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Itineraries

Day 1

Lake District - Windermere - Glasgow

This morning we head towards the magnificent Lake District National Park in Cumbria, with its numerous lakes and home to stunning views and woodlands be sure to be mesmerised with the natural beauty that has recently been named as a World Heritage Site. We travel to Windermere where you can enjoy free time on the lake. After lunch depart for Glasgow. Upon arrival in Glasgow we will visit Glasgow Cathedral, which is one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. If the Cathedral is open when we reach, we will go inside to see this fantastic medieval building.

Day 2

Glasgow - Loch Lomond - Fort William - Loch Ness

After our breakfast, we board the coach and make our way towards the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which is where Loch Lomond is situated.

On arrival at Loch Lomond, why not enjoy an optional boat cruise; here appreciate the picturesque views of the highlands, whilst indulging in a warm cup of tea or coffee. The Loch Lomond or "Lake of the Elms" is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands.

We then make our way along the scenic route towards Fort William, to visit the Nevis Range. On arrival, we take a cable car (subject to operation) to Aonach Mòr on the Nevis range. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is a popular mountain destination.

We will also stop today at the Commando Memorial, which is a Category A listed monument in Lochaber, Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. We will also visit the Neptune's staircase, which is a flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. This amazing feat of engineering raises the canal by 19m over a quarter of a mile of continuous masonry and takes around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the locks. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock flight in Scotland.

Continuing our journey, enjoy the spectacular view of Loch Ness. It is over 22 miles long and over 227 m deep, is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie.

Day 3

Isle of Skye / Inverness

Today you can either enjoy free time in the mesmerising city of Inverness. Here you can appreciate the flourishing culinary scene, explore the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre. You can also admire Inverness Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral, and stroll along the banks of the River Ness

Alternatively you can take an optional day excursion on a smaller vehicle to visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. Many of the beauty spots are not accessible by a full size coach, hence you will travel in smaller vehicles for a full days sightseeing.

Scotland's largest island, the Isle of Skye is a pocket of wilderness jutting off the coast of the West Highlands. The area is a treat for nature lovers, with its dramatic sea cliffs, windswept valleys, and glittering lochs

For the Isle of Skye excursion, we will start our drive through dramatic Highland scenery to the west coast and Eilean Donan Castle. Where you will have free time to enjoy the astounding views.
Then we will cross over the sea and onto the Isle of Skye. - via the famous "Skye Bridge". You will continue travelling up the island's East coast through the stunning Red Cuillin Mountains to Sligachan, where you stop for a photo of the clear mountain waters.
Arriving in the town of Portree, you have free time to explore the "capital" of The Isle of Skye.
You will then travel towards some of the most famous scenery of the island at the Trotternish Peninsula. The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing which are all unforgettably breathtaking

Day 4

Cairngorms national park - Loch Morlich - Scottish Distillery - Falkirk - Kelpies

Today drive through Cairngorms national park, UK's largest national park and has the highest range of mountains, we will be making a stop on route at Loch Morlich. A stunning beach, in the beautiful settings of the Cairngorms and Glenmore Forest.

Loch Morlich enjoys one of the finest settings of any loch in the country. It is surrounded by forests and fringed by beaches, with the stunning backdrop of the often snow-clad peaks of the northern Cairngorms.

Continuing our journey we will drive to the town of Stirling which has a backdrop of Stirling castle, enjoy free time for lunch and exploring. Then visit a Whiskey Distillery, learn more about the traditional art of whisky distilling on our guided tour, followed by a tasting. Later visit Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Then, we visit The Kelpies: 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting Kelpies. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.

Day 5

Edinburgh - Edinburgh Castle - Forth Road

After breakfast drive to Edinburgh and visit the famous Edinburgh Castle with its fine state apartments and ancient Scottish crown jewels. Descend the hill and cross the Royal Mile to see St Giles' Cathedral and its crown shaped spire. You will also have the opportunity to see Calton Hill, National monument of Scotland, Nelson Monument, Scottish National Gallery, Scottish Parliament and the Hollyrood Palace Continuing the journey, we view the Forth Road Bridge to enjoy a spectacular view of the Forth Rail Bridge. After early lunch board your coach and depart for your journey back to London.

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