Essential Scotland - Prima
The wild and remote landscapes of Scotland have been inspiring travellers for centuries and its panoramic views are almost as legendary as the country’s famous single malts. This exclusive four-day break begins with a flight to Edinburgh and a guided tour of Scotland’s elegant capital including its iconic castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, once frequented by Mary, Queen of Scots and now Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
We are based in The Trossachs, Rob Roy MacGregor’s stomping ground near Loch Lomond, for three nights on a half-board basis, with time to explore the largest freshwater lake in Britain. The trip also includes a chance to admire Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, cross the barren expanse of Rannoch Moor and drive through Glencoe, a hauntingly beautiful valley sculpted by the last ice age. We’ll see the scenic West Highland coastline on a spectacular drive from Fort William to Oban, and stop in the pretty village of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Argyll. Visits to historic Stirling Castle and Scone Palace are also included in the trip, as is the opportunity to meet some fabulous Highland cows during a trip to the Trossachs Woollen Mill.
Benefit from this limited time offer:
- Pay a low deposit of £50, was £200.
Single supplement: £90
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Day 1 -
Depart this morning from London Stansted Airport on a morning flight to Edinburgh (regional flights from other airports and/or overnight accommodation before or after the tour are available on request. There is a discount of £100pp if you make your own way to the pick-up points at Edinburgh Airport or the Marriott Hotel.
Depart on a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh, including visits to Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, once frequented by Mary, Queen of Scots and now HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
We continue to the historic Winnock Hotel in the village of Drymen in the Trossachs, where dinner is served in the evening.
Day 2 -
After breakfast we depart on a circular tour that features stunning scenery including mountains, glens and lochs as well as the sparkling seascapes of the west coast. We travel along the west shore of Loch Lomond, fabled in legend and song and the largest freshwater lake in Britain. Continuing north we cross the barren expanse of Rannoch Moor and on through Glencoe, a hauntingly beautiful valley that we sculpted by the last ice age and was the scene of a tragic massacre in 1692.
We arrive on the west coast at Fort William, which sits at the head of Loch Linnhe beneath the brooding mass of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. After some free time for lunch we turn south, taking the coastal route and enjoying striking views over Loch Linnhe towards the mountains of Morvern and over picturesque Castle Stalker.
Crossing the tidal race known as the Falls of Lora beneath an impressive cantilever bridge we arrive in the harbour town of Oban, known as the Gateway to the Isles as many ferry services to the Hebrides sail from here.
After time to browse the shops or watch the coming and going of the ships we begin our journey back to the hotel, striking inland by the Pass of Brander and Loch Awe, with views of Kilchurn Castle, another iconic image. Our final stop is in the pretty village of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne and the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Argyll.
We then continue over the steep mountain pass known as the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ which returns us to the shores of Loch Lomond and back to our hotel in Drymen.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Dinner|
Day 3 -
Following breakfast we travel to nearby Aberfoyle and The Trossachs, a scenic area of woodland, lochs and mountains. Continuing to Callander we call in at a local woollen mill which as well as offering quality knitwear affords the opportunity to meet a couple of friendly and very photogenic Highland cows!
In the afternoon we explore historic Stirling Castle, which like Edinburgh Castle sits atop an ancient volcanic crag. Before the union with England, Stirling was a royal palace as well as a strategic fortress and witnessed the births, coronations and deaths of many Scottish monarchs.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Dinner|
Day 4 -
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and this time head north for neighbouring Perthshire, beginning with a visit to Scone Palace, just to the north of Perth. Like Stirling Castle, Scone is also a former place of coronation and counts Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II among those crowned here. Scone is also notable for its fine collection of specimen trees, including the original Douglas fir.
Continuing north, to the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, we reach the House of Bruar with an opportunity for lunch (not included) and some shopping at this premium retail outlet.
We then head south and return to Edinburgh Airport in time for our early evening flight back to London Stansted.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|8 May 2021||BESC210508||8 May 2021 (Saturday)||11 May 2021 (Tuesday)||£795