Photo taken from Ferry to Mull
WINNER - Brian Hepple
Huge applause to Brian Hepple from Bristol who wins a coach tour holiday for two to the Scottish Highlands. We hope you all enjoys reading this essay, the pictures are fantastic!
My Highland Coach Adventure
In late July 2015 myself and friend after looking at a number of coach holidays decided on 6 day holiday with Highland Heritage. We have had a number of coach holidays with other holiday companies, but this was the first with Highland Heritage and what a pleasant surprise we were in for.
We started our journey joining our feeder coach at Birkenhead, Wirral where the driver took our cases and put them safely into the luggage compartment and we did not see them again until they were delivered to our room, after this we journeyed to Tebay services on the M6 we then transferred to a Highland Heritage coach to continue the rest of our journey to the Ben Doran hotel in the Scottish village of Tyndrum, one of a number of hotels belonging to Highland Heritage.
This modern hotel is set in its own grounds surrounded by absolutely beautiful views of the Scottish mountains, The entrance into the hotel is lined with flowers as are the grounds complete with its own lily ponds. We were handed the keys to our room and on entering we found everything about it was perfect, very clean and modern, also including a bowl of fruit which is something we have not had on other holidays, and the views from the window to the outside are the best you will ever see.
Soon after arriving we went for dinner and this is when we discovered that the restaurant is on the upper floor as is the lounge and entertainment room, so as to allow guest to have views of the surrounding country while they relax. The staff who we found to be very polite and helpful directed us to a table, were the menu gives you a choice of meals, we found the food to be exceptional. There was a variety of entertainment on each night in the hotel and to a very high standard.
We were taken out by coach on each day to different parts of the Highlands, and our driver was an experienced and very carful driver, also knowledgeable of the area pointing out things and places of interest as we travelled.
One of the days was a trip to Oban a lovely town on the West coast where we were taken on the ferry to the Isle of Mull all this was in with the cost of the holiday, we had time on returning to spend looking around Oban and the many small interesting shops.
On another tour we had a day out to the Famous Grouse Distillery and a guided tour of the distillery which was very interesting, returning via some of the many lochs that Scotland has.
Fort William was yet another town we visited also to our surprise it had been arranged for us to attend a concert which was specifically for the guests of Highland Heritage, Here we watched and listened to a very talented local group of singers also met the owner of Highland Heritage complete with his Scottish attire.
As they say all good things come to an end, and our final day at the Ben Doran had arrived, we had a very appetising breakfast and once again boarded our coach for the return journey home, and with having a perfect holiday it was nice to know that we can and will return.
Thank you to Highland Heritage, the manager of the Ben Doran and all his wonderful staff and especially the driver of our coach who made every day a good day.
Views from my Ben Doran Bedroom
The Famouse Grouse Cat Towser