Highland Spring 2014
Tours from Ben Doran, Dalmally & Royal Hotels
This new early tour is designed for the March days and takes in some of our very finest scenic and historic areas. We leave the hotels at 9.45am and return in the evenings around 4.30pm, where a warm fire, tea and fresh scones await your return. We kick off with the Cruise to Mull. You leave your hotel after breakfast and proceed by Loch Awe and Loch Etive to the ferry terminal in Oban where we board the ship which takes us across the sea to Mull and directly back to Oban.
The scenery is magnificent, bold vistas of mountain grandeur all around and fantastic views of Dunollie Castle, the Lismore lighthouse and Duart Castle, and lots of wildlife too. There is a full catering facility on the ship, so lunch may be had on board. On return, a trip around the shops can be enjoyed. The next excursion takes us by Glen Ogle and Callander to the ancient city of Stirling with its castle perched high above the town. Stirling Castle was the ancient key to the Highlands in Medieval times and was the ancient home of some of the Kings and Queens of Scotland. The architecture is magnificent and the whole place has been wonderfully preserved. The views from the battlements and esplanade are breathtaking – you feel you can see across Scotland from here.
Finally, we have the superb Highland Day starting off with the most scenic drive in Scotland across Black Mount and Rannoch Moor to Loch Leven and on to Fort William. This area is steeped in history and the classic geology shows all the signs of the last ice age, with polished bedrock and enormous boulders left behind in strange and wonderful places. In the afternoon you enjoy the Concert and then proceed home to afternoon Tea and Scones and a Candlelit Highland Dinner in the evening at your hotel.