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BUTE TO SKYE ON THE ATLANTIC COASTAL DRIVE

BUTE TO SKYE ON THE ATLANTIC COASTAL DRIVE

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.

WESTPORT AND THE ISLANDS OF THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

WESTPORT AND THE ISLANDS OF THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

Sunday 9 to Saturday 15 May 2021

  • 7 Days £660
  • Single supplement £140
  • Holiday insurance £37

Based in the heart of the traditional town of Westport and includes visits to Westport House, the islands of the Wild Atlantic Way and Kylemore Abbey. This tour offers something for everyone with grand stately homes, Irish culture and history and the breath-taking scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way. Award-winning Westport, our host resort is situated on the edge of Clew Bay and is surrounded by magnificent scenery and provides an excellent location for our itinerary.


SUNDAY: A fairly early start to travel into Wales and to Pembroke for the afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare. Continue to the Talbot Hotel in Wexford.

MONDAY: Our journey today will take us along the outskirts of the Wicklow mountains to Powerscourt Gardens for our morning coffee stop. We then cross through the middle of Ireland to the Wyatt Hotel in Westport for our four-night stay.

TUESDAY: Travel to Westport House, set amongst lush gardens, rich mature woodlands and broad promenades, the 300-year-old house is one of the jewels in the crown of Ireland’s historical family homes. Continue to Castlebar where we will stop for a visit the National Museum of Ireland to discover the history of Irish Country life.

WEDNESDAY: Today we travel to Roonagh Pier for a short boat trip to beautiful and remote Clare Island, where we meet a guide for an Island Heritage talk before visiting Grace O’Malley Granuailes Castle. Time to enjoy a stroll around the harbour and beach before our soup and sandwich lunch at Sailor’s Bar. After lunch, we board our ferry to Achill, where we re-join our coach. We continue to Keel for free time before embarking on a stunning drive back to the mainland via the bridge.

THURSDAY: Travel south through Connemara National Park, one of the wildest and most beautiful regions in the whole of Ireland. Travel via the beautiful village of Leenane at the head of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Onto Kylemore Abbey located in the heart of the Connemara countryside. The abbey has been owned and inhabited by the Benedictine community since 1920. It boasts Ireland’s largest walled garden. Continue to Galway for the remainder of the afternoon.

FRIDAY: We say farewell to our hotel and travel south by way of Galway and Athlone for our lunch stop. We continue through Tullamore to Carlow then on through to Wexford and back to the Talbot Hotel – a scenic day.

SATURDAY: Depart the Talbot Hotel and travel the short distance to Rosslare for the morning sailing into Pembroke. Continue our journey through Wales and into England to arrive home late afternoon/early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


WYATT HOTEL, WESTPORT ***

Located in the heart of glorious Westport town, this charming boutique hotel offers a very warm Irish welcome and excellent bar and lounge facilities. All 63 en-suite bedrooms are traditionally designed and are a good size, equipped with a television, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. This popular hotel features an intimate style restaurant, a brasserie and traditional bar with plenty of seating for you to relax. Guests can enjoy the town leisure centre free of charge. There is a lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry crossings, porterage, welcome drink in both hotels, entrance into Westport House, ferry crossings to Clare and Achill Island, entrance to Grace O’Malley Castle, soup and sandwich at Sailor’s Bar and excursion programme.