Puffin Express

from Edinburgh

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This 2 day tour is ideal if time is short and you want to discover the remoteness of Scotland's far north, fabulous seascapes and, of course, those cheeky puffins!

Day One: Edinburgh to Inverness

From Edinburgh we leave the city behind and head towards the Highlands. Soon there are fine views of Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, which commemorates William Wallace, the real Braveheart.

We make a stop for morning coffee in Kilmahog before crossing from the Lowlands into the Highlands – a region that is steeped in history, stunning scenery and exciting adventures. Next it's on through bonnie Strathyre and Rob Roy MacGregor country to the sprawling Great Moor of Rannoch, one of the last truly wild places left in Europe.

No matter the weather there is nothing that will prepare you for the beauty of Glen Coe. This famous valley resonates through Scottish history as a place of great significance. We will make a stop here so you can soak up the atmosphere of this special place for yourself.

Fort William, the largest town on the Highlands, sits at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain. We'll stop to enjoy the vista before heading into the Great Glen, a picturesque valley of lochs and mountains whose history has been carved from bitter clan disputes, as we shall hear.

Mysterious and evocative Loch Ness is a real highlight. We'll drive along the entire length of the loch making a stop at Urquhart Castle, a popular vantage point with "Nessie” spotters! You can mount your own exploration by taking time to visit the castle and enjoy a short cruise on the loch *.

It's a short drive to Inverness, where we will spend the night.

Day Two: John O'Groats and the Far North

We leave Inverness to head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth. A 27m (90') statue of the first Duke of Sutherland towers above the town of Golspie. The duke's agents were involved in the most notorious of the Highland Clearances in the 19th century. You'll learn more about this sad period of Scotland's history later in the tour.

We soon arrive in Caithness, a remote county whose traditional industry was herring fishing. Many harbours were constructed here during the 19th century to meet the increasing demands of this ever-expanding industry. We will make a stop at one of these charming harbours for a quayside picnic lunch (weather permitting).

We will also stop in John O'Groats for that "I was there” photograph at the very tip of the British mainland. We then make our way to stunning Duncansby Head, for a stroll along the cliff-top path, rewarded with views of sea stacks and coastal views. Duncansby is renowned for its birdlife including guillemots, kittiwakes and, its most famous residents, puffins (until late July).

From Duncansby, we turn southwards through Wick, where there will be a comfort stop, before we southwards to Inverness. After a short break in Inverness board the train for your scenic rail journey to either Edinburgh or Glasgow #. Please note that the train journey is unescorted and part of the journey may be in darkness.

* Admission fees extra
# If you wish to return to Glasgow please contact us before you make your reservation.

Tour Highlights: Bonnie Strathyre, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Cruise (optional), Inverness, The Black Isle, Helmsdale, John O' Groats, wildlife and bird watching, Duncansby Head, Dornoch Firth and scenic rail journey

 

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Prices (Per Person)

Guest House
Single from £ 275.00
Twin from £ 235.00

Hotel
Single from £ 365.00
Twin from £ 275.00

Accommodation Details

Product Code:ST 00308

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.

Seasonal Price Range
£240 - £365

Once booked this package cannot be altered or cancelled.

You have the option of returning to Glasgow rather than Edinburgh. If you would like to avail of this option please contact us prior to making your reservation.

Product code: ST00308

Dates of Operation

Mondays
16 October to 27 November, 2017 and
5 March to 26 November, 2018

Mondays and Wednesdays
11 April to 10 October, 2018

Departure Information

Check in: 07:45 hrs
Departure: 08:00 hrs
From 87 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG

Tour returns at: 00:11 hrs (Edinburgh)

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What's included

• 1 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
• Full Scottish breakfast (day 2)
• Excursions as detailed in itinerary
• Transportation to Inverness by luxury touring coach
• Single train ticket from Inverness to Edinburgh or Glasgow
• 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 tour host


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