5 days

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Summary

A journey to the far north of Scotland brings many rewards, not least the sense of freedom and open space to be found in the thrilling seascapes of the coasts or the vast, empty expanse of mountain and moorland that separates east from west. Rewards also come in the shape of some enchanting castles and gardens, which we have threaded together to bring out the best of this remote and unspoilt region.

Top of the bill is Inverewe, a truly wonderful garden, which involves a journey to the wild beauty of the west coast through some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the world. The Castle of Mey sits high on a cliff, overlooking the turbulent waters of the Pentland Firth, and it is here that Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother, had one of her favourite retreats, and where she created a homely garden which reflected her great love of flowers. We also visit the gardens of Cawdor Castle, immortalized by William Shakespeare in Macbeth, Dunrobin Castle, the château-style ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland, Dunbeath Castle, perched on a promontory, and the privately-owned garden of Langwell. Finally we visit the House of Aigas, where we also enjoy lunch using estate produce, and the nursery at Abriachan, an opportunity to purchase a potted souvenir of your holiday.

Our hotel: we are based at the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel (or similar), centrally located on the banks of the River Ness. All rooms are en-suite with tv, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. The hotel’s facilities include a gymnasium, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

NC500: Please note that this itinerary features part of the North Coast 500, the highly scenic coastal route which begins and ends in Inverness.

Tour highlights:

  • The desolate beauty of the Highland landscape
  • Inverewe, widely regarded as one of Scotland’s greatest gardens
  • The holly maze, styled on the Minotaur’s labyrinth, at Cawdor Castle
  • The lovingly restored gardens of the Castle of Mey
  • Spectacular borders at Langwell

Departure Routes

Location Depart Return
Glasgow
Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station
08.45 21.45
Edinburgh
Outside Reception at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
10.00 20.30
Dunfermline
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
10.30 20.00
Kinross
Moto Services on M90
10.45 19.45
Perth
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
11.00 19.30

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £295

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • 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 supplement Availability
10 July 2022 BFNG220710 10 July 2022 (Sunday) 14 July 2022 (Thursday) £995
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