This exciting twin centred tour begins on the beautiful island of Bute, we enjoy the lush scenery and the tranquillity of this evocative isle before moving on to the legendary landscape of the island of Skye.
This charming 3 star hotel is set in an outstanding position above its own terraced gardens, enjoy a superb panorama view across the waters of Rothesay Bay to the Cowal Peninsula. The town’s shops, harbour and medieval castle ruins are just a pleasant walk away along the palm-fringed promenade. Hotel entertainment is provided each evening. All bedrooms are en-suite and have a television, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities and a lift serves most floors.
The 3 star Dunollie Hotel is set by the serene waterside of Broadford Bay at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. All of the spacious bedrooms are en-suite and have tea and coffee making facilities. Public rooms include a comfortable bar and relaxing lounge. There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available.
Saturday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the journey north through Yorkshire. We stop for lunch before continuing on to Dumfries then through the gentle rolling hills of Nithdale on our way to the Firth of Clyde and Wemyss Bay. Here we join the Calmac ferry for the crossing to the Isle of Bute and Rothesay, arriving late afternoon at the 3 star Glenburn Hotel. Dinner this evening is followed by live musical entertainment.
Sunday After breakfast we enjoy a sightseeing drive around Bute, finishing with a visit to the superb Mount Stuart House. Set in 300 acres of landscape and woodlands, the house is known as Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic House. It is an architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquis of Bute. Set 5 miles south from Rothesay this is an ideal way to end the tour, the house and grounds offer us much to see. From here we return to the hotel.
Monday We enjoy a spectacular sightseeing today. We make our way to the north of the island to Rhubodaich, where we join the ferry for the 10 minute crossing to Colintrave, continuing northwards to Loch Fyne. We follow the coast road around the tip of the loch, turning south to the lovely little white-washed town of Inveraray with its magnificent Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll. Now through stunning Highland scenery, The road climbs over the bleak expanse of Rannoch Moor and drops down between the steep sides of magical Glencoe. Amazing mountains such as the Three Sisters loom on either side, with river scenery at the bottom of the glen, we spend time for lunch in popular Fort William. This afternoon we pass Ben Nevis towards the breathtakingly beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by majestic scenery. The final leg of our journey is across the famous Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye where we will be staying for the next two nights.
Tuesday Today we make our way to the North West corner of Skye and visit the famous Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan (once entirely encircled by the sea) Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Within its stately halls are priceless heirlooms, some of which originate from medieval times. We can then stroll through the formal round garden, stand and admire the many rhododendrons, numerous in their variety and marvel at this jewel in Skye’s crown before boarding our coach for a scenic drive up the Trotternish Peninsula, home to the Old Man of Storr, before returning to our hotel via the picturesque harbour town of Portree.
Wednesday This morning we bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and make our way past the Five Sisters and Loch Cluanie to spend time in Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness we spend time for lunch and perhaps a glimpse of the Loch’s most famous resident, Nessie!!! This afternoon we head for the Grampian Mountains and a Highland distillery to discover the secrets of the golden spirit and have a ‘wee dram’. We reach the popular resort of Pitlochry mid afternoon for a welcome tea/coffee at our next hotel, Fishers.
Thurssday A leisurely breakfast before visiting the famed ‘Queen’s View’ on pretty Loch Tummel. Our return to Pitlochry is by way of historic Dunkeld and its small but impressive cathedral. This evening’s dinner is followed by live musical entertainment.
Friday We bid farewell to our hosts before beginning our return journey. We travel to Glasgow and through Strathclyde stopping at Gretna Green, before crossing the border. Now south to return to our home area and waiting taxis early evening.
• 6 nights dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation • Choice of menu • Porterage • Tea and coffee each night after dinner • Entrance to Dunvegan Castle and gardens • Full excursion programme • Visit to whisky distillery • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival at each hotel
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