Join us on this tour through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Scottish Highlands, which we explore by road, rail and on water. As well as castles, lochs and awe-inspiring scenery, we have included a two-night stay on Lewis, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides.
Day 1 Having been picked up by taxi from your door, you join your tour coach and we make our way northward to the Sunderland area and our overnight hotel.
Day 2 We have a long and very scenic journey today, with plenty of places to stop for refreshments. We travel north and cross into Scotland. We soon join the picturesque A9 which takes us across the Grampian Mountains and into the Cairngorms National Park. Passing Inverness, we drive along Beauly Firth to the Priory Hotel for a four-night stay.
Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast, we enjoy another beautiful drive, along the northern shore of Cromarty Firth into Sutherland and Dunrobin Castle. This most northerly of Scotland’s great houses resembles a French château, and is the historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. We have time to explore the state rooms, the formal gardens and the Victorian museum. There may also be a falconry display. Stonehenge’. We also venture into the moorland interior, where peat is still cut for fuel and see traditional croft dwellings.
Day 4 We have a wonderfully picturesque journey along Loch Ness, through Glen Moriston and Glen Sheil to the Kyle of Lochalsh, with views of the Isle of Skye just over the water. After some free time, we board one of the world’s finest coast to coast rail journeys as we travel from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall on a two-hour journey through some of Scotland’s most rugged and spectacular scenery. Travel through the wild mountainscape between Lochs Carron and Luichart, and keep an eye out for Ben Wyvis just before we reach our destination. We are transferred back to our hotel by coach.
Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to Inverness, which boasts a host of historic buildings, notably in the old town, and a delightful Victorian covered market. In the afternoon we make our way down to Loch Ness where we have a one-hour cruise to search for Nessie before returning to our hotel via Drumnadrochit, for views of Urquhart Castle.
Day 6 We leave Beauly and take the late morning ferry from Ullapool over to the Isle of Lewis. We arrive at around 2pm and transfer to our hotel on the edge of Stornoway, our home for the next two nights. You could enjoy a quiet Sunday walk around the pretty harbour before dinner at our hotel.
Day 7 Today we have a local guide for our tour of Lewis, the most northerly island of the Hebrides and the largest of the Outer Hebrides. Lewis has a history that goes back thousands of years and ancient stone circles and standing stones can be found everywhere. On the west coast stands the awesome collection of stone circles and rows of standing stones called the ‘Hebrides Stonehenge’. We also venture into the moorland interior, where peat is still cut for fuel and see traditional croft dwellings.
Day 8 Our early crossing this morning back to Ullapool takes just under three hours. We then drive across to Loch Ness and down the western shore, along Loch Lochy, past Ben Nevis and through the gorgeous scenery of Glencoe. We then cross the top of the Trossachs National Park and continue down to Stirling, where we have a one-night stay.
Day 9 We travel southward via the motorway, crossing into England at Gretna Green. We continue to our overnight hotel in Lancashire.
Day 10 We continue down the country, with suitable refreshment stops, reaching the local area and our taxis in the evening.
This modern four-star hotel on the outskirts of Stornoway is the highest graded hotel on the Isle of Lewis and has pleasant gardens. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift.
Our three-star hotel is ideally located to the west of Inverness along the shores of the Beauly Firth, in the attractive town square of Beauly. It is a traditional building but has been tastefully modernised and has a pleasant open plan dining area and a lift. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray.