9 nights half board
Excursions to Moffat, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, John O’Groats, Thurso & Balloch
Admission into Holyroodhouse Palace
Visits to Dunrobin Castle & the Loch Ness Visitor Centre
Loch Lomond circular cruise
Free time in Strathpeffer & Fort William
Scenic drive along the North Coast 500
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We travel north of the border for a stop in Moffat, a vibrant, bustling town offering the warmest Scottish welcome, before continuing to the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling.
Day 2 – This morning we visit Edinburgh for free time, with admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty the Queen’s official residence, and former home of Mary Queen of Scots. Explore the 14 magnificent State Rooms; the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens.
Day 3 – After breakfast we visit the Victorian spa town of Pitlochry, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and vibrant destinations. We then, continue our scenic journey through the Cairngorms National Park – twice the size of the Lake District – until we reach the Highland capital of Inverness. Here we will enjoy some free time before travelling to our next hotel: The Ben Wyvis in Strathpeffer.
Day 4 – Situated in a picturesque woodland setting in the spa town of Strathpeffer, our hotel and grounds provide the perfect setting for your day at leisure. Perhaps visit the Highland Museum of Childhood, which is in the old railway station.
Day 5 – We begin our day with a spectacular coastal drive along the famous ‘North Coast 500’ – Scotland’s version of Route 66. This long-open road weaves through some of Scotland’s most beautiful coastal scenery, including a visit the fairytale castle of Dunrobin, which resembles a French chateau, with towering conical spires. The final leg of our journey will take us to the white sands of Brora before we arrive at our 4-star hotel: the Norseman in Wick.
Day 6 – Today we explore the far north eastern corner of the Scottish mainland starting in John O’Groats, traditionally acknowledged as the extreme northern point the British mainland. Don’t forget your camera to capture the moment beneath the infamous sign. We continue along the North Coast 500 past the Castle of Mey, residence of the late Queen Mother and to Thurso, the most northerly town in Scotland.
Day 7 – After breakfast keep your eyes peeled for the monster as we travel the length of the Loch Ness. The Visitors Centre reveals a fascinating insight into the unique environment of the Loch and the notorious ‘Nessie’. After some free time, we continue to the Ben Nevis Hotel in Fort William.
Day 8 – Morning at leisure in Fort William on the delightful setting of the shores of Loch Linnhe, under the mighty bulk of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Perhaps visit the West Highland Museum, housing a large collection of Jacobite memorabilia. This afternoon we enjoy a drive to the nearby Neptunes Staircase, a dramatic flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal where you will see boats of all shapes and sizes from multi-million-pound yachts to fishing trawlers and possibly even the odd replica Viking longboat. We continue our circular tour via Gairlochy, stopping en route for spectacular views of Ben Nevis and the Great Glen, plus the Commando Memorial in Lochaber. Dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces during World War II, its’ dramatic setting lookS towards the mountains.
Day 9 – Returning south, we visit the small town of Balloch on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond,
For a one-hour cruise on the Queen of the Scottish Lochs. Our leisurely circular cruise allows you to discover the island jewels and explore the historic Lomond landscape whilst enjoying a live commentary which brings together the history of the St Kessog’s Christianity and the marauding Vikings. Afterwards, we head to the picturesque village of Luss, the location used for the TV drama ‘Take the High Road’ to our final overnight hotel.
Day 10 – We retrace our footsteps home enjoying a leisurely stop in the border town of Gretna Green.