For 2018, we are happy to return to this beautiful part of Scotland. Her Majesty the Queen Mother left her precious Castle of Mey to the people of Scotland when she died in April 2002. Our scenic holiday includes a visit to the House and Garden, combined with a fascinating tour of northern Scotland. We also spend a day on the Orkney Islands, vivid scenery an intriguing mix of Scottish and Scandinavian influences and home to some of Scotland’s most fascinating Antiquities make for a memorable tour.
Saturday From your front door to the waiting Club Class Coach for the drive north, through North Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders, arriving late afternoon at the 3 star Bothwell Bridge Hotel in Lanarkshire with time to settle in before dinner.
SundayWe continue northwards through increasingly lovely scenery via Perth, Pitlochry and the Grampian Mountains to Inverness, stopping of en-route for a ‘wee dram’ at a distillery. We have time for lunch in the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ Inverness. In the afternoon we continue north, crossing the Black Isle and driving along the coast to arrive at Thurso’s Royal Hotel where we spend the next two nights.
Monday Today we take the ferry from Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney where we meet a local guide for our tour of Orkney where we visit the World Heritage Sites of Skara Brae, Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar, Skaill House and Scapa Flow. We stop for lunch in Kirkwall with the opportunity to view St Magnus Cathedral. We return late afternoon on the ferry to Scrabster.
Tuesday A full day of spectacular scenery as we visit the late Queen Mother’s favourite haunt, the remote Castle of Mey with its ‘Secret Garden’, located close to Britain’s northernmost mainland point. Then enjoy a stunning drive along Scotland’s North Coast, passing beautiful deserted beaches and inlets, to Durness. Here we turn south and make our way through the spectacular North West Highlands via Laxford Bridge, Scourie, Loch Assynt to Ullapool for our overnight stay at the Caledonian Hotel.
Wednesday Leaving Ullapool we head along Loch Broom to the waterfall at Corrieshalloch Gorge and through Wester Ross, first to Muir of Ord then Beauly. At Drumnadrochit we meet magnificent Loch Ness and take the loch side road to Fort William where we spend time for lunch. We continue through tragic Glen Coe and over lonely Rannoch Moor into Perthshire and historic Stirling arriving at the Stirling Highland Hotel for two night stay.
Thursday A day of scenic delights as we climb to Stirling Castle for memorable views of the Wallace Monument then drive through the small cathedral town of Dunblane to ‘Rob Roy Country’, spending time in the bustling town of Callander on the River Teieth. Later we enjoy a drive through the glorious Trossachs, the beauty of which has inspired writers and poets including Sir Walter Scott. Our return is by way of Scotland’s only lake, Menteith.
FridayWe return through Strathclyde making a stop at the border town of Gretna Green before crossing the Pennines to make a lunch stop in historic Richmond. This afternoon we use the A1 to return to our home area and waiting taxis, after a memorable holiday enjoying the best of Scotland’s finest scenery.
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