NEW: The Isles of Arran, Mull and Iona
Monday 3rd - Tuesday 11th September 2018
9 daysDeposit: £75.00pp
Travel Insurance: £31.50pp
Single supplement: £75.00
Our second Scottish tour of 2018 will take you to the incredibly beautiful west coast, to discover enchanting islands, dramatic landscapes, mountains, lochs and glens. We will stay on the Isle of Arran, known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, and in the port of Oban, the “Gateway to the Isles”.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE BEST WESTERN KINLOCH HOTEL is a three-star hotel situated on Arran’s west coast. The bedrooms are simply furnished, and have Wi-Fi, complimentary toiletries and tea/coffee making facilities. There is an indoor heated pool, sauna and snooker room. www.bw-kinlochhotel.co.uk
THE ROYAL HOTEL OBAN A three-star Victorian hotel offering traditional Scottish hospitality, situated in the town centre. The Hotel has a lift. Bedrooms vary in size, and all have hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and tea/coffee making facilities. www.strathmorehotels-theroyaloban.com
(DAY 1) Monday 3rd September
We drive through the Midlands and Cumbria to Gretna Green just over the Scottish border. Here we stay at the comfortable Gretna Hall Hotel, with dinner and breakfast.
(DAY 2) Tuesday 4th September
With views of the Solway Firth, we travel trough the hills and forests of Dumfries and Galloway to the Robbie Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway. Visit the humble cottage where Scotland’s National Bard was born, and explore the museum which houses the world’s most important collection of his original works and personal belongings. Next stop is the port of Ardrossan, where we will board a ferry for the hour-long crossing to Arran. Our base for the next three nights will be the Best Western Kinloch Hotel in Blackwaterfoot.
(DAY 3) Wednesday 5th September
Arran is a jewel in Scotland’s scenic crown. The variations in Scotland’s dramatic landscape can all be found on this one Island, giving rise to its name of “Scotland in Miniature”. We will take a scenic drive around the Island to discover its picturesque villages, tall mountains and deep valleys, with included visits to the Heritage Centre and the Isle of Arran Distillery for a tour and tasting.
(DAY 4) Thursday 6th September
Brodick is the Island’s capital and we will pay a visit to Brodick Castle, which houses a collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture. Surrounding the grand baronial castle are beautiful formal gardens, with waterfalls and woodland trails where you may be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel.
(DAY 5) Friday 7th September
An early start for Lochranza for the short ferry crossing to Kintyre. Lunchtime is spent in the village of Tarbert, with its pretty harbour on Loch Fyne. This afternoon we continue up the west coast on a beautiful drive to Oban, where we will stay for three nights.
(DAY 6) Saturday 8th September
After breakfast we take the ferry over the Firth of Lorne to Mull, and then drive through Glen More to Fionnphort. From here a foot passenger ferry crosses to Iona. It is a small, fertile crofting island, with just 130 inhabitants. In AD563 Columba and his followers arrived here from Ireland to spread the Gospel in Scotland, and Iona is full of history and heritage, with Christianity at its heart. The Island is reputed to be the burial place of 48 Kings of Scotland, including Macbeth.
(DAY 7) Sunday 9th September
Today is free for you to spend at leisure in Oban, known as “The Gateway to the Isles” and the “Seafood Capital of Scotland”. Climb to McCaig’s Tower for great views across the harbour, visit the War and Peace Museum, or treat yourself to a “wee dram” at the distillery.
(DAY 8) Monday 10th September
Another day of great scenery, as we make our way through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Skirting Glasgow we continue through the Lowlands and cross the border back into Cumbria. The final night of the holiday will be spent at the Samlesbury Hotel in Lancashire.
(DAY 9) Tuesday 11th September
Our Scottish adventure comes to an end today, as we return to Sussex, where taxis will be waiting to take you to your door.