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A Scottish Journey
See, Visit & Explore: St Andrews, Ballater, Royal Deeside, Cawdor Castle, Cairngorm National Park, Inverness, Loch Ness, Plockton, Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan, Ben Nevis, Isles of Mull and Iona, Oban and Stirling.

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8 day tour from £1725

Sundays
10 April to 02 October, 2016

Tuesdays
02 & 16 August, 2016

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from £ 1725 per person
Children from £ 1725 per child
Single room from £ 1995 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Children aged 12 years and older can be considered for travel on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£1,725 - £2,095

Product code: BRT 00311

Tour Summary

From refined Edinburgh to thriving Inverness, youíll find gentle rolling hills, dramatic coasts, towering mountains, breath-taking lochs and heather covered highlands.

This 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 Scotlandís most seductive scenery.

Day 1: Depart Edinburgh and travel to the scenic East Neuk of Fife. Visit St Andrews then travel to Royal Deeside. Day 2: Discover Royal Deeside then visit Cawdor Castle. Day 3: Spend a relaxing day exploring Inverness. Day 4: Drive along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch before visiting delightful Plockton. Later cross to the Isle of Skye. Day 5: Spend today discovering the Isle of Skye. Day 6: Sail to the mainland and enjoy a relaxing drive along the Road to the Isles. Visit Fort William then cross to the Isle of Mull Day 7: Spend today discovering the islands of Mull and Iona. Day 8: Sail to Oban then tour through the Pass of Brander and along the banks of Loch Awe. Later visit Stirling Castle before returning to Edinburgh.

Tour features:

  • Visit Royal Deeside, Isles of Skye, Mull & Iona and Stirling Castle
  • Overnight accommodation: Ballater (1); Inverness (2); Isle of Skye (2) and Tobermory, Isle of Mull (2)
  • Depart from and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 8 days/7 nights
  • Small Group Tour

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Day One
Edinburgh Ė St Andrews Ė Ballater
We travel to the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk region, such as Pittenweem, which is home to brightly-hulled fishing boats and a jumble of red pantiled and grey slated houses. We continue to St Andrews, known as the home of golf and where Prince William met Catherine ĎKateí Middleton while studying at Scotlandís oldest university. The 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 Victorian village of Ballater to stay one night at the Deeside Inn. On arrival we enjoy a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Deeside Inn, Ballater (or similar)
Day Two
Ballater Ė Cawdor Castle Ė Inverness
We travel through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park to Cawdor Castle, a superb fairy tale castle dating from the 14th century. We explore the castle and its gardens before we continue to Clava Cairns, an exceptionally preserved prehistoric burial site, built about 4,000 years ago. Travelling a short distance we stop at Culloden, the site of the battle of the same name. We visit the museum which brings the famous battle to life and learn about the events that unfolded here. Our final destination today is Inverness, where we stay for two nights.
Overnight: The Waterside Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Day Three
Inverness
After a leisurely start to the day we take a stroll through one of Scotlandís smallest cities where we learn the history of its iconic landmarks. You may then wish to visit the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, to discover the history of tartan throughout the centuries and see the Highland dress worn by Liam Neeson in Rob Roy and Mel Gibson in Braveheart.
Overnight: The Waterside Hotel (or similar)
Day Four
Inverness Ė Loch Ness Ė Isle of Skye
We travel to the beautifully mysterious Loch Ness, the largest body of fresh water in Britain and known around the world for ĎNessieí, the legendary Loch Ness Monster. In Wester Ross we enjoy a seafood lunch in the Kyle of Lochalsh, before visiting Plockton, a charming little village comprised of neatly painted cottages and a tiny harbour. Later today we drive across the bridge to Eilean Iarmain Hotel on the stunning Isle of Skye, our base for the next two nights.
Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar)
Day Five
Isle of Skye
Today is devoted to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its incredible scenery, geology, wildlife and history. The north Highlands delivers scenery on a grand scale and today we see examples of Skyeís most startling geological features including the extraordinary Quiraing, the famous Kilt Rock and the spectacular Old Man of Storr. No visit to the Isle of Skye would be complete without a complimentary dram of whisky after learning about the history of Scotlandís most famous export.
Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar)
Day Six
Isle of Skye Ė Fort William Ė Isle of Mull
Travelling along the sands of Mallaig and Morar we pass through glorious Scottish Highland scenery and see Ben Nevis, Britainís highest mountain. We also visit the small village of Glenfinnan, where ĎBonnie Prince Charlieí raised his standard in 1745. Travelling by way of historic Fort William, we continue along the back roads of this region before catching the ferry to the Isle of Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides. Our base for the next two nights is in the delightful town of Tobermory.
Overnight: Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory (or similar)
Day Seven
Isle of Mull & Isle of Iona
Today is dedicated to exploring the isles of Mull & Iona. We travel to the charming village of Fionnphort, which means 'Port of the White Sands' in Gaelic. Home to just 100 people it is famed worldwide for its unique red granite which is quarried just north of the village. 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, we return to Mull to explore the 13th century Duart Castle. The oldest inhabited castle on Mull, Duart Castle is dramatically perched on a cliff overlooking the rugged coast. Walk through the dungeons and staterooms or explore its grounds before we return to our hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Overnight: Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory (or similar)
Day Eight
Isle of Mull Ė Stirling Ė Edinburgh
After returning by ferry to the Scottish mainland, we travel to Stirling, known as the heritage capital of Scotland. This is 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, one of the largest and most important Scottish castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. On returning to Edinburgh our tour ends.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I experience on this Small Group Tour?
Many of our customers choose a small group tour for a more intimate and flexible travelling experience as each group comprises of no more than 16 passengers. These tours are carefully planned to travel off the highways so youíll discover quaint villages and picturesque vistas that other tours just drive on by. All the small group tours that we feature are operated by purpose built luxury minicoaches that feature air-conditioning panoramic windows and comfortable seating. These nimble tourers can get off the beaten track to visit sights that a larger touring coach just simply couldnít get to.
 
Each group is led by an experienced driver/guide who will entertain and inform you with stories of our history, nature and folklore.Admission fees to the key attractions are included in the price of your tour. You will also enjoy local experiences such as cooking demonstrations or a freshly caught seafood lunch. Itís the little details that set these superb tours apart.
 
Comfortable accommodation has been arranged in carefully selected small hotels, manor houses and inns. Carefully chosen for their quality and ambiance they provide an authentic experience yet boast modern amenities. You will find they add real character to your touring experience. A full cooked breakfast will get each touring day off to a delicious start. Lighter continental and vegetarian options are available too.
 
A stop will be made for lunch where there is a choice of eateries available. Many dinners are included too so you can join your new found friends for a delicious meal carefully prepared using local ingredients - itís a great way to end your day of discovery!!  
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect from the hotel accommodation offered as part of your tour:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room is normally a standard double or twin room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed. All room types other than twins are subject to availability.  
How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. The maximum weight allowance and luggage dimensions varies by tour basis so you should carefully check the tour documentation for the luggage policy that applies to your tour.
What meals are included?
One of the great things about travelling on a Small Group Tour is the generous number of meals included as standard. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or, if you prefer, thereís always a lighter continental option available too. Youíll find a number of evening dinners included which will give you the opportunity of sampling some local delicacies. Check the Whatís Included list for the exact number of meals that are featured on this tour. 
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. Youíll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - youíre bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seats cannot be pre-booked however your driver/guide will implement a seat rotation system which will allow all passengers the opportunity of experiencing spectacular views from different seats on the motorcoach.
Can children travel on a Small Group Tour?

These tours are designed specifically for adults. Children aged 12 years and above can travel on request. Special child rates are not available on this tour. Please email us for details: enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk How many people will be on the tour?The maximum number of travellers on a Small Group Tour is 16.

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 - 8)
  • 4 table díhŰte dinners
  • Seafood lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Admission to Cawdor Castle, Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle and Stirling Castle
  • Ferry to the Isle of Mull
  • Ferry to the Isle of Iona
  • Services throughout the tour of an experienced driver/guide
  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
  • Service charges and taxes

  • Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your guide or driver
  • Departure information

    Check In: 08:15
    Departs: 08:30
    from The Place, 34-38 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3HU
    Returns: 17:30


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