Best of the Highlands

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This tour provides the perfect introduction to the beauty of Scotland. Explore the stunning diversity of Scotland’s landscapes, from west to north, from hills and glens to lochs and coasts.

Day One: Glasgow to Inverness (Three nights)

From Glasgow we make our way to the sprawling wilderness of Rannoch Moor, and pause for reflection in the dramatic surroundings of brooding Glen Coe.

We cross the Ballachulish Bridge to Fort William, against the backdrop of Ben Nevis. The spectacular Great Glen reveals its majestic beauty is next as we encounter first Loch Lochy, then Loch Oich and finally the entire length of mysterious Loch Ness. We take a break here so you can visit Urquhart Castle and take a ‘monster-spotting’ cruise *.

We then continue to Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands and our home for the next three nights. Your stay in Invernessis unescorted, so you can enjoy your time here as you please.

Day Two: ‘The Magical Isle’

Today’s full-day excursion takes you to the beautiful island of Skye. We travel through Glen Shiel, passing the Five Sisters mountain range. One of the most iconic images of Scotland is romantic Eilean Donan Castle, on an island at the head of Loch Duich. We make a stop here so you can visit and enjoy the views from this most photographed of castles *.

Then, as the song goes, it's "over the sea to Skye” by way of the road bridge. After a stop for lunch, we follow the scenic route with wonderful views of the striking Cuillin Hills all the way to Portree, the island's main community. Why not take time out to visit the picturesque harbour with it's colourfully painted houses?

Back on the mainland, we make our way to the village of Kyle of Lochalsh, then through pretty Glen Carron to Achnasheen before a short return drive to Inverness

Day Three: Caithness and John O'Groats

We head north from Inverness across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth where we may see some seals, as the tides allow. Our first stop is in Golspie, where a 27m (90’) statue of the first Duke of Sutherland stands high above the town. The duke’s agents were involved in the most notorious of the 19th-century Highland Clearances.

Our next stop is in John O’ Groats, the most northerly point of the British mainland, with time for pictures to capture your "I was here!” moment.  We next make our way to Duncansby Head for an easy stroll along the cliff-top path for dramatic views of sea stacks and seascapes, as well as sightings of local birdlife such as guillemots, kittiwakes and, of course, those cheeky puffins (until late July). Take advantage of the binoculars available on our mini-coach for a close-up view.  

We make our way southwards from Duncansby through Wick, with a comfort stop along the way, to return to Inverness for the night.

Day Four: Inverness to Glasgow

Our day starts with a short drive to the Black Isle, with beautiful views over the Cromarty Firth, as we travel to the fishing village of Cromarty . Our first stop at Chanonry Point provides an excellent spot from which to catch sight of the dolphins that live in the Moray Firth.

The attractive town of Beauly is our next destination. Beauly was named by the 13th century monks who built a priory here, taking the name from the French for ‘beautiful place’ (beau lieu).

We also stop at the popular Loch Ness Exhibition and Centre * before you rejoin your coach to head south into the spectacular Cairngorm National Park and the Spey Valley, with its outstanding views of the Cairngorm Mountains.

We travel through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass towards Glen Garry; look out for impressive Blair Castle on the way.  We pause for afternoon tea before continuing through the rolling Perthshire bound for Glasgow and journey's end.

(The order in which excursions are operated may vary.)

* Admission fees extra

Tour Highlights: Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Portree, dolphin-spotting, pre-historic sites, Cuillin Hills, Eilean Donan Castle, Five Sisters, John O'Groats, Duncansby Head, Wick, Beauly, Cromarty, Spey Valley and Perthshire.

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Prices (Per Person)

Guest House
Single from £ 580.00
Twin from £ 455.00

Hotel
Single from £ 825.00
Twin from £ 565.00

Accommodation Details

Product Code:ST01243

Child fare: 75% of the adult rate
Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Dates of Operation

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays
and Wednesdays

9 April to 25 October, 2017

Mondays
30 October to 27 November, 2017

Departure Information

Check in: 07:50 hrs
Departure: 08:00 hrs
From Holiday Inn Theatreland
161 West Nile Street
Glasgow, G1 2RL
Tour returns at: 20:40 hrs

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What's included

• 3 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
• Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 4)
• Excursions as detailed in itinerary
• Live commentary in English
• Transportation to/from Inverness by luxury touring coach
• Services of a tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What's NOT included

· Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
· Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
· Gratuity to your driver/guide


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