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The Wild Scottish Highlands

The Wild Scottish Highlands

The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination!

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The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination!

The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination! A beautiful and inspiring region of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history.  Witness the amazing wildlife, explore the mountains and glens, the stunning islands and dramatic coastline. This is a land of folklore, heroes and legends, imposing castles, breathtaking scenery and warm hospitality. Based at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains we shall enjoy wide open views and outstanding natural beauty found no-where else in the UK – simply unbeatable!

Friday

Morning departure from Dorset to Worcester for lunch. Resume northwards for overnight stay at the Best Western Lancashire Manor hotel near Wigan with half board meals.

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Saturday

Through Cumbria and over the Borders - passing Glasgow - Perth - the Glen Garry and Spey Valley to Kingussie.

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Sunday

Situated at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is a very special private estate called Rothiemurchus - now owned by the 18th generation of the Grant family. We are joined by one of the experienced rangers who will escort the coach on an unforgettable guided tour of this magnificent Highland estate. With great photo opportunities, scenic views, wildlife, history and stories - there is no better way to fully appreciate this unique breathtaking environment. After a break for lunch we shall drive northwards and off the beaten track - over narrow moorland roads to cast your eye over Lochindorb. Home to Lochindorb Castle which sits on a tiny island in the middle of the loch and only accessible by boat - it was gifted to Alexander Stewart, the notorious "Wolf of Badenoch" at the end of the 14th century.

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Monday

Our journey today takes us south alongside Loch Laggan and through the Glen Spean to Spean Bridge, named after General Wade's high bridge. Take time to view the nearby bronze Commando Memorial erected after WW2. Continue south to Fort William and at Lochaber we shall join the 1½ hour Crannog Cruise on Loch Linnhe - an amazing opportunity to observe a colony of wild seals in their natural environment - you may even spot the shy pod of porpoise that live in the loch. There is an informative commentary from the skipper, on-board bar and snacks and covered viewing saloon. A great way to enjoy magnificent views of Ben Nevis.

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Tuesday

To the pretty town of Pitlochry, with its many attractions including a salmon ladder - the fish return to the river where they were born to spawn. The town is famous for its tartan centre and numerous traditional craft shops - a great place to stroll and enjoy lunch. We shall then visit the famous Blair Athol distillery with a guided tour and tasting of the renowned single malt. Later continue alongside beautiful Loch Tummel to the famous Queens View - the area's most popular attraction - just one look is enough to tell you why! Continue along the loch to Tummel Bridge then across the Tay Forest to Aberfeldy and so return to hotel.

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Wednesday

Travel north through Inverness to drive along the banks of Loch Ness - scanning the surface for any suspicious movements! A photo stop at ruined Urquahart Castle and time in the village of Drumnadrochit with entry to the Loch Ness Visitor Centre included. Lunch is taken in Inverness, crowned by a pink crenelated castle which overlooks the medieval streets offering shops, restaurants, pavement cafes and riverside walks. The compact old city is full of historic buildings, interesting museums, galleries and peaceful corners. This afternoon on our way back to the hotel we shall drive over Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746 where 1200 soldiers died in just one hour of fighting.

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Thursday


Southbound from the Highlands, we stop at the Falkirk Wheel for lunch - a feat of engineering that connects the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal - the only rotating boat lift in the world. The visitor centre gives a sensational viewpoint from which to see the wheel in action. Continue to BW Lancashire Manor Hotel, Wigan for overnight hotel stay.

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Friday2

Homewards bound via motorways - we call into the historic city of Tewkesbury for a lunch break - to return to Dorset that evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie

This very highly regarded three star hotel is situated deep in the picturesque Spey Valley and offers a warm welcome and great traditional character.  It is one of the best equipped hotels in the region and offers 67 guest bedrooms all fitted with private bathroom, television, phone, tea tray and wifi. The Balmoral Restaurant prepares carefully selected menus using traditional Scottish ingredients which, combined with personal service, makes for an enjoyable dining experience. A Full Highland buffet breakfast and 4 course evening dinners unfortunately won’t keep you trim! The bar is a great place to relax and discuss the days sightseeing with fellow travelers and entertainment is provided most nights in the ballroom. A lift serves all floors, although there may be a few steps between lift and bedrooms.

 

TOUR PRICE: £740.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement : £110.00

 

Price Includes  • All coach travel  • 2 x overnight hotel stops in Wigan  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in Kingussie  • Half board meals throughout  • Entertainment in Scotland  • Rothiemurchus ranger guide  • Crannog boat cruise  • Dewars Whisky Centre Entry  • Entry to Urquhart Castle  • Loch Ness Visitor Centre Entry  •  VAT

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

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

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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
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 South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT 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 QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
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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