Lets Tour Scotland – Coastline, Mountains and Castles
Scotland recently thought it wanted to “paddle its own canoe” but in the end, after the referendum, the majority of the populous “bottled out” and decided to stay with the UK !!
Scotland has several distinct regions including….
- The Borders – hill country
- The Central Belt – industrialised – Edinburgh & Glasgow are here
- The Grampians and Cairngorms – Mountainous
- East Coast – flatter but with high cliffs the further north you go
- West Coast – picturesque coastal scenery – islands like Skye & Mull
The whole of the country is known for its Whisky distilleries, Golf Courses, Castles, Harbours, Lochs and rugged scenery. Edinburgh is a wonderful city to spend time in.
- Pickup at Airport / Hotel in Edinburgh
- Walking Tour of the historic part of the City – with a qualified city guide
- Edinburgh Castle – one of the many tourist sites in the city
- Palace of Holyrood – The Queen’s official residence in Scotland
- Royal Mile – the road between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood – the most historic part of the city
- Harry Potter connections – like the Elephant House, Leith Walk, Nicolson Square and Herriot School – Google it !!
- The Royal Yacht Britannia – official ocean going home of The Queen until it was decommissioned – now open to the public
- Stunning Mountain Scenery
- Traquir House – built in 1107 and the oldest continuously occupied house in the British Isles
- Roslyn Chapel – figoured in Dan Brown’s 2003 novel “The Da Vinci Code”
- Sterling Castle
- Coastline of Fife – beautiful coves and fishing harbours
- St Andrews – the home of Golf and to Scotland’s oldest university – where “William met Kate” !
- The House of Bruar – classy and very “Scottish” out of town shopping experience not to be missed.
- Eradour Whisky Distillery – the smallest in Scotland
- Stunning mountain road to Speyside – many Whisky distilleries in this area
- Castles – Ballindalloch (still lived in by its original family), Cawdor– a 17th century fortified manor house….and more !
- The site of the Battle of Culloden – the final confrontation with the English of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
- Loch Ness – beautiful loch – at certain times of the year it is sometimes possible to see the legendary monster
- The road from Inverness to John o’ Groats up the east coast of Scotland is dramatic in places – more Whisky distilleries, Dornoch Golf Course, waterfalls where you can see salmon jumping, dramatic cliffs where the road hugs the coast.
- John o’ Groats is the northernmost settlement on the UK mainland….the antithesis being 800+ miles south-west at Lands End in Cornwall.
The west coast of Scotland is heavily indented, with long promontories separated by fjord-like sea lochs. Also most of Scotland’s 790 islands are off the North and West coasts – Shetland, Orkney and the Hebrides, which can be divided into the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides. Traditionally this is the wettest part of the UK but the reward is the landscape and culture of the people who live here. Destinations for visitors include:
- Eilean Donan Castle – perhaps the most photographed castle in the world !
- Plockton – a delightful harbour benefiting from a mild climate allowing palm trees to grow !
- The Isle of Skye – Skye meaning “Misty Isle” – many things to see on Skye, much of them scenic but include amazing cliffs, mountains, Talisker distillery, seals and puffins…..
- Jacobite Railway – following The Road to the Isles from Fort William to Mallaig – featured in all the Harry Potter Movies as the “Hogwarts Express“
- Ben Nevis – and Glen Nevis – an almost alpine drive (or walk) through the glen (valley) to see the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, at 4409 feet.
- Glencoe – dramatic mountain pass and site of the massacre of 38 members of the MacDonald clan by their guests in 1692.Glencoe – dramatic mountain pass and site of the massacre of 38 members of the MacDonald clan by their guests in 1692.
- Glen Orchy – contrasting, quiet branch off from Glencoe – following the River Orchy – I have seen people panning for gold and finding it here !
- Inveraray & Loch Fyne – beautiful drive through mountains and alongside lochs
- Loch Lomond – synonymous with the Scottish song “The Bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond” and the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area
- Return to Scottish Airport or Hotel / or return to London
- Visitors could spend between 5 and 14 days in Scotland – cost for 10 days as an example would be £7800 / $10200 depending on final requirements including driver, van, fuel, toll roads, driver’s accommodation and food. All other costs – eg Customers accommodation etc, is in addition. These prices were last updated on 30 July 2018 when the exchange rate was 1.31USD to 1GBP; one of the very best exchange rates Americans have had in years !!
NOTE – this is just a suggestion…..you can pick and choose what you want to see if you want to see more or less.