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Scottish Highlands – visit in the autumn for glorious colour

Our Autumn tour around the Scottish Highlands  offered many different possibilities. At this time of year the stunning castles had less  visitors, the colours on the mountains had turned golden and the lighting for photographers was soft and gentle from dawn to dusk. Our tour in October took us from the west coast of Loch Lomond, through Glencoe and along the stunning tidal sea loch of Loch Linnhe. Our overnight at Fort William let us enjoy the west coast sunset. We visited romantic Eilean Donnan Castle along the way and then our next stop was the famous Isle of Skye. The weather was spectacular and our drive along the north coast to Kilt Rock and the waterfall into the sea was truly special. After two days on the Isle of Skye we enjoyed a drive along famous Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle where we looked carefully for the monster! We finished the day with a walk around the Culloden Battlefield. This is the scene of the last battle fought on British soil and there is an excellent visitor centre describing …

Private Tour of Scotland

Private Tours of Scotland – book now for 2017

It has been a busy September! Our Private Tours of Scotland have taken us to Stirling where we enjoyed the medieval Stirling Castle. This lovingly restored Royal  Palace was voted the best historic attraction in the UK. We also visited  the National Wallace Monument and climbed all the 248 steps to the top to see amazing views all over the beautiful region. As part of this tour  guests can enjoy excellent service and comfort at Abbotsford Lodge, in rural Callander, near Stirling. We also visited the fantastic ruins of Linlithgow Palace where the medieval Kings and Queens  entertained 16th century guests  from all over Europe. We travelled to the beautiful region of Argyll to visit Inveraray Castle and the island of Kerrera. This time we hiked to the defensive Gylen Castle, standing proud on the high coastal cliff since the 12th century. From here we could see the islands of Mull, Easdale and Seil.   One tour this month included a Landrover safari through the majestic Glencoe mountains. Here we met with an expert countryside ranger from the National Trust for Scotland. We …

Scottish Cathedrals

There are many Scottish Cathedrals offered on our tours. This tour included Dunkeld Cathedral. It is a lovely spot on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire. The Cathedral was the centre of the Scottish Church until this moved to St Andrews Cathedral. In August the flower baskets around the village are stunning and add to the colour of the centre. On this tour we had also been to Fort Augustus. We had seen the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. We then drove through stunning Glen Sheil and saw the famous Five Sisters of Kintail mountain ridge. Our visit to Portree was short but very enjoyable in the summer sunshine over the harbour. Dunkeld is an historic village where the centre was lovingly restored in the mid 20th century. It is now a lovely place to stroll through either at the end of a tour before returning to the city, or as a first stop on the way to the Highlands. Last week we had a picnic on the riverbank after a visit to Scone Palace and Huntingtower Castle. One of the …

Islay

Whisky island of Islay

The whisky Island of Islay is a lovely spot for a  short visit and lots of peaty whisky. Our guests suggested the tour to follow after they had enjoyed a cycling vacation in Scotland. This was a perfect way to wind down and sample some of the many excellent malts on this very special island of Islay. The choice of Lagavullin in the morning and Laphraoig in the afternoon meant almost no time was wasted travelling between them! We heard the stories of each 200 year history, enjoyed the samples and the trip to the peat cutting was a whole new experience. The two hour ferry crossing makes sure you know you are going somewhere special and the friendly waves as we drove around confirmed this…A visit to the island Islay can be combined with the best of the west coast of Scotland such as the ferry port of Oban or the long, narrow Mull of Kintyre. The icing on the cake was meeting Scotland’s long  distance cyclist Mark Beaumont who was making a documentary “Wild About Argyll” – one worth …

Hiking in Scotland

What a lovely  walk we had hiking over the beautiful Conic Hill. This is one of the best views of Loch Lomond in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. With a mix of forest, open views and then the loch and the islands this was a great day out. Lunch in Balmaha at the Independent Pub of 2016 was a good way to end the day. Some local ale or Scottish fresh produce in a local burger or some fresh seafood.

Ben Nevis

Enjoy stunning Ben Nevis

Enjoy Ben Nevis from this fantastic viewpoint. Last week we had a great tour to the Isle of Skye and enjoyed seeing Ben Nevis twice in one week. The weather and views on the final day were stunning. We also visit St Andrews for the castle and the cathedral. We had a really fun  visit to Stirling Castle and had a quick viewpoint of the national Wallace Monument. The walk and waterfalls at The Hermitage were very photogenic which was great for the keen photographer in the family! Day three and we enjoyed the fairytale Eilean Donan Castle before heading over to Skye and walking in the foothills of the majestic Cuillins. We gave Portree a miss so that we had time to go further north to Kilt Rock on the far east cliff top. Our overnight stop in Plockton look amazing in the sunny evening and the palm trees were a surprise for our guests on tour. The sunny weather continue all the way through Glencoe on the final day and a last stop at Loch Lomond saw …

Private tour

Private tour of Scotland

This private tour took us on a six day circuit of Scotland. From the ruined ancient castle of St Andrews to the cliff top Dunnotar Castle. That was only day one. Day two started with the wonderful Crathes Castle of Aberdeenshire. Stunning gardens too. Next we ventured into Speyside and the world famous Malt Whisky Trail. The tour of Aberlour Distillery gave us lots of think about with six different malts to taste after the tour of the distillery. Day three was a walk in the ancient Caledonian Pine forest of the Cairngorm National Park. Two hours around Loch An Eilean was a great way to stretch the legs and admire the amazing scenery. This contrasted well with our historical visit of the day to Culloden Battlefield. Telling the tale of the last battle fought on British soil in April 1746. Bonnie Prince Charlie did not lead his men to victory that day. The new GPS assisted audio guides to the battlefield were amazing. The drive along the famous Loch Ness next day was gorgeous with the promise of hot …

Whisky Distillery

Enjoy a Scotch whisky

Enjoy a Scotch whisky at Scotland’s smallest distillery. we are just back from a tour to Speyside enjoying the  The Whisky Trail. We also passed through Pitlochry and visited the lovely  Erdradour Distillery. Every distillery has something different to offer and it is great fun finding new places to visit and hear the story of that distillery. Of course these distilleries be easily mixed with castle visits, beautiful  walks and even a little retail therapy. Our whisky tours   can be included in any of our multi-day tours such as Scotland Revealed five day tour. Or we can visit a distillery in a single day if time is short. Some of the other tours such as Inverary C astle  from a cruise ship can include a visit to a specialist shop. There is no shortage of options for a taste of Scotch even if there is no distillery near by!

Visit Kerrera and Mull

The tiny island of Kerrera is indeed a hidden gem. Only ten minutes from the bustling ferry town of Oban, then a five minute ferry adventure and you arrive on this lovely island. Perfect for a walk into the hills but a very nice path to take you up hill and down dale. The enticing signs to the local tea room were so quirky. The views over the to the mainland were stunning and even on a cooler day it would be a protected walk on the east side of the island next to the mainland. See some of the amazing views we had in this brief video. This is also a paradise for geologists, there is Gylen Castle to visit and even an Iron Age hillock to explore. The best is yet to come – the tea room at the end of the one hour walk was not to disappoint. Lovely soup and even better cakes. A pot of tea for two and we were refreshed for the return journey. This was a great way to spend …

Visit Scone Palace

Scone Palace is the crowning place of Scottish Kings. There is so much history connected with Scone Palace that one short visit is only the beginning. At Scone in 1249, Alexander III became the first Scottish King to be crowned, rather than merely enthroned. James I’s great-grandson, James IV was crowned at Scone in 1488. Stone of Destiny With him the seat of power shifted to Edinburgh and the newly built Palace of Holyrood House. The famous Stone of Destiny is very much part of the story of scone. During its five centuries at Scone the Stone was only taken out to Mote Hill for enthronements. However in 1296 Edward I of England marched north and took what he believed to be the stone and removed it to Westminster in London. There is remained for the next 700 years, mounted into a throne chair, on which all monarchs of England and Great Britain have since been crowned. There was a brief but sensational disappearance in 1950 when four Scottish students broke into the Westminster Abbey and took it back …