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Scotland - Argyll & Bute

Scotland - Argyll & Bute

A magnificent blend of contrasts, Argyll and Bute will inspire and delight with incredible wildlife, a rich highland history, glittering sea lochs, islands, forests and glens.


A magnificent blend of contrasts, Argyll and Bute will inspire and delight with incredible wildlife, a rich highland history, glittering sea lochs, islands, forests and glens.

The county of Argyll & Bute, although barely 50 miles from Glasgow, has a sense of limitless space equal to the remotest highlands. A magnificent blend of contrasts, it will inspire and delight and leave many vivid memories. Glittering sea lochs, islands, hills, forests and glens offer a destination distinct in character with unique attractions waiting to be discovered. You can walk in the wilderness, breathe pure air, watch magnificent sunsets and see starry skies that will take your breath away. Incredible wildlife, a rich Highland history and fabulous local food all contribute to making this a truly Scottish experience.


Sunday - Morning departure from Dorset we head northwards to Preston for overnight stay at the International Hotel with dinner and breakfast.

Monday - Resume north through Cumbria and stop at Gretna Green for lunch. This afternoon cross the Borders and bypass Glasgow entering the county of Argyll & Bute. Arriving at Arrochar we are welcomed and after settling in enjoy dinner in the restaurant.

Tuesday - Inverary Castle: The fairytale home of the Duke & Duchess of Argyll and one of Scotlands finest stately homes. Visitors can enjoy the exquisite interiors containing fine furniture, works of art, tapestries, silverware and historic weapons. The surrounding gardens are beautifully maintained and lead down to the shores of Loch Fyne. This afternoon we shall call into the town of Inverary, a set piece of Georgian architecture with a famous jail, now a fascinating museum. Later make a circular scenic drive passing lochs and glens via Dalmally and Crianlarich.

Wednesday - Loch Lomond: You won't find a bigger lake in the whole of the UK, or a more beautiful one for that matter. 22 miles long and nearly 5 miles at its widest, it is populated by over 30 islands and plunges to over 500 feet deep. We shall take in the panorama of the loch from the pyramid at Inveruglas, then stop at Luss to join a 90 minute sightseeing boat cruise taking in the magical islands with a chance to spy wildlife. Lunch is taken at Loch Lomond Shores with time to visit the shops, cafes, Aquarium, Birds of Prey, enjoy a nature walk and admire the Maid of the Loch steamer.

Thursday - Cowal Peninsula: First stop is the Autumn Glory of Benmore Botanic Gardens - 120 acre dramatic mountainside garden affording stunning views. A collection of plants from around the world includes towering giant Redwoods, a Japanese valley, Chilean rainforest and Victorian fernery.
Lunch is taken in Dunoon which has an attractive waterfront and Victorian pier. This afternoon we board the ferry across the Firth of Clyde to Gourock, then follow the River Clyde upstream towards Glasgow. Cross the Erskine Bridge and drive downstream passing Faslane submarine base in Gare Loch, back to hotel.

Friday - Isle of Bute: We drive through the Glendarual Forest teeming with wildlife to Colintraive and take the short ferry crossing (5 mins) to Rhubadoch on the Isle of Bute. There will be time to explore its principal town of Rothesay which has landscaped promenade gardens, splendid Victorian frontages and a restored castle. We then make a circular tour of the island, pausing for views across the Sound of Bute towards Arran and over the Kyles of Bute. A photo-stop at the picturesque Butter Bridge in Glen Kinglas completes this scenically stunning day.

Saturday - From Arrochar we head south with a stop for lunch in Carlisle. Resume this afternoon southbound into Lancashire for overnight at Samlesbury Hotel near Preston.

Sunday - Homewards bound stopping for refreshments as appropriate to return to Dorset by early evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Loch Long Hotel, Arrochar

Perched right on the banks of Loch long and overlooked by the lofty Arrochar Alps, this friendly 3 star hotel provides a traditional Scottish welcome and relaxed atmosphere. 82 refurbished bedrooms all provide private bathroom with free toiletries, television, heating, tea tray and are accessible by lift. Basic rooms feature a skylight window while Superior rooms offer stunning views of loch and/or mountains for a modest supplement. The dining room is elegant and provides a cooked Scottish breakfast and extensive dinner menu with traditional favourites freshly prepared. The bar is a great place to socialise with a beer, cocktail or scotch whisky while connecting to the free wifi.


Tour Price: £739.00 per person

Superior room with view: £60.00 per person


Price includes: All coach travel, 2 x overnight transit hotels, 5 nights accommodation in Scotland, Half board meals, Entry to Inverary Castle & Gardens, Loch Lomond Cruise, Entry to Benmore Gardens, Firth of Clyde ferry, Kyles of Bute ferry.

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
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
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
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
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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