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per person* (Discounts for 3+ persons)
(based upon 2 persons room sharing and subject to dates,
extras and changes E&OE)
Arrive at Edinburgh Airport to be met by your Guide for the trip. After introducing himself to you he will drive you to your luxury hotel to freshen up after your flight. You can agree when he comes back to commence a tour of the historic Capital of Scotland. This will include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny plus St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building. Each day, (except Sunday), they fire a large gun on the stroke of one o’clock, which tourists can watch. The castle sits on an ancient volcano,(long dormant), and the road down the hill to the Holyrood Palace,(the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland), is known as the ‘Royal Mile’. As all your trip tickets are pre-booked and paid for, you comfortably skip the queues at both attractions. Your driver then takes you back to your hotel after the day’s activities. He will recommend the best places for you to eat each evening. (Although experience has shown that it is probably better to book this in advance). Before dinner you will undertake the Platinum Tour at the Scotch Whisky Experience. This is the ultimate tour at this 5 Star tourist attraction on the famous Royal Mile and involves a guided tour, plus a guided nosing and tasting of four contrasting single malt whiskies followed by an extended viewing of The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.
Today we head for Glasgow, the Victorian City. This is the largest city in Scotland and was during the early years of the 20th century the ‘second city of the Empire’ and the foremost shipbuilding centre in the world. In the 19th century ships commissioned by the Confederate States and built in Glasgow, known as ‘Blockade Runners’ helped the Confederate South temporarily survive the Union blockade and extend the American Civil War for two years. You can visit the Riverside Transport Museum that tells the story of Glasgow’s shipbuilding and transport past. Additionally, you will get a full city tour. We recommend the Kelvingrove Museum and Art gallery and also Glasgow Cathedral as must do visits. Late afternoon we leave the city to the South west and our ferry port at Ardrossan. We sail across the clyde estuary to Campbeltown on the famous Mull of Kintyre and your luxury hotel overlooking the sea.
The famous Machrihanish Golf Course awaits. You will never have experienced a links course like this, sitting on the edge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. It can be tamed, but only with lots of practice ! After lunch in the quaint clubhouse you will have a chance to perhaps chat with the local golf enthusiasts and wonder where all that wind came from ! We next head north to embark on our ferry to the whisky island of Islay. Depending upon the route of the ferry, sailing to either Port Askaig in the north or Port Ellen in the south,(determined by winds and tides ), you will tour one of the incredibly famous distilleries. In the north either Bunnahabhain or Coal Isla and in the south either Ardbeg, Lagavulin or Laphroaig. The flavour is distinctly peaty and smoky – powerful, unique and world renowned. Your overnight hotel is the famous Machrie Hotel and Golf Links.
The Machrie Golf Links has got to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world to play golf. Designed by Willie Campbell, who in 1891 famously stood on one of the sand dunes overlooking Laggan Bay and said “this place was made for Gowf”. He was right, and you will love it. The hole’s length are short by today’s standards but it will reward those who stay out of the rough! In the afternoon another world famous Islay distillery tour awaits. You are spoilt for choice, choose from either; Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte, Bowmore or Kilmochan. Just let us know which one you choose to visit, and then after tasting Islay’s finest, onwards to the ferry terminal and another amazing sea crossing to the mainland and to your comfortable hotel in Tarbert on the banks of picturesque Loch Fyne.
This morning your special tour will continue through the beautiful Argyllshire countryside, passing Lochgilphead towards Arduaine Gardens where you will make a stop. These outstanding gardens have the most beautiful displays of Rhodedendron, Azealeas, Magnolias, Blue Tibetan poppies and giant Himalayan lilies, and really not to be missed ! Happily, it is handily located next to the sophisticated Loch Melfort Hotel where over afternoon tea or lunch you can get some of the best views in the West of Scotland. We will continue on our coastal drive to the cute harbour town of Oban and then on to the sweet and picturesque little Port Appin, where you will overnight. This will have been a day of the most beautiful Scottish countryside and one that will surely remain in your memory for a long time.
(Overnight Port Appin)
Today your tour continues into the mighty Scottish Highlands when you depart for Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Fort William and Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis finally entering the Great Glen towards Loch Ness. It has been said that deep in it’s dark deep waters lives a monster! ‘Nessie’, as she is known, has been sighted on occasions over the years.( If you should spot her please take a photo, the National Enquirer will pay big bucks to get the ‘exclusive’!!). Who knows you might be that lucky visitor ! If not, just take in the magnificent scenery surrounding this very deep loch. The Great Glen is a geological fault line from Fort William to Inverness and has a series of lochs or lakes along it’s length. The famous early 19th century Scots engineer Thomas Telford constructed a series of canals linking these lochs. This is known as the Caledonian Canal, and an impressive series of canal locks are found at the next destination, Fort Augustus. If we escape the monster we will arrive at our day’s destination, Inverness, The Capital of the Highlands.
After breakfast your Driver / Guide will take you to Culloden battlefield. This is the place which in 1746 was the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil, and saw the end to the Jacobite Rebellion. An English noble, The Duke of Cumberland saw off ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie and his assorted Scottish clansmen, and heralded a change to the highland way of life. He banned the Clans and their wearing of Tartan, and constructed a large military garrison, Fort George, just north on Culloden. Tartan only re-appeared by way of the ‘Romanticism’ of the early 19th Century, with the combination of the novels of Sir Walter Scott and Queen Victoria and Albert’s love of Scotland. After the award winning Culloden Visitor Centre your driver will take you golfing, to the links course of Castle Stuart. This Championship course on the banks of the Moray Firth is home to the Scottish Open and is a superbly impressive golfing venue you will absolutely love.
This is the day you make tracks for the home of golf itself, St Andrews ! You leave Inverness heading south and the first stop is at the Victorian town of Pitlochry. You have the choice here to visit the Blair Atholl distillery or the historic Blair Castle, which after Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. After lunch it is straight for St Andrews. For anybody who knows about the game of Golf, they know the significance of the ancient town of Saint Andrews, and it’s importance and influence to this wonderful game. It is here that the world’s first golf club was formed, where the rules of the game were made, and which has hosted many wonderful golfing championships for over a century.
(Overnight St Andrews)
Today your golfing dreams come true – playing 2 rounds at the home of golf. We will enter your name into the ballot for the ‘Old Course’ and even if not successful there is the choice of : the New Course, the Jubilee Course, the Eden Course or the Castle Course. A good chance to ensure a round, is to take a 2 round package with the St Andrews Links Courses. Remember, you will need to comply with the handicap criteria to play the Old Course,( 24 for men and 36 for ladies), and you must provide a current handicap card or certificate prior to commencing your round. Our package includes the 2 round package.
(Overnight St Andrews)
Today your Chauffeur/Guide will take you to Edinburgh Airport for your flight home.