Alexandra Summer - 6 Days

6 days, 5 nights based at the Alexandra Hotel, on Oban's sea front, prices from just £213

Together with a perfect hotel and superbly organised staff, this will be a holiday never to be forgotten.

We pick up across the Midlands, North of England, Northern Ireland, and also in Scotland. Based at our Alexandra Hotel in Oban.

The Alexandra Hotel in Oban is the perfect base to explore the highlands and islands.

The excursions take in the very best of Argyll and are a wonderful experience and Highland adventure.

The excursion to Iona takes in the ferry to Mull, then a scenic island crossing followed by another ferry to Iona and its splendid medieval abbey.

The excursion to Mallaig takes you via Ben Nevis, Glenfinnan and Morar on to the old fishing port of Mallaig. Scenic in the extreme!!

You also enjoy a free day in Oban where there is lots to see and do – don’t forget your camera!!

On the Six Day Tour we visit the standing stones in Kilmartin Glen, then Tarbert and the magnificent Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. 

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

Isles of Mull & Iona

This excursion is a true gem and a wonderful day out to the islands.  We drive to the terminal across the bay to board the ferry which has plenty of lounge and café/restaurant space, or you can enjoy the amazing vistas as you leave the bay and pass beneath Dunollie Castle and the north end of Kerrera Island. 

We enter the open water of Loch Linnhe and cross to Lismore lighthouse, then pass by Duart Castle before arriving at the Craignure ferry terminal where we reboard the coach. Then there starts a lovely run across the island by Ben More and the shores of Loch Scridain before arriving at Fionnphort where we take the small local ferry across to Iona.

You will see the sparkling white sand and the incredible aquamarine colour of the water, all set off by the red granite rocks on either side of the Sound of Iona where wildlife abounds.

We see the Iona Abbey on the way across and from the pier it is about 10 minutes’ walk past the old nunnery and various ancient buildings before arriving at the fully restored abbey. Good catering options on the island help make this a stunning day to remember!

“This superb collection covers the gems of the Isle of Mull & Iona, Mallaig, Ben Nevis and some of the amazing areas of Argyll's Coast. The tour includes several exciting ferry crossings"

Ian Cleaver

Owner

Mallaig & Ben Nevis (Optional)

This excursion takes us north across Loch Leven and up to Fort William before cruising west along the side of Loch Shiel to the Jacobite Memorial at Glenfinnan.

Glenfinnan is the site of the viaduct made famous by Harry Potter.  The Memorial commemorates Prince Charlie raising his standard and igniting the 1745 rebellion, which all came to a bloody end in 1746 at Culloden Moor near Inverness.

It is then on to Mallaig, which is a fishing port of renown and still has a sizable fleet. You can see the Isle of Skye and the Cullin mountains from the waterfront.  The pier is wonderful, with all sorts of craft alongside and interesting characters to see!! (I met Tom McClean, the Atlantic rower and adventurer there recently.)

Wonderful white sands of Morar, and scenery to die for!!!

Day of Leisure in Oban

There is plenty to see and do in Oban, and you can take advantage of the free day by either exploring Oban, going to McCaig’s Tower or Pulpit Hill for superb views, or taking a ferry trip to Lismore or Colonsay – or even out to Coll and Tiree. With subsidised ferry travel, it is extraordinarily inexpensive, and on-board catering is exceptional. It is even possible to view the Corryvreckan whirlpool when you are on the ferry to Colonsay. 

The world is your oyster here!  Thinking of which … seafood lunches are exceptional in Oban – everything is fresh off the boat here!!

“A few days ago I returned from my first visit to Scotland and one of your beautiful Hotels, the Alexandra Hotel. My partner and I usually have five short breaks a year but I must say this was our best ever; your staff were excellent. We enjoyed the entertainment. In fact we have never had better on holiday. We look forward to coming again next year and we have told our friends so our party will increase. Many congratulations to you all for all the effort you put in for making our stay so memorable.”

Mrs S Monte

“Enjoy the long summer days in Oban and also see a considerable amount of the Argyll's Secret Coasts. The Highland scenery is just wonderful, an unforgettable experience.”

Ian Cleaver

Owner

Tarbert, Loch Fyne & Inveraray Castle

This marvellous excursion takes us south by Loch Feochan and the standing stones of Kilmartin Glen, then on to Lochgilphead and the fishing port of Tarbert on Loch Fyne. Tarbert is a spectacular village, noted in the past for herring fishing, but now more inclined to lobster, prawn and crayfish catches.

Tarbert is the entrance to the Crinan Canal which ensures a safe water passage to the north from the Clyde area.

We leave Tarbert and proceed along the north shore of Loch Fyne to Inveraray and the site of not only the seat of the Duke of Argyll, the majestic Inveraray Castle, but also the ancient court house and jail.  Some very grand buildings in a wee seaside town!!

From here, we proceed back to the head of Loch Awe and enjoy views of Kilchurn Castle before passing round the loch and descending down to Loch Etive by the banks of the River Awe and Loch Awe – simply the finest scenery all day, before heading home to our hotel for dinner and entertainment.

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