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Arrive in Scotland’s capital and settle into your centrally-located accommodation.
Meet your fellow travellers and tour leader for a welcome meal, a first opportunity to enjoy the group’s company.
Your accommodation in Edinburgh
You’re right in the heart of Scotland’s capital, just steps from the rail station. The Old Town looms behind you, while views from this chic modern building stretch expansively across Princes Street Gardens to the New Town and Firth of Forth beyond.
Your first rail journey brings you into the Highlands and to Blair Atholl. Pass over the iconic Forth Bridge then by ancient towns and villages as civilisation thins around the track.
Disembark at Blair Atholl station and take the short walk to Blair Castle. Set in nine acres of walled garden with haunting follies and life-sized statues of demi-gods, this grand place is sure to be a highlight of the trip. Hear stories spanning generations and learn of Europe’s only private army. Next, hop on a private minibus to Pitlochry and spend the afternoon exploring this attractive town.
Your guide will provide advice for where to dine at leisure this evening.
Your accommodation in Pitlochry
A long-standing favourite of McKinlay Kidd customers, your guest house is a comfortable base in an elegant Victorian building. The glass conservatory where breakfast is served affords lovely garden views where red squirrels can occasionally be spotted.
Continue north by train through the Cairngorms. Change trains in Inverness and head out on the Kyle Line from East to West coast. This is a spectacular journey by coast and loch, through forest and glen.
Alight from the train to visit Attadale Gardens, where the owner will provide an insightful tour into the garden’s rich history – a delight whether you are a keen botanist or take a casual interest. Walkthrough the natural wonders of the Painter’s Garden and enjoy an exclusive lunch in the country house.
From here, it’s a short transfer to Plockton, your base for the next two days.
Your accommodation in Plockton
With views over the sea loch Carron, this family-run hotel is a lovely place to stay. Locally sourced ingredients make the food special – much of the seafood is landed on the pier only a short walk away. Dinner is included on your first night here. The captivating village is so picturesque it has featured in many a film or TV set.
Hop on board a private mini-bus for a full-day guided tour of the Isle of Skye. Learn of the changing life on the island, the histories, the families, the feuds.
Admire the incredible geology from the spike of the Old Man of Storr to the folds of Kilt Rock. You’re never far from the brooding presence of the Cuillin mountains. It’s no surprise that Skye features highly on many a bucket list. Being in a private small group means you will uncover the island’s many delights and fascinating legends without getting caught up in busy throngs.
If the tide is right and the ferry timetable allows, you will return to the southern peninsula of Skye and visit Armadale Castle & Gardens. Glimpse an Elysian staircase surrounded by crumbling glories. Next, it’s all aboard the ferry to Mallaig. Sit top deck and look in any direction for awesome mountain views. From Mallaig you will continue by train, now joining the fabled West Highland Line.
As you leave Mallaig, watch the Atlantic Ocean wash between the Inner Hebrides then lookout for sites pointed out by your guide.
Learn about Prince Charlie and the Jacobites and of the engineering marvel of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, with stories spanning from the 1700s through to World War II.
Disembark in Fort William for a short road transfer to Spean Bridge and your accommodation for the next two nights.
Your accommodation in Spean Bridge
If the weather suits, sit out in the garden and look to Scotland’s highest mountain range. Or cosy up in the comfortable lounge area with a homemade scone and cuppa.
Each table has a view in the open-plan restaurant and organic ingredients are used to conjure a feast suitable for all diets and palates. Dinner is included on both evenings here. If you wish to stretch your legs and take advantage of the lengthy evening light, you’ll find several great walks and paths right on the doorstep.
A private mini-coach will pick you up from your accommodation for another day filled with stories set to the surrounding landscape. First, stop at sentinel Castle Stalker for a classic photograph. Then, continue on to the shores of Loch Awe and a mysterious church, a magic combination of artistry, idiosyncrasy and passion.
Return via Glencoe. Falling water from alpine valleys fill deep-veined cliffs; entering the glen is like passing through the doors of a great cathedral. Learn of Scotland’s darkest moments while standing in one of its most beautiful locations – walk by flowing water and through the forest to Signal Rock, a symbol of massacre and sacrifice.
End the day with a final meal together beneath the peaks of Ben Nevis then toast a week of newfound friends and adventure.
Complete your journey by train on the West Highland Line, enjoying a different perspective on Glencoe and the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Pass by the waters of Loch Lomond. Gradually man-made civilisation increases and Glasgow grows around you. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers and tour leader as the fully-escorted part of your trip draws to a close.
Continue on by rail – a journey of around 45 minutes – from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Return to the hotel where your tour began, your base for a further two nights and the chance to get up close with Scotland’s capital.
The city invites you in every direction. To further your orientation, we’ve included a half-day tour with a local guide. Let us know your preferences and we’ll tailor it for you, though you may find it hard to escape the draw of the Old Town. Much of it dates back to medieval times, building upon building crammed shoulder to shoulder around the prominent castle rock. You’ll hear tales of plague and pestilence through to body-snatching and deception. It might be enough to drive you to drink – in which case, consider a visit to the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre at the top of the Royal Mile or pre-book a tour at the multi-million pound Johnnie Walker, Princes Street. Whatever your preferences, we’ll help you plan a memorable day.
Perhaps stretch your legs with a post-breakfast stroll through Princes Street Gardens before beginning your journey home. Do let us know if we can assist with any further arrangements.
This tour begins in Edinburgh and then moves onwards into the Scottish Highlands for stays in Pitlochry, Plockton and Spean Bridge, with train travel along the Kyle and West Highland Lines. Return to Edinburgh for a two-night tailor-made city break.
The price per person is based on two sharing a twin or double room. Please ask regarding single occupancy/ pricing.
All accommodation is carefully-selected and researched by us, predominantly featuring small, family-owned hotels – contact us for more detailed information. We will do our best to accommodate room preferences subject to availability at individual properties.
The group tour will operate with a minimum of four and maximum of 14 passengers on each departure date.
Simply complete the form below to reserve your place(s). We will hold your place(s) for 48 hours to provide time for you to pay the deposit of 25% per person.
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.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
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|Departure Date||Starts From||Nights||£ per person (2 sharing)||£ per person (single)|
|Sunday 14 May 2023||Edinburgh||8||£ 2395||£ On request|
|Sunday 4 Jun 2023||Edinburgh||8||£ 2395||£ On request|
|Sunday 25 Jun 2023||Edinburgh||8||£ 2395||£ On request|
To reserve your place(s) on this tour, please call us or complete the form below, making sure to select your departure date from the dropdown menu and advise of any special requirements. We will hold your place(s) for 48 hours and contact you with details of how to confirm your booking by payment of the per person deposit.
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