD: £50

Scotland In a Snapshot’s tour fee includes ALL entrance fees.


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Edinburgh Pick Up

8:00am – Leave Waterloo Place, Edinburgh (near Waverley Station)
9:30am – Devil’s Beeftub
10:00am – Grey Mare’s Tail
11:00am – St Mary’s Loch
11:30am – Megget Reservoir
12:00am – Talla Reservoir
12:45am – Moffat – Lunch
2:00pm – Leave Moffat
2:40pm – Caerlaverock Castle
4:00pm – Annandale Distillery Tour
5:15pm – Gretna Story
7:30pm – Drop off at Waterloo Place Edinburgh

ADULT: £75
CHILD: £60

Scotland In a Snapshot’s tour fee includes ALL entrance fees


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Annandale Distillery

Annandale Distillery is a whisky distillery producing single malt Scotch whisky produced in Annan in Southern Scotland. The original Distillery was opened in 1830 by George Donald and was later bought by Johnnie Walker in 1893 but was closed down in 1924.

Annandale Distillery

Dumfries

Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South and people from Dumfries are known as Doonhamers.

Dumfries

Devil’s Beef Tub

The Devil’s Beef Tub is one of the south of Scotland’s most striking landmarks. It is a deep dramatic hollow in the hills north of the Scottish town of Moffat. The 500-foot (150 m) deep hollow is formed by four hills is one of the two main sources of the River Annan. The unusual name derives from its use by the Border Reivers, mainly the Johnstone clan, whose enemies referred to them as "devils", to hide stolen cattle deep in the hollow created by the hills.

Devil’s Beef Tub

Talla Reservoir

The stunning Views as you descend into the valley which contains the Reservoir is quite breathtaking and considered one of the best views anywhere in Scotland. Talla Reservoir, located a mile from Tweedsmuir, Scottish Borders, Scotland, is an earth-work dam fed by Talla Water. It was opened in 1899

Talla Reservoir

Megget Water and Reservoir

Megget Reservoir is a man-made water body in Ettrick Forest, in Southern Scotland. The 259 hectares (640 acres) reservoir is held back by the largest earth dam in Scotland. The reservoir collects water from the Tweedsmuir Hills, which then travels 28 miles via pipelines to the capital city, Edinburgh.

Megget Water and Reservoir

St Mary’s Loch

St Mary’s Loch is the largest natural loch in the area and is situated between Selkirk and Moffat in the valley of the Yarrow Water. It is 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) long and 1 kilometre (0.62miles) wide. Local legend had it that the loch has no bottom and is reputed to be the coldest loch in Scotland. Immediately upstream form St Mary’s Loch is The Loch of the Lowes, a smaller lake.

St Mary’s Loch

Grey Mare's Tail

The Grey Mare’s Tail Nature reserve is best known for its magnificent waterfall – the fifth highest in the UK – and uniquely dramatic scenery. The tumbling waters from Loch Skeen high above cascade down the ancient rocks as the features of this incredible hanging valley gradually unfold.

Grey Mare's Tail

Moffat

Moffat is a former spa town set in Annandale in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, lying on the River Annan, with a population of around 2,500. It was a centre of the wool trade across the region as well as being a former spa centre. Within the town the Star Hotel, a mere 20 ft (6 m) wide claims to be the narrowest hotel in the world.

Moffat

Gretna Green

Gretna Green is a village in the south of Scotland famous for runaway weddings. It is in Dumfries and Galloway, near the mouth of the River Esk and was historically the first village in Scotland, following the old coaching route from London to Edinburgh. Today Gretna Green is one of the world's most popular wedding destinations, hosting over 5,000 weddings each year and one of every six Scottish weddings.

Gretna Green

Caerlaverock Castle

The beautiful and evocative triangular shaped Caerlaverock Castle was one of Scotland’s strongest Medieval Castles. Today it is its stunning beauty and fantastic double moat structure that brings visitors from across the world to this incredible site.

Caerlaverock Castle
 
 
Testimonials

Mark and Lesley are both former history teachers who are from the area and it really reflected in the tour - they are an eager wealth of knowledge and lovely people.  I wholeheartedly recommend them for anyone wanting a tour in Scotland.

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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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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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Southern Scotland has a unique landscape and culture which is both evocative and beautiful – Scotland in a Snapshot captures the very, very best of this stunning corner of Scotland.

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