Island Hopping On Scotland's West Coast
7 nights. June - September 2018. From £1009.00.
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 29th MARCH - JUST GBP49** PER PERSON
Enjoy some of Scotland's celebrated island scenery
Sparkling lochs, white-sand beaches, soaring mountains and heather clad moorlands, the haunting beauty of Scotland's island scenery, combined with a pace of life most of us have forgotten ever existed, make this the perfect holiday for anyone who enjoys interesting, relaxed holidays away from the crowds. You'll visit the Isle of Arran, known as 'Scotland in Miniature', the Isle of Bute, home to famous Mount Stuart House, Mull, the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands and ancient Iona.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
A day on the Isle of Arran, 'Scotland in Miniature'
A visit to the Gothic wonder of Mount Stuart House
Visits to historic Inverary and the lively resort of Oban
Time to explore the inner Hebridean island of Mull
Journeys taking in the Kyles of Bute and the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula
Time to enjoy enchanting Iona, Cradle of Scottish Christianity
Seven nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at hotels in Ayr, Inverary, Craignure and Newtonmore
Outbound flights to Glasgow, returning from Inverness
All ferry crossings as detailed
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms and cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Following your flight to Glasgow, you will be met by your tour manager and head to your first hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax.
Today it's off to Ardrossan for the 55-minute ferry crossing to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. You may like to visit historic Brodick Castle, with its fine collection of silver, porcelain and paintings and lovely landscaped gardens, woodland trails and waterfalls. Alternatively, you may prefer to stay on the coach and enjoy a tour of the island, which boasts a myriad landscapes - the mountains and lochs of the north and the rolling hills and meadows of the south.
Heading north along the coast road to the ruins of Lochranza Castle, look out for some of Arran's seal colonies and bird life, before we travel down the western coast with its scenic villages and stunning views across to the Mull of Kintyre.
Heading to the ferry port at Wemyss Bay this morning, we take the 35-minute ferry crossing to the seaside town of Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. Here we visit remarkable Mount Stuart House, where a hitherto unknown copy of Shakespeare's First Folio was discovered in April 2016. The first home in Scotland to be built with electric light, central heating, a telephone system and a Victorian passenger lift, Mount Stuart, with its flamboyant architecture and 300 acres of gardens, reflects the artistic interests and passions of the Third Marquess of Bute.
During the afternoon we head north to Inveraray. Following a short ferry crossing our journey takes us along the remarkably beautiful Kyles of Bute, to the steep rocky mountains known as the Arrochar Alps, over the 'Rest and be Thankful' pass and along the shores of Loch Fyne.
A leisurely day sees you free to explore Inveraray or to make the most of the hotel's facilities. (To avoid disappointment, please book spa treatments prior to travelling). Considered to be one of the most attractive towns in Scotland, Inveraray was rebuilt in the mid-1700s by the 3rd Duke of Argyll after the original village was demolished to make more space for his castle! The town has many attractions, including the Jail, which is now an excellent visitor centre, the maritime museum housed in the Arctic
Penguin, a 1911 iron schooner, and Inveraray Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll.
This morning, we head to the bustling resort of Oban, with its fine esplanade, whisky distillery and woollen mills. If you have the energy, climb up to McCraig's Tower with its stunning views of the town and out to sea, before we board the ferry for the 40-minute crossing to Mull.
On arrival we will continue the short distance to the comfortable Isle of Mull Hotel, our base for the next two nights.
Following breakfast, we head west along the Ross of Mull on a single track road to Fionnphort, for the ferry crossing (as foot passengers) to the sacred isle of Iona. Steeped in history, the island exudes an indefinable quality of peace and tranquillity, which belies the numbers who make the pilgrimage to her shores.
Birthplace of Christianity in Scotland and burial place of 59 kings, Iona was where Columba first landed from Ireland in 563 A.D. On stepping ashore you will find a scattering of pretty cottages and a few shops. Follow the main pilgrims' (and tourists') path up the slight rise and through the grounds of the ruined Nunnery. We return to Mull later in the day.
After breakfast we head to Tobermory, where the distinctive, colourful buildings lining the waterfront are a familiar sight to all Balamory fans. The pretty town is a great place to explore, with little local arts and crafts shops selling a selection of interesting
and unusual items.
Here we board the ferry to Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The main road, a single winding track for much of its length, accentuates the unspoiled remoteness of the area. Life seems little changed from how it must have been a century ago. Our route takes us via a short ferry ride across the bottom of Loch Linhe up to Fort William and onward to Newtonmore, in the Spey Valley, for our final night.
Sadly it's homeward bound today, as we transfer you to Inverness for your flight home, after what promises to have been a really memorable island odyssey.Back to top
AccommodationScottish Island-Hopping Touring Hotels
You will be staying in four comfortable hotels on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The bedrooms at all the hotels will have private facilities, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilitiesBack to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour (or one hour 15 minutes for autumn departures with reversed itineraries).
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Please note that autumn departures of this tour will operate in reverse, flying into Inverness and returning from Glasgow. You will stay at the Hallmark Hotel, Irvine, on Days Six and Seven.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Hotel spa treatments
To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book any spa treatments prior to travelling.
**Low deposit of GBP79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top