A new tour for 2019 offers Mountains, Glens, lochs and legends allowing you to take in all that makes Scotland so special. Our base is delightful Kingussie, set in the beautiful Spey Valley between the majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands. It is a land dominated by rock and stream, river and mountain, steeped in history with its heritage dating back 4000 years. Combine this natural beauty with a great hotel, a full entertainment programme and interesting excursions, this makes an excellent value tour.
The 3 star Duke of Gordon Hotel is situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, one of the last truly unspoilt parts of the world. The hotel looks out across the picturesque Spey Valley to Ruthven Barracks. Each of the en-suite bedrooms is tastefully furnished and equipped with a flat screen TV and hospitality tray. Public rooms at the hotel include a cosy bar and oak panelled lounge with an open log fire and a welcoming restaurant. The hotel is served by a lift.
Monday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north to Scotch Corner and on to Scotland at Gretna Green. We continue through the Lowther Hills to reach the Ayrshire coast and our overnight hotel, the Mercure in Ayr, where we arrive late afternoon.
Tuesday Departing after a fine Scottish breakfast we follow the banks of Loch Lomond and cross lonely Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe to spend time for lunch in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis. This afternoon we stop at the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge before driving through the ever increasingly impressive scenery to Kingussie to reach our holiday hotel late afternoon. Dinner this evening is followed by the first of our nightly entertainment.
Wednesday Scotland is well known for its legends, so today we offer the chance to go Nessie hunting on a Loch Ness Cruise. Then on to Glen Nevis where we include a gondola ride up to 2150ft on the north face of Aonach. Our return is through ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country.
Thursday This morning we travel to Inverness, the cultural capital of the Highlands. See the 19th century cathedral, stroll along the banks of the River Ness and browse the indoor Victorian Market. This afternoon we visit Speyside Cooperage, home of the ancient art of coopering for 70 years. A tour takes you on the journey from Acorn to Cask and includes a whisky themed tasting.
Friday This morning we take a ride on the funicular railway to the top of the Cairngorm Mountain Park for some of the most spectacular views in Scotland, looking over the mountainous landscape. Later we descend and visit the open air Highland Folk Museum in nearby Newtonmore. With over 30 historical buildings and thousands of artefacts to explore, we learn how the Highland folk lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s. This evening we enjoy our final dinner in Kingussie, followed by more entertainment.
Saturday Following breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts as we drive south through the rugged Grampian Mountains and Glen Garry to Pitlochry where we make a stop. We continue through the lush farmlands of Perthshire to historic Stirling, ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ before we drive to the castle with time for lunch in the lower town. The afternoon sees us pass Glasgow to reach our 3 star overnight hotel, the Tinto, in Biggar.
Sunday After breakfast we continue our journey, making a stop in Gretna Green, before crossing the border, travelling south through England to historic Richmond where we make a stop for lunch. This afternoon we return to our home areas to be greeted by our awaiting taxis early evening.
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