Scotland, The North West Passage

Scotland, The North West Passage

Loch Lomond's shore is unparalleled in beauty and is the first of many scenic lochs we visit. The Isle of Skye has majestic castles including Dunvegan. Wild and remote, the deserted north-westerly beaches shimmer with white sand. The Orkney Islands are steeped in ancient and more modern history with their mysterious prehistoric stones.

Loch Lomond's shore is unparalleled in beauty

and is the first of many scenic lochs we visit.

The Isle of Skye has majestic castles including

Dunvegan. Wild and remote, the deserted

north-westerly beaches shimmer with white sand.

The Orkney Islands are steeped in ancient and more

modern history with their mysterious prehistoric stones.

 

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

 

Isle of Skye

 

North West Highlands

 

Orkney Isles

 

Castles and Gardens

 

Inverness

 

7 nights stay with dinner, bed & breakfast

 

Home Link included

Day 1

We depart and make our way to the
Glasgow area for our overnight stay with dinner,
bed and breakfast.

Day 2

The magic begins as we head north
along the ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs’ – Loch
Lomond, we hug the short line for over 20 miles.
Proceeding into mountainous Glencoe, where
the road sweeps through the narrow glen before
opening up to Loch Linnhe and Fort William for
some free time. We later continue along Loch
Lochy, Loch Garry, Loch Cluanie and Loch Duich,
with a stop at Eilean Donan Castle, which is one
of the most photographed castles in Scotland.
We stay on the Isle of Skye for the next 2 nights
with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 3

Today we head to Portree the island’s
capital. The tour sweeps across the island to
historical Dunvegan Castle and its garden.
Dunvegan is the stronghold of the Macleod clan
and is the longest inhabited castle in Scotland
– over 800 years old. Returning along the coast
road, with views of the Cuillens, the most
impressive mountain range in the UK.

Day 4

We depart Skye and head along the
west coast to Ullapool and Loch Maree. Free
time in Gairloch, passing Inverewe Gardens and
Guinard Island, continuing to Ullapool for
welcoming tea/coffee and shortbread and
overnight stay in Ullapool with dinner, bed and
breakfast

Day 5

The holiday continues into a part of
the UK where very few people have been. It is
truly an area of extraordinary beauty. Mile upon
mile of crumbling cliffs and sheer rocky
headlands, sheltered bays whose perfect white
beaches are nearly always deserted. Along the
way, we stop off in Durness, the UK’s most north
westerly town, before continuing along the
northern shoreline to Thurso and your hotel for
the next 2 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 6

The short journey takes you past the
Queen Mums Scottish residence – The Castle of
Mey, to John O’Groats where we join the Orkney
Ferry. The crossing takes about 40 minutes. On
to the Orkneys you will be met by your private
coach and guide. The highlight of the tour
includes some of the main sites on the island
including Scara Brae, the Churchill Barriers,
Scapa Flow, Ring of Bradgar, The Standing
stones, the Italian Chapel and the islands capital
Kirkwall with its 12th century cathedral.

Day 7

Heading south we stop at the
fairy-tale castle of Dunrobin, then on to the
cosmopolitan Highland capital of Inverness with
some free time here. Later we travel through the
Spey Valley and into Perthshire with some free
time in Pitlochry before reaching our final
overnight hotel in the Perthshire area with
dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 8

We depart after breakfast and make
our way back to the West Country.

Your Hotels

 

On this tour we use a good standard of 3 star

hotels, all offering bedrooms with en suite

bathroom, colour TV and tea/coffee making

facilities.

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
First Choice Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester
Bus Station
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Michael Wood Services Michael Wood Services - Outward - Northbound side
Return - Southbound side
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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