DISCOVER

THE HIGHLANDS

7 days / 6 nights

15th to 21st June 2019 (REF: DH1506)

 £750.00 PER PERSON

Price includes

Accommodation :                                               

• Hub Haymarket Hotel 3*                    

2 nights, dinner (near the hotel, in the centre of town) and breakfast      

• Caledonian Bay Hotel 3*

4 nights, breakfast and dinner

Airport transfer on day 1

Full day coach hire and guide for Edinburgh on day 2

5 days coach hire and guide from day 3 to day 7 (inclusive of accommodation and meals for the guide)    

Guides – prices based on a group of max 53 pax

• Entrances :   

- Ben Nevis distillery with tasting

- Cable car to Ben Nevis

- Clansman centre

- Cruise on Loch Ness (Urquhart - Inverness)

- 3 days Historic Scotland pass, inclusive of: Stirling, Urquart and Edinburgh castle

• 5 x lunches,  2 courses + coffee at a traditionnel pub or restaurant        

    

Single supplement = £200.00 per person

DAY 1

ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

Arrival at Edinburgh Airport, pick up by your coach and transfer to your hotel. Check-into your hotel in Edinburgh. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. Dinner at a pub near the hotel (10-15 minutes on foot) and overnight stay.

DAY 2

EDINBURGH

Breakfast at your hotel. Today we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour by coach of the capital city which is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its medieval and Georgian neighbourhoods. The city offers a vast variety of attractions such as museums, gardens, churches and pubs. The main attraction of the city is the castle, which overlooks the old town. It was inhabited by Cromwell and Marie Queen of Scots and you will be able to admire the jewels of the crown and “the stone of destiny”.

Enjoy a 2-course lunch.

Visit of the Tartan Weaving Mill (free entrance) in the afternoon, where you can discover the secrets of the production of the famous Scottish kilt.

Dinner at a pub near the hotel (10-15 minutes on foot) and overnight stay.

 

Optional and if time permits: Visit the botanical gardens of Edinburgh (free entrance), an institution which works for the study and conservation of the plants. You will be able to admire 3 million species over 28 hectares. The garden also offers a magnificent view of the city!

DAY 3

EDINBURGH - STIRLING - TROSSACHS

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Visit of the medieval city of Stirling and its castle which has been one of the favourite residences of Scottish Kings and Queens. We enjoy a 2-course lunch. Afterwards continue towards Fort William, driving through the Trossachs National Park, which is situated close to Glasgow. The Trossachs National Park is of great natural beauty and impresses with spectacular landscapes and many Lochs.

Arrival at your hotel in Fort William and check- in. Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 4

GLENCOE – BEN NEVIS DISTILLERY – BEN NEVIS

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart towards the Glencoe Valley, one of the most famous landscapes of Scotland and shooting location for numerous films. Glencoe is also a witness of the massacre of 40 MacDonald clan members for delaying allegiance to the King of England.

Travel back to Fort William and visit of the Ben Nevis distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland. Also known as ‘the water of life’, the whiskey is an important part of the scottish culture and the economy of the country. Whiskey is a key export product for Scotland, generating several million pounds for the economy. Enjoy a 2-course lunch.

Afterwards we ascent Ben Nevis via a cable car, the only one in the UK that brings you to an altitude of 650 meters and where you have impregnable views of the surrounding countries.

Return to your hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 5

ISLE OF SKY

Breakfast at the hotel.  Today we discover the Isle of Skye, the biggest island of the Hebrides and home to the most iconic landscapes in Scotland.  We drive towards Mallaig, along one of the most picturesque routes of the country. We make a photo stop at the Glenfinnan Monument. The viaduct is used by the Jacobite train, a steam train that links the villages of Fort William and Mallaig. This train is used for the films about the adventures of a certain bespectacled wizard.

Optional: Board the mythic Jacobite steam train, that links the villages Fort William and Mallaig.

We take a ferry to Armadale and visit the south of the island. 2-course lunch in Portree, capital of the island. If time allows, we make a photo stop at The Storr. We depart the island via the skybridge and make a photo stop at the Eilean Donan Castle, built upstream of the loch and accessible by a stone bridge. The castle is known for being the shooting location of many films such as the Highlander. Return to your hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

 

DAY 6

LOCH NESS

 

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart towards Fort Augustus and visit the Clansman centre.  Entering through the doors of a 19th century schoolhouse, you will take a step back in time to the 17th century! Discover the history of the clans and how you wear the famous kilt, or how the scots lived 300 years ago.

Photo stop at the Neptune’s staircase, a succession of 8 locks on the Caledonian canal.

Head to the Loch Ness lake, famous for its legendary Monster Nessie and which contains the highest volume of water in Great Britain. Your guide will tell you all about the different speculations about the legendary monster that have been circulating for centuries.

We enjoy a visit of the ruins of the Urquhart castle, perched on the shores of the lake, creating a romantic atmosphere. Afterwards we take a one hour cruise on the lake until Inverness. Free time in the capital of the highlands before returning back to Fort William. Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 7

FORT WILLIAM - EDINBURGH

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out and travel back to Edinburgh for your flight back home or your flight to London for an extension of your stay.

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