Scotland the Brave – July/August 2022

           Will ye no come back again? – Robbie Burns


Join Jennifer & Stewart on this rollicking musical adventure through the Isles, Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland along with a couple of nights in the English Lakes district on the way.

As we work at planning this exciting tour, we’ve wonderful hotels, locations and activities already in place. Do you fancy spending a couple of nights, basking in the rural luxury of this magnificent 18th century palace, (below)? We’re going to do so and enjoy the extensive grounds and woodland walks to boot!

Our first base is the Capital, Edinburgh where we take several days to explore and immerse ourselves in this lively and quite urbane city… Its spectacular castle on the hill and the view over ‘Edi’ from Arthur’s seat are must sees but there will be many more unique visits and places to savour, including a Traditional Scottish evening of entertainment. You’ll have free time to explore on your own too.

The details :

Having flown into Edinburgh 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 and its breathtaking landscapes.
Our first base is the Capital, Edinburgh, where we take several days to explore and immerse ourselves in this lively and quite urbane city… Its spectacular castle on the hill and the view over ‘Edi’ from Arthur’s seat are must sees but there will be many other unique visits and special places to enjoy, including an evening of Traditional Scottish entertainment. You’ll have free time to explore on your own too. Whilst here we will make a day trip to Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott’s ‘perfect house’ and now also a marvellous museum.

We’ll then head North to Perthshire and enjoy the spectacular countryside, ‘chocolate box’ views and delightful small towns of the area. We will live like Barons here! (a clue!!) staying in a marvellous castle and exploring the area!
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 enroute, to explore the grounds & history and to visit the grand ballroom! 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, Museum and more. Beyond, 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 and firstly to Skye where we stay several nights to explore this magical island, it’s Fairy Pools and other natural wonders. We return to the mainland via the sea (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, aboard the Jacobite Steam train (made famous as Harry Potter’s transport to Hogwarts!) We board train at Mallaig and follow the Road to the Isles….crossing the famous Glenfinnen Viaduct…. hopefully not flying off the rails and ending up in a land of magic!!

After several nights in Fort William, we proceed to the Isle of Mull. Whilst staying here, we’ll explore picturesque Tobermory and take the boat to the historically significant Island of Iona – birthplace of Celtic Christianity, just off the Coast. Back on 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 charm for you. We’ll enjoy its appealing pedestrian mall and shopping complex and a variety of music venues making for pleasurable times.
We’ll take a day out to visit the cottage birthplace (and museum) of legendary poet and favourite son, Robbie Burns. It’s 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!

Throughout our magical tour 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 little treasures to bring home!

The fresh food of Scotland is wonderful and 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. 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 Caelidhs ( 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 piles and drums too!!

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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