Day 1 – we start with a local departure and make our way North through magnificent scenery to the Stirling / Perth area where accommodation has been reserved for the night on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2 - we head through the mountainous Spey Valley to Inverness with free time to explore the Highland capital. Afterwards we travel along the coast, past beautiful beaches and into the sparsely populated area with vast sweeps of open moorland and mountains. Arrive in Thurso in time for welcoming tea / coffee and cakes. Accommodation has been arranged for 3 nights at either the Pentland Hotel, Thurso: Royal Hotel, Thurso: or Castletown Hotel, Castletown. If these hotels are not available a similar hotel will be arranged.
Day 3 – a half day tour to Castle of Mey and Gardens. Perched on the cliff tops high above the Firth is the Castle of Mey. The Queen Mother restored this abandoned castle in 1952 and created a homely castle with beautiful gardens. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here. The afternoon is spent enjoying the isolated charm of the Queen Mother’s former residence.
Day 4 – John O’Groats and the Orkney Islands. The highlight of this new tour beckons. Catching the 40 minute ferry crossing as foot passengers from John O’Groats. We arrive on the Orkneys where you will meet your private coach and experienced tour guide. The full day tour includes most of the main island sights including Skara Brae, the Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, Ring of Brodgea, the ‘Standing Stones’ of Stenness, the Italian Chapel and Kirkwall with its magnificent 12th century cathedral. We return during the late afternoon to your hotel, in time for dinner.
Day 5 – Loch Ness, Fort William and Glencoe. We depart from Thurso and travel south taking in the ever changing scenery with a stop at the Loch Ness Centre at Drumnadrochit. We travel along the Great Glen to Fort William with free time before continuing south through mighty Glencoe and along the shoreline of Loch Lomond and your hotel near to Glasgow.
Day 6 – return home, calling in at the English Lake District before arriving back later on.