Scotland Highlands & Royal Deeside – Tour Completed

12th September – 2nd October 2021(20 nights)pdfdownload

 




Relaxed touring, Wonderful scenery and a Royal Connection

The Highlands of Scotland offer some of the best scenery to be found in the British Isles and throughout this tour you will experience this. Enjoy the end of Summer and as it turns to Autumn, the start of changing colours to the surrounding countryside as we travel at this wonderful time of year.  

The major population centres of Scotland are Glasgow and Edinburgh, this tour starts and finishes north of these, directly in the Highlands. The tour focuses on the rural areas of the north and Deeside, or as it is often referred to as Royal Deeside.

Throughout the tour take the opportunity to make visits to Loch Lomond, Ben Nevis, Neptune’s Staircase, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Inverness city & its botanic gardens, Balmoral Castle and Braemar Highlands Games arena; all are on our route. Throughout the tour, each journey has been kept short, allowing plenty of time for making stops on route and visits to attractions. 

This tour offers wonderful travel in your own motorhome, through stunning Scottish scenery in sparsely populated locations, and all in a relaxed manner.

“Forget breakfast at Tiffany’s go for Afternoon Tea at Atholl Palace! Imagine glorious carpets of Bluebells, endless Rhododendrons, Gorse & Broom; throw in a few Standing Stones, Castles (ruined or lived in), Scenic Lochs, Dramatic Coasts, Cliffs and Sand Dunes; plus many a wee Mountains and this was our Scotland Highlands and NC500 tour. Brilliantly organised and escorted by Nurcan and Kevin.’ Susanna and Ted Brooking – Scotland Highlands and NC500 – May/June 2021

‘Despite the restrictions of the Covid Pandemic, Kevin and Nurcan have managed to provide an all encompassing, friendly and above all, a memorable and informative tour. As usual their attention to detail is second to none and this stands out.’ Clive and Sue Swift – Scotland Highlands and NC500 – May/June 2021

‘Excellent tour with wonderful scenery and very well organised despite Covid restrictions. We were well looked after and given lots of ideas for places to see en-route and on site.’ Sue and Derek Davies – Scotland Highlands and NC500 – May/June 2021

‘There were different levels of facilities available but in no way did this give a problem. The tour was subject to pandemic restrictions but this had minimal effect on the tour atmosphere. So many thanks for a very enjoyable tour’. Barry and Di Short – Scotland Highlands and NC500 – May/June 2021

 

Day One – Sunday 12th September
We meet at a well-appointed campsite on Loch Lomond. Late afternoon the Tour Directors will host a welcome get together and for the evening we will all go out for a group dinner. A chance to meet fellow travelling companions and to learn a little more about the adventure ahead.

Day Two – Monday 13th September
A free day and opportunity to visit your first ‘Loch’ of the tour. The waterside of Loch Lomond is a 10 minute-walk from our campsite where you can enjoy a taster of some of the great scenery to come throughout the tour.

Day Three – Tuesday 14th September
Move on today. Starting with a drive along the waterside of Loch Lomond we head towards the beautiful west coast town of Oban. On route make a stop at Inveraray for a visit of its castle and prison. 80 miles

Day Four – Wednesday 15th September
A free day. From our campsite there are views across the straights to Kerrara island and Oban centre is a 2.5 mile coastal cycle or walk away. Oban is a picturesque town with many shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.

Day Five – Thursday 16th September
Continue our journey north today as we travel to the base of Ben Nevis. On route stop off in Fort William. This evening we have a group dinner in the campsite’s own well-appointed restaurant. 55 miles

Day Six – Friday 17th September
A free day. Maybe you will want to tackle Ben Nevis, a hike of around 7 hours! If not the scenery of the UK’s highest mountain can be enjoyed directly from our campsite or whilst taking more pleasant flat walks alongside the river.

Day Seven – Saturday 18th September
Just a short drive today but it will take time. On route visit the Neptune Staircase (a series of 8 locks cut into the Caledonian Canal), make a stop at Spean Bridge, then as we run alongside Loch Ness keep an eye out for Nessie. Lastly make a stop at Urquhart castle before arriving to our campsite which is around 15 minutes walk from the shore of Loch Ness. 50 miles

Day Eight – Sunday 19th September
We continue north today for a stay on the coast at Dornoch. On route we recommend a visit to the ‘Falls of Shin’, one of the best places to view salmon jumping upstream as they return to their birth place for laying their own eggs. This evening we walk into Dornoch for a group meal. 75 miles

Day Nine – Monday 20th September
A free day and opportunity to explore Dornoch along with its world famous golf course, or to give the town its official title Royal Dornoch.

Day Ten – Tuesday 21st September
A short journey today to the Highlands picturesque city of Inverness. On route there is time to make a visit to Dunrobin Castle, make sure to see the impressive Falconry display. 50 miles

Day Eleven – Wednesday 22nd September
A free day and ideal opportunity to visit Inverness, the city is a pleasant 2km riverside walk from our campsite. Alternatively, the hop on/hop off bus departs 500m from our campsite and provides full commentary to all the sights.

Day Twelve – Thursday 23rd September
We start today with a relaxed group breakfast in a restaurant located next to our camping. The remainder of the day is free. Inverness Botanic Gardens are just 500m from our campsite and the Caledonian Canal runs right next to the campsite, offering lovely walking or cycling opportunities.

Day Thirteen – Friday 24th September
Move on today to the Georgian town of Grantown-on-Spey, and a stay at a very well-appointed campsite. On route visit Culloden, location of the last battle to take place in Britain. The newly created visitor centre with 4 screen battle recreation is a must see.  35 miles

Day Fourteen and Fifteen – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th September
Free days. Our campsite is very close to the town and you are now in serious whiskey country, Speyside being home to many distilleries. On one of the days we will have a group lunch in a local restaurant.

Day Sixteen – Monday 27th September
We swop Speyside for Deeside today as we arrive in Ballater, located on the river Dee and in the heart of the ‘Royal’ region. 40 miles

Day Seventeen – Tuesday 28th September
A free day. Take a walk around Ballater and see the many Royal Crescents presented to the local shops that supply the Royals at Balmoral. Also don’t miss the old train station, the point of Queen Victoria first arrival in the area, and the start of its long standing Royal connections.

Day Eighteen – Wednesday 29th September
We continue to follow the river Dee today as we make our way south along the snow road to arrive at Pitlochry. Don’t worry it is too early in the year for snow and for the ski resorts to be in full swing. On route make a visit to Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s Scottish residence since the mid 1800’s.  60 miles

 

Day Nineteen – Thursday 30th September
Pitlochry is a lovely place to explore along with its ‘Salmon Ladder’, both of which are walkable from our campsite. This afternoon we go out for ‘afternoon tea’.

Day Twenty – Friday 1st October
A free day to explore Pitlochry further or just take it easy. This evening we walk into town for a ‘Farewell dinner’ and a chance to reflect on some of the wonderful scenery passed through over 20 days that has been Scotland’s Highlands and Royal Deeside.

Day Twenty-one – Saturday 2nd October
Today our tour comes to an end. Edinburgh is just 70 miles south if you wish to extend your time in Scotland with a visit to its capital.

VISITS TO PLACES OF INTEREST

  • All visits are left for individuals to decide which they would like to make and are not arranged/included in the tour. Throughout the time away the Tour Directors will be on hand to assist with any bookings. Note some attractions may require online pre-booking/paying.

PRICE

Motorhome with 2 people = £1079 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £1849

DEPOSIT £250 – Balance due 6 weeks prior to the start of the tour     

INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 20 Campsite nights with electric hook-ups
  • Welcome to Scotland drinks reception
  • 1 group breakfasts *
  • 1 group lunch*
  • 1 group afternoon tea *
  • 4 group dinners with wine *
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes and GPS Co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome throughout the tour

* Meals will be arranged in accordance with any social distancing regulations/recommendations at the time.