ESCAPE TO SCOTLAND

MAY 2024 - 11-days

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO LACK OF CLIENTS CONFIRMING THEIR PLACE, WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THIS AMAZING TOUR. OUR SINCERE APOLOGIES TO THOSE WHO RESERVED THEIR PLACE AND ARE NOW DISAPPOINTED.

We had a wonderful time exploring Scotland’s spectacular Outer Hebrides in 2018, The Orkney Islands in 2021 and The Isle of Man in 2023, so we thought we might escape to Scotland once again in 2024 to visit the Inner Hebridian Island of Skye and the spectacular Highlands in northern Scotland from the delightful  Grantown-Spey in the county of Moray.   

We’re not going ‘straight up’ and ‘straight down’ as many coach companies tend to do, but will take a leisurely 2-days up to Skye and a leisurely 3-days homebound south. Staying in lovely hotels en route is more our style and all part of a fun holiday!

I make no apologies for not being the cheapest of coach holidays, but we still think we’re the best – especially locally!
Being an independent travel company, with owner Lin accompanying each & every tour, you will receive a personal service and the extra touches that will hopefully make your holiday both leisurely and memorable!

As we all know, Scotland is a wonderful place to escape to and the ideal place to relax without the crowds. This is also your chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones and see pastures new in our 11-day ‘staycation’ taking in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery.

Hotels en route include the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, near Blackburn and the Dunblane Hydro Hotel, near Stirling. Our main hotels, where we will stay for 3-nights each are the Dunollie Hotel on the Isle of Skye and the historic Grant Arms Hotel at Grantown on Spey. During our return journey we will stay for 2-nightsat the exquisite Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield.

To make the most of  visiting such beautiful areas of the UK, a variety of  included excursions are been arranged for our 11-day tour. The final itinerary and the finer details will be available towards the end of 2023, so watch this space!

We all need something to look forward to, so if you’re looking for some relaxation in great company, with delicious food and spectacular scenery, this holiday could be just what you’re looking for … and all YOU have to do …. is PACK!

Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or as a small group of friends, we will look after you from start to finish. It’s EASY to book. It’s EASY to pay. It’s EASY to communicate – and we’re based where YOU live!

Our UK & Scotland Holidays normally sell out very quickly, so you are advised not to delay in booking.

For the comfort of all passengers, a max of 31 places will available on this exclusive tour. 

IMPORTANT: Our tour to Scotland is obviously not 100% coach-based, so there will be guided group walking tours of varying distances. We will also encounter steps, stairs, uneven surfaces, unknown terrain and various gradients, so for everyone’s comfort and enjoyment, our tours are unfortunately NOT suitable for those with mobility issues, walking aids or very slow walkers who are unable to keep up with the group without difficulty.

NB. SINGLE ROOMS: All our ‘single’ rooms are twin/doubles for single occupancy, but in the Dunollie hotel (Skye) the 1st four singles sold are ‘true’ singles, hence the lower supplement of £280pp.

Our Hotels:

Sightseeing:

GREAT VALUE!
EARLYBIRD PRICE only £1,955pp inclusive

EARLYBIRD PRICE if booked before midnight on Saturday 28 October! 
AFTER Saturday 28 October,
£1989pp inclusive

What's Included? Almost everything!

What's Not Included?

For your peace of mind and financial protection, our Scotland Holiday has been arranged  in conjunction with our preferred, fully bonded and trusted Tour operator, Success Tours.

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NB: AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT, ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE AND MAY BE CHANGED NEARER TO THE TIME (Nov 2023):
Half-board Tariff in all hotels – Breakfast & 3-course/3-choice dinner with after dinner tea/coffee  
Lunch taken at leisure whilst on excursions – or as stated in itinerary

DAY 1  Sunday 26 May 20243 – Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel 
0730    Coach leaves Stokes Bay, Gosport 
0740    Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – seafront shops
0750    Pick up at Stubbington – Bus stop opposite Red Lion
0800    Pick up Peak Lane, Fareham
             Lunch stop en route
1500    Arrive Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel to check-in and relax for the rest of the afternoon/evening
1900    3-course Dinner in hotel restaurant with after-dinner tea & coffee included

DAY 2    Monday 27 May – to Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye
               Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant. 
0700      Leave hotel for late afternoon ferry at Mallaig
               Lunch stop and comfort stops en route 
TBC        Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, Skye (approx 30mins)        
               Arrive Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye
               3-course Dinner in hotel restaurant with after-dinner tea & coffee included        

Day 3 to 5  Isle of Skye – Dunollie Hotel
                Scottish Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant each morning
                Full day guided excursions each day
                3-course Dinner in hotel restaurant with after-dinner tea & coffee included each evening

Day 5    Thursday 30 May – to Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey
               Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant
               Full day guided excursions each day
               3-course Dinner in hotel restaurant with after-dinner tea & coffee included

Day 6 to 8   Grantown-on-Spey
               Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant each morning
               Full day guided excursions (except Day 7 – drivers day off – see below)
               Free Day at leisure: The ideal day for ‘ramblers’ to go walking miles of beautiful rolling countryside. Only 5miles from Nethy Bridge. It’s also a great day for                     relaxation or some retail therapy!  Optional activity: TBC 
               3-course Dinner in hotel restaurant with after-dinner tea & coffee included each evening

Day 8   Sunday 02 June – Dunblane Doubletree Hilton Hydro Hotel, Dunblane
              Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant
              3-course Dinner in hotel restaurant with after-dinner tea & coffee included

Day 9   Monday 03 June – Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield
              Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant
               3-course Dinner in hotel restaurant with after-dinner tea & coffee included

Day 10  Sheffield
               Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant
               Full day excursion
               Evening Dinner Cruise on Sheffield & Tinsley Canal

Day 11   Wednesday 05 June – homeward bound
                Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant. Late-ish check out.
                Crich Tramway Village
                Comfort/Tea Stop en route
1830/
1900      Arrive home area

EXPECTED EXCURSIONS/VISITS TO BE CONFIRMED – Dunvegan Castle & Gardens; Trottenish Peninsula; Portree; Boat Trip; Ballindalloch Castle; Highland Wildlife Park; Falkirk Wheel; Kelham Island Museum; Wortley Top Forge; Peak Cavern; Evening Dinner Cruise; Crich Tramway Village 
OPTIONAL: Free day excursion in Grantown-on-Spey – TBC

Day 1 – 1-night:
Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel 
https://all.accor.com/hotel/6617/index.en.shtml

Day 2 to Day 5 – 3-nights:
Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye
 https://bespokehotels.com/dunolliehotel

Day 5 to Day 8 – 3-nights:
Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey
 
https://www.grantarmshotel.com/

Return journey:
Day 8 – 1-night:
Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel,
Dunblane
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/edidudi-doubletree-dunblane-hydro/?/

Day 9 to Day 11 – 2-nights:
Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield
Hotel Website: https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/gb/en/sheffield/

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