Essential Scotland

So many options: scenic splendor, castles, whisky, golf, ceilidhs and lots more, plus the call of the islands – all on a great Scottish menu of experiences. And look out for Highland Games in the summer – the essence of Highland traditions, taking place in many towns and villages from May to September. You can read more about the Highland Games in Scotland here.

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April - October

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* Based on 4 people with a rental car

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    Day 1 and 2

    From Glasgow Airport, travel north to Ardrossan to take the ferry to Arran, a holiday-island for generations of Scots. Enjoy the gardens and the fine collections at Brodick Castle. Discover the island’s story at the Arran Heritage Museum. The coastal roads right round the island will also take you to the Lochranza Distillery in the north. Overnight Arran.

    Day 3 and 4

    Returning to the mainland, go north east to Glasgow to sample its shopping and nightlife in particular.
    You should be able to track down an authentic ceilidh as well, as just one aspect of the city’s great nightlife! A UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow’s legendary music scene covers the whole spectrum from contemporary and classical to Celtic and country. Scotland’s largest shopping choice, plus a huge range of cultural attractions, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Burrell Collection, should also be on every visitor’s list. Overnight Glasgow.

    Day 5

    Go north from the city, going through the heart of the Trossachs at the Duke’s Pass above Aberfoyle, now part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and the very byword for Scottish Highland scenery. From the Trossachs area, go east and the easy journey to Edinburgh. Overnight Edinburgh.

    Day 6

    Explore Edinburgh, with the Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – at its historic heart. An unrivalled cultural choice is offered in one of Europe’s great capitals. Overnight Edinburgh.

    Day 7

    Cross the Firth of Forth northbound to reach St Andrews in Fife, via the picturesque East Neuk of Fife fishing villages. Though St Andrews is known as the ‘Home of Golf’, the journey round the coast roads of Fife reveals a big choice of other classic links golf courses. Overnight St.Andrews.

    Day 8

    Continue north via the Tay Road Bridge for Dundee, to reach the Moray Firth coast via Aberdeen. On this north-facing coast are a good number of wildlife watching places, not just for seabirds but also to spot the local dolphins, often seen from the shore, though boat trips are available from the fishing port of Macduff and many other places to the west. Overnight in the Moray area.

    Day 9 and 10

    Continue coast-wise via Inverness, turning north to reach Scrabster and the ferry for Stromness, Orkney. These islands have an outstanding range of prehistoric sites. Just two of the ‘must sees’ are the extraordinary Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae and also Maes Howe. This prehistoric chambered cairn was already thousands of years old when plundering Vikings left their fascinating graffiti, still seen today! Both sites are easily visited from Stromness and well signposted, while the main town of Kirkwall lies to the east. Overnight Kirkwall.

    Day 11

    Return to the mainland, retracing your journey down to Dingwall, from where you can go west for Garve, then Achnasheen and Kyle of Lochalsh for Skye. Running broadly parallel with the road, the rail line from Inverness, ‘The Kyle Line’, to the terminus at Kyle of Lochalsh represents one of Scotland’s most scenic train journeys. Overnight in the area.

    Day 12 and 13

    Take the bridge for the Isle of Skye at Kyle of Lochalsh to enjoy views of the Cuillin Hills from Sligachan. From there go West for the Talisker Distillery, as well as the littleroad to Glen Brittle, with superb mountain vistas. If time permits, also visit Elgol (signed from Broadford), where some rate the mountain views across Loch Scavaig as the finest in all of Scotland. Overnight Isle of Skye.

    Day 14

    From Skye return to the mainland, turning south to pass the iconic Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich. Head east to reach the Great Glen for Fort William, go through Glencoe and across Rannoch Moor, simply one of the most atmospheric scenic areas in Scotland. Continue via Loch Lomond to return to Glasgow. Overnight Glasgow.

    The above package includes the following:

    • 14 nights hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
    • Scottish Heritage Pass.
    • Hire of self-drive car.
    • All Ferry Fares.
    • VAT at 20%.

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