Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel north with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. Arrive at your overnight hotel in the north late afternoon, in good time to freshen up for your evening meal. Dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 2 - After breakfast, travel through the stunning scenery of the Scottish borders towards Edinburgh and then on through the Cairngorms National Park for your 5-night stay at the Inverness Palace Hotel. Cocktail reception this evening followed by dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 3 – 6 - At leisure in Inverness with three included excursions. Full board.
‘All-Inclusive’ package includes
- Free Bar each evening 19.00 – 22.00
- House red / white wine with dinner each evening
- Entertainment programme on two nights
- Lunch daily (either packed lunch on full day excursions or soup & sandwich lunch in the hotel)
- Afternoon tea with cream scones each day
- Free tea and coffee any time of day
- Use of leisure facilities
The hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre where you will have a free day to explore. Here you will find the Victorian market with its unique range of shops, the famous Leaky’s bookshop (Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop) as well as Inverness Botanic Gardens, a sub-tropical oasis with greenhouses, cactus house and a pool full of friendly Koi Carp.
Culloden Moor & Elgin
Discover the story of the last battle to be fought on British soil under the command of Bonnie Prince Charlie - the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, culminating in the Battle of Culloden which marked the end of an era for Scotland. Start by visiting Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre (entrance included), you will get an insight into the magnificent story of the young pretender and the Jacobites. Continue to Elgin, the provincial capital of Moray with its impressive ruined cathedral (entrance not included). Time at Johnstons of Elgin, producers of fine woollen and cashmere clothing since 1797 for a brief tour of the mill and a spot of shopping.
Loch Ness Scenic Drive
Enjoy a scenic tour with a circuit of the most famous loch in Scotland - Loch Ness. Keep a lookout for Nessie the Monster!
Glenmorangie & Dornoch
Head north to the Glenmorangie Distillery on the tranquil shores of the Dornoch Firth. Here an expert guide will give you an insight into the stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing. And of course, no visit would be complete without tasting a dram of this award winning whisky! Continue over the Dornoch Firth to Dornoch itself with time to explore this historic little seaside town with its 13th century cathedral and Jail Dornoch, transformed into a unique outlet full of Scottish products. Keep an eye out for the Moray dolphins in the Firth from North Kessock as you return to Inverness.
Day 7 - Following breakfast your journey takes you south via Pitlochry, which retains its Victorian ambiance before travelling to Queensferry to view one of the most iconic structures of Scotland and one of the world's great feats of engineering, The Forth Rail Bridge. Then continue to the overnight hotel in Northern England. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 8 - After a leisurely breakfast, head back through Northern England, with ample stops for coffee and refreshments. Continue back to the local joining points via the fast motorway network arriving back mid/late evening.