Inverness, St. Andrews, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull & Isle of Iona
THE LYNOTT TOURS DIFFERENCE
DAY 1 EDINBURGH – ST ANDREWS – BALLATER
We explore old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story (Kate and William) introduces us to Scotland. We begin by travelling through towering mountains and East Neuk fishing villages before we arrive in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf and Scotland’s oldest university. To end our day, we meet with Ballater and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner together.Accommodation: (Loch Kinord Hotel) (D)
DAY 2 BALLATER – CULLODEN – INVERNESS
Our day begins in a dramatic fashion as we travel on through the awe-inspiring scenery. After an insightful morning, we visit Clava Cairns and observe the historic tombs and the Culloden Visitor Centre at the battlefield before reaching our final destination, Inverness. Accommodation: (Waterside Hotel) (B,D)
DAY 3 INVERNESS
We’ve had an exciting start to the week! This morning we embark on a walking tour around Inverness with your Tour Leader, then the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy.Accommodation: (Waterside Hotel) (B)
DAY 4 INVERNESS – 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. Our pre-lunch entertainment offers a visit to Plockton, where painted cottages are clustered around a little harbour. With our appetites for the outdoors whetted, we sit down to a seafood lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh, Wester Ross. Today’s final drive is to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll be for two nights. Accommodation: (Eilean Iarmain Hotel) (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 during a whisky talk and tasting at the hotel. Accommodation: (Eilean Iarmain Hotel (B,D)
DAY 6 ISLE OF SKYE – FORT WILLIAM – ISLE OF MULL
Continuing our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery, we visit Fort William – a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Next, there’s just a short ferry ride to the Isle of Mull. Accommodation: (Western Isles Hotel) (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 visit the Duart Castle which offers grand staterooms and empty 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 share a final group dinner together. Accommodation: (Western Isles Hotel) (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 delving deep in Scotland’s heritage, so it’s only right we finish with a stop via Stirling. 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 before we arrive back in Edinburgh. (B)
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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.