The beauty and tranquility of Oban will leave you spellbound
This 5 Day Tour is designed specifically for the Alexandra Hotel and takes in a treasure trove of outstanding coastal and mountain scenery.
Enjoy a spectacular ferry trip out of Oban to the Sound of Mull and the Firth of Lorne. The area abounds with wildlife – what is rare and does not exist elsewhere is commonplace in this area. Should you be lucky enough in your lifetime to see a sea eagle or a golden eagle in the wild, then this is the place to see it! A colony of guillemots nests under the promenade directly outside the hotel's front door in May and June.
The area is steeped in history, and the castles and archaeological sites are living proof of the turbulent past where the clans, Norsemen, Picts and Scots all struggled for power and their place in the world. Not to mention the “interfering” kings sitting smugly and securely in Edinburgh who wanted to pacify the unruly highlanders and islanders.
The scenery is wild and rugged, being mainly volcanic then weathered by successive ice ages. It is only 10,000 years since the last ice retreated leaving the mountainsides rough and sharp, and the valley bottoms and sea lochs polished and smooth by the incessant crushing of ever-moving glaciers and ice flows. Today this has left us with a visual wonderland, where the lowland areas have been cultivated and ploughed, and used for sheep and cattle grazing. Hill farming is now being superseded by forestry and fish farming, and above all by tourism. Hydro electric has been the saviour of many of the upland areas.
Your Tour includes:
- Three star, VisitScotland Quality Assured Hotel
- Dinner, bed & breakfast, daily
- Entertainment every night
- Red carpet welcome
- Return coach travel from your pick-up to Scotland
- Luxury air conditioned supercoaches
Sound of Mull Cruise & Seil Island
This Tour suits the season and a trip across to Mull and back makes for a great day out. The coach takes you down to the ferry terminal where there is easy boarding and every comfort aboard. Catering is particularly good and is very reasonably priced.
Views from the ferry are exceptional, and start with glorious vistas of Oban bay, then the island of Kerrera and Dunollie Castle – the ancient power-base of the clan MacDougal. The chief still lives adjacent to the castle. We then steam out across the Firth of Lorne to Lismore lighthouse, passing Lady Rock light and also the magnificent Duart Castle, where resides the chief of the clan McLean, Sir Lachlan McLean. Sir Lachlan’s father was chief scout for nearly a century! Watch for sea eagles floating on any up drafts when the wind meets the shore.
Prior to the cruise, we visit Seil Island, where slate was quarried for centuries. It is an exceptionally rugged area and still has its ancient village where the slate miners lived. A remote and beautiful spot.
Argyll Scenic Circle
This superb day excursion takes us eastward past Dunstaffnage Castle and the Falls of Lora before passing alongside Loch Etive and arriving at the Pass of Brander and Loch Awe.
We skirt round Loch Awe and the exceptionally scenic Kilchurn Castle before descending down Glen Aray to Inveraray with its ancient court house, castle and welcoming tea & scone shops! A really interesting and picturesque coastal community. We proceed down Loch Fyneside to Lochgilphead and then north to the standing stones at Kilmartin Glen. The scenery on the final miles back to Oban is stunning, with huge vistas out across the sea lochs.
Home to a wonderful dinner, entertainment and a great hotel!
Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor & Seal Sanctuary (Optional)
We proceed across the Connel Bridge over the Falls of Lora, passing firstly Dunstaffnage Castle and then further north, Castle Stalker. We visit the seal sanctuary for a coffee stop.
We arrive at the village of Glencoe, and then ascend up the pass to Glen Coe – a visual delight and a source of wonder. Arguably the finest, most dramatic scenery in Scotland. From Glen Coe we proceed across the Rannoch Moor where we see the magnificent Buachaille Etive Mhor, and the Aonach Mhor ski slopes before arriving at the Black Mount viewpoint. We then descend to Bridge of Orchy and Tyndrum where we stop for lunch.
It is then homeward down Glen Lochy, past Kilchurn Castle and to a warm welcome back at the hotel.
“A big thanks to you and your helpful staff. Just had 4 wonderful nights with Highland Heritage and everything was excellent and that lovely finishing touch where a lady rang to check we got home safely. Thank you once again.”