West Highlands of Scotland, Inverness, Loch Ness
A Magical Scottish Tour
Steeped in history and overlooked by the magnificent castle and the statue of Flora McDonald, Inverness sits serenely at the mouth of the River Ness, immersed in century spanning culture. Above the city lies Craig Phadrig, once the stronghold of Pictish Kings, which offers interesting forest walks and magnificent views of the Moray Firth; home to a diverse range of wildlife, especially Dolphins. Explore the art, history and heritage of the Highlands at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery or relax in the tropical gardens at Inverness Floral Hall. Visits on our tour include such places as Loch Ness, Pitlochry, Loch Maree, Inverewe Garden, Ullapool, Fort William, Loch Lomond.
Day 1 Departure: 0600-0730 hrs. We head up to Keswick, Cumbria, making comfort and lunch stops en-route (lunch not included). Once we arrive, we shall check-in and you will have the evening at your leisure. Dinner included.
Day 2 We travel north, making a tea/coffee stop at Moffatt, (tea/coffee not included) and later a lunch stop at The Kelpies Visitor Centre (lunch not included). A further stop is made at Pitlochry, a beautiful setting near the Tay Forest Park, situated in the heart of Scotland. Admire the views and breathe in the fresh air – hearsay has it that Queen Victoria’s doctor had once claimed that the ‘air in Pitlochry was good for their health’. We continue our travels and arrive in Inverness where we check into the hotel. Dinner is included for the next 3 nights.
Day 3 – We head out for the day to circumnavigate Loch Ness. Included in your trip is an enjoyable 1 hour cruise on Loch Ness. Famous for its striking natural beauty, this magnificent rural paradise offers remarkable, mysterious wildlife, and unprecedented depth of history. This remarkable Loch, the largest in Scotland, bestows the area with attractions such as fishing, or gentle strolls around the beautiful surroundings. We shall make a stop at Fort Augustus for some lunch (lunch not included). Fort Augustus is a quaint village where boats travel along the canal against a picturesque backdrop. The village offers many scenic walks, charming pubs, and restaurants. We shall then continue our route alongside Loch Ness back to Inverness.
Day 4 – We shall head out for an amazing scenic tour of the West Highlands via Achnasheen. We shall make a tea/coffee stop at Ledgowan Lodge, a superb former hunting lodge (tea/coffee stop cost included) and then head to Loch Maree. Loch Maree provides some of the most majestic landscapes in the Highlands and is made up of some of the most untamed and dramatic Lochs in Scotland. Loch Maree contains five large wooded islands and is framed by brooding mountains displaying breath-taking views in all directions. We will then continue to the world famous Inverewe Garden (admission included). Inverewe Garden is a 54-acre Highland garden set against a backdrop of mountains and sea lochs, providing an inspirational setting for an explosion of exotic plants and colour. You will marvel at beautiful garden designs, featuring plants from all over the world such as Australian tree ferns to South African bulbs. Our next point of interest will be Ullapool. We shall stop to appreciate the picturesque village, where many ancient buildings, dating back hundreds of years still stand proud. We shall have time to admire the views from the port, nestled in an unspoilt natural environment on the shores of Loch broom and providing a departure point to the Outer Hebrides. You may wish to visit Ullapool Museum which offers visitors an interesting insight into local heritage. Ullapool is a beautiful place to complete our Highlands day excursion and from there, we shall head back to the hotel to relax for the evening.
Day 5 - We depart after breakfast for the first part of our homeward journey and shall make a lunch stop at Fort William (lunch not included). Fort William is one of the largest towns in the Highlands and is located at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Fort William offers the option to admire its magnificent scenery or peruse the bustling High Street, home to local producers and gift shops. We head on and take a further break at Luss on Loch Lomond. Loch Lomand, the largest loch in Scotland, makes for an alluring landscape that can measure up against some of the most dramatic locations throughout the UK. We will then continue to the New Lanark Mill Hotel for the evening. Enjoy the magnificent surroundings or simply relax reminiscing of your weeks amazing travels. Dinner included.
Day 6 - We depart the Scottish Borders after breakfast and return to Berkshire enjoying the scenic views on the way home. There will be relevant comfort stops and a lunch stop en-route (lunch not included). Arrive home: late evening
▪ Return coach travel
▪ 5 nights accommodation
▪ Self-service buffet breakfast
▪ Served 3 course dinner (3 choices) plus after dinner coffee
▪ Admission to Inverewe Garden
▪ Loch Ness Cruise
▪ Tea/coffee at Ledgowan Lodge
▪ Hotel porter service
▪ Courier throughout
▪ All coach tours
Keswick Country House Hotel, Keswick (1 night - out)
This elegant Victorian building stands proudly in four acres of tended gardens and walkways and enjoys views of the surrounding Lake District fells. Just a 10 minute walk from the bustling market town of Keswick, with its eclectic mix of shops, pubs and restaurants.
Bedrooms: En-suite (shower over bath) with TV, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone and hairdryer.
Facilities: Lounge and bar. Night porter.
Mobility Information: Lift to all 3 floors. Various steps throughout the hotel. No ground floor bedrooms.
Best Western Palace Hotel and Spa, Inverness (3 nights)
Ideally located across from Inverness Castle by the River Ness, just 2 minutes walk to the city centre.
Bedrooms: En-suite with TV, radio, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, iron, ironing board, alarm clock. A selection of room types are offered across 2 Victorian properties and a modern garden cottage. All groups are allocated across all 3 properties.
Facilities: Bar and lounge. Night porter. Sauna, spa, steam room, swimming pool.
Mobility Information: Lift serves all 4 floors. 15 steps at front entrance. Disabled access at side door. No ground floor bedrooms.
New Lanark Mill Hotel, Lanark (1 night - return)
Located one mile south of Lanark with the River Clyde’s waterfalls close by. Originally an 18th century cotton mill with original features such as Georgian windows and barrel-vaulted ceilings.
Bedrooms: En-suite with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and telephone.
Facilities: Bar and lounge. Night porter. Swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, bubble pool and beauty room (additional charges).
Mobility Information: 2 lifts serve all 6 floors. No ground floor bedrooms.
Single room supplement £185.00
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