Scotland - The Inner Hebrides

Scotland - The Inner Hebrides

A serene yet chaotic landscape in which every isle has a distinct personality

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A serene yet chaotic landscape in which every isle has a distinct personality

Hamish Haswell-Smith, in his book ‘The Scottish Islands’, has a nice way of describing the Hebridean Island feeling: ‘There are few parts of the world which possess such magic and mystery as the seas around Scotland. This is an area of breathtaking beauty with a character formed not only by the proximity of mountains and sea but also by the complexity of the geography and the geology, of the climate and the social history. It is a serene yet chaotic landscape in which every isle has a distinct personality. Each is an individual entity with differences so remarkable that the mere crossing of a short stretch of water can be like visiting another continent.’

This spectacular tour, based on the Isles of Skye and Mull, is a fabulous island-hopping opportunity to view some of the best scenery in Scotland – landscapes untouched by mass-tourism, dramatic vistas of jagged mountains, peace and tranquility.

ITINERARY

Saturday - Early morning departure from Dorset northwards to Trentham village near Stoke for lunch. Continue through Lancashire and Cumbria to the Gilsland Hall Hotel near Carlisle for overnight stay.

Sunday - Crossing the Scottish Borders - past Glasgow - Loch Lomond - the scenery increasing in its majesty - Fort William - Kyle of Localshe and across the Skye Bridge. Check-in to our hotel for a 3 night stay
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Monday - A full day tour around Syke "The Isle of Mist" - a fairytale land of Celtic myths, ruined castles, and unspoilt scenery. Enjoy Portree, the islands "capital" and a busy port. The jagged Cuillin range drops to gentle white sand beaches, tiny villages pepper the lacework coastline - a place where time means nothing and 500 million years of history lies beneath your feet. A roller-coaster of cliffs and mountains along narrow country roads to Dunvegan Castle - the iconic fortress rising from the rock and surrounded by formal gardens. Unfortgettable!

Tuesday - This morning we shall join a 1 hour sea cruise aboard The Seaprobe Atlantis - a unique glass bottomed boat from which we can view the scenery and wildlife both above and below the waves. Hopefully we shall glimpse seals, otters, crabs, starfish and amazing jellyfish - the coast is literally teeming with life. There will be time to explore Kyle of Lochalshe which offers a fascinating railway museum, craft shops and waterside cafes. Later take in the view of the graceful Skye Bridge from Kyleakin.

Wednesday - Drive along the Sleat Peninsula, the southern part of Skye - a spectacular coastal drive similar to the Corniches of France. At Armadale we board a ferry for the 30 minute crossing to Mallaig on the mainland. Here we embark upon "The Road to the Isles" - maybe the most spectacular scenic route in the world - mountains, islands and sea-lochs. At Lochaline join another ferry for a 15 minute crossing to Fishnish on the Isle of Mull. Continue to nearby Duart Castle, spectacularly positioned overlooking The Sound of Mull. Built in 1360 by clan Maclean you can visit the castle, museum and grounds. Later check-in at our hotel for 2 night stay.

Thursday - Visit Tobermorey, capital of Mull and one of the prettiest ports in Scotland thanks to its colourful houses that curve around the bay. Later to Fionnport at the other end of the island, where we join a foot ferry to the legendary Isle of Iona (10 mins) - known for its tranquility, its abbey founded by St Columba in 563AD and as the burial place of Scottish kings. The cradle of Celtic Christianity this tiny isles significance in Scottish history belies its diminutive size.

Friday - Join a morning ferry from Craignure on Mull to Oban on the mainland (40 mins). Drive through Argyll and The Trossacs National Park - Crainlarich - Callander - Stirling - over the Borders - Carlisle for overnight at Gilsland Hall Hotel.

Saturday - Southwards through the Midlands to arrive in Dorset that evening.

Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye

Set by the serene waterside of Broadford Bay and at the foot of Benin na Caillich, this 84 bedroom 3 star hotel is superbly placed for exploring Skye. Guest bedrooms are smart and spacious with private bathroom with free toiletries, television, phone, desk, seating and tea tray.  The Torridon View Restaurant provides traditional Scottish menus using fresh local ingredients which are matched by breathtaking views of the bay.  You can socialise in the lounge bar where entertainment is held on one night. No lift but only 3 floors and ground floor rooms are available.

 

Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa

Set in a spectacular location, this 3 star superior hotel has a reputation for its quality food and panoramic sea views. 86 bedrooms are all furnished to a high standard and stylishly decorated with a Scottish twist. They include private bathroom, hairdryer, television, phone, desk and chair, iron/board, tea tray with shortbread and wifi.  The hotels’ renowned restaurant specializes in local Highland beef, venison, game and seafood with arguably the finest views on the island. There is a luxury Spa offering 17 metre indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, gym, steam room, sauna, massage and beauty treatments. No lift but only two floors and ground floor bedrooms available.

 

TOUR PRICE: £895.00 Per Person

 

Price Includes: All coach travel, 2 x overnight hotel in Gilsland, 3 nights hotel on Skye, 2 nights hotel on Mull, Half board meals (Evening dinner and breakfast) , Ferry crossings as listed, Foot ferry to Iona, Glass bottom boat cruise, Entry to Dunvegan Castle, Entry to Duart Castle, Porterage at all hotels, VAT.

 

Single room supplement: £95.00

Travel insurance premium: £

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Bridport Bus Station Bridport Bus Station, West Street
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSW Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading out of Dorchester)
Queens Avenue Dorchester, Bus stop end of Queens Avenue
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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