Scotland showcases beautiful sceneries, cities full of culture and tranquil lochs, mix in railways fit for royalty and loch cruises for a magnificent getaway to Scotland. Join us in a tour where we’ll travel from point to point visiting extraordinary places of interest: Seek dolphins in Aberdeen, follow royalty with visits to the Church of Crathie, Balmoral Castle and Estate and spend free time in cities and towns filled with culture.
Day 1 Travel north towards Scotland for an overnight stay
at the Marriott Preston Hotel ****
a converted Victorian Manor House
which features a fine-dining restaurant and relaxed lounge.
The hotel has a lift.
Day 2 We continue our journey north to Drymen,
our home for the next 2 nights will be the Winnock Hotel ***
a former 18th century ale-house which overlooks the village green.
There will be live entertainment one evening.
The hotel does not have a lift,
but ground floor rooms are available upon request.
Day 3 Awaken to enjoy a two hour cruise across Loch Lomond
on the Loch Lomond Waterbus service.
Enjoy gazing across the first national park in Scotland,
home to the red deer, whilst observing rugged Scottish scenery.
Soup and sandwiches are provided
for some much needed lunchtime refreshment.
Day 4 After breakfast this morning we leave Drymen
and travel north to the Granite City of Aberdeen.
En-route well make a visit to Dundee,
a coastal city on the Firth of Tay estuary,
for some free time before arriving at the Mercure Caledonian Hotel ****
where we will spend the next five nights
enjoying this traditional hotel.
Day 5 Enjoy a day at leisure in Aberdeen
giving you time to explore this traditional Scottish city.
Wander around the expansive Duthie Park to your hearts content,
or maybe youd prefer to see the sites,
some of which include a 17th-century jail or St Machars Cathedral,
a 12th-century cathedral with stained glass windows.
Finish the day off by retiring to the hotel
to enjoy a well-stocked terrace lounge bar and a bite to eat.
Day 6 Today we will visit Duff House,
a magnificent Georgian mansion nestled in extensive parkland.
Considered to be one of the most important architectural endeavours
in Scotland, the building now houses an impressive
collection of paintings.
After exploring the house and grounds,
we can enjoy lunch in the Tearoom before a short trip
to the neighbouring harbour town
of Banff, before returning to our hotel.
Day 7 Today we trace the footsteps of the Royal family.
We begin our day with a short stop at the Church of Crathie
best known for being the regular place of worship for the Royal family
when holidaying in Scotland.
We then visit the Balmoral Castle and Estate
which is nestled in the shadows of Lochnagar.
We will have free time for lunch at the coffee shop on the Estate.
In the afternoon we will make our way to the Royal Deeside Railway
at Milton of Crathes train station
where we will board a train for a 2 mile return journey.
The Royal Deeside Railway is unique in having served all British Monarchs
from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II,
their families and foreign visitors travelling to Balmoral.
Day 8 After a leisurely breakfast,
we begin our day with a half day guided tour of Aberdeen,
Scotlands third largest city.
This afternoon we have a fantastic opportunity
to see Aberdeens famous urban dolphins up close
when we set sail on the 90 minute Aberdeen Dolphin Adventure Cruise.
Day 9 Today we say goodbye to Scotland and start our journey home
with an overnight stay at the Marriott Preston.
Day 10 Travel home to the West Country and surrounding areas.
Please Note: No porterage is available at our overnight stays at the Marriott Preston
so an overnight bag would be required.
Cruise on the Loch Lomond Waterbus.
Free time in Dundee.
Visit to Duff House.
Visit to Banff.
Visit to the Church of Crathie, Balmoral Castle and Estate.
Train journey on the Royal Deeside Railway.
Half day guided tour of Aberdeen.
Day at leisure in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Dolphin Adventure Cruise.
Excursions as detailed.
9 nights hotel stay on half board.
The Mercure Caledonian Hotel is the perfect base to explore Aberdeen and Scotland
to its utmost and features an array of amenities
to help you unwind including a terrace lounge bar and a relaxed bistro.
The hotel has a lift.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ashburton|| Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352) |
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
|Barnstaple Coach Depot|| Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ. |
|Barnstaple Railway|| Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU |
|Bickington Garage|| Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG |
|Bideford/Kingsley Statue|| Bideford Kingsley Statue |
|Bishopsteignton|| Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors |
|Bodmin|| Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park |
|Braunton/opp George Hotel|| Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ |
|Bridgewater - Bus Station|| Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7 |
|Bridgewater Services|| Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS |
|Bristol - Anchor Road|| Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol |
|Buckfastleigh|| Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter |
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
|Bude|| Bude - TSB Bank |
|Budleigh Salterton|| Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall |
|Cheltenham/ Golden Valley|| Cheltenham - Golden Valley Roundabout |
outside KFC (Northbound tours only), GL51 6TA
|Clyst St George|| Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon |
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
|Cullompton Services|| Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS |
|Dawlish|| Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH |
|East Budleigh|| East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL |
|Eastgate Shopping Centre|| Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2) |
|Exeter - Belgrave Road|| Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back |
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
|Exeter Services|| Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF |
|Exminster|| Exminster - Victory Hall |
|Exmouth|| Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema |
|Folly Gate|| Folly Gate EX20 3AH |
|Fraddon Services|| Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA |
|Fremington/New Inn|| Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT |
|Gordano Services M5|| Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG |
|Hatherleigh Co-Op|| Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY |
|Holsworthy|| Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA |
|Ilfracombe|| Ilfracombe War memorial |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21 |
|J27/M5|| Services by Petrol Station |
|Kenton|| Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379 |
|Kilkhampton|| Kilkhampton - Outside the Church |
|Kingskerswell /NewtonRd|| Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital |
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
|Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds|| Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub |
on corner of Manor Gardens
|Kingskerswell/ The Sloop|| Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop |
|Kingskerswell/Devon Motor|| Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes |
|Kingsteignton|| Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl |
|Knowstone|| Knowstone - Picnic Area |
|Launceston|| Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park |
|Liskeard|| Liskeard - The Parade |
|Lympstone|| Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road |
|Meeth|| Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP |
|Merton|| Merton Square, EX20 |
|Merton Square|| Merton Square |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT |
|Newton Poppleford|| Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG |
|North Tawton|| North Tawton Square |
|Okehampton|| Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ |
|Paignton|| Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park |
|Plymouth|| Plymouth, Outside Bretonside Coach Park PL4 0BG |
|Plymouth - Derrys Cross|| Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays |
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
|Plympton|| Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store |
|Plymstock Broadway|| Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store |
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
|Preston|| Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club |
and Baptist Church A3022
|Redruth|| Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB |
|Sedgemoor Services M5 N|| Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound |
|Sedgemoor Services M5 S|| Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound, |
|Self Drive|| Self Drive |
|Sidford|| Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop |
|Sidmouth, The Triangle|| Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF |
|Sourton Cross|| Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY |
|South Brent|| South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews |
on the B3372
|South Molton/Square|| South Molton Square - EX36 3AB |
|St Austell|| St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA |
|Starcross|| Starcross - Opposite Railway Station |
|Stibb Cross|| Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn |
|Taunton - Tower Street|| Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station |
|Taunton Deane Services N|| Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF |
|Taunton Deane Services S|| Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF |
|Taunton Murco Garage|| Taunton, Murco Garage J25/M5 |
|Tavistock|| Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel |
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
|Teignmouth|| Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park |
|Tiverton Coach Station|| Tiverton Coach Station |
|Tiverton Shell J27/M5|| Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5 |
|Torquay|| Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road, |
|Torrington|| Torrington - back of Globe |
|Totnes|| Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel |
|Truro|| Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ |
|Wellington - Chelston|| Wellington - Chelston Business Park |
outside Wellington Motors
|Wellington - Conservative|| Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT |
|Whiddon Down Sevice area|| Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT |
|Winkleigh|| Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ |
|Worle|| Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind |
Parish Pump Pub
|Yelland/Pottery Lane End|| Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31 |
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