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2021 - Scotland - Highland Safari, Lock Ness & Royal Retreats

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI3773

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

2021 - Duke of Gordon - 5 Days (CU5AEV)

Experience Highland Scotland like never before with visits to Pitlochry, Inverness, Loch Ness and travel through Royal Deeside for a peek at Balmoral!

Our Scottish base is Kingussie, safely snuggled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and surrounded by a stunning landscape of mountains and pine trees and blessed with invigorating fresh air creating the perfect location in which to holiday. The Duke of Gordon Hotel overlooks the Cairngorms National Park and the Spey Valley. Excursions include Pitlochry, Inverness, a cruise on the mysterious Loch Ness, home to 'Nessie' and the largest lake in Scotland by volume, stretching out over 20 miles, as well as a journey through Royal Deeside, stopping for a peek at Balmoral Castle! 

PRICE FROM ? £379 per person
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Accommodation

Duke of Gordon Hotel

With origins in the eighteenth century the hotel was originally built as a stopover for passengers travelling by stage coach along the old A9 to Inverness and the North of Scotland. The hotel prides itself on its food and this combined with the Duke of Gordon’s facilities and atmosphere together with the hospitality and welcome extended by the staff make the Duke Of Gordon the ideal place to stay when visiting the Highlands.

Itinerary

Day 1

After joining the coach, we head north to Scotland. There will be convenient stops along the way for a chance to get coffee/lunch. The coach goes direct to your hotel, so sit back and enjoy the Scottish scenery. We expect to arrive at our hotel late afternoon.

Day 2 - 4

Start the day with traditional Scottish breakfast. Don’t miss our INCLUDED excursions to see the best of Highland Scotland. Enjoy dinner and some entertainment at the hotel in the evening.

Day 5

After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and make our way home. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, we continue homewards. 

Excursions

'Queen's View, Pitlochry & Blair Castle

The Queen’s View
in Highland Perthshire overlooks Loch Tummel and is surrounded by Tay Forest Park. It is a stunning view point, and one of the most photographed areas of Scotland. Queen Victoria remarked it was named after her when she visited in 1866, but it could also be named after the wife of Robert the Bruce, 550 years earlier! The visitor centre at Queen’s View has a café and information about the area.

Pitlochry sits below Ben Vrackie, the ‘speckled mountain’ and River Tummel runs alongside. The surrounding hills and woodlands are wonderful walking country. The town is a famous holiday resort, and has rich Victorian heritage, as it became popular after Queen Victoria visited. The name comes from the Gaelic ‘Pit Cloich Aire’ meaning ‘place of the Sentinel Stone’ and was once a Pictish settlement. Two Sentinel Stones survive today, one in the grounds of Tigh na Cloich and the other in the gardens at Northlands. There are many standing stones and stone circles in the area. When visiting Pitlochry you can enjoy entry to Blair Castle. Over 19 generations, Stewarts and Murrays have left their mark on the castle in the battle for it. Its history includes Mary Queen of Scots, the Civil War, the Act of Union ant the Jacobite rebellions. Inside the castle the rooms reflect the long and fascinating history in the furniture, paintings and objects. Out in the gardens you’ll find a walled garden, sculpture trail, and extensive grounds where there are red squirrels and peacocks. 

Royal Deeside

See a bit of Royal Deeside on a drive through the Cairngorms. We’ll stop for a view of Balmoral Castle, the historical royal summer residence of Queen Elizabeth II, which was also a favourite of Queen Victoria’s, and Crathie Kirk (Church) in Crathie, a regular place of worship for the Royal Family when they are at Balmoral.

We carry on to Ballater, which sits in the heart of Royal Deeside, and visitors to the picturesque Victorian village can enjoy the cosy cafés, excellent shopping and array of Victorian buildings.

After Ballater we drive along to Braemar. It is home to Braemar Castle and hosts its own Highland Games every year. The lovely village is surrounded by mountains and ancient pine forests and is a great place to spot an elusive red squirrel! 


Inverness & Loch Ness Cruise (around an hour)

We have to say, we’ve got a lot of love for Inverness. A compact, cosmopolitan city with a lot of heart, and all the wonders of the Highlands on its doorstep - that’s a pretty fine combination, don’t you think? Discover its flourishing culinary scene, explore the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre for a bit of retail therapy, catch one of the many events at Eden Court and other venues, or take your time to admire art exhibitions in the city’s gallery spaces. Just taking a wander through the handsome city centre is pretty enjoyable too; appreciate Inverness Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral, then stroll along the banks of the River Ness, crossing the suspension bridge for some peace and relaxation on the Ness Islands. Fabulous! Loch Ness is beautiful and shrouded in mystery, all thanks to a mythical creature that circles the deep waters occasionally raising her head above the water for a picture. It goes without saying that Nessie is our favourite monster, but the place where she lives is even more fascinating. Come and find out more on this lovely cruise around Loch Ness. 

Includes

  • Reserved coach travel throughout
  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Regular evening entertainment
  • Excursion to Queen’s View, Pitlochry and entry to Blair Castle
  • Excursion to Inverness & Loch Ness cruise
  • Excursion through Royal Deeside including Ballater and Braemar 

Pickups

This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff West
  • Gorseinon
  • Llanelli
  • Morriston
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Pyle
  • Sarn
  • Skewen
  • Swansea Central
  • Swansea West

Find out more about our pickups on our pickup list page here.

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Important Notes

Important Notes

OUR PRICES

Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.


TO NOTE

Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.

We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.

COVID-19 PEACE OF MIND & TRAVELLING SAFELY

It is important that you familiarise yourself with our Enhanced Hygiene Protocols booklet as this will give you a clearer picture of what to expect when you travel, what we are doing to keep you safe, and what you can do to protect yourself and those around. These Protocols are updated from time to time, so please re-check just before you travel.

Please remember that you will also need to keep up-to-date with latest government advice and requirements. 

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