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Scotland's Western Gateway - Argyll

Scotland's Western Gateway - Argyll

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 20 people
Destination(s): Scotland  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 280 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1960 US Dollar (USD)

Positioned at the edge of a Red Deer Park with wonderful scenery in a tranquil woodland setting, this is the most romantic Scottish Country experience to be had. This package enables you to enjoy the rest and relaxation of days spent at Culzean either soaking in the Private Hot Tub and Sauna or taking days out to tour and enjoy the rest of Scotland. Please Note, due to the variable weather conditions in Scotland the itinerary may be adjusted to suit.

Dramatic mountain peaks tower over moors dotted with tumble-down crofts and castles laid waste in clan feuds. Icy streams ripple through wooded glens and into lochs teeming with salmon and trout - the delight of anglers. Golden eagles soar above the rocky crags and red deer roam the moors, near scattered villages haunted by tales of murder and treachery in days gone by.

Argyll is covered in history, castles and monuments not to mention the breath taking landscape spread over mainland Scotland as well as some of the most beautiful islands, Arran and Bute. We also have several Towns, Oban, Campbeltown, Dunoon and many little quiet villages scattered around the glens and valleys - some photos can be seen down the left side of this page.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Your Scotland Vacation package starts when the tour escort collects your party at either Glasgow Airport or Edinburgh Airport and travels to the Argyll Forest Park - established in 1935 - with its beautiful Mountains, Lochs, Glens and Woodlands. Along the way we will be visiting Loch Lomond considered by some to be the jewel of the National Park, Luss which is a “conservation village” made famous as being the location for one of Scotland’s TV soap opera’s “Take the High Road”, Loch Long, Rest & Be Thankful and into the town of Dunoon. We then make our way to Culzean House - your home from home - for your stay where you can relax and enjoy your evening meal.

Day 2: After breakfast travel to Inverary Castle (headquarters of Clan Campbell and home of The Duke & Duchess of Argyll) and from there travel to the Town of Oban – The Gateway to the Isles - we then return by way of Kilmartin and Kilmartin Glen, with its standing stones, burial cairns, rock art and carved rocks it is one of Scotland’s richest archaeological landscapes. Returning to Culzean in time for your evening meal.

Day 3: Today you have the time to relax and unwind at Culzean. You can explore the local area visiting Ardentinny beach or take a fabulous walk through the beautiful forestry paths with spectacular views of Glen Finart or just spend time relaxing in the Private Hot Tub taking in the sights and sounds of the magnificent red deer. For anyone feeling a little more adventurous, there are many other ways to spend your time, possibly Quad biking or Fishing.

Day 4: After an early breakfast, we head for Edinburgh where the Old town and New town have been listed since 1995 as World Heritage Sites. After visiting Edinburgh Castle you can shop in Princes Street and the Royal Mile or the other alternative is you can go to the Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown's book the Da Vinci Code. Once again we return in time for your evening meal to Culzean House.

Day 5: After a full days touring yesterday, today you have the time to relax and unwind at Culzean House. Today why not try something different? For anyone feeling a little adventurous, there are many ways to spend your time, you could try Quad biking or Fishing. Alternatively you could just enjoy your time taking a walk and relaxing in the garden reading a book.

Day 6: Today we head for the famous Isle of Arran. Favorite island retreat of Glaswegians (residents of Glasgow) and once popular with Scottish monarchs. Fine mountain scenery in the north contrasts with lowlands of south. Robert Bruce landed at Lochranza from Ireland in 1306.

Visiting Arran Heritage Museum: Brodick croft farm contains a museum of Arran history, geology and archeology. Authentic rooms exhibit spinning wheels, a wooden cradle and other domestic items. Geology section includes amethysts found on local beaches. Picnic area/tearoom.

We can also visit Brodick Castle and Country Park: Seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and built in the 13th century with later additions. The interior features fine plaster ceilings, furniture, porcelain and paintings. Grounds include the 1710 formal garden, Victorian Rose garden, nature trail. Returning once again for your evening meal at Culzean House.

Day 7: After breakfast we visit historical Stirling Castle, and from there we go on to Wallace Monument which commemorates Scotland's greatest national hero, Sir William Wallace who defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in the year 1297. If time permits we can also visit the Bannockburn Heritage Centre to learn more Scottish history. This evening we will head for your overnight stay at the hotel nearest your departure.

This Package Includes:
- All Overnight Accommodation
- Full Scottish Breakfast & 3 Course Dinner Daily
- Lunch will be provided on day 3 and day 5 at Culzean House
- Admission to specified sites depending on itinerary choices
- All ground transportation while in Scotland in a luxury People Carrier
- Your own driver/tour guide on touring days

Notes:
- Please note that whilst at Culzean House the Restaurant will be open for your entire stay and will cater for your needs, the house itself does have dining facilities and as such can cater for a private meal for the occupants should you have a special occasion or if you just wish to have your meal in of an evening. (The food is prepared in the Restaurant and delivered to you in the house). Please also note that during your stay at Culzean House the use of the Private Garden, Hot Tub and Sauna are for those staying in the House, making this a truly exclusive home away from home experience.
- On your tour of Scotland you may experience some Scottish Food.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

This tour costs: $280 Per person, Per Day
That is a total of $1960 each (US Dollars)
This tour costs: £135 Per person, Per Day
That is a total of £953 each (GBP)

Price Includes:
- All Overnight Accommodation
- Full Scottish Breakfast & 3 Course Dinner Daily
- Lunch will be provided on day 3 and day 5 at Culzean House
- Admission to specified sites depending on itinerary choices
- All ground transportation while in Scotland in a luxury People Carrier
- Your own driver/tour guide on touring days

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