A Scottish Journey - The Highlands & Isle of Skye, Isles of Mull & Iona


8 DAYS • 7 NIGHTS • UP TO 15 GUESTS
Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic cliff-top castles and hideaway villages. Infamous battles and inexplicable legends. We journey up and down Scotland, from coastal cities to Hebridean Islands, seeking out its one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm. Visit the Isle of Skye, and travel from Mull to the religious center of Iona. Small Group tour of Scottish Highlands and Hebrides Islands. See castles of Scotland.  

The Lynott Tours Difference
  • Tour Scotland’s most enigmatic castles, from Glamis to Stirling
  • Journey through the Cairngorm Mountains, past iconic lochs and beneath Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain, and the world’s most spectacular scenery
  • Become an islander with two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye and the striking Isle of Mull

DAY 1 EDINBURGH – ST ANDREWS – GLEN CLOVA
Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story introduce us to Scotland. We begin by travelling through Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic cliff-top castles and hideaway villages. Infamous battles and inexplicable legends. We journey up and down Scotland, from coastal cities to Hebridean Islands, seeking out its one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm. the fishing villages splashed across the East Neuk region, where bright-hulled boats bob and dip in the swell of the sea, and a jumble of red and grey slate houses are on land. Tracking the coast, we arrive in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf and Scotland’s oldest university, where Prince William met his Duchess. Narrow cobbled alleys lead us to the ruined cathedral and Church of St Regulus. After plenty of sea air, it’s on to Glen Clova in the incomparable Cairngorms National Park, where the icing on the cake (or shortbread) is a welcome dinner. (D)

DAY 2 GLEN CLOVA – GLAMIS CASTLE – CULLODEN – ROSSSHIRE 
Today’s dedicated to Scotland’s charismatic castles. With storybook turrets, armour-lined tunnels and sumptuous interiors, Glamis Castle is as historically fascinating as it is handsome. And this morning it’s our turn to unravel its mysteries. We walk through what was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the setting of fantastical legends – such as the room where a nobleman is said to have played cards with the devil. It’s also mentioned in Macbeth. Our day continues in dramatic fashion as we travel on through the awe-inspiring Cairngorms and arrive at Culloden. A trip to the museum gives us an insight into the bloody battle that took place here. Tonight we sleep in a Highland retreat. (B, D)

DAY 3 ROSS-SHIRE – INVERNESS – ROSS-SHIRE 
It’s time for a breather. We’ve had a busy start to the week, so today there’s just a short drive through Ross-shire to Inverness. The rest of the day is all yours. You could stroll through the Old Town and shop in the Victorian Market, get a history fix at Inverness Castle, or follow the river, listening for the tell-tale splash of leaping salmon. (B)

DAY 4 ROSS-SHIRE – LOCH NESS – PLOCKTON – ISLE OF SKYE 
We can’t come here and not dip our toes in the Loch Ness legend. While we may not spy the eponymous ‘Loch Ness Monster’, we will discover the staggering sight of a deep, mirror-like loch. Appetites for the outdoors whetted, we sit down to a seafood lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh, Wester Ross. Dessert is a visit to Plockton, where pretty painted cottages are clustered around a little harbour. Today’s final journey is to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll be for two nights. (B, L)

DAY 5 ISLE OF SKYE 
Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firing history – Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale and we immerse ourselves in its unique geology, including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. Of course, no visit would be complete without a dram of island-made whisky, which we sip as we hear about how it became worldrenowned. (B, D)

DAY 6 ISLE OF SKYE – FORT WILLIAM – ISLE OF MULL
The sands of Mallaig and Morar fringe our route as we pass through soul-stirring Scottish scenery to see the other ‘Big Ben’ – Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak. Swapping gargantuan sites for small-scale charm, we reach the village of Glenfinnan, where ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ raised his standard in 1745. We continue to the mountain-backed loch town of Fort William, a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, and along the unspoilt Ardnamurchan peninsula. Then there’s just a short ferry ride to the Isle of Mull and our Inner Hebridean base for two nights. (B)

DAY 7 ISLE OF MULL – ISLE OF IONA – ISLE OF MULL 
The best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping. And today we do just that. From Mull’s little village of Fionnphort we sail to Iona, a gem of an island with exquisite natural beauty. It’s a serene spot for a wander, which takes us to Iona Abbey and Nunnery. When we return to Mull we’ll have our history hats on, and peek inside 13th century Duart Castle – from the grand staterooms to grisly dungeons. This craggy fortress, clinging to a coastal cliff, is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. We then return to the warm welcome of our hotel and a final group dinner. (B, D)

DAY 8 ISLE OF MULL – STIRLING – EDINBURGH 
Taking to the sea once again we return to the mainland. It’s been a tour steeped in Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only right we finish in Stirling – the history capital. This was a key Wars of Independence battleground, where three centuries of monarchs ruled. A walk through the Old Town brings us to the magnificent hilltop castle. As one of Scotland’s most impressive and important monuments, it’s the perfect end to our tour. (B)

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Ferry crossings
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily (B)
  •  Four evening meals (D)
  • One seafood lunch (L)
  • Entrance fee included to: Glamis Castle, Culloden Museum, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle, Whisky Distillery and Stirling Castle.

    What will our hotels be like? Elegant, comfortable hotels, inns and castles which give you always reflect character and charm, A true feeling of the country that you are in. Not purpose built cookie-cutter hotels, each is unique and exudes its own charm.This traditional hotel, in an idyllic setting, with spectacular views across the sound of Sleat to the Knoydart Hills, retains its old world charm giving each guest a truly genuine highland welcome from the moment you arrive.

    For example: Eilean Iarmain

    Built in 1888, Hotel Eilean Iarmain is a 19th century small Country House Hotel, situated in a picturesque bay in the south of Skye. People have been coming here for over a hundred years, drawn by the landscape of this Hebridean Island, its geology, botany, ornithology, history, Gaelic language and culture. Privately owned, the Hotel has retained its old fashioned character in order to retain its Highland charm and old world atmosphere. The rooms are decorated in cotton and linen chintzes, with traditional furniture. There are log fires in the sitting room, dining room and in the bar. Candlelit dinners can be enjoyed in the dining room or conservatory, with views to the lighthouse and the bay.

A Scottish Journey    
Departs from Edinburgh Returns to Edinburgh Nights TOUR ONLY
23-Apr-17 30-Apr-17 Fully Booked  3095
30-Apr-17 7-May-17 Fully Booked  3095
7-May-17 14-May-17 Fully Booked  3195
14-May-17 21-May-17 Fully Booked  3195
18-May-17 25-May-17 Fully Booked  3195
21-May-17 28-May-17 7 3195
25-May-17 1-Jun-17 Fully Booked  3195
28-May-17 4-Jun-17 7 3195
1-Jun-17 8-Jun-17 7 3195
8-Jun-17 15-Jun-17 Fully Booked  3195
11-Jun-17 18-Jun-17 7 3195
15-Jun-17 22-Jun-17 Fully Booked  3195
18-Jun-17 25-Jun-17 Fully Booked  3195
22-Jun-17 29-Jun-17 7 3195
25-Jun-17 2-Jul-17 7 3195
29-Jun-17 6-Jul-17 7 3195
2-Jul-17 9-Jul-17 7 3195
9-Jul-17 16-Jul-17 7 3195
13-Jul-17 20-Jul-17 7 3195
16-Jul-17 23-Jul-17 Fully Booked  3195
20-Jul-17 27-Jul-17 7 3195
23-Jul-17 30-Jul-17 Fully Booked  3195
27-Jul-17 3-Aug-17 7 3195
30-Jul-17 6-Aug-17 7 3195
6-Aug-17 13-Aug-17 7 3195
10-Aug-17 17-Aug-17 7 3195
13-Aug-17 20-Aug-17 7 3195
17-Aug-17 24-Aug-17 7 3195
20-Aug-17 27-Aug-17 7 3195
24-Aug-17 31-Aug-17 7 3195
27-Aug-17 3-Sep-17 Fully Booked  3195
31-Aug-17 7-Sep-17 7 3195
3-Sep-17 10-Sep-17 7 3195
7-Sep-17 14-Sep-17 Fully Booked  3195
10-Sep-17 17-Sep-17 Fully Booked  3195
14-Sep-17 21-Sep-17 Fully Booked  3195
17-Sep-17 24-Sep-17 7 3195
24-Sep-17 1-Oct-17 7 3195
28-Sep-17 5-Oct-17 7 3195
1-Oct-17 8-Oct-17 7 3095
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