Tina's Traditional Tours and Retreats...



Tina's Tours

Unlike most tours, Tina selects a luxury period house to be your home for the week, so no more packing and unpacking and moving suitcases from location to location. All your creature comforts are catered for within a cosy place to stay, so you feel like you can 'live like a local' in a relaxed, hassle free, calming space. 

With Tina as your British born guide, you go to some of her favorite places; many off the beaten track. You get to access experiences not available to the solo traveller, whilst avoiding the crowds of larger groups.

You have the opportunity to explore the best of what Britain has to offer from the beautiful countryside, majestic Stately Homes & Castles, to outstanding gastro pubs and delightful afternoon teas. Indulge in great farm to fork food and learn about British cuisine, history & culture as you immerse yourself in a truly unique experience you'll never find in the guide books.

Who Travels

Past tour participants have ranged  in age from 17 to 70's. There is something for both men and women, young and not so young, to enjoy. Ideal for couples, sisters, Mum & daughters, friends and adult family groups. All rooms can be set-up as doubles or 2 singles and all prices are based on 2 people sharing.

There is a lot of walking to do and with stairs rather than elevators, you'll need to be independently mobile if you want to take full advantage of all the experiences offered.  It's a great way to bond and reconnect with a love one. We've had couples celebrating wedding anniversaries and people celebrating birthdays. You make new friends with people how have similar interests, while being enveloped in local customs and British life. Tina not only takes you out of the guidebooks and into a world you're waiting to discover, but to places you would never even find by traveling independently on your own or with larger tour group companies.

Who We Are

Native Englander, Tina Jesson is your Tour Director, Host and Guide for the duration of the tour (pictured here with coach driver Graham).

Tina is on a mission to create extraordinary experiences for her guests. The type of experience you can't get just anywhere. She hand picks each location, personally crafts each activity and carefully chooses every meal, to ensure you receive the most authentic & special British experience you can imagine.

With unique activities each day, private insider glimpses not normally available to the general public, great farm to fork food sourced from local farmers, grass fed meet, locally baked breads, artisan cheese together with shopping in some of the quaintest independent shops in the country, you get to take a little of Britain home with you. By having all the details taken care of, you can just sit back, relax and soak in each day and every experience, as you become a little more British every day.

"The trip had a great mix of activities from the farm house, the tea rooms, all the history, the countryside bus rides, the various villages, the shopping, the food outings, the great travel guides (you and Graham) – it was a very special week." Don 2018 

Tour Overview: The Scottish Borders Tour May 2020


Come on tour with Tina for 7 days and live like a local in the beautiful countryside of Scotland.  We’ll take you to visit selected hidden gems as you access privately created VIP tours of iconic Castles, Stately Homes and locations, you could only dream about. Experience all that makes Scotland such an epic place to explore! 


Tour Dates: 

May 23rd - 30th, 2020


Our tour is based in the historic market town of Kelso, in the heart of the Scottish Borders, just over an hour south from Edinburgh, in the stunning surrounding countryside. Guests will stay at a beautiful Georgian Estate house, located conveniently just up the lane from the agricultural center of the market square.  


Our time in the Scottish Borders will include visits to majestic castles including, Duns Castle, owned by the Laird, Alexander Hay of Duns and Drumelziertime with a private tour by the Laird himself, followed by lunch at the castle. A visit to Floors Castle dating from 1721, with roof turrets and lavishly furnished, art and tapestry-hung interiors and a VIP visit to Abbotsford House: the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott the ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.

Along the way, you’ll enjoy a tour and tasting at a local whiskey and gin distillery. We will explore why the Scottish Borders is called the cashmere capital of the world, at Lochcarron textile mill, and take you on a tour of the processes of creating tartan fabrics and accessories, which are sold throughout the world as well as in the factory shop where you'll have time to shop for your kilt or favorite tartan.

Our time in Scotland, wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the capital city of Edinburgh, and Tina wanted this visit to be the most memorable one, so she created this day as a Royal one.  We tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. We’ll experience afternoon tea, followed by a private VIP tour onboard The Royal Yacht Britannia, the former yacht of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

With Tina as your host and guide we’ll go off the beaten path, and find something unique and that will create lifelong memories. We strive to make all adventures as local, enjoyable for all ages, and add our own personal touches to every trip.  


We hope that you will join us this May 2020 for a once in a lifetime journey, where we will live like a local as we explore beautiful Scotland.  

Tour Highlights:

  • Unique visits to Edinburgh and Scottish Border towns, Stately Homes & Castles

  • Afternoon tea, followed by a private tour aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

  • Meet the Laird and take a VIP tour of the castle and have a private luncheon in the castle dining room at Duns Castle.

  • Private tours at Abbotsford House, a whisky distillery and Tartan factory.

  • Visit film set locations for tv shows and movies such as Outlander, Mary Queen of Scots, & Outlaw King

  • Discover why so many writers use Scotland as a reference to their stories, like Harry Potter, Ivanhoe, Macbeth and Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde

  • Luxurious home base accommodation at a private Estate House just for our group for the duration of our stay (no hauling luggage from location to location)

  • Fine locally sourced dining at hand selected locations throughout the trip

  • Champagne welcome reception on arrival

  • Small private group of 10 -12 people

  • And so much more...


☐ $3,900 if paid in full after Dec 15 2019 before Feb 15 2020

☐ $4,000 in full on booking after Feb 15 2020

(based on 2 people sharing. Double or 2 twin bed options available)

This is a land-only package, airfare to and from the United Kingdom is NOT included.

Check out the tour agreement for what's included

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