Scotland the Brave – July 17th – August 12th, 2022

           Will ye no come back again? – Robbie Burns

The details :

We fly into Edinburgh (via Dubai with stop-over – optional ) where we meet and begin to get to know our superlative Tour Director, Phil. This highly qualified and most personable guide will add so much to your experience of fascinating Scotland as he unveils its colourful, many layered history and culture, its breathtaking landscapes and so much more. We have clients who booked this tour as soon as they heard Phil would be with us! (below is the route we will take)

Our first base is the Capital, Edinburgh, where we take several days to explore as well as time to unwind after our journey. A visit to the spectacular castle on the hill is a must (some will return here later for the optional Tattoo ). Arthur’s seat, Rosslyn Chapel, The Royal Mile, Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Scotland,) and much more await. We’ll attend a fun night of traditional Scottish entertainment and hopefully catch a show or concert. (schedules pending). There will also be a day trip to visit Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott’s ‘perfect house,’ now also a marvellous museum.

We’ll then head North to Perthshire and enjoy the spectacular countryside, its ‘chocolate box’ scenery and delightful small towns. We stay just on the edge of the charming town of Pitlochry, settling into the magnificent Atholl Palace where we will live like Barons, enjoying our marvellous castle and surrounds and exploring Pitlochry and beyond!

Leaving the lap of country luxury, we’re off to Inverness, the ‘capital of the Highlands’ and officially Scotland’s ‘happiest city!’ We simply must stop at Queen Victoria’s beloved Balmoral Castle en route, to explore the grounds & history. We’re not allowed a good ‘poke around’ however as the Queen will very likely be in residence!

Whilst based in Inverness we’ll visit its tiny 18thC Cathedral, nestled by the banks of the River Ness, the covered Victorian Market, the Museum and more. We hope to see a performance at the lively Eden Court theatre here too. Beyond Inverness town, we’ll explore the rural wonders of the Highlands. The Battlefields of Culloden are an essential visit and the site has an excellent information centre and onsite guides.

It’s then off to the Isles, firstly to Skye where we stay two nights in the darling little harbour town of Portree. There are many natural wonders to explore on this beautiful island, including Fairy Pools ! En route we skirt along the shores of famous Loch Ness and see two significant castles, Urquart and Eilean Donan.

After our time on Skye we take the ferry from Mallaig Port back to Armidale on the mainland (a la Bonnie Prince Charlie…but in reverse!!) It’s then time for Fort William, centre of the Cameron Clan. We’ll see historic Achnacarry House, museum and grounds and if he is at home, we will also meet the Clan Chief, Lochiel ! A highpoint will be the way we travel to Fort William. This is aboard the Jacobite Steam train (made famous as Harry Potter’s transport to Hogwarts!) Onboard we follow the Road to the Isles….crossing the famous Glenfinnen Viaduct…. but hopefully not flying off the rails and ending up in a land of magic!!

Whilst in Fort William we visit the West Highland and Glencoe museums and of course see the towering presence of Ben Nevis. We stay in a picturesque setting by the eight locks of the Caledonian canal, known as Neptune’s staircase.

Next we proceed to the Isle of Mull, taking the ferry from Oban on the mainland (famous for whisky!) to Craignure on Mull . Whilst staying on the isle we’ll take the boat to the historically significant Island of Iona – birthplace of Celtic Christianity, just off the Coast.

When it’s time to return to the mainland, we’ll enjoy an overnight stay right on legendary Loch Lomond! There will be time for a cruise on the lake and to explore the little local village with its fairytale church, chosen by hundreds each year for their marriage.

Our tour will conclude with four fabulous nights in Glasgow,  a dynamic city which will doubtless release its charms for you. We’ll enjoy its appealing pedestrian mall and shopping complex and surely catch a performance at one of its various music venues.

We’ll take a day out to visit the cottage birthplace (and museum) of legendary poet and favourite son, Robbie Burns. Its beautiful gardens, the Burns monument, the Old Kirk, 15thC Brig-a-Doon bridge and a poets walk will enable us to see and understand the inspirations of the young poet. The on-site cafe usually has Haggis on offer too…..if you’ve developed a liking for it during the tour! We’ll also visit Culzean Castle and enjoy lunch at a picturesque spot.

Throughout our magical 3-weeks together, there will be many opportunities for walkers (of all abilities) to stride out into the countryside and embrace the spectacular scenery and outdoors life for which Scotland is famous…..Rocky crags, sweeping valleys, vast lochs, rugged seaside and tranquil woodlands offer a plethora of natural wonders. If the outdoors doesn’t appeal, our charming, centrally-located hotels will all offer delightful places to relax, enjoy a drink, a meal or a leisurely stroll in the grounds. Little towns and villages will lure some to poke about looking at curiosities and seeking little treasures to bring home!

The fresh food of Scotland is wonderful and a highpoint will be a couple of special long lunches in the countryside with gorgeous views to enjoy whilst chomping on local produce such as grouse, the famous salmon, lobster and snapping fresh veges!

The truly wonderful thing about this tour, aside from the Itinerary, will be the knowledge, care and assistance of our consummate British tour-director and guide, Phil Coates. ( last seen on our England & Wales tour in 2018 ). Dedicated, efficient and an all-round great fellow, we know everyone will love him and treasure his insights. Jennifer and Stewart will be with you throughout also, at the ready to offer assistance. Our sensational ‘Scottish Fling’ will be a fabulous first visit for some and an exciting fresh adventure for those revisiting.

Music will be enjoyed throughout. We plan to attend a concert or opera in one of the major cities, we will go to a couple of Ceilidhs ( nights of traditional Scottish music and dance….! ) Be prepared to learn the steps and join in! In both Pitlochry and Inverness there are vibrant local theatres presenting both plays and music and for those wishing to attend the Edinburgh Tattoo, we will make this possible via a short coach trip from Glasgow. There are Highland Games in many areas at this time of year too…’a show in themselves! Of course, there will be pipes and drums !!

Scotland is the ancestral homeland of both Stewart and Jennifer and we will be looking forward to this tour as much as you!

Come on and join us!


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