Magnificent Scotland 2021/2022

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14 Days / 13 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : April to October
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Magnificent Scotland: 2 nts Oban, 2 nts Plockton, 1 nt Inverness, 2 nts Kirkwall, 2 nt Ullapool, 2 nts Stornoway, 2 nts Portree

Explore the best of Magnificent Scotland’s craggy coastline on this small group tour of Scotland. This 13 night Bed and Breakfast tour of Scotland covers many of the top must sees: Loch Lomond, the biggest island in Scotland – Lewis and Harris, Eilean Donan Castle, North Coast 500 and, so many more.

You wind through on your small coach to the rolling splendour of the island of Mull, where you can find some of Scotland ‘s best wildlife spotting opportunities. You then learn about the peace and spirituality of Iona, with an optional visit to the breathtaking and musical island of Staffa.

And from here, it only gets more spectacular on this small group tour of Scotland.

You venture amongst the dramatic mountains of our most famous of islands, Skye, before heading to the Orkney archipelago, rich in archaeological treasures. Ullapool, nestling on the shores of Loch Broom, is where we travel from to Lewis; and immerse ourselves in Gaelic culture and enjoy the truly inspirational surroundings of Harris with her mountains and glorious white beaches.

Take this small group tour of Scotland to truly learn about the countries famously stunning islands. Enjoy the timeless beauty of Mull, Skye, Iona, Orkney, and the Outer Hybrides on this tour from Edinburgh.

Ask us about pre and/or post nights in Edinburgh.

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book, Magnificent Scotland. 

Tour Details
Places you explore

Oban – This Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy.

Loch Lomond National Park – Enjoy the dramatic splendour of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs and the beautiful national park that surrounds it.

Iona and Staffa – Visit the tiny Island of Iona, inhabited with just around 120 people.

Isle of Skye – One of the world’s most stunning islands.

Eilean Donan Castle – An iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.

Orkney Isles – These beautiful islands are full of ancient history and wildlife.

Glencoe and Rannoch Moor – Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

Loch Ness – Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander around this alluring and eerie loch.

Magical Mull – Feel the tranquillity of the unspoilt blonde beaches and explore the brightly coloured fishing village of Tobermory.

Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar – Learn how people used to live in ancient times at these prehistoric monuments.

Lewis and Harris – These two areas with distinct landscapes make up the biggest island in Scotland.

North Coast 500 – A rollercoaster road of ruined castles, pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming villages

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 8:45am (tour departs at 9:00am) – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
7:00pm

Price Includes

  • 13 night Bed 'n Breakfast or hotel accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 13 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

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

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary
Magnificent Scotland

Day 1Edinburgh - Oban

Travel north past Stirling Castle and to the region of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

You venture through the impressive mountains of the West Highlands and the magnificent whitewashed 18th-century town of Inveraray, home to the Campbell Clan and the Duke of Argyll.

The afternoon will be spent in the heart of Argyll before arriving in the bustling town of Oban for your two-night stay.

Day 2Oban

Today you have an early start, beginning the day crossing on the ferry to Mull for a chance to explore dramatic coastlines and wild beauty.

You take the small ferry to Iona, the birthplace of Celtic Christianity, and ancient burial ground of Scottish Kings. Here you can visit the historic abbey with its intricate carved crosses in the churchyard, or explore rocky headlands and sandy coves.

There’s an opportunity to take a small boat for an optional trip to the island of Staffa and view the dramatic basalt columns immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebridean Overture “Fingal’s Cave”.

You then return on the ferry to Oban for your second night. (B)

Day 3Oban - Plockton

You ramble north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker. Next, you head to the gorgeous Glencoe, one of the most famous natural landmarks in all of Scotland. This beautiful area boasts steep slopes and photogenic peaks. Your driver-guide may reveal to you the tragic tale that’s haunted this valley for over 300 years.

You then venture through Fort William and under the shadow of Ben Nevis, which at 1,344 meters is the highest mountain in the British Isles.

We continue through the Great Glen, a natural fault in the earth’s crust that runs through Scotland. From here, you travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. You’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening. (B)

*Please note that if your tour departs on a Friday, you stay in Portree instead of Plockton. Also, during busy periods, the same change may take place.

Day 4Plockton

Today is a very flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group’s interests.

You may ascend the Quiraing along Trotternish Ridge and be rewarded with spectacular views. Alternatively, you could drink in the scenery at Loch Corruisk or drive through the dramatic Red Cuillin to the little hamlet of Elgol.

We return you to your accommodation in Plockton* in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village. (B)

*Please note that if your tour departs on a Friday, you stay in Portree instead of Plockton. Also, during busy periods, the same change may take place.

Day 5Plockton - Inverness

You’re collected from your accommodation for the short drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle.

Then, you travel east taking in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. You continue to Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie’.

Half an hour south of Loch Ness you stop in the village of Spean Bridge and join a new bus for the continuation of your tour to Orkney. Your guides will help you transfer your luggage and introduce you to your new travelling companions.

With your new crew, you continue north following the Great Glen travelling the entire 23 miles of the famous loch. You arrive at Inverness, where you’re dropped off at your accommodation. The evening is free for you to explore the ‘Capital of the Highlands’. (B)

Day 6Inverness - Kirkwall

It’s an early start, leaving behind the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, crossing over the Black Isle, and continuing past Dunrobin Castle.

From here, you drive along the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. Onwards through Scotland’s most northerly mainland village, John o’ Groats, and then to Gills Bay, where you board the ferry, and cross the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago.

It’s a short drive to the famous Italian Chapel where you stop for a visit before continuing to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, Capital of Orkney. Here you can visit Kirkwall’s magnificent Viking Cathedral and its historic winding streets in the evening.. (B)

Day 7Kirkwall

Today is your chance to explore this archipelago’s fertile green pastures fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

You visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar and the Druidic standing stones of Stenness.

You stop in Stromness and then travel onto Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions.

Then it’s back to Kirkwall for your second night after what is sure to be a memorable day. (B)

Day 8Kirkwall - Ullapool

After a relaxed start, you leave Orkney and sail the Viking waters back to the mainland. From here, you travel the old road right across the very top of Scotland, driving past the stunning Ben Loyal and Ben Hope mountains, following the rocky cliffs and stunning golden sand beaches.

You then visit the far northwest Highlands and the wilderness of the mountains of Assynt before stopping to view the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle.

From here, you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your last night’s stay on tour.

Once again, you leave the group at this point and on day 10 join your new group, with whom you will stay for the rest of the tour.(B)

Day 9Ullapool

You have a free day in Ullapool before you join your new driver-guide and companions. This picturesque fishing town is surrounded by stunning mountains and is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

If you want to spot seals, dolphins, porpoises, numerous sea birds and eagles, you can go on a cruise around the Summer Isles.

Alternatively, you can head up Claypool hill for an easy two-hour walk offering wonderful views over Loch Broom.

Ullapool is also a great place to relax and enjoy the Highland pace of life. You can browse the small craft boutiques, try whisky in a pub, or savour top quality seafood. And in the evening, enjoy some live music and mingle with the locals before your next leg of the journey. (B)

Day 10Ullapool - Stornoway

Wake up, enjoy your breakfast, and look out over Loch Broom as it glistens under the morning sky. You meet your new travel companions and take a ferry across the sea.

This two and a half-hour boat trip takes you through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles. But don’t spend your time snoozing and reading as you sail across the ocean; because if you look out to sea, you may spot dolphins and whales.

Once you’ve arrived on Lewis and Harris, you head to the North West coast. Your driver-guide will make the most of what weather you’ve been blessed with and take you through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. You even get to see the Butt of Lewis; from the lighthouse here there’s nothing but fishes and water between you and America.

You spend the evening in Stornoway; a bustling port town and the home of Scotland’s most delicious black puddings. (B)

Day 11Stornoway

Today, you immerse yourself in the history and landscapes of this wild island.

You first head to Arnol Blackhouse. Here, you can experience what traditional farming life was like in these remote reaches without getting your hands too dirty.

A little down the road, you visit the stone fort of Dun Carloway. This structure was built before 100AD and has experienced more battles than you’ve had hot dinners. It’s a wonderful location to ponder over the vast swathes of history that have come before you.

You then travel through a landscape littered with crofting villages to one of the most famous sights of the island, the Callanish Stone Circle. This prehistoric site still mystifies archaeologists today.

The rest of your afternoon is spent in the beautiful beaches and mountains of the western side of Lewis.

You head back to Stornoway in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 12Sortnoway - Portree

It’s time for something a little more dramatic. It’s time to enter the region of Harris.

Harris boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre.

The area is also famous for Harris Tweed and myths that are as strange as they are poignant.

After a morning of exploring the dramatic landscapes, you stop for lunch. Depending on the weather, we may even go for a picnic on the beach – so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses.

Your adventure continues on a ferry over the sea to Portree, the largest town in Skye and your base for the next two evenings. (B)

Day 13Portree

Every horizon in Skye conceals something astoundingly beautiful.

So today, your driver-guide makes the most out of your time on this marvel-studded landscape.

You may travel to the Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk, venture to Kilt Rock and see a gigantic waterfall, or take a boat trip to the lesser-known Loch Coruisk.

After you’ve enjoyed the sights of Skye, you have your final evening in Portree. There are plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants to celebrate a fine day of exploring. (B)

Day 14Portree - Edinburgh

Don’t be too sad that your trip is ending today, because there are a lot of amazing things to check out on the way back to Edinburgh.

Once you’ve crossed the Skye Bridge, you get a chance to see Eilean Donan Castle. This classic combination of a sturdy-stone fortification perched upon a loch is about as Scottish a view as you can get. Just ensure you’ve got some room left on your camera to take photos.

You then travel under Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. The peak of this mountain is likely to be shrouded high in the clouds.

Your driver-guide may become a little emotional as you move through the valley of Glencoe. This marvellously mountainous area was the site of one of the most tragic massacres in Scottish history. The story is as unforgettable as the landscape.

The hilly views become flatter as you enter the Lowlands and travel to Edinburgh.

You arrive in the early evening. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: May 1 to September 27 – Monday & Saturday (except June 12) $3,970 $4,440
2021: October 4 to October 18 – Monday $3,440 $3,910
2022: April 2 to May 30 – Monday & Saturday $3,920 $4,410
2022: June 4 to September 26 – Monday & Saturday $4,090 $4,590
2022: October 1, 3, 10, 17 $3,920 $4,410

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 2 to May 30 – Monday & Saturday $4,520 $5,570
2022: June 4 to September 26 – Monday & Saturday $4,690 $5,760
2022: October 1, 3, 10, 17 $4,520 $5,570

All guaranteed departures.

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 [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
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: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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