PLEASE NOTE: THE DATE OF THIS TOUR IS NOW 27/09/2020

Go WightAway for a GOLD TOUR to the Scottish Highlands which includes taxi from home to the ferry and a great itinerary while away, with all the entrances to the attractions included.

Staying in Pitlochry, on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains, this is the perfect base to explore the mountains and the history of Scotland.

With a ‘Royal Castles’ touch to your tour we visit Balmoral, The Queen’s Summer home and Glamis, seat of the Queen Mum. Scone Palace, with included afternoon tea, allows you to discover Scotland’s rich Royal Heritage.

Visit Aviemore riding on the Strathspey Steam Railway, and visit the Highland Folk Museum which gives visitors a flavour of how Highland folk lived and worked from the 1700s to the 50s.

En-route to Scotland we stop overnight at Shap Wells Hotel high up in the Lake District and then visit Stirling next day, with entrance and audio-guide included to Stirling Castle, key to the kingdom of Scotland, dominating a vast volcanic rock above the river Forth.

This tour will give you a fantastic opportunity to visit The Scottish Highlands and Cairngorm Mountains, exploring the Royal Castles of Balmoral, Glamis and Scone. With places of interest included en-route to Scotland, this a a great trip from start to finish.

Your Go WightAway Holiday Includes:

GOLD TOUR – Taxi pick-up from Home

Half-Board En-suite Accommodation

Return Coach Travel with allocated Seat

Return Ferry Crossings

Overnight Hotels in Shap Well Hotel, Cumbria (outward) and The Midlands (return)

Visits to Dunkeld, Queens View, Spittal of Glenshee & Gretna Green

Entrance to Stirling Castle with Audio-Guide

Entrance to Balmoral Castle and Glamis Castle

Visit to Crathie Kirk

Entrance to Scone Palace with Afternoon Tea & Scones

Single Journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway

Entrance to Highland Folk Museum

Non-Motorway Stop for lunch on the return journey

 

Fishers Hotel       Pitlochry, Scotland

This hotel is perfect for a Scottish Highlands Scenic Holiday. Originally built as an 18th Century Coaching Inn, this luxurious hotel is located in the centre of town, perfect for exploring the Highland Resort of Pitlochry. You could not want a better Scottish Welcome.

Your Hotel

  • Half-Board with Scottish Breakfast & Dinner
  • Ensuite Bathroom – Single, Twin & Double Bedrooms
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Hairdryer, Flat Screen TV
  • Free Wi-Fi in Public Areas & Bedrooms, Lift to all floors
  • Coffee Lounge, Castle Restaurant, Gladestone’s Whisky Bar
  • Swimming Pool, Gym and Spa Pool
  • Single Supplement £20pn
  • Double (sole use) Supplement £30pn

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1

After taxi pick ups from home & local pick-ups in Portsmouth, we travel to Cumbria for an overnight stop at the Shap Wells Hotel, beautifully located high in the hills of the Lake District.

Overnight bag required.

DAY 2

We continue to Scotland, stopping in Stirling for lunch, with entrance to Stirling Castle include with an audio-guide. Stirling Castle was the key to the kingdom of Scotland, dominating a vast volcanic rock above the river Forth at the meeting point between Lowlands and Highlands. Its origins are ancient and over the centuries it grew into a great royal residence and a powerful stronghold. Continue in the afternoon for the 2 hour journey to the Cairngorms and our main hotel in the Scottish Resort of Pitlochry.

DAY 3 – with local Guide

We start the day at Spittal of Glenshee, situated at the heart of where four glens meet. Linn-o-dee is a snapshot of a Highland landscape with a pine forest and heather moorland. We continue for an included visit of Balmoral Castle, a holiday retreat for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal family during the summer. Enjoy exhibitions in the stable area and the Castle Ballroom with an audio guide. Explore the formal gardens, started under the supervision of Prince Albert, that contain Victorian glasshouses and a conservatory. In the afternoon we continue the half mile to
Crathie Kirk where Queen Victoria came to worship and our Queen celebrates Christmas.

DAY 4

We start our day at Loch Tummel, one of the most beautiful parts of Perthshire’s ‘Big Tree Country’. Overlooking the Loch is The Queen’s View, a famous spot of natural beauty. The photogenic scene affords breathtaking lake and mountain panoramas. Continue to Sma’ Glen, an idyllic Highland glen, with the fast-flowing River Almond running along the narrow valley. With  a unique position in the history of Scotland we visit Scone Palace. See the art, antiques and architecture, including rare collections of French furniture and bedhangings of Mary, Queen of Scots while in prison on Loch Leven. Tea or Coffee and home-baked Scones are served before you make you way back to the hotel.

DAY 5 – HALF DAY

Visit Dunkeld, one of the best-preserved historic towns in Scotland before we continue to Glamis Castle. It has seen over 1000 years of history within its red sandstone walls, occupied by Cromwell’s troops in 1650 and inspiration for Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. See the romantic turrets and towers as you approach the castle along its mile-long drive, then step inside and see the splendid interior. This was the birth place of the Queen Mother and her Scottish home.

DAY 6

Full Day excursion into the Spey Valley taking a trip back in time on the Strathspey Steam Railway. After lunch call in to the Highland Folk Museum, which gives visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s. Over 30 historical buildings are furnished in style and are home to over 12,000 artefacts.

DAY 7/8

We journey back to the Isle of Wight, stopping at Gretna Green for coffee before continuing to our overnight hotel in the Midlands. We continue with a visit to a non-Motorway stop for lunch before your taxi collection for home.

Conditions/Advice

We recommend Travel Insurance on this tour. IOW Tours can offer this at £13.90. Ask for details.

Entrances included as described. Itinerary subject to change prior to departure without notice.

To Book, Call Brenda or any of the team at IOW Tours on 01983 405116