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3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Overview

Experience the rugged beauty of England’s Lake District on 3-day small-group trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, wind through the picturesque borderlands into England, visiting the Victorian Spa town of Moffat en route. Then cozy up in the town of Keswick, and spend three days relaxing and visiting idyllic lakes like Lake Windermere, Grasmere, and Ullswater.
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Lake District
  • Two nights' accommodation with private facilities in a charming B&B or hotel
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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2 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast
Professional Driver Guide
Transport by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Admission fees

Departure Point

Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK

Edinburgh Bus Station, Gate J & K, St. Andrew Square, EH1 3DX

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your relaxing 3-day country tour begins in Edinburgh, where you meet your guide in the morning and board a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. In your small group, leave behind the city for the beautiful Lake District south of the Scottish border, speckled with dramatic peaks and charming villages that inspired writers like Beatrix Potter.

As you make your way to the English town of Keswick, visit popular towns North and South of the border before arriving at the Lake District National Park. 

Situated in the English Lake District, the quaint town of Keswick is your home base for the next two days. Your accommodation is located in town, easy walking distance to restaurants, cafes, and shopping. From here, tour the majestic Lake District National Park. Wind along the shores of Lake Windermere and Ullswater, and stop into the lovely town of Grasmere, where charming limestone cottages tuck into verdant hills. Throughout the trip, enjoy plenty of downtime to independently explore.

Your multi-day excursion concludes at the starting point in Edinburgh, arriving in the evening.
Itinerary
Rabbie's
Check-in 15 mins prior to departure and meet with your driver guide.
Admission Ticket Free
Aira Force Waterfall
A lovely stone bridge crosses the fabulously flowing waterfalls.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Castlerigg Stone Circle
You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and once a lively hub of ancient pagan rituals. It’s like a miniature Stonehenge. Although you can decide whether it’s more beautiful.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 You stay in the lively market town of Keswick. (During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere).
Meals:
  Not Included
Lake Windermere
You can choose to wander the shores or put on your sailing hat and go for a cruise.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Ullswater Lake
The second largest lake in the English Lake District is famous for its sublime, tranquil beauty.
Admission Ticket Free
Hawkshead Grammar School
After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water. Your next stop is the picturesque conservation village of Hawkshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 You stay in the lively market town of Keswick. (During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere).
Meals:
  Not Included
Honister Slate Mine
Simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of the monumental mountains.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Derwentwater
This gorgeous location was used in Star Wars - The Force Awakens. But the lasers and spaceships seem a million miles away from this peaceful area.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Lake Windemere Cruise - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to join this cruise, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 22 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 22 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:You may bring up to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This may consist of a small bag for onboard personal items and a larger suitcase or rucksack.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Where will we be staying during the 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour?
A:You stay in EITHER the lively market town of Keswick OR Bowness-on-Windermere (depending on departure date.) Select your room type when confirming your reservation.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.

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Rabbies/3 Day Tour of Lake District...
bonniemc
, Aug 2017
Rabbies/3 Day Tour of Lake District in England. A great tour hosted by Matt! With a smaller group of 16, the trip was more personal. We never felt pressed for time and we saw so many lovely places. We stayed in Keswick, a lovely town to visit again. I want to return for hiking in the Lake District
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This well-organized tour by Rabbies...
Ekaterina F
, Aug 2017
This well-organized tour by Rabbies was the most memorable experience of our two weeks England-Scotland vacation. Absolutely beautiful land and lakes, of course. We were lucky to have James as our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, courteous and with a great sence of humour, pleasure to deal with. We would like to stay longer in most places and, perhaps, a bit less in a few others personal preferences - tastes different but all in all - 3 days were hardly enough to fully enjoy this magnificent part of England. All in all, I wish we could spend more time in the Lake District.
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Rabbie's Tours does an incredible...
Linda S
, Sep 2016
Rabbie's Tours does an incredible job. Their tour guides are always very knowledgeable and amenable.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with...
Kirsten B
, Jul 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with James D. We found his friendliness and sense of humor engaging as we formed our little community over the three days together. While we had some rather high-maintenance fellow travelers, James went out of his way to make on the fly adjustments to our itinerary, making it a valuable experience for our entire group. For us, we chose this tour as an entre to the Lake District, as we had plans to rent a car and immediately return for a week after the tour ended. I am glad we did this, as it gave a good overview of the area and helped us to prioritize the locations we wanted to visit and re-visit. The local tour company should be a first choice if you are considering a small guided tour anywhere within Scotland or the Lake District. Excellent customer service and value.
star-5
James was an excellent guide. He...
MEJ JC MARE M
, Apr 2015
James was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgable, has a lovely sense of humour and his sense of adventure really made this tour very special. This balance of nature, history and free time make this tour an excellent option for everybody
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This was a thoroughly enjoyable...
Marelle C
, Aug 2014
This was a thoroughly enjoyable tour, thanks to our wonderful driver and guide, Ally, who as well as being entertaining, has a wealth of knowledge about the history and other aspects of the many places we visited. Each day was an adventure, and the accommodation at Glendale B and B was excellent.
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A great introduction to the area...
Geoffrey B
, Jun 2014
A great introduction to the area around Hadrians Wall and the Lakes District. Back roads are the way to go. Great accommodation. Steve, the bus driver and guide was absolutely fantastic. Great sense of humour, passionate about his work. Extensive local knowledge and clearly did his research prior to the next days activities. Great to be able to stop off and visit locations that large bus tour groups can't access. Couldn't recommend this type of tour highly enough.
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The 3 Day Lake District Tour was...
Gail T
, Nov 2013
The 3 Day Lake District Tour was fabulous. Saw some beautiful scenery, met some great people and stayed in a beautiful guest house with the most welcoming of hosts, the best breakfasts and a lovely comfortable bedroom with a great view of the hills in Keswick. Loved the whole tour and would recommend it heartily. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable as well as being a safe driver. All round, a great experience.
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I had a great time! This was a...
Irma
, Jul 2013
I had a great time! This was a great tour and every penny is worth it. The BB was fabulous. The trip itself included areas I would never have thought of going and our guide, Barney, was great and knowledgeable. I had a great group I toured with and met many people from around the world which was a plus. You do travel a lot on bus so those who get car sick please be aware. We toured the majority of the day and do have the evening off to explore the town you are staying. I got dropped off at the train station which took me to London as I was continuing my journey of the UK. I totally recommend this tour. It is worth doing.
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My husband and I greatly enjoyed...
Mary G
, Aug 2011
My husband and I greatly enjoyed this trip. It was rainy off and on pretty much the whole trip but Ewan our guide was very entertaining showing us many beautiful sites. He was able to provide much history concerning the areas that he took us to. I was wonderful to take in the history of Hadrian's Wall. The town of Keswick is a nice English town. The B and B, the Grassmoor, where we stayed for two night was great. The breakfast was very good. At the end of the trip we were dropped of at the Penrith Station to make our way south toward London, Ewan helped us with our luggage and took us right to the ticket office to make sure that we were at the right train station. Thank you , Ewan.

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