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SCOTLAND’S FAMOUS ROUTE 500, NORTHWEST PASSAGE AND ORKNEYS

SCOTLAND’S FAMOUS ROUTE 500, NORTHWEST PASSAGE AND ORKNEYS

Wednesday 2 to Thursday 10 June 2021

  • 9 Days £790
  • Single supplement £155
  • Holiday insurance £29

A most extraordinary holiday visiting Scotland’s North West coastline and islands. This trip of a lifetime skirts the very top of the United Kingdom on the famous Route 500 as it snakes along the coast passing fairy-tale castles, deserted beaches and ancient ruins. A region so sparsely populated the lifestyle and culture has little changed in generations. The highlight of the week is a marvellous guided tour of the Orkney Isles.


WEDNESDAY: Following our morning departure we travel north to our overnight hotel in the Glasgow area.

THURSDAY: Travel through the changing Scottish scenery, we travel along the shoreline of Loch Lomond ‘The Queen of Lochs’ to then drive through Glencoe over the mountain passes to Fort William. You will lose count of the number of lochs we travel past, enjoy a quick stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles before arriving at Skye and the Dunollie Hotel for a two-night stay.

FRIDAY:  A full day on Skye, first to the capital of Portree, fringed by high ground and cliffs, where the harbour continues to be used by fishing boats. We cross the island to the 800-year-old Dunvegan Castle and Gardens – the stronghold of the Macleod Clan and Scotland’s longest inhabited castle. Returning along the coast road with views of the Cuillins, the most impressive mountain range in the UK.

SATURDAY: We depart Skye via the bridge to arrive at Kyle. Drive along Loch Carron to Gairloch, a pretty fishing village. Continue along the total length of Loch Maree, without doubt, one of Scotland’s bonniest of lochs before we snake our way along cliffs, beaches, inlets and a coastline dotted with islands before arriving into the picture-perfect harbour town of Ullapool and the Royal Hotel for our overnight stay.

SUNDAY: Travelling north, the extraordinary beauty unfolds before you. Mile upon mile of crumbling cliffs, sheer rocky headlands and sheltered bays with white deserted beaches. See/hear huge seabird colonies clustered in clefts on remote stacks, seals also bob around in the surf offshore. Arrive at Durness, the most north-westerly village on mainland Britain. Lunch included at the Smoo Cave Hotel.  Continue to travel east along the northern coastline, entering the least populated area in the UK, passing sea lochs and villages before reaching the picturesque fishing village of Caithness and the Castletown Hotel, for our two-night stay.

MONDAY: We travel past Scotland’s most northern mainland castle, Castle of Mey, which was owned and frequently visited by the late Queen Mother, we see the Orkney’s rise from the North Sea.  At John O’Groats we board the ferry as foot passengers for the 40-minute ferry crossing over the Pentland Firth to begin a magical guided tour of the Orkney Island. A private coach with driver/guide awaits to take you across the Churchill Barriers, visiting Scara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, standing stones, Italian Chapel and much more.  We return on the ferry back to John O’Groats.

TUESDAY: Another day which is sure not to disappoint you, travel by way of Wick and the coastal road to historic Helmsdale and then various vantage points such as the white sands at Brora, Dunrobin Castle to the Highland capital of Inverness for some free time. Continue south climbing the Drumochter Pass then by way of Glen Garry, Bridge of Tilt and Pitlochry to our overnight stay in the Perthshire area.

WEDNESDAY: We have a leisurely departure today and travel south through Scotland, crossing the border into England and our hotel in the Lancashire area.

THURSDAY: Travel south to arrive home late afternoon/early evening.


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


DUNOLLIE HOTEL, BROADFORD, SKYE***

The Dunollie Hotel is set by the serene waterside of Broadford Bay, at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. With 84 en suite bedrooms, a bar and a restaurant, it is perfectly placed to explore an area rich in history. Many of the bedrooms offer spectacular views across Broadford Bay and the islands of Pabay and Scalpay, they are equipped with a television, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift.

ROYAL HOTEL, ULLAPOOL***

Located on the edge of the village with breath-taking views across Loch Broom and the surrounding Highlands. All 55 bedrooms are en-suite with a television and tea/coffee making facilities. No lift but ground floor rooms available.

CASTLETOWN HOTEL, CAITHNESS, THURSO**

Nestled in the curve of Dunnet Bay, within the picturesque fishing village of Castletown, this family-run hotel is perfect for exploring Caithness, offering quality, affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi and parking. There are 24 en-suite bedrooms with television, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 8 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, Orkney Isle ferry and guided tour, lunch at Smoo Cave Hotel, entry to Dunvegan Castle and gardens and excursion programme

 

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.

WILD IN THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

WILD IN THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 September 2021

  • 7 Days £285
  • Single supplement £100
  • Holiday insurance £25

Come and enjoy not only a classic wildlife holiday but a scenic one too, suitable for the coaching market and designed with no strenuous activities or walks. On this tour, you will experience eagles, a cruise where you are virtually guaranteed to see the resident pod of dolphins. Visit Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, feed the reindeer in the Cairngorms and enjoy a steam train ride through beautiful Highland countryside.


SUNDAY: Following our morning departure we travel to the north of England for our overnight stay.

MONDAY: We cross the border and travel by way of the Falkirk Wheel before arriving into the Highlands of Scotland and the Craiglynne Hotel, Grantown on Spey for the next four nights.

TUESDAY:  We travel into Inverness the capital of the Highlands for free time. Continue our drive north crossing Moray Firth, Cromarty Firth, Dornoch Firth and Loch Fleet to arrive at Dunrobin Castle.  Dating back 700 years, this fairy-tale castle has extensive gardens to explore in a dramatic coastal setting. This afternoon we enjoy a fascinating falconry display with Golden Eagles, Falcons and other species.  WEDNESDAY: Travel to Aviemore to board the Strathspey steam train and the stunning 40 minute trip through the Scottish Highlands. Disembark at Broomhill and continue our journey onto the Cairngorm National Park where we meet a herder who will take you to visit the reindeer paddock and exhibition.

THURSDAY: Today we explore the Whisky trail. It is the most recognised region in the world for whisky production passing numerous distilleries along the way.  A stop will be made in Nairn, renowned for its white sandy beaches. Continue along the coast and over the Kessock suspension bridge to join the Dolphin Spirit, we will have a 90-minute cruise into the Moray Firth to hopefully spot the pod of resident dolphins.

FRIDAY: We depart the Highlands and travel south, still taking in the amazing scenery that this region of Scotland offers.  Cross the border into England for our overnight hotel.

SATURDAY: Continue our journey south to arrive home late afternoon/early evening.


CRAIGLYNNE HOTEL, GRANTOWN ON SPEY***

Set in the Cairngorms National Park, this imposing, granite Victorian hotel is surrounded by immaculate gardens and views across of the neighbouring Cromdale Hills and just a 10-minute walk to the town centre. The Craiglynne Hotel features 82 en-suite bedrooms, many of which boast panoramic views of the neighbouring hills and are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, telephone and television. After your excursions, you may like to relax in the bar or conservatory before dining in the award-winning restaurant for your evening meal. This hotel offers WIFI throughout the public places and there is a lift.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below. For operational reasons on the day of travel a steam train may be replaced by diesel. Sightings of animals mentioned cannot be guaranteed but are highly likely.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, tea and shortbread on arrival in the main hotel, entrance to Dunrobin Castle with a falconry display, Strathspey railway journey, visit reindeer in the Cairngorms, Dolphin Spirit cruise and excursion programme.

CHRISTMAS IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, CAIRNGORMS AND AVIEMORE

CHRISTMAS IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, CAIRNGORMS AND AVIEMORE

Wednesday 22 to Tuesday 28 December 2021

  • 7 Days £585
  • Single supplement £104
  • Holiday insurance £25

Situated in the heart of beautiful Strathspey in the Highlands of Scotland between Aviemore and Grantown, Nethybridge is the perfect centre to enjoy the countryside of the glorious Scottish Highlands. The village of Nethybridge has been a holiday destination since Victorian times, yet it remains un-spoilt with the majority of accommodation hidden away in quiet locations next to the ancient Caledonian pine forest. The popular television series Monarch of the Glen was set in the Scottish Highlands in fictitious Glenbogle. Our previous Christmas’s here have been enjoyed by many!

WEDNESDAY: Following our morning departure we travel north to the Lancashire area for our overnight hotel.

THURSDAY: We shall cross the border today and continue north to Perth where we will stop for lunch. We continue our journey after lunch arriving in Nethybridge late afternoon. Be ready to join your fellow guests in the main lounge for a complimentary glass of bubbly at 6.30 pm. We then begin our celebrations at 7 pm with a Gala Candlelit Dinner in the Abernethy Restaurant followed by live entertainment when you can dance the night away!

CHRISTMAS EVE: After breakfast, it’s quiz time! Pick up your question sheet from reception with results and prizes announced at dinner. An excursion to Pitlochry and the Queen’s View with stunning views of Loch Tummel before we return for a four-course Gala Candlelit Christmas Eve Dinner which will begin at 7 pm. Dancing and live music tonight to bring in Christmas Day with the Marlette’s from 9 pm.

CHRISTMAS DAY: MERRY CHRISTMAS! Begin this special day with a full Scottish breakfast in the restaurant served between 8 am-10 am. Complimentary coffee and shortbread will be served throughout the morning with Haggis Hurling on the lawn at noon. A very special visitor will be arriving around 2 pm! Can you guess who? At 3 pm a showing of the Queen’s Speech before our Grand Gala Christmas Lunch at 3.30 pm. After you have had time to digest, there will be live music and dancing from 9 pm with a light buffet dinner to keep you going!

BOXING DAY: Today we shall have a full-day tour of the Cairngorm Mountains and Aviemore. We return to the hotel where at 6.30 pm the Piper will pipe you all into a Boxing Day Banquet. Then from 9 pm dance away another Christmas with live music.

MONDAY: We depart the Nethybridge Hotel after our breakfast and travel to our overnight hotel once again in the north of England.

TUESDAY: We return home to the West Country for late afternoon/early evening.


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

 Please note: Due to the location of our hotel the excursion programme is subject to road/weather conditions and may change. The hotels itinerary is based on 2020 schedule and subject to change.


NETHYBRIDGE HOTEL, NETHYBRIDGE ***

The Nethybridge is situated amidst the splendour of the Cairngorm Mountains and the lushly wooded Strathspey. This awarded Victorian Hotel has magnificent character and you are able to lounge in comfortable couches in front of the roaring open fire, which will welcome you on a cold winters’ day. All 66 bedrooms are en-suite with television, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and central heating. There are two bars, a games room, snooker and pool tables and gardens. There is a lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, 1 lunch and excursion programme.