Friday 7 to Friday 14 May 2021
- 8 Days £625
- Single supplement £115
- Holiday insurance £25
Nothing compares to the dramatic landscapes of Western Scotland. There’s mountain scenery in abundance and deep-sea lochs shaping the coastline with a myriad of islands, sparkling like jewels in crystal clear seas. Join us and discover the charm of the Isles of Bute and Skye as well as spending time exploring historic towns and picturesque villages along the way.
FRIDAY: Following our morning departure we travel to the north of England for our overnight stay.
SATURDAY: Depart after breakfast and cross the border, travelling across Ayrshire to arrive in Wemyss Bay for the ferry to Rothesay. Continue to the Glenburn Hotel where we will stay for the next three nights.
SUNDAY: This morning you have time to yourself to explore the renovated Victorian town of Rothesay, taking in the sights of its pier, promenade and the art deco Pavilion. This afternoon is spent touring Bute’s coastline and beaches. Take in the small, most popular village of Ettrick and also visit St Ninians and Scalpsie with its seal colony. On the way back to our hotel we will visit Mount Stuart Palace and Gardens, from spring’s rhododendron and magnolia blooms to autumn’s golden birch and maple trees, expect a colourful show all year round. Exotic plant life flourishes, adding an unexpected hint of the tropical while winding woodlands stretch right down to the shore.
MONDAY: After breakfast, take the short journey to Rhubodach where we will take the short ferry crossing to ‘Argyll’s secret coastline’, Colintraive. Here we are met with the most sublime of views towards Arran. Travel to Dunoon, the main resort on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula, spend some free time here before returning pass the Holy Loch over the Kyles, to catch the ferry back to The Isle of Bute.
TUESDAY: Pack your bags and board the coach to catch the ferry into Colintraive. Continue north, taking in the wonderful sights whilst travelling on the shores of Loch Fyne before arriving in Inveraray. We travel through Glen Aray with its sweeping hills, travel past sprawling Loch Awe, before continuing along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe into Fort William for a coffee stop before travelling through the Great Glen. Our drive continues to be breathtaking as we take in the many lochs of this area, over Five Sisters Glens arriving onto Skye and the Kings Arms Hotel for the next two nights.
WEDNESDAY: Today is spent touring the island of Skye, Scotland’s most well-known island. It’s romantic history, majestic mountains and rugged coastline are a beauty to behold. A stop for coffee in Portree before travelling along the west coast of the island to Dunvegan Castle. Head back to our hotel now in time for dinner.
THURSDAY: We bid farewell to our mainstay hotel and head off to enjoy a morning cruise in a submersible glass-bottom craft under the Skye Bridge and across to Seal Island. See if you can spot the abundant wildlife above and below the waves! Rejoin the coach and travel south to our overnight hotel in the Glasgow area.
FRIDAY: Cross the border back into England, back home to the Westcountry to arrive home early evening.
Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.
GLENBURN HOTEL, ROTHESAY, ISLE OF BUTE***
The Glenburn is a grand and elegant hotel, surrounded by delightful terraced gardens and commanding fabulous views over Rothesay and its bay. The straightforward rooms with en suite bathrooms have televisions, tea/coffee making facilities, WIFI throughout the hotel and hairdryer. There is a lift
KINGS ARMS HOTEL, KYLEAKIN, ISLE OF SKYE***
This hotel offers a magical setting right on the waterfront with views of the Skye Bridge. A newly refurbished hotel retaining many of its original features which date back into the 1700s. There are 81 en-suite bedrooms, simply furnished with loch or countryside views which feature tea/coffee making facilities, television and hairdryer. There is a lift.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Executive coach travel, 7 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, all ferry crossings, entry to Mount Stuart and Gardens, entry to Dunvegan Castle, glass bottom boat cruise and excursion programme.