Island Hopping On Scotland's West Coast 2019
7 nights. April 2019 - September 2019. From £1109.00.
LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £79** PER PERSON
Enjoy some of Scotland's celebrated island scenery
Escape the crowds, and journey from Glasgow to Inverness to explore four enchanting Scottish Islands. Discover a land of sparkling lochs, white-sand beaches, soaring mountains and heather-clad moors, and a pace of life most of us have forgotten ever existed, as you visit the Isle of Arran, Bute, Mull and ancient Iona.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsWestern Scotland Holiday Highlights
Discovering why the Isle of Arran is known as Scotland in Miniature
The scenic ferry crossing to the Isle of Bute
A visit to Mount Stuart House, one of Scotland's finest Gothic Revival buildings
Historic Inveraray and the lively resort of Oban
Time to explore the Isle of Mull, the largest of the Inner Hebrides
Scenic journeys taking in the Kyles of Bute, Neptune’s Staircase and the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre
Time to enjoy Iona, the cradle of Scottish Christianity
Seven nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at hotels in Ayr (2 nights), Inveraray (2), Oban (2) and Newtonmore (1)
Flights to Glasgow (returning from Inverness)
Coach travel and transfers throughout
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms 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.
Day OneFly to Glasgow airport. Our Tour Manager will meet you at the airport, and a coach will be waiting to transfer you to your first hotel. Check in, and then spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Day TwoToday, we head to Ardrossan for the 55-minute ferry crossing to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Highlights of this scenic day will include driving up the island's east coast to the splendidly sited ruins of Lochranza Castle before heading south for a short visit to delightful Lamlash, considered to be the prettiest and most thoughtfully developed of the island’s villages.
Day ThreeThis morning we'll head to Wemyss Bay where we'll board the ferry for the 35-minute crossing to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Our destination here will be Mount Stuart House. The first Scottish home to be built with electric lighting, central heating, a telephone and a lift - and quite possibly the first house in the world to have a heated indoor swimming pool - Mount Stuart shot to fame in April 2016 when a new copy of Shakespeare's First Folio was found tucked away in the house's library. In the afternoon we'll head north to Inveraray. After a short ferry crossing, we'll follow the Argyll coast along the Kyles of Bute and past the rocky slopes of the Arrochar Alps, over Rest And Be Thankful Pass and on, to the shores of Loch Fyne.
Day FourSpend a leisurely day exploring Inveraray, or making the most of the hotel's facilities. One of the oldest planned 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). Why not visit its famous Jail, the Maritime Museum housed in the Arctic Penguin, a 1911 iron schooner, or Inverary Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell?
Day FiveThis morning, we head to the bustling resort of Oban, gateway to the islands of the Inner Hebrides and your home for the next two nights. Stroll along the esplanade or, if you've got the energy, climb up Battery Hill to McCraig's Tower. On a clear day, the views of the Islands of Kerrera and Mull are well worth it. Back down in Oban you'll find plenty of places to explore on a relaxed afternoon, including a whisky distillery, two cathedrals, a museum and a delightful waterfront.
Day SixToday begins with a 40-minute ferry crossing to the Isle of Mull and trip along tiny island roads to Fionnphort for another ferry crossing (as foot passengers) to the sacred Isle of Iona. A holy site since St Columba landed there in A.D.56, the island's monastery is still a place of pilgrimage, and is also the burial place of many early Scottish kings. Follow the pilgrim path up the slight rise, through the pretty cottages and ruined nunnery, to the Abbey itself. After time to explore, we'll return to the hotel in time for dinner.
Day SevenLeaving Oban, you’ll head up the coast along the shore of Loch Linnhe to Banavie and the run of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal known as Neptune’s Staircase. This amazing feat of engineering is the longest staircase lock in Britain, and raises the canal by 92 metres in the space of a quarter of a mile. From here you’ll turn west and follow the banks of Loch Eil to the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre. See the lonely tower of the Glenfinnan Monument on the banks of Loch Shiel, which honours the Jacobite clansmen who fell while fighting for Bonnie Prince Charlie, and take a short uphill walk from the Centre to see the world-famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Leaving Glenfinnan we'll continue to Newtonmore, in the Spey Valley, for your final night's stay.
Day EightBid farewell to Scotland, today, as we transfer you to Inverness for your flight home. Back to top
''A warm Highland welcome for every guest. This is popular, unpretentious hotel has been a Newmarket favourite for many years.''
We're sure that you will be delighted with the friendly service and warm hospitality that are the hallmarks of a stay at the Highlander, which is always popular with Newmarket guests.
The rooms in this comfortable, modern hotel are located in two blocks just a short walk from the main hotel reception, restaurant and bar area.
Each room has private facilities, TV, a hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Scottish 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 facilities.Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa
Situated on the banks of Loch Fyne, with stunning views over the loch, this attractive hotel is just half a mile from the centre of Inveraray.
Relax over a drink in the Loch View lounge bar, and enjoy a wide choice of food from the local area, including fish from the Loch, in the Clansman Restaurant. The hotel also has Wi-Fi. The hotel's spa facilities include a 15-metre indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a sauna and steam room. The Sonas Spa has 4 treatment rooms offering a range of spa therapies and beauty treatments, including aromatherapy, Reiki, hot stone massage, manicures and pedicures.
All rooms have private facilities, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
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Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since certain countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. **Low deposit of £79pp applies to new bookings only made before 31st August 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top