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You start with scenic drive past Loch Lomond and over Glen Kinglas, past one of the classic views of Scotland, before enjoying a lunch at the world famous Loch Fyne Oyster bar. Its just a short drive onwards to your hotel, an historic inn in the picture postcard village on Inveraray.
A favourite wayside inn for centuries – and in the same family for many generations – this hotel has been sensitively and carefully restored in keeping with the building, its history and architecture. Each room is individual and elegantly furnished and divided between the inn itself and the adjacent “First House”, another building of a similar era, but closer to the loch shore.
The hotel has an enviable reputation for ambience, friendliness and fresh cuisine. With its original flagstone floors and roaring log and peat fires, this is a lively haunt for both local characters and visitors alike with a choice of real ales, 100 malt whiskies and an extensive wine list. The emphasis on the menu is using the very best of local quality, well hung West Highland beef and lamb and seafood
Today’s route takes you along the Argyll coast , perhaps exploring the atmospheric valley of Kilmartin, which is full of ancient forts, standing stones and the ruins of Dunadd Castle, once the coronation site of the first kings of Scotland. Your second hotel is just north of the bustling harbour port of Oban.
Originally the home of Loch Linnhe’s Pier Master, this historic restaurant, with its adjacent modern residence, really is a special place to contemplate the dramatic beauty of the west coast. 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.
Today you will visit a local oyster farm and find out at first hand all about this remarkable food, once the fayre of the common people, now perceived as a luxury. Learn the art of oyster-shucking, and sample the freshest oysters you have ever experienced.
There will be plenty of time today also to explore nearby Glencoe, or visit the unique Slate Islands, perhaps taking lunch in Oban – which proclaims itself as the seafood capital of Scotland. Alternatively leave the car and take the passenger ferry to the isle of Lismore, to walk and relax.
Your next destination is in one of the most scenically beautiful and secluded locations in the whole of Scotland, around 3 hours drive north from your first base, in the wild and rugged area of Wester Ross.
This small, family-run Inn makes a picture-perfect base for exploring the dramatic west coast with its abundance of lochs, forests, mountains and rivers. The grandeur of the surrounding mountains forms a stunning backdrop to your hotel that nestles in the crescent-shaped village high street. Converted from a row of white-washed fishing cottages, the hotel overlooks an idyllic loch which reflects a tiny island covered in Scots Pines. Two snug lounges both feature glorious views over the peaceful loch and offer visitors the chance to idle away an afternoon watching the occasional boat come and go, and maybe enjoy a wee dram from the honesty bar in the corner. If you’re lucky you could even be treated to one of the west coast’s spectacular sunsets.
The charming restaurant, adorned with driftwood sculptures, is a fitting setting for the imaginative dishes that are served each evening. Chef makes extensive use of the local produce to create an ever changing menu of fresh fish, shellfish, and top quality meat and game. The picturesque village was originally built in 1810 to house and train sailors for the Napoleonic wars, but following Waterloo, the place was left to its own devices. Once, quite literally, the end of the road north, the village retains that other-worldly ‘Brigadoon’ feel, and offers an overwhelming atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
This morning you drive north towards Gairloch for a truly unique experience, perhaps the highlight of the trip. You will join a local fisherman on his working boat as he gathers his creels then back on dry land you’ll enjoy a seafood lunch from some of the harvest, cooked for you by the loch shore. A fitting end to your exploration of this country’s seafood treasures.
A day to explore the local area.
Your route will take you first to Inverness then south through the Highlands.
Three centre self-drive tour covering Inveraray, Loch Linnhe on the west coast just north of Oban and the Torridon area in the north west Highlands.
£700 per person for departures in March, £730 for April & October and £800 per person for May to September.
Prices based on 2 people sharing a room for 6 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Prices include a sharing seafood platter for two on day one, a private visit to an oyster farm, and shellfish safari with seafood lunch experience. You are welcome to bring your own wine to accompany the seafood lunch, which normally comprises langoustines or crab; if caught, lobster may be served for a small extra charge.
This holiday can easily be extended with extra nights at any of the featured hotels. Ask us for a quotation.
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This holiday is available from mid March to October.
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