The ultimate Island-hopping experience: situated on the edge of Europe, this archipelago of more than two hundred islands offers a striking mix of landscapes
from windswept golden sands to harsh, heather-backed mountains and peat bogs. Each of the islands is distinctive but the Gaelic culture, traditions and
heritage continue to pervade the atmosphere.
LEYLAND HOTEL, PRESTON 4* (1 night)
FISHERS HOTEL, PITLOCHRY 3* (1 night)
CABERFIEDH HOTEL, STORNOWAY 4* (2 nights)
BALMACARA HOTEL, KYLE OF LOCHALSH 3* (2 nights)
GRETNA HALL HOTEL, GRETNA GREEN 3* (1 night)
Door to Door service
Air-conditioned coach travel
7 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Choice menu at dinner
Ferry crossings - Ullapool/ Stornoway and Tarbert/Uig
Excursions as described
After collection from your home we commence our journey northward to our overnight hotel arriving in time for dinner.
We continue north travelling through the lowlands of Scotland to Stirling. With its iconic castle sitting on a craggy outcrop, the town sits at the gateway to the highlands across the River Forth. We enjoy some free time in this historic city before completing the journey to Perth for overnight accommodation at the Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry.
Today’s journey winds its way through the magnificent Grampian Mountains through to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, standing at the head of the Moray Firth. The road then leads on to Ullapool, its distinctive layout a legacy of the town’s origins, as it was designed and built in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society. We take the late afternoon ferry from here to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis for a 2-night stay (dinner will be late this evening).Br, D
Lewis is the largest of the Hebridean islands and steeped in history and culture, ranging back thousands of years. The Western Isle traditions remain very strong, and in particular their religious defeats: Sundays remain a very special day and many people observe strict compliance to the respected values of the free church. In the summer months local people can still be seen cutting the peat, and in winter the distinctive dry smell of the peat fires drifts in the wind. Take a tour of the island including the Blackhouse village, set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This unique group of restored thatched cottages allows the visitors to step back in time to experience the life of crofting in the last century. Not to be missed are the Callanish Standing Stones, the most significant and important megalithic complexes in Europe.Br, D
Following breakfast, we travel south through Harris, home to the world famous tweed which bears its name, to Tarbert. Catch the late morning ferry to Ulig on the Isle of
Skye. Known as the Misty Isle. Follow the coast road north along the Trotternish Peninsula through long established villages, including Kilmuir, home of the Museum of
Island life, it is also the burial place of Flora Mcdonald, the heroine who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie when he fled over the sea to Skye, and the romance embodied by the flight of ‘The Young Pretender’ still lingers. Around the corner the coastline starts to reveal dramatic, exciting and dangerous formations from Staffin, with its beautiful bay, the Kilt Rock, the tempestuous watercourses leading to the Mealt Falls and the Old Man of Starr. From Portree complete the journey to the Kyle of Lochalsh for a 2-night stay at the Balmacara Hotel.
This morning continue the exploration of Skye. The combination of ruined castles and stately homes, a large variety of wildlife and some of the most
dramatic scenery in Scotland, it remains a tourist hotspot. Drive up through the Cullins to Dunvegan. Stronghold of the Chiefs of Macleod for nearly 800 years. It is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland with priceless family heirlooms around the castle’s stately halls. Stroll through formal and woodland gardens before driving through more island scenery. From Fairy Bridge, the subject of much myth and legend, continue through to the capital of the island Portree. With its picturesque harbour, the brightly-painted houses cluster around a large sheltered bay.
The journey south passes the romantic Eilean Donan Castle through the winding valley of Glenshiel to Fort William. The journey through the Highlands takes in the spectacular peaks of Glen Coe, made famous by the Campbells’ massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before crossing the bleak Rannoch Moor and alongside the shores of Loch Lomond. We complete our journey to Gretna Green for our overnight accommodation.Br, D
This morning we head south and return home to the local area.Br