3-Day Lake District Tour from Edinburgh

3 Days

Join us on a 3-Day Lake District Tour from Edinburgh. Stops at the Wall of Hadrian and the Cottage of Wordsworth. Small group service. On a 3-day small-group trip from Edinburgh, you’ll get to see the rugged beauty of England’s Lake District.

A coach ride from Scotland to England will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles, including Moffat, a Victorian spa town. Once in Keswick, take three days to unwind and explore the area’s idyllic lakes such as Lake Windermere, Grasmere, and Ullswater.

3-Day Lake District Tour from Edinburgh

Highlights

  • 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
  • Scottish Borders
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Lake Windermere
  • Wordsworth’s Cottage
  • Derwent Water
  • Honister Pass
  • Moffat

Upon arrival in Edinburgh, you’ll meet your guide and board a Mercedes mini-coach for a three-day country tour. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and head to the Lake District, which is located just south of the Scottish border and is known for its dramatic peaks and quaint villages.

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

Before you arrive in the Lake District National Park, visit some of the most popular towns on either side of the border. The Lake District town of Keswick serves as your base of operations for the next two days. Restaurants, cafes, and shopping can all be reached on foot from your lodging.

Explore the Lake District National Park from this location. Stop in Grasmere, a small town nestled in the rolling hills of Lake Windermere and Ullswater, for a cup of tea and a bite to eat.

Allow yourself plenty of time to roam around on your own during the trip. In the evening, you’ll arrive back in Edinburgh, where you began your journey.

Check availability

Itinerary

Day 1 – Edinburgh – Lake District

Rabbie’s

Check-in 15 mins prior to departure and meet with your driver-guide.

Aira Force Waterfall

A lovely stone bridge crosses the fabulously flowing waterfalls.

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.

Day 2 – Lake Windermere – Hawkshead – Wordsworth Memorial Daffodil Garden

Lake Windermere

You can choose to wander the shores or put on your sailing hat and go for a cruise.

Ullswater Lake

The second largest lake in the English Lake District is famous for its sublime, tranquil beauty.

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.

Day 3 – Whinlatter Pass – Honister Pass – Edinburgh

Honister Slate Mine

Simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of the monumental mountains.

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.

By returning to Edinburgh, we conclude our 3-Day Lake District Tour from Edinburgh.

Top attractions in Edinburgh

Here are some top attractions in Edinburgh you could visit and enjoy. There are, of course, dozens of attractions and landmarks in Edinburgh worth visiting and learning about the history of this amazing city.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

From its position on the Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. Since at least the Iron Age, archaeologists have established...

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Inaugurated in 1998, the National Museum of Scotland's modern building houses over 10,000 objects including countless works of art, jewelry, and weapons showing the culture and history of the country.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen Elizabeth II official residence in Scotland. Commonly referred to as Holyroodhouse Palace, it was built originally as a monastery at the end of the...

Edinburgh and United Kingdom travel guides

Here are handy travel guides about Edinburgh and United Kingdom so you can learn a thing or two about these destinations. For a comprehensive list of our travel guides, please visit our travel guides page.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh: memorable and beautiful city

Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city of Scotland, sitting in the Central Belt of the country. It has an elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical houses...

United Kingdom, London

Visit United Kingdom: 14 things you need to know

The United Kingdom (UK) consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each of them with distinguished geographies. England is the home of London, a global financial and cultural centre...

Top hotels in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has dozens of hotels of various star ratings, together with other lodging solutions, such as guest houses, hostels, and Airbnb. Bellow are some top hotel recommendations from our website. For a general hotel search, check the form at the bottom of this page or our hotel booking page.

The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle offers a range of Edinburgh‘s opulent suites, each unique with its own special features. The suites are lavishly furnished and feature Gothic touches, large oak beds...

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Located in Edinburgh, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is just meters from Princes Street and George Street. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen smart TV, 300 thread count bed linen,...

The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel

Offering a Michelin-starred restaurant, a pool and a gym, The Balmoral Hotel is located on Princes Street. Waverley Station and the main shopping area of Edinburgh are a 5-minute walk...

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa

The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa overlooks Edinburgh Castle in the financial district, next to the business and entertainment area of the West End and a 5-minute walk from Princes...

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Located just a 1-minute walk from Princes Street in Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian luxury hotel features a modern leisure club and unimpeded views of Edinburgh Castle. The...

Old Town Chambers

Old Town Chambers

The Old Town Chambers apartment hotel provides contemporary, luxury flats with free Wi-Fi and a key place in Edinburgh, a 2-minute walk from Waverley Railway Station and a 5-minute walk...

Cheap flights and hotels discounts for Edinburgh

The peak season for flights to Edinburgh is January, March and October. The low season for purchasing tickets is May, July and August.

Edinburgh is served by Edinburgh Airport. Direct flights to Edinburgh are offered by 28 airlines. Most flights are with Access Rail. Direct flights from Edinburgh, United States are airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Canada, KLM and Air France from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia.

Edinburgh and United Kingdom attractions and landmarks

Here are some of the most popular attractions and landmarks in Edinburgh and in the UK.

10 Downing Street Achmelvich Bay Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Ardvreck Castle Ballycastle Bath Abbey Belfast City Hall Ben Nevis Benromach Distillery Big Ben Blenheim Palace Bourton-on-the-Water British Museum Buckingham Palace Cairngorms National Park Caledonian Canal Cambridge University Canterbury Canterbury Cathedral Cardhu Distillery Cardiff Castle Castle Ward Christ Church College Dalwhinnie Dalwhinnie Distillery Derwentwater Doune Castle Dunkeld Edinburgh Castle Eilean Donan Castle English Channel Falls of Dochart Five Sisters of Kintail Fort Augustus Forth Rail Bridge Glencoe Glenlivet Distillery Grand Pump Room Grasmere Gretna Green Hadrian’s Wall Hawkshead Houses of Parliament Inverness Isle of Skye Kew Gardens King’s College Lake District Lake Windermere Loch Broom Loch Insh Loch Lomond Loch Ness Lochinver London Eye London Zoo Madame Tussauds London Melrose Abbey National Museum of Scotland Natural History Museum London Old Man of Storr Palace of Holyroodhouse Penrith Piccadilly Circus Pitlochry Portree Pulteney Bridge Queen’s College Rannoch Moor River Spey River Thames Roman Baths Rosslyn Chapel Royal Shakespeare Theatre Salisbury Cathedral Shakespeare’s Birthplace St. James’s Park St. Paul’s Cathedral Stonehenge Stratford Upon Avon The Canongate The Cotswolds The Jacobite Steam Train The Royal Mile The Royal Yacht Britannia Tower of London Trafalgar Square Ullapool University Of Oxford Urquhart Castle Warner Bros. Studio London Warwick Castle Westminster Abbey Windsor Castle York Minster

Last Updated on January 5, 2022 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com

Itinerary

At 8:30 a.m. we leave Edinburgh and drive south through the Scottish Borders, with spectacular views of the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, on our way to the first stop of the day: the Victorian spa town of Moffat. You proceed south across the border into England from Moffat and head to the ancient Cumbrian market town of Penrith. Here you will have the opportunity to have lunch and visit the ruins of Penrith Castle, which played a key role in preventing the Scots from invading the border. You drive to the Lake District National Park after lunch, along the northern shores of Ullswater, described as the most beautiful lake in England, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. We then drive to Keswick, stopping outside the city to visit the enigmatic standing stones of Castlerigg, the site of ancient rituals believed to have happened more than 5,000 years ago. Then you have a short drive to Keswick, a vibrant market town, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
You drive along the winding country lanes after breakfast to ride along Ullswater's southern shores, taking breaks to take in the magnificent views of this spectacular lake. You stop at Lake Windermere to continue south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass, where you have the choice of taking a leisurely cruise on the lake or simply eating lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. We will drive around the southern tip of Windermere after lunch and on to Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where grammar school was attended by the poet William Wordsworth. After free time, we'll take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere to explore the village. You'll have free time to visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, or enjoy the peace and quiet of the Rothy River's Wordsworth Daffodil Garden. We will return to Keswick late in the afternoon.
You will be picked up from your hotel and head to the Whinlatter Forest Park and the Whinlatter Pass and some of the most dramatic scenery the Lake District has to offer. Through the rural village of High Lorton, along the quiet winding lanes to the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere and on to the Honister mountain pass, your journey takes us. You will visit the old slate works, where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living, stopping between the mountains. You proceed through the woods of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water on your return to Keswick after refreshments, where there is free time for lunch and shopping. You commence your return journey after lunch by heading towards Penrith and then north towards the border. You make a stop in the town of Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415, after crossing into Scotland. It is a leisurely drive from here back to Edinburgh through the rolling border hills. Arriving at 7:30pm or so.