Day 1: Arriving at Glasgow or Edinburgh airport, you will be welcomed by your Tour Driver and whisked off to the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. Dependant on arrival time, you will be spending your first day within Scotland’s First National Park before heading on to the town of Dunoon “The Gateway to the Highlands” for your first evening. Once at your Hotel, you can relax and enjoy your first Scottish Dinner.
Day 2: After a hearty Scottish Breakfast, we will depart for the Isle of Skye. We take the Highland roads via Dalmally and then on to Glen Coe where we will get to know a little more about the history surrounding the Highlands at the Glen Coe Visitor Center. We then head for the Eilean Donan Castle probably one of Scotland’s most photographed Castles. We will then make our way to the Kyles of Lochalsh for our first night in the Highlands at our Country Hotel.
Day 3: Today after our Scottish Breakfast, we will be visiting the Isle of Skye for the first time. We will visit the capital of the Island – a town called Portree. Then follows a visit to the Talisker Whiskey Distillery (the only Distillery on Skye) for a Connoisseurs Tour (includes tasting and a little keepsake). Later we will visit Armadale Castle and Gardens, the Cuillin Mountains and Dunvegan Castle. We then return to our Highland Hotel for our second evening in the Misty Isle.
Day 4: After Breakfast, we head for Fort Augustus at the foot of Loch Ness. Here you will be able to witness the beauty of Loch Ness and the engineering that joins the Loch to the sea at the Caledonian Canal. From here we will head to Edradour Distillery which is claimed to be the smallest distillery in Scotland which produces some of the finest single malt. Then we carry on into Pitlochry which wins the “Town in Bloom” each year before heading to our hotel for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 5: Today after breakfast, we make our way to Stirling where we will visit the 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. We then visit Stirling Castle set high atop ancient rock and amazing history. Here we can arrange lunch or high tea in the Stirling Castle Vaults to make a memory to last a lifetime. We also aim to visit the Bannockburn Heritage Center today time permitting. After a wonderful day, we will head to our hotel for our dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 6: This morning we have an early start as we will go to Edinburgh Castle for our pre opening visit. We will be escorted around the Castle prior to the opening hours to give you a personal experience of the Castle, followed by a lovely Scottish breakfast. After lunch, we will visit Roslyn Chapel and if time permits you can even do some shopping along the Royal mile. We then head off to our hotel for our evening meal.
Day 7: This morning we have another early start as we make our way to St Andrews in time to place our ballot to play the “Old Course”. Dependant on ballot, we will take the day to enjoy a round of golf on the historic course. Alternatively, we will play the new addition of the courses at St Andrews, the Castle Course. We then head off to our hotel for our final nights dinner.
Day 8: After breakfast today, we will be making the journey from our Hotel to the Holy Loch Marina where we will be joining the St Hilda for our Sea Adventure. Sail Loch Long and Loch Goil and experiment with sailing and navigating one of the smallest “Tall Ships”. Anchor off Carrick Castle for your first dinner on board and go ashore by tender for an evening stroll.
Day 9: In the morning head for the beautiful Kyles of Bute and explore the sea lochs of Riddon and Striven, watching for grey seals and marine bird life. After dinner lay lobster pots or try fishing from the boat tender.
Day 10: If the weather allows, sail across the Sound of Bute for Arran or explore the south of Loch Fyne which is excellent for water based activities.
Day 11: After breakfast, head back to Holy Loch for disembarking at 11am where you will be returned to the airport for you flights home.
Note: Due to the variable weather conditions in Scotland the itinerary may be adjusted to suit.
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