A new Scottish tour, based in the very centre of the Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by Highland history, stunning landscapes and culture in this new millennium city. We include visits to Wester Ross, Ullapool, Loch Ness and the heart of malt Whiskey Country to discover some of Scotland’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery.
Located just a few steps from Inverness’ city centre and on the banks of the River Ness, this 3 star hotel dates back to the 1890’s and combines the best of the past with the contemporary style of the present. All the ensuite bedrooms have a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa, steam room, sauna, an elegant restaurant, stylish bar and lounge area. There is a lift to all floors.
Sunday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach we travel by way of North Yorkshire and its impressive scenery before crossing the Scottish border to arrive at our 3 star overnight hotel in Gretna late afternoon.
Monday Superb Scottish scenery today as we head north to the Highlands. Through Strathclyde to cross the Firth of Forth via the new Queen Elizabeth Bridge. We continue to the ‘Fair City of Perth’ on the banks of the River Tay where we spend time for lunch. Along the Tay valley to Pitlochry where we make a visit to the shores of Loch Tummel to take in the celebrated ‘Queen’s View’ then on through the Spey Valley beside the rugged Cairngorm Mountains to reach our holiday hotel in Inverness.
Tuesday After a leisurely Scottish breakfast we set off for a drive to Wester Ross, an area containing some of Scotland’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery. We cross the Black Isle, pass lofty Ben Wyvis and surrounded by rugged mountains we take a scenic drive beside the unrivalled beauty of Loch Maree. We spend time in the world famous Inverewe Gardens where we find a wonderful collection of exotic plants (despite being further north than Moscow)! The Walled Garden features specimens from around the world and if lucky, you may spot some of the wildlife - otters, pine martens, seals and red deer are all local residents. Our return is by way of spectacular Gruinard Bay and Little Loch Broom making a stop at the the Corrieshalloch Gorge viewpoint.
Wednesday Today is spent at leisure in Inverness, there is so much to discover in this historic city from the stately riverside 19th century castle to the modern shopping centres.
Thursday Loch Ness is our destination today. We follow the loch to Invermoriston and Fort Augustus – where we take a Nessie hunting cruise. At Fort Augustus is the Caledonian Canal with its impressive series of locks linking Loch Oich and Loch Ness. This afternoon we head back to Drumnadrochit before leaving the loch and taking the road along lovely Glen Covinth and beside the tranquil waters of Beauly Firth back to Inverness. We return to the hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
Friday This morning we bid farewell to Inverness and begin a wonderful scenic drive south. We climb to Tomintoul, Scotland’s highest town in the heart of Malt Whisky Country where we visit a distillery. Now through the magnificent Grampian Mountains surrounded by vast moorlands as we make for the River Dee close to Balmoral. We make a stop in Breamar, home of the Royal Highland games, before descending Glenshee. Through the rolling farmlands of Perthshire to Glasgow this afternoon then on to Gretna and our overnight hotel arriving late afternoon.
Saturday Homeward bound, we visit the famous ‘Smithy’ in Gretna Green, then over the border and south through England to historic Richmond where we make a stop for lunch. This afternoon we return to our home area and waiting taxis arriving early evening after a memorable Highland holiday.
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Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG