Scotland’s North West Passage
24TH APRIL 2023
7DAY 6 NIGHTS DBB
Regarded as a trip of a lifetime. Discover Route 500 - Scotland’s Route 66 – a jaw dropping journey skirting the very top of the UK’s North West coastline passing deserted beaches and ancient castles. 430 miles of some of the most unspoilt and picturesque scenery in Europe, with its diverse array of wildlife and a culture which has little changed in generations. To top it all with a wonderful guided day tour of the Orkneys
. Glencoe / Isle of Skye / Loch Maree /Ullapool / Orkney Isles / Inverness
Day 1 Overnight Glasgow area
Day 2 West Highlands & to Skye Along the shores of Loch Lomond, “The Queen of Lochs”. Then Glencoe “The Weeping Glen”. Free time in Fort William. After lunch, along the Great Glen with loch & mountain scenery all the way. Stop for photos at Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, before reaching your Skye hotel for 1 night. (c230miles).
Day 3 Isle of Skye, Loch Maree & Ullapool This morning we tour Skye, stopping in Portree, the island’s colourful capital, before turning northwards into the vast region of Wester Ross. Along the shores of Loch Maree, regarded as one of Scotland’s bonniest lochs. Time free to take in the Highland air in Gairloch with its pretty harbour. From here the drive snakes its way along the coastline, dotted with islands, inlets, beaches and cliff s before descending into the picture-perfect harbour town of Ullapool. (150 miles).
Day 4 Caithness & Sutherland on Route 500 Todays’ tour makes up a large part of the North Coast 500, and will leave a lasting memory too. Mile upon mile of crumbling cliff s, sheer rocky headlands, picturesque lochs, sheltered bays & deserted perfect white beaches to rival those abroad. It is here you will feel Scotland in an entirely different way – its’ not all about tartan and bagpipes! Included is lunch at Smoo Cave Hotel, Durness Arrive Thurso for 2 nights. (140 miles). Day 5 Castle of Mey & The Orkney Isles at John O’ Groats, board the 40-minute crossing across the Pentland Firth, a graveyard for many a ship. On arrival, a private coach and experienced driver/guide awaits to commence a magical day on the Orkneys Returning to John O’Groats and your hotel. (30 miles)
. Day 6 Inverness & Pitlochry. The coastal road between Wick and Inverness passes many interesting places -historical Helmsdale, white sands at Brora & fairy-tale Dunrobin Castle. Time free in the Highland capital Inverness, before continuing through the Spey Valley then over the Drumochter Pass and into Perthshire for your final night’s stay
Day 7 travel home