Deep in the Highlands of Scotland, you will find Strathspey, with Nethy Bridge set in its very heart between Aviemore and Grantown. With the majestic backdrop of the often-snow-capped Cairngorm Mountains, the salmon filled River Spey, and acres of Abernethy Forest, Nethy Bridge is the perfect setting. Leaving the mainland behind, we cross to the Isle of Mull. Discover the romantic charm of the Inner Hebridean Isle. With its abundance of wildlife, walking routes, beauty spots and heritage, there is something to do whatever the weather. The capital, Tobermory, with its distillery and colourfully painted buildings crowding around a peaceful bay, is the epitome of Hebridean delight. Also included is the holy isle of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, and the burial place of Scotland’s early kings.
2 nights – The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie is a luxurious hotel, with its history dating back to the 18th century. Offering the very best in Highland hospitality, and situated in the heart of the Highlands, the beauty of this hotel will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
3 nights – The hotel we will be staying at whilst exploring the Isle of Mull is the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa. This stunning hotel, boasting incredible views and extensive leisure and spa facilities, is the perfect base for our time on Mull.
Day One – After a morning departure, we travel to our overnight hotel in the north of England.
Day Two – After breakfast at the hotel, we depart and head to the Highland road, with a stop at Gretna Green on route.
Day Three – We enjoy a scenic tour of the breath-taking Cairngorm National Park as we drive towards the picturesque Victorian village of Ballater, for our first stop. Described by Queen Victoria as ‘my dear paradise in the Highlands’, and housing the summer residence of the Royal Family, it is well worth a visit. We will then continue for a short stop at Crathie Kirk, the place of worship of Queen Victoria from 1848 and every British monarch since. Gaze at the two stained glass windows donated by the Queen before embarking on a short drive to the beautiful village of Braemar. Once you have had some time to take in this quaint village surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, beautiful glens containing ancient pine forests, we will head towards Pitlochry. Famous for its jumping trout, and for being the home of Bells Whisky, Pitlochry is a must while visiting the area. After this busy day of sightseeing, it is back to the hotel in time for our evening meal.
Day Four – It is time to head on the scenic road towards Oban where we board the ferry to Mull. Once we disembark, you will get your first glimpse of the breath-taking views of the island, as we head to our hotel, the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa where we will spend 3 nights.
Day Five – This morning, we visit Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean. It is then on to Tobermory for an afternoon of exploring the sights of the brightly painted houses and beautiful sheltered bay. Made famous as the location for filming of the children’s television programme, “Balamory”, Tobermory is easily one of the most attractive fishing ports in Scotland.
Day Six – Fionnphort is our first destination today, as we board the ferry (as foot passengers), for a short crossing to the beautifully peaceful island of Iona. We will spend the day here, before heading back to the hotel late afternoon.
Day Seven – This morning, it’s time to head back to Oban, and south to our overnight hotel in northern England, via Loch Lomond.
Day Eight – We will continue the last part of our journey, with arrival home expected early evening.