It was the home to the privy council and was out of royal control. Magnificent in a very different way is the ornate Italian Chapel, built in a Nissen Hut by Italian prisoners of war. As porterage is not included in this largely self-guided holiday, and assistance at train stations is somewhat sporadic, we recommend packing just one manageable suitcase per person. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you could have the option of a day trip to the Isle of Rhum, famous for the somewhat decaying Kinloch House, and for its enormous herds of red deer. Its dungeons held prisoners from a Spanish galleon sunk in 1588.
Day Nine At leisure to explore Inverness — you may choose to wander around the shops, meander by the river, or perhaps join a boat trip on Loch Ness and indulge in some monster-spotting! All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels. This was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and set in the lovely rolling hills of Angus. Stephen McClarence, , December 2016. Return late afternoon for a second night in Thurso. The dramatic landscapes are divided by countless rivers and lochs and the western coasts are edged by miles of sandy beaches. You will have the chance to spend time ashore, to explore the village of Inverie and perhaps take a longer walk on one of the easy-to-access marked routes in this wild and spectacular location, before returning to the mainland at the end of the afternoon.
It is remarkably preserved with an intricate maze of dwellings. With an ancient history, most of the building you will see today dates from the C17th. Please note that ferries between these remote islands are subject to weather conditions and itineraries may need to change at short notice to take account of this. Shetland has a strong Norse heritage and the museum tells the story of the islands heritage through thousands of artefacts and displays. Ferry times: This tour is dependent on many external ferries. Profile The aim of this tour is to give you a taste of the heritage and cultures of the Scottish Isles and a chance to visit some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Day Fifteen Depart on your final train journey to Edinburgh to complete your grand tour of Scotland. Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday. In this Grand Tour of Scotland, presenter Paul Murton explores the delights of this famous stretch of water. To capture the holiday spirit and to chase the sun, Paul's travelling by Morris Minor and is following a route up the east coast from Carnoustie to Aberdeen. As you travel from island to island, you will have the opportunity to explore the attractions and delights of the local villages and towns. We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value.
Join a late afternoon seal-spotting boat trip from the harbour. Man has been here for over 6,000 years, living off the sea and thin soil. Orkney was part of the kingdom of Norway until 1469 and many of the Isles still retain elements of their Norse heritage. Day Ten Continue by rail to the very end of the Far North Line at Thurso, skirting the coast of the Moray Firth, then across the wilderness of the Sutherland Flow Country. Your accommodation for the next two nights is another family-run guest house, more traditional in style and boasting a well-preserved Victorian interior.
Day Two A first day at leisure, with options to walk on the nearby trails, take a bus and boat trip to Loch Ness or ride the cable car up Aonach Mor. This part of Scotland has some of the most outstanding Neolithic treasures on the planet. We will be happy to arrange overnight stays in either or both cities for you if desired. The McKinlay Kidd Guarantee All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday. This comprehensive 14-night holiday is carefully designed to allow plenty of two night stopovers, and takes in the dramatic beauty of the West Highlands, the rugged charm of Skye, the delights of Inverness, the prehistory of Orkney and the magnificent scenery of the Cairngorm mountains. Day 8: Skye to Mainland to Mull We begin with the ferry from Skye to mainland.
This meticulously planned journey is the ultimate leisurely and stress-free way to experience the Highlands and islands of Scotland. We take the overnight ferry. . View our Similar Holiday Ideas. You can also start the tour in Edinburgh, rather than Glasgow. A short transfer will bring you to your next accommodation, a luxurious yet homely guest house set amid beautiful, landscaped gardens, and just a short stroll from the seashore.
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Day Eleven Join a small group tour to the Orkney Islands to discover some of the World Heritage Site wonders of this northerly island group, from the 5,000 year-old stone age village of Skara Brae to the ceremonial Ring of Brodgar and the towering stones of Stenness. Your accommodation is a delightful restaurant with rooms, and therefore includes dinner this evening — allowing you to sample the delicious menu. We will respond to your availability check within one working day if at all possible. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. On Tuesdays and Thursdays for May to September you may instead visit one of the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg or Muck, with time ashore on one. The Hebrides are a 150 mile long chain of Island and a haven for outdoor activities with wonderful beaches and a great place to unwind. Your first two night stop is in a welcoming family-run small hotel with views towards Ben Nevis and wonderful home-cooked food — dinner here is included.
It gives us a wonderful insight into how the islanders lived. If you only require a specific response to this enquiry and have no interest in receiving occasional information, news or offers from McKinlay Kidd in future, please email unsubscribe at mckinlaykidd dot com. Your tour will give you an insight into both the ancient and more recent history and current culture of these captivating islands. The seafront hotel for this single night stopover includes a welcoming, traditional bar and restaurant boasting plenty of fresh, local produce. To check the latest availability for this holiday complete the form below or call us. Day Three This morning you will head to nearby Fort William and join the , which will carry you in the first class comfort of yesteryear on the final section of the West Highland Line over the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig. From this vantage point, it is possible to see some of the wildlife including whales, dolphins and seals.