Highland Way Scotland Tour 2018 - This year's trip's itinerary is here! Sign up here!

Travel through Scotland with Highland Way. 10 days you will never forget!

YOUR TOUR OF SCOTLAND INCLUDES:                 


 * Breakfast daily at hotel & 9 dinners
 
 * 10 Nights in 3 or 4 star hotels
 
 * Abode Hotel, Glasgow
 
 * Best Western Kinloch, Isle of Arran
 
 * Royal Hotel, Campbeltown
 
 * Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
 
 * Bridge of Orchy Hotel, Bridge of Orchy
 
 * Deluxe motor coach transport including all tolls and parking fees
 
 * All ferry journeys as featured in itinerary
 
 * Entrances to Edinburgh Castle, Burns Cottage, Culzean Castle, Arran Heritage Museum, Kilmartin Glen, Iona Abbey and Heritage Centre, Glencoe Visitor Centre
 
 * 1 x whisky distillery tour (Springbank)
 
 * Ben Nevis Cable Car ride (return)
 
 * Military Tattoo tickets (mid range)
 
 * Porterage 1 piece of luggage per person
 
 * Taxes, service charges for all included services
 
 * 1 x open top bus tour of Glasgow (Hop-on/Hop-off)
 
 * Guide: yours truly, Brian Caldwell

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Tuesday 21st August

Arrival in Glasgow where the Tour begins.  Depending on when your flight arrives you may have time to wander around the City Center for a few hours, or simply relax until dinner. At 6pm we’ll host a light hearted, informal meet and greet in the evening over dinner and drinks – maybe a little music. Let the Fun begin.

Day 2 – Wednesday 22 August

Edinburgh here we come. After breakfast we’ll hop on the coach to Scotland’s Capital City. With Brian as your guide we’ll wander up and down the cobbled streets, visit the museum or the castle or both, and discover the best Edinburgh has to offer. This is the one opportunity in the trip where we can discover one of Scotland many culinary experiences, from fish and chips to Indian food.  What better way to wrap up the day that the famous Military Tattoo in front of the Castle. Wrapping up the day we’ll hop back on the coach and to the hotel, and if the mood takes us we can sing our hearts out.

Day 3 – Thursday 23 August

Let’s head out West! This morning we’re heading out to Robert Burns Country. After breakfast we’ll hop on the coach to the south west of Scotland where we’ll visit Burns Cottage & Culzean Castle. After a day of musical discoveries we’ll hop on the ferry to the Isle of Arran where we’ll have dinner, music and spend the night.

Day 4 –Friday 24 August

After breakfast we’ll spend the day touring the Machrie Moor Standing Stones, the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum and for the adventurous among us, do some hiking with Brian, (weather permitting).  At the end of the day we’ll head further west taking our next ferry from Lochranza to Cloanaig and onto the fishing village of Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre peninsula where we’ll have dinner drinks and spend the night.

Day 5 –Saturday 25 August

This south west end of the Mull of Kintyre peninsula is one of a few accessible places on the Scottish mainland where raw Atlantic energy finds its way to the coast. So after breakfast we’ll take a trip to one of the most picturesque, long sandy beaches of Scotland at Machrihanish.  If weather cooperates we’ll be able to see the north coast of Ireland. Today is also distillery day. After taking in the fresh air of the Atlantic we’ll head back to Campbeltown and visit the Springbank distillery where we’ll have an opportunity to taste the difference between the smooth mainland malts and the western peaty flavors.  Following dinner drinks and music, we’ll spend a second night in Campbeltown.

Day 6 – Sunday 26 August

Today we’ll be heading to the ferry port of Oban. We’ll have breakfast at the hotel then hit the road. On the way we’ll stop in at Kilmartin Glen, where we’ll be able to step into the past through the most important concentration of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in mainland Scotland.  We’ll spend the remainder of the day in Oban, where we’ll be able to wander around the quaint fishing and ferry port, maybe doing a little shopping and sightseeing. We’ll then take the late afternoon ferry from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull where we’ll have dinner drinks and spend the night.  Tobermory, quite literally one of the most colorful towns in Scotland.

Day 7 - Monday 27th August

After breakfast we’ll be heading to the small island of Iona on the far south west of Mull. We’ll leave the coach on Mull and take the pedestrian ferry with a short stroll to the Iona Abbey & Heritage Centre, ancient burial site of Lords Of The Isles, and the site of where Christianity came to Scotland. There are opportunities to hike this rugged shoreline. This will be the furthest west we go on the tour.  The remainder of the day can be spent either hiking, exploring, or simply finding one of the great pubs in Tobermory to meet some of the locals. After dinner and drinks we’ll spend the night in the same hotel.

Day 8 – Tuesday 28th August

Fort William here we come! After breakfast we’ll hop on the ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan. The road from Kilchoan to Fort William is one of the most picturesque, (and narrow), in Scotland. Winding through beautiful forest, seascapes, lochs and mountains we’ll arrive in Fort William where we’ll take a cable car to one of the highest spots in Scotland, the Nevis Range.  We’ll catch the sunset through Glencoe on the way to the hotel at Bridge of Orchy

Day 9 – Wednesday, 29 August

Today it’s time to head back to Glasgow through some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of Scotland. After breakfast we’ll drive back through through Glencoe and pop into the visitor center. The Glen is spectacular and weather permitting we’ll take the time to stop so we can really take in the magnificent view. We’ll then head west and hugging the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe, past Castel Stalker onto Tyndrum,  Crianlarich the fairytale village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. On arriving in Glasgow, for those that still have the energy, after dinner we’ll head to the Nevis bar to enjoy incredible traditional music and great whisky.

Day 10 - Thursday, 30 August

We saved the best for last. Glasgow is a very cosmopolitan City with great shopping, sightseeing, museums, nightlife, theatres, restaurants, culture… you name it. One of the best ways to experience this is by taking the open top bus tour of Glasgow with Hop-on/Hop-off tickets where we can effortlessly visit as much as we can squeeze into the day. Unlike Edinburgh, Glasgow is less touristy and very much a working City. That evening we’ll gather for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant followed by drinks and music and good times.

Day 11 – Friday 31 August

Time to head back home. 

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