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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May to September
Start: Glasgow, Scotland
End: Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland: Lochs and Landscapes: 1 nt Glasgow,  2 nts Arran, 2 Oban Area, 2 nts Luss

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Enchanting lochs, haunting glens and soaring mountains: Scotland is home to many diverse treasures. On this tour of the historic western landscapes, we’ll discover some of the country’s most spectacular views, fascinating stories and long-standing traditions – all of which are to be found in lesser-visited locations off the beaten track. Ready to discover another side to Scotland? This is the tour for you.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Experience soul-stirring views on a Highland safari on the Isle of Arran

– Admire the stunning natural beauty of Loch Lomond aboard a scenic cruise

– Visit an 18th century World Heritage Mill Village at New Lanark

Pick Up Location & TIme

Malmaison Glasgow Hotel (Glasgow)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Glasgow)
Late afternoon/early evening tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Glasgow

A land of magnificent historical treasures and imagination-firing landscapes – we’ll meet in Bonnie Scotland’s splendid city of Glasgow. After settling into our hand-picked hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a deliciously hearty welcome meal. Here’s to the incredible journey ahead! (D)

Accommodation: Malmaison Glasgow (or similar)

Day 2Glasgow – New Lanark – Arran

This morning, the picturesque 18th century mill village of New Lanark awaits. Abundantly filled with remarkable intrigue, we’ll amble through the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, discovering its tales along the way. A leisurely stroll along the picturesque River Clyde is a must! Then: take in the sights as we traverse Clyde Coast to meet the ferry. Its destination: the tranquil Isle of Arran, our home for the next two nights. Its vast green landscapes, idyllic waters and friendly charm will bask you in warmth (no matter the weather!). An afternoon of free time awaits. Explore the delightful area, get to know the locals, or sit back and relax, soaking up the ambience of this authentic adventure. (B)

Accommodation: Auchrannie Resort (or similar)

Day 3Arran

You may know The Big Five of the animal kingdom, but today we shall seek Arran’s Big Five on a unique safari experience with our local guide. Spot golden eagles, stags, otters, red squirrels and seals as we roam through the isle’s beautiful terrain, learning its unique history, culture and ecology along the way. (B)

Accommodation: Auchrannie Resort (or similar)

Day 4Arran – Oban Area

Ahoy, the mainland is calling! The first port of call upon our return: Kilmartin Glen. This rich landscape boasts 5,000 years of history and is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland; some say, even Europe. Together, we will wander its lush ground, taking in the linear cairns, scattered standing stones and carved rocks. What’s more, our journey into the past will unearth ancient forts and castles which may or may not be filled with ghouls Scotland is famed for. Pack your wits, just in case! Onwards, our adventure takes us towards Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland, where we will exchange tales of the journey so far over a group dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Knipoch Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Oban Area

Are you ready to awaken your senses? This morning, we’ll visit Arduaine Garden – a place filled with colour and fragrance. The garden first bloomed in 1898, during a time of curiosity and hunger for the exotic. From bold azaleas to magnificent magnolias and giant Himalayan lilies to lovely forget-me-nots, this scented world tour is a truly unforgettable experience. Following our visit, we journey on to Oban where our expert Tour Leader will give a short orientation tour – an opportunity to get your bearings. After lunch, the mighty Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel awaits. Built before 1240, the stronghold is one of the oldest stone castles to exist in this glorious country, boasting centuries of treasured history. (B)

Accommodation: Knipoch Hotel ((or similar)

Day 6Oban Area – Glencoe – Luss

More breathtaking scenery is on the cards today as we take a trip through the magnificent Glencoe valley. Sit back and enjoy the leisurely pace as we admire the towering mountain ranges formed by volcanic eruptions and glacial movement thousands of years ago. While we’re here, we’ll visit Glencoe Visitor Centre and learn the haunting story of the Glencoe Massacre of 1692. Afterwards, we’ll relish an afternoon of more fascinating landscapes as we journey through Loch Lomond and The Tossachs National Park, our Tour Leader will choose the finest viewpoints to stop at before we move on to our next destination: Luss. (B)

Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch (or similar)

Day 7Luss

After a leisurely morning, we’ll continue our discovery of Loch Lomond with a scenic cruise filled with stunning views of distant islands, majestic mountains and enchanting forests. Then, we’ll savour some free time in the picturesque village of Luss. For the history buffs, get lost in a world of medieval times. For those who wish for a peaceful haven, explore the 19th century parish church filled with staggering Victorian stained-glass windows. Tonight, we’ll join together for a farewell dinner where we shall toast to a cherished adventure filled with wonder and friendship. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch (or similar)

Day 8Luss – Edinburgh – Glasgow

Before our tour comes to a close, we’ve got one last stop to make. A Scottish escape wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the beautiful capital, Edinburgh. Here, we’ll embark on a driving tour of the New Town and The Royal Mile, taking in the awe-inspiring architecture and diverse culture. The rest of the morning and early afternoon is yours to uncover this sublime city. Then: you can choose to depart the tour here or join the mini-coach back to magnificent Glasgow, where we’ll say our goodbyes. (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: May 1, 29 $4,479 $5,579
2024: June 12 $4,479 $5,579
2024: July 3 $4,639 $5,799
2024: September 11*, 25* $4,589 $5,739

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures. 

We recommend combining with: Highlights of Britain, Enchanting Eastern England.

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*Save $130 per person on select tours departing in September, October and November 2024, subject to availability. 

Discount applicable to new bookings. Valid until May 6th, 2024. 

Discount can be combined with one other Loyalty Discount: Past Passenger discount OR Multi-Tour discount.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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