"Merry of soul he sailed on a day, over the sea to Skye…" Today the Skye Bridge takes us across to the iconic Isle of Skye where we marvel at the legendary landscape of the Island. This multi-centre tour takes in some of west Scotland's most spectacular and iconic scenery, castles and gardens. Image: Creative Commons Attribution Dunvegancastle
Detailed Overview

Price includes

Overnight Hotel

  • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

Esplanade Hotel, Dunoon

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course carvery menu 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • 1 nights live entertainment

  • Porterage

Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Porterage

Fisher's Hotel, Pitlochry

  • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3 course menu with 4 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Live musical entertainment

  • Porterage

Overnight Hotel

  • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast 

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

Attractions and Ferries

  • Entrance to Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

  • Return ferry crossing Colintrave / Rhubodach

  • Entrance to Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

  • 50-minute Loch Ness Cruise

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We make our way up the country and to our first hotel stop of the tour in Preston.

Day 2

This morning we carry on our journey, crossing over to Scotland where we take the ferry from Gourock to Dunoon and arrive at the Esplanade Hotel in Dunoon in time for dinner.

Day 3

Mount Stuart & Rothesay, Isle of Bute
This morning we drive to Colintraive and take the morning ferry over to the lovely Isle of Bute for the day. We visit neo-gothic Mount Stuart, one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age, set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens, woodland and coast. With beautiful interiors, the house is a labyrinth of lavish rooms, grand hallways and staircases, and the sight of the Marble Hall is truly captivating. Afterwards we take a scenic tour around the island, finishing in Rothesay. This smart Victorian seaside resort boasts a splendid Victorian frontage and glorious esplanade gardens. We have time at leisure to explore the town or visit the many attractions such as the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Rothesay Castle and Bute Museum. We return to Dunoon on the ferry for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4

Oban & the Mouth of Skye
Today we depart from The Esplanade Hotel in Dunoon and travel onwards to Oban where we stop for free time over lunch to explore this world-renowned Highland fishing town. Finally, we make our way across the Skye Bridge and head to our home for the next two nights on the Isle of Skye.

Day 5

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Trotternish & Portree
Today we make our way to the north west corner of Skye to visit famous Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan (once entirely encircled by the sea) Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. After our visit here, we enjoy a scenic drive up the Trotternish Peninsula, home to the Old Man of Storr, before returning to our hotel via the picturesque harbour town of Portree. Set around a natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, the town is a popular tourist destination.

Day 6

Cruise Loch Ness & Perth
This morning we cross to the mainland and embark upon a scenic journey to Loch Ness. We attempt to track down the world's shyest monster on a 50-minute cruise of legendary Loch Ness, departing from Fort Augustus on the southern shores. Brimming with history and monster tales, the real stars of the Loch are its castles, monuments and scenery. Sit back and relax as we cruise past Cherry Island, the loch's only island, and spoil you with a loch-side view of the striking Fort Augustus Abbey. In the afternoon we make our way south to the Fisher's Hotel in Pitlochry.

Day 7

After breakfast, we say goodbye to Scotland and wend our way south to our overnight hotel in Preston.

Day 8

We head further south to meet our feeder drivers for the journeys back home.

Other Information

Hotel

3* Esplanade Hotel, Dunoon

Perfect for those who like to escape from the hustle and bustle, the Esplanade Hotel - situated on the West Bay Promenade of Dunoon - is the ideal location to relax and unwind with the beach right outside the hotel. The Esplanade Hotel is a traditional hotel, best suited for those who just want to sit, relax and watch the world go by.

• Restaurant • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Telephone • Hairdryer • Iron & ironing board •

3* Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye

The Dunollie Hotel is set by the waterside of Broadford Bay with magnificent views across the sea to Loch Kishorn and the Applecross Hills.

• Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Lounge • Wi-Fi • Flat screen TV • Complimentary toiletries • Wake-up service/alarm clock • Hair dryer • There are steps throughout the hotel and no lift access, so the hotel is not ideally suited for wheelchairs or scooters •

3* Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry

Before 1830 the original building where the hotel currently stands was a small castle, the turret is visible from our car park, however, after Queen Victoria visited Pitlochry and tourism boomed the building was extended and it became Fisher’s Hotel. We believe the first guests were welcomed to Fisher’s Hotel in 1830. All the rooms are tastefully decorated, and all are en-suite. Wi-Fi is complimentary and available in all bedrooms and public areas.

 

• Bar and lounge •  TV • Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities •  Night porter • Lift does not serve all floors: 3 floors. Limited ground floor bedrooms. Various steps throughout the hotel •

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