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Scottish Highlands Mini Coach Tour

» A Journey Through Scotland 2015 - 8 Day Trip from Edinburgh

'Inverness & The Isles of Skye, Mull & Iona - Scotland is one of the most beautiful and historically fascinating countries in the world. From refined Edinburgh to thriving Inverness, you'll find gentle rolling hills, dramatic coasts, towering mountains, breath-taking lochs and heather covered highlands. Its landscape is richly peppered with ancient castles, villages and abbeys that tell the tale of its often turbulent history. Beyond the mainland, the Western Isles retain much of their Norse character and offer some of Scotland’s most seductive scenery.'

Day 1: Edinburgh – St Andrews – Dinnet

Departing Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, we travel to the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk region. We then continue to St Andrews, whose medieval centre, with its narrow alleys and cobbled streets, leads to the now ruined cathedral and the adjacent church of St Regulus. Later we travel north towards the picturesque village of Dinnet. On arrival we enjoy our first dinner together. (D) Overnight: Lord Kinord Hotel (or similar)


Day 2: Dinnet – Cawdor Castle – Culloden – Inverness

We travel through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park to Cawdor Castle, a superb fairy-tale castle dating from the 14th century. Explore the castle and its gardens before we continue to Clava Cairns, an exceptionally preserved prehistoric burial site, built about 4,000 years ago. At Culloden, we visit the museum which brings the famous battle that took place here vividly to life. Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, is our final destination today. (B, D) O vernight: Waterside Hotel (or similar)


Day 3: Inverness

After a leisurely start to the day we meet a local guide for a walking tour of one of Scotland’s smallest cities where we learn the history of its iconic landmarks. At the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, find out about tartan throughout the centuries and see the highland dress worn by Liam Neeson in Rob Roy and Mel Gibson in Braveheart. This afternoon the time is yours to explore independently, go shopping or simply relax. (B) Overnight: Waterside Hotel (or similar)


Day 4: Inverness – Loch Ness - Plockton – Isle of Skye

Today we travel to the beautifully mysterious Loch Ness, the largest body of fresh water in Britain and known around the world for ‘Nessie’, the legendary Loch Ness Monster. In Western Ross we visit Plockton, a charming little village comprised of neatly painted cottages and a tiny harbour, before enjoying a seafood lunch experience in the Kyle of Lochalsh. Later today we drive to the stunning Isle of Skye, our base for the next two nights. (B, L) Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar)

 

 

 

Stirling Back Roads Tour
Duart Scottish Castle Tour
Scottish Fishig Village
Day 5: Isle of Skye

Today is devoted to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its incredible scenery, wildlife, history, and some of Skye’s most startling geological features including the extraordinary Quiraing, the famous Kilt Rock and the spectacular Old Man of Storr. During the day we will explore Portree, the Island’s main town, and visit Talisker Malt Whisky Distillery, the only distillery on the Isle where you can still see single malt whisky being produced. (B, D) Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: Isle of Skye – Fort William – Oban

Travelling through glorious Scottish Highland scenery we pass Glen Garry, with fantastic views of its loch, and see Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, as we follow the Caledonian Canal. We visit historic Fort William and enjoy the splendid isolation of the pass of Glen Coe. We then travel the back roads through the wooded Glen Orchy before arriving in Oban, our base for the next two nights. (B, D) Overnight: The Queens Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: Isle of Mull & Isle of Iona

We take the morning ferry to the Isle of Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, and travel to the charming village of Fionnphort, which is famed worldwide for its unique red granite. We take the ferry from here to Iona, a tiny island steeped in history and renowned for its natural beauty and serenity. After visiting Iona Abbey and Nunnery, one of Scotland’s most sacred and historical sites, we return to Mull to explore the 13th century Duart Castle, dramatically perched on a cliff overlooking the rugged coast. Later this evening we return to Oban. (B) Overnight: The Queens Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Oban – Stirling – Edinburgh

Most of today is spent exploring Stirling, known as the heritage capital of Scotland, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won and three centuries of monarchs ruled. Here we wander through the old town and enter the spectacular cliff-top castle. We then travel back to Edinburgh where our tour ends. (B)

8 Day Scotland Tour Itiinerary

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • 1 x seafood lunch experience
  • Inverness walking tour
  • Ferries to Mull and Iona
  • Included Entrances: Cawdor Castle, Culloden Museum, Talisker Malt Whisky Distillery tour, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle & Stirling Castle 

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

The tour commences from The Place, 34-38 York Place Edinburgh, EH1 3HU at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure

Drop-off 5:30pm at The Place, 34-38 York Place Edinburgh, EH1 3HU. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only – traffic can be unpredictable!

Additional Information We have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

See the Magical Island Of Skye, with a Journey Through the Scottish Highlands Then To Edinburgh Enjoying Whisky Tasting at a Distillery. Book Now!

Adult Price from: £1695 (double share)
Adult Price from: £1935 (single)

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8 DAY SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS TOUR
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Stay two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye

Taste traditional Scottish Whisky and enjoy local produce on Scottish flavoured menus

Travel along the back roads of Scotland’s west coast – home to some of the most dramatic highland scenery in the world

Spend time exploring Stirling Castle, chosen by the Lonely Planet as one of Europe's "most amazing experiences"

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This full day tour departs every Sunday from 3rd May 2015 inclusive

Adult Price from: £1695 (double share)
Adult Price from: £1935 (single)
 

Why choose these tours

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides



2015 Departures:

Departs Every Sunday from 3rd May 2015 - 12th October 2015

 

 


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I had simply an amazing time. Thank you Martin and Paul for providing us with such an enjoyable trip. I haven't had such a relaxing yet fun-filled trip like this for a long time. I will definitely recommend the trip to my friends. Thanks again for a great weekend
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