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Collect your Mini Cooper in Edinburgh and cross the Forth Road bridge then hit those great country roads. Plenty of time today to explore Perthshire or make a detour to St Andrews and Fife.
Your first base is a renowned, 18th century drovers’ inn nestling in the heart of Glen Devon, one of the most beautiful glens in Perthshire. The historic atmosphere is balanced by welcoming, modern touches, and you’ll find an exceptional menu featuring the best Scottish produce, such as wild venison, hand-dived scallops and mouth-watering salmon. The cosy bar offers a wide selection of Scottish ales and single malt whiskies, including local Edradour, which proudly boasts that it is the smallest distillery in Scotland (visitors welcome nonetheless)!
More great roads await as you cross the highlands, passing through the majestic Glencoe valley and on to reach the west coast, with your next hotel, set in a glorious lochside location.
Originally the home of Loch Linnhe’s Pier Master, this historic and award-winning restaurant, with its adjacent modern residence, really is a special place to contemplate the dramatic beauty of the west coast. The views are stunning and the once prolific steam traffic has given way to the blissful sound of silence. Mouthwatering langoustines and lobster are kept fresh off the end of the pier before being served to you in the cosy conviviality of one of Argyll’s finest restaurants. As you contemplate the sunset over the distant Morvern hills, you may be lucky enough to glimpse otters and seals.
Your Mini adventure now takes you across Loch Linnhe and into the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula, the most westerly part of the British mainland, then by ferry across the sound to the Isle of Mull.
Your guesthouse is small but perfectly formed, and resides amidst Tobermory’s elegant conservation area. High above the harbour, you can escape the village bustle yet are still just a short (if steep) walk from the waterfront. Sweeping views across the bay can be enjoyed from large comfortable sofas in one of the two guest lounges, and the easterly aspect means the sunrises (for early risers!) are spectacular. With just six small, but beautifully furnished, bedrooms – two even have a four-poster bed – the friendly owners aim to make your stay a rather luxurious home from home.
Do you dream of staying in a romantic Scottish castle, far from the cares of the world, with nooks and crannies and turrets and sweeping sea views? Make that dream reality, but without the stuffiness and airs and graces you might expect. Here, you will receive a very warm welcome – you are not just a visitor, but a special guest in a family home. The owners are passionate about the whole estate, and take great pride in introducing you to its many delights – from the café and coffee shop secluded in the grounds, to the wonderful wildlife (guided walks available), from the Victorian bathing pools by the seashore to the distinctive volcano on the ridge.
A day to explore this island gem, which offers some stunning coastal roads and fantastic sandy beaches – particularly at Calgary and Ardalanish – and wonderful wildlife. Lively Tobermory has a bustling vitality and is a great place to spend a few hours exploring. Brightly painted houses provide a colourful backdrop to the picture-postcard harbour and the ‘craic’ in waterfront bars rivals anything on the mainland. A world away from all this, but in reality just a short ferry crossing, tiny Iona is a deeply spiritual place, a historic Christian pilgrimage and yet another peaceful wildlife habitat with some glorious beaches.
Return home, with your journey taking you by a different ferry to the port of Oban then past Loch Lomond, and on through the southern highlands before returning to Edinburgh.
Tour from Edinburgh, into the Southern Highlands, then across to the west coast and finally the Isle of Mull.
2016: £515 per person for March, £555 per person for April & October, £595 per person for May to September.
2017: £520 per person for March, £560 per person for April & October, £600 per person for May to September.
All prices based on 2 people sharing a double room, and one car, for 4 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
If you choose to stay in Glengorm for your two nights on Mull, add £30 per person.
The price includes the hire of a Mini Cooper S for 5 days, with one driver, and return ferry travel to/from Mull. Why not upgrade to a Mini Cooper Cabrio for £20 per person?
All our holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
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The tips for where to visit during each day's journey were relevant and useful. Everything was perfectly arranged.Stephen & Eleanore, Hagenback, Germany
Great information pack provided. Clear instructions and good places to see.Robert & Paula, Hampshire, England
This holiday is available from March to October
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