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Day One – Off to Aberdeenshire
Collect your Mini Cooper in Edinburgh, traverse the Queensferry Crossing and make your way in to the Cairngorms National Park. Tackle the awe-inspiring Spittal of Glenshee, perhaps stop for lunch at a fabulous, art-filled Highland hotel before cutting across the rolling countryside of Aberdeenshire.
Your Hotel in Aberdeenshire
In one of the most picturesque spots in this castle-filled county, your hotel by Inverurie is a superb country house on its own parkland golf course. Enjoy a dram in the cave bar and a fine dinner in the stylish restaurant before retiring to your spacious ensuite room with balcony affording views across the golf course.
Day Two – Crossing the Highlands
More great roads await as you cross the Highlands, passing by the capital of Inverness, crossing the Beauly Firth and onwards through superb scenery to one of our favourite spots, and your next hotel set in a glorious lochside location.
Your Hotel in Shieldaig
In a simply gorgeous location, your accommodation in Shieldaig is a long-established family owned hotel carved from the bones of a row of whitewashed ex-fishermen’s cottages. Set on Loch Shieldaig with views to mysterious Shieldaig island, this has to be one of the most peaceful locations in the Northwest of Scotland. Inside, choose to prop up the bar alongside the locals, or help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar and settle down in a quiet corner. Later, enjoy dinner in one of the two restaurants – we particularly recommend the wood-fired pizza
Day Three – Discover Torridon
A day to explore some of the best driving routes in the UK, right on the doorstep of your hotel. First, Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle), the UK’s highest mountain pass, twisting and pitching to its summit at Applecross, from where you’ll love the commanding views of Skye and Raasay.
Later, tackle Bealach Na Gaoithe (Pass of the Wind, somewhat unfortunately!) to Lower Diabaig, park up and wallow in the tranquillity of this hidden corner.
Day Four – Southwards to Ben Nevis
A terrific day on the road today, scything south on some of the best tarmac in the land, around Loch Carron, Loch Alsh and Loch Duich, through vast Glen Garry and along the shoreside of Loch Lochy to the shadow of Ben Nevis.
In this wonderful West Highland setting you will find all the comfort of a fine hotel, without the formality. The owners pride themselves on combining a warm and friendly welcome with a truly relaxing informal atmosphere – where the food and your enjoyment are their priority.
There are comfy sofas and cosy corners in the sitting rooms with ‘a library of books begging to be looked at’ and when the need arises, real fires to warm your toes. This is a perfect haven for a relaxing stop , where the pace of life slows the minute you arrive.
You will be greeted with fresh tea and home-made scones before you unwind in one of the comfortable rooms. Later on you may wish to take a stroll from the hotel down the quiet country lanes for amazing views of Ben Nevis, Loch Lochy and The Great Glen and work up an appetite for a wonderful organic, home-cooked dinner ( included this evening).
Day Five – Onward Journey Home
Return home, through the majestic valley of Glencoe, cross Rannoch Moor towards Loch Lomond, the through the Trossachs to Stirling and onwards to Edinburgh.
Tour from Edinburgh up into Aberdeenshire, then across to the North West Highlands in Shieldaig and finally to Spean bridge before returning the car to Edinburgh.
£665 per person for April & October, £695 per person for May to September.
All prices based on two people sharing a double room, and one car, for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis and one with dinner included. The price includes rental of a Mini Cooper S for five days, for one driver.
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.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
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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.
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 can be arranged from April to October.
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