Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland
Welcome to Glasgow! Having cleared customs, you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign displaying your name, at the information desk in the Arrivals Halls. You will be escorted to your chauffeur-driven car, and your luggage taken care of and loaded into the vehicle. Then you will be driven safely and in comfort to centrally based accommodation. On arrival your driver will unload your luggage. Today, you will enjoy a city tour on board the Glasgow City Hop on Hop off Sight- seeing Bus. The ticket is valid for 24 hours and you can use it to see all the famous Glasgow landmarks in ease and comfort and then use it to transfer you between the attractions that interest you most. Perhaps today you may consider a visit to one of Scotland’s most magnificent medieval buildings. Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. Explore Glasgow City at your leisure this evening or retire to your centrally based accommodation to rest.
Overnight: Glasgow – 1 Night
Day 2: Oban
Take delivery of your Avis Car Rental at 70 Lancefield Street, Glasgow G3 8JD and travel towards Oban. Travel along the western shore of Loch Lomand. Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater expanse in mainland Britain. Mountains loom to the north, while a scattering of islands can be found at the south end of the loch. Pretty villages such as Luss line the loch’s western shores. Continue to Oban, the Seaford Capital of Scotland. The town is situated in a crescent occupying the hills surrounding Oban Bay. See McCaig’s Tower, the Colosseum lookalike which stands dramatically over the town and perhaps if you like you could even climb from the town as the 10 minute walk is well worth the effort as you can witness the peaceful gardens inside the tower and the spectacular views over the town and nearby islands. You will visit the historic Oban Distillery which is both one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and one of the smallest with just two pot stills. Pre-dating the town of Oban, it was originally established in 1794 by brothers John and Hugh Stevenson. It underwent a refurbishment in the 1890s and there has been little change to the present buildings since then. The distillery’s tours offer visitors the chance to witness the traditional craftsmanship of whisky production first-hand before enjoying complimentary drams of the Oban 14 year old West Highland Malt.
Overnight: Oban – 1 Night
Day 3: Isle of Skye
Depart Oban this morning and make your way to the Isle of Skye. On route you will travel through Glencoe which is probably Scotland’s most famous and most scenic Highland glen. Experience the dramatic beauty and breathtaking serenity of this vast sweeping pass. Continue forth where you may like to like make a brief stop at Fort William which lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Today you will pay a visit to one of Scotland’s most iconic castles, Eilean Donan. The castle is situated on its own island and looks out over the Isle of Skye. Witness some truly outstanding scenery at the point where three great sea-lochs meet. Cross over Skye Bridge and head for Broadford where you might like to break for some lunch. Enjoy the wonder the wonderful views over the bay before continuing forth to the Island capital, Portree. With colourful houses and a traditional harbour, Portree overlooks a sheltered bay and has an old fashioned yet charming appeal. Enjoy an abundance of cafes and restaurants this evening.
Overnight: Isle of Skye – 1 Night
Day 4: Loch Ness & Inverness
Spend some time exploring Skye this morning before departing. Today you will visit Dunvegan Castle & Gardens which is the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Make your way along the coast and perhaps pay a visit to Carbost, home of the Talisker Distillery. Unravel the intangible mysteries of this magical Isle as you head back to the mainland. Today you will travel along the shores of the famous Loch. There will be the chance to take a boat across the loch for great views of Urquhart Castle, or you can stay on shore to explore the impressive castle ruins. Continue on to Inverness on the banks of the River Ness for an evening at your leisure. You will see Inverness Castle, now used as a court house, which sits picturesquely over the city. Explore some of the historic buildings in the Old Town, browse some of the city shops or enjoy a great selection of cafes and restaurants this evening.
Overnight: Inverness – 1 Night
Day 5: Inverness & Royal Deeside
Take this morning to continue your exploration of Inverness. Today you will visit Culloden Battlefield where you will learn about the battle which took place on 16th April 1746. The battle marked the end of 1745 Jacobite Rebellion and is still a moving place to visit. Uncover the background to this ferocious and brutal battle as you walk around the moorland and see the various monuments commemorating troops. Make your way through the Cairngorm’s via the pretty town of Grantown on Spey. Perhaps you might like to explore the ancient woodlands which surround the area. The countryside offers a unique habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Perhaps you could explore some of Speysides finest distilleries on Scotland’s Malt Whiskey Trail. You will pass through some other charming villages such as Kincraig, Newtonmore and Dalwhinnie before entering the bustling town of Pitlochry. You will visit Blair Athol Distillery, home to Bell’s Whiskey, for a fine whiskey tasting. Time permitting you may consider a visit to Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The remainder of the evening will be at your leisure.
Overnight: Pitlochry – 1 Night
Day 6: Perth & Sterling
Depart Pitlochry this moring and make your way to the fair city of Perth which was once the capital of medieval Scotland. Follow in the footsteps of countless kings and explore the unique collection of porcelain, ivories and French furniture with a visit to Scone Palace. Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned. Continue to Stirling to visit the iconic Sterling Castle, one of Scotland’s most historically important sites. It was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. Return to Edinburgh this evening in preparation for your departure flight the following day. Return to Glasgow this evening in preparation for your departure flight the following day.
Overnight: Glasgow – 1 Night
Day 7: Depart
Make your way to Glasgow Airport this morning in plenty of time to return your car rental and check in for your departure flight.
Slan Go Foill (Goodbye For Now!)