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Feeling festive? Check out these last minute coach holidays from Scotland

© Supplied by Eclipse BreaksAndre Rieu and his violin.
Enjoy festive breaks and last coach holidays from Scotland with Eclipse Breaks.

The festive season is one of the most thrilling times of the year. With all of the hustle and bustle of the yuletide, it’s easy to feel a bit worn thin. What better way to avoid the holiday stress than with a festive getaway or last minute coach holiday from Scotland to round out 2023?

Coach travel specialist Eclipse Breaks is a family-run business with group packages and coach tours. Travellers can enjoy unique perks, such as comfortable seating in modern coaches with air conditioning and climate control, and overnight accommodation in hand-picked hotels with dinner, bed and breakfast included.

Want to feel like a VIP? On most holidays of five nights or more and on all festive holidays, Eclipse Breaks offers complimentary door-to-door pickup.

So this winter, if you want to steer clear of the stress of long security queues, complicated luggage rules and want to simply enjoy your holiday, Eclipse Breaks is the perfect choice for coach holidays for over 60s in the UK.

This year, Eclipse is proud to celebrate 10 years of travel with its customers. Travellers who use Eclipse Break often return to the company for their next holiday and are often repeat customers. The consensus is clear: Eclipse Breaks is a fun, convenient, and affordable way to travel.

There are so many reasons why you should consider a coach holiday from Scotland this festive season. From the perks of avoiding the hassle of hosting your own Christmas get together to the opportunity to see some of the country’s best festive attractions, a last minute winter getaway is the perfect option to relax and unwind this holiday season.

Top 5 festive getaways

Here are the top 5 festive getaways and last minute winter coach holidays from Scotland.

Christmas in Montrose

Fancy a festive getaway to Montrose? Your 5 day break will be based at the Park Hotel in Montrose, one of the most popular hotels in the Eclipse collection. The Victorian hotel is only a few minutes’ walk away from the busy high street and the beach. Your full festive itinerary includes breakfasts, welcome glass of mulled wine and mince pies,
dinners, afternoon cream tea, lunch, live music, quizzes, gameshows and fun activities. There will also be excursions to St Andrews and Royal Deeside.

This tour lasts for 5 days, from Saturday 23 December, and starts from only £529.

Holiday Code: ECLMOP

Andre Rieu & European Christmas Markets

This festive season, treat yourself to a coach trip that doubles as an unmissable cultural event. See André Rieu, a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. Rieu and his orchestra have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act and now is your chance to experience it for yourself. This fabulous break includes concert ticket for his festive home-town performance in picturesque Maastricht.

On this coach tour, you will stay at the family-run Hotel Riche, situated in the heart of Valkenburg and just 100 metres from the shops and restaurants. Your stay at the hotel includes dinner, bed & breakfast and four drinks vouchers per day from 5pm until
midnight. The holiday also includes return coach and ferry travel from Hull to the Continent, excursions to Maastricht, Aachen and Valkenburg Christmas Markets and of course, the Andre Rieu concert.

An unforgettable experience is in store at the Valkenburg Christmas Market. Here, stalls are held in two caves deep under the city. Perhaps you can enjoy a hot chocolate whilst browsing the stalls and take in the magical location and atmosphere. While strolling the cobblestone streets and smelling the aromas of freshly roasted chestnuts, your time in Maastricht will be unlike any Christmas Market you have ever seen!

This tour lasts for 7 days, from Monday 11 December, and starts from £899.

Holiday Code: ECLVAR

Eclipse Christmas Party

Rounding off the 10 year anniversary of Eclipse Breaks, why not join the management team for a festive celebration in St Annes? Hosted at the Prom Hotel in St Annes, this party night includes return coach travel, welcome drinks, reception, dinner, B&B, live entertainment with Tony Benedict, and an excursion to Blackpool on the Monday morning.

This 2 day tour will depart from Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Bathgate, Glasgow and Hamilton. No Door to Door collection on this tour.

The tour takes place from Sunday 26 November and starts from just £79.

Holiday Code: ECLPAR

Hogmanay in Ireland

Dillons Hotel © Supplied by Eclipse Breaks
Stay at the popular Dillons Hotel in Dublin.

Enjoy the craic on this fabulous Hogmanay break based at the popular Dillons Hotel, ideally located in the bustling town centre of Letterkenny, in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

Your Eclipse Breaks Hogmanay package includes a full festive itinerary with breakfasts, dinners, live band, live singer and an excursion to Donegal.

This 4 day tour takes place from Saturday 30 December and starts from £479.

Holiday Code:  ECLLED

Hogmany in Montrose

One of Eclipse’s most popular festive and last minute winter coach holidays from Scotland with one coach already completely sold out, Eclipse have added a second bus and hotel for the Hogmany in Montrose tour.

You will be based at the Links Hotel where you will enjoy B&B while dinner and entertainment will take place next door at the Park Hotel. The Hogmanay package includes tea and mice pies on arrival, breakfasts, dinners, games and quizzes, nightly live entertainment including ceilidh band on Hogmanay, and an excursion to stately St Andrews. Single rooms are now sold out.

The 4 day tour takes place from Saturday 30 December and starts at £499.

Holiday Code: ECLMOP

Last minute coach holidays from Scotland 2023

Looking for more coach travel inspiration? Eclipse Breaks has it covered.

Solo Eclipse St Annes, Chester & Liverpool 

St Annes Beach © Supplied by Eclipse Breaks
It’s not too late for a seaside adventure in 2023 with Eclipse Breaks.

Hop on board on a popular solo Eclipse tour ot St Annes, Chester and Liverpool. The Inn on the Prom Hotel has been extremely popular with Scottish holidaymakers for decades. Facilities include an elegant restaurant, a mezzanine bar with fabulous sea views and a leisure club with heated indoor pool and jacuzzi. You can also enjoy year-round entertainment programme and a lift to all floors. This hosted holiday includes excursions to historic Chester and lively Liverpool.

This tour lasts for 5 days, from Monday 27 November, and starts from £429.

Holiday Code: SOLSTI

A Tale of Two Cities

Titanic experience in Belfast. © Supplied by Eclipse Breaks
The Tale of Two Cities tour includes fabulous excursions like the Titanic Experience in Belfast before travelling to Dublin.

A Tale of Two Cities is a fantastic tour that allows you to experience the culture and buzz of two of the largest cities in Ireland. Your tour will also take you to one of the area’s biggest and newest tourist attractions; the Titanic Experience. Your tour will include a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel which has been very popular with customers for several years now and continues to offer an excellent standard of accommodation.
Your excursions include a Belfast & Titanic Experience, a visit to enchanting Enniskillen and finally, a visit to the energetic city of Dublin. With a compelling mix of history, culture, bars and pubs, elegant architecture, great shopping and some of the country’s most sophisticated restaurants, Dublin is a cosmopolitan and diverse city that is now regarded as one of Europe’s top urban hotspots.

This tour lasts for 5 days from Sunday 22 October, and starts from  £479. There are also later dates throughout 2024.

Holiday Code: ECLMOF

Leave the hassle of the airport and roadways behind. Enjoy your next adventure in comfort and style with Eclipse Breaks, the top choice in coach holidays for over 60s in the UK.