Secret Solway Tours™

Secret Solway guided heritage tours

With distant views of the Lake District Fells and across the beautiful Solway estuary to the Scottish hills, Secret Solway Tours weave their way through scenic rural lanes and villages visiting fascinating heritage sites, taking in local stories. Our tours work with local people and community groups to offer visitors a fun and informative experience of some of the lesser known heritage sites on the Cumbrian Solway coast and plains.  Known as ‘the place where the glaciers met the sea’ this area to the west of Carlisle in Cumbria, England, shaped over the centuries by invasions, wars and trade, has a rich and layered history.  Clues to Solway history are still to be found in the buildings and landscape of this forgotten part of the UK.  The Solway people like to tell their stories, and tours can also include short talks and walks involving local people.   This area, so rich in history and wildlife, has many stories to tell and Secret Solway Tours are designed to share these with you.

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"Excellent tour highlighting the hidden gems of the Solway."
T Myntosh, June 2019

"A superb tour lead by a seriously well informed guide, supported by other local experts. A highly recommended tour."
T Meehan June 2019

"We had a lovely day today and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. We would highly recommend the tour to other people."
S Crulley, September 2018

“The whole trip was very enjoyable and interesting. I would also go again. A great tour guide and driver. Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable."
S. Tumilty, June 2018

"This is the most enjoyable and informative tour we have ever taken part in. The information was amazing. Fiona is first class."
D Thorneycroft, July 2018.

Secret Solway - Full day tour

Visit intriguing historic sites and take in the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife habitats of the Cumbrian Solway coast.  The tour includes ancient sacred places, fortified medieval buildings, seaports, World War 2 defences, the remains of a once busy railway and canal, and historic routes to Scotland. Visitors will have time to buy their lunch in Silloth, a Victorian seaside town once known as the ‘Cumbrian Riviera’.
To discuss booking a tour please contact Fiona by telephoning 07494489901 or 01228 915929

Secret Solway transatlantic connections - Full day tour

Visit historic Georgian Whitehaven with it’s early connections to New York and sea faring links with the Americas through the Trans-Atlantic Trade Triangle and the rum trade. Delve into the reasons why in World War II American and Canadian pilots flew Hudson and Mustang planes across the Atlantic to remote Cumbrian Solway coastal airfields. Explore the ship building heritage of the scenic seaport of Maryport in Cumbria, and it’s ties to Canada, America and the ill-fated Titanic. Offering distant views of the stunning Lake District fells and Scottish hills, this full day tour visits the scenic and historic Solway coastal towns of Whitehaven, Maryport and Silloth, in west Cumbria.
To discuss booking a tour please contact Fiona by phoning 07494489901 or 01228 915929. You can also email

Secret Solway tours from Carlisle Tourist information Office:
Secret Solway guided day tours and short tours are available from Carlisle Tourist Information Office phone number 01228 598596

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