Visit some of the most inspiring and iconic places in the Highlands and Lowlands.
The Highland Platinum Summer 8 Day Tour has the same elements as the 6 Day Summer Tour with the addition of two extra excursions.
Both excursions go south and take in the splendour of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park or the glens of South Argyll.
When we visit Loch Lomond we always stop at Lomond Shores. This is where the dramatic Drumkinnon Tower is located and you can enjoy wonderful views down the length of Loch Lomond. There is also the Aquarium or boat trips if you prefer.
The excursion south through Glendaruel takes in elevated views of the Kyles of Bute and inevitably ends at Tighnabruaich in Suzy’s Tearoom for lunch, scones and scenic views. A beautiful, peaceful place.
We visit Seil Island and enjoy the glories of Oban Bay on one day, and north through Glen Coe and Blackmount to Fort William and Ben Nevis on another. The day to Stirling Castle and The Kelpies is quite outstanding – a wonderful mix of history and modern engineering. The day to Pitlochry and Blair Castle is another scenic and historic extravaganza! It also takes in Killin and Loch Tay.
A perfect summer holiday which will always linger in your memory.
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
Oban & Isle of Seil
This excursion takes us through Glen Lochy to the Head of Loch Awe where we see Kilchurn Castle guarding the surrounding area. Then we proceed down the side of Loch Awe passing the Hollow Mountain and Cruachan Hydro Electric Scheme, before following the River Awe all the way down to Loch Etive and Connel where we see the rapids of the Falls of Lora and the ancient Connel Bridge across the loch. Then we pass on to Dunstaffnage bay, marina & castle before arriving above Oban. We descend down to the ever scenic harbour and enjoy views across to the islands of Kerrera & Mull. We proceed along a few miles to the south by Loch Feochan to the Island of Seil, the site of an ancient slate industry. Seil Island should be the place all weather forecasters should visit as it was the victim of a huge spring tide and south west gales which flooded all the workings and ended the slate industry overnight. Lots to do and see in the village. After Seil Island, we retrace our route to Oban to enjoy the town, its promenade and shops and cafés. The War & Peace Museum is always worth a look in – it gives you a picture of Oban during the North Atlantic Convoy War. Home again in the late afternoon to dinner, entertainment and a warm welcoming fire in the hearth.
Glen Coe, Ben Nevis & Blackmount (Optional Tour)
On this wonderful excursion, we leave the top of Strathfillan and make our way up to Auch Glen where we get an amazing panoramic view of the Glen, Ben Doran and all the way to Blackmount. We make the long easy descent down Auch Glen where we get a spectacular view of the wonderful Horseshoe Viaduct along the sides of Ben Odhar, Ben A’chastaille and Ben Doran. Soon we arrive at Bridge of Orchy and we are onto Black Mount, and after passing Loch Tulla we arrive at the viewpoint where we can look back over Loch Tulla and down Glen Orchy. From here we cross Rannoch Moor traversing between the many lochs and arriving at the entrance to Glen Coe with Buachaille Etive Mhòr standing sentinel. Fabulous scenery all the way – you can never tire of it. After passing through Glen Coe with its wild gullies and cliffs we arrive at Fort William and view the magnificent Ben Nevis from the banks of the Caledonian Canal at Corpach Locks. Back into the town where we can enjoy the High Street and waterfront. Home now and we retrace our steps stopping off for photographs and enjoy the endless beauty. There are lots of deer on Rannoch Moor for you to spot!
Stirling Castle & The Kelpies
This super excursion takes us down Strathfillan by Ben More and Loch Dochard, to Glen Ogle and Loch Earn. We are now in the lands of Rob Roy McGregor and pass Kingshouse and Loch Lubnaig before arriving at the Trossachs and Callander. We are soon in Stirling where we can enjoy the castle and the Regimental Museum of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. The views across the central belt of Scotland are transfixing and memorable and never to be forgotten. After Stirling we take the motorway along to Falkirk and the site of The Kelpies, the outstanding monuments to the horses who towed barges across Scotland from the North Sea to the Atlantic Shores. The Kelpies can only be described as a magnificent 100ft high engineering wonder. You will love them!
“We just wished we could have stayed longer. I am sure we will return again one day – it was so relaxing! Many, many thanks for making the holiday an extra special one for us.”
Pitlochry & Blair Castle
We head east across Perthshire and along the banks of Loch Tay till we meet the road north to Pitlochry, a wonderfully scenic area steeped in ancient history. Further up the glen we come to Blair Atholl and to Blair Castle This ancient castle is the seat of the Duke of Atholl, the only person in the UK who has a private army at his command. These are made up of his gamekeepers and estate workers and various “mates” of the Duke himself. Poaching the Dukes salmon, is not a good idea !! We try to take in the Queen's View on Loch Tummel on this trip, and then wend our way home to our hotel after a terrific day out and about.
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs
This is an excellent circular Tour of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You travel down to Kilmahog and Drymen, passing through the lands once frequented by Rob Roy MacGregor, brigand extraordinaire. Rob Roy carried out his raids in the east and then looked for shelter in Argyll where the Duke looked after him (‘tis said). Accused in Parliament, the Duke suggested that he ‘may shelter him, but you feed him’! On arrival at the south end of Loch Lomond at Alexandria, you may avail yourselves of a sail on the Loch or visit the many shops and cafes of the Lomond Shores development. There is also an Aquarium and a superb viewing point where you can see the length of the loch in all its glory. Then it’s time to return home along the spectacular loch side in time for dinner and relaxation in the entertainment lounge. Another sightseeing extravaganza.
Kyles of Bute & Glendaruel
This excursion takes us round the head of Loch Fyne and passes through Inveraray and Glendaruel before taking the elevated road round Tighnabruaich on the Kyles of Bute. The coach always stops at the viewpoint above the Kyles of Bute for the most amazing photographs.
Tighnabruaich is an old ferry port for access to the Isle of Bute, but we like it for Susy’s Café – a superb lunch stop with fantastic views up and down the Kyles of Bute. There are shops in Tighnabruaich and it is a lovely walk along the old promenade.
Home to dinner and entertainment at the end of a great day!!!