A Glow In The North - Autumn Tour of Scotland

 

Departure Dates - Sundays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st 2021.

Autumn in Scotland is a most beautiful time of year. The country glows in a golden light as we move from summer into winter. Touring the highlands at this time of year is an absolute delight, where stunning landscapes display beautiful autumn colour of yellow, gold and orange. We also have the benefit of less crowded castles, and our whisky distilleries offer that warming dram on their fascinating tours.

Green Tourism - This tour is conducted with much consideration to the environment. We go off the beaten path, support local businesses and communities and we stay in accommodation that have been awarded with Green Tourism awards.

We have designed this special tour across the Scottish Highlands, with all the correct ingredients for an unforgettable trip in one of nature’s most stunning seasons.

Day 1 – Beautiful Perthshire, old villages, and autumn riverside walks.

We depart your accommodation and travel north, touring the picturesque backroads of Perthshire. After a visit to the ancient site of Scone Palace we then drive to some of the quaintest villages where you can enjoy short walks in beautiful tree country. We will have lunch in one of our favourite local cafes which will set you up nicely for an afternoon of touring the landscapes and sights of Perthshire. The autumn colours of this area, set against mountains and lochs, is a unique and stunning sight. Two nights in Highland Perthshire.

Overnight at your boutique hotel in the countryside.

Day 2 – Today we travel into the Cairngorms National Park where we will enjoy the natural beauty of this mountainous area. Travelling on the back roads among glorious highland scenery we will look at the historic Ruthven Barracks (1700s) and prominent in Jacobite history. We will travel by the river Feshie and river Spey, visit the much loved and striking local landmark – Carrbridge (1727) and enjoy a tasting at the Cairngorm Brewery, a much-loved local craft ale brewery. Two nights in beautiful Speyside.

Overnight at your 4-star hotel in the Speyside.

Day 3 – We will spend the morning at one of our favourite castles – Huntly Castle. Home of Clan Gordon since the 1300s, Huntly Castle is famed for the quality of its architecture and its eventful history. We then travel to the town of Elgin to visit its beautiful, ruined Cathedral, known as The Lantern of the North, and after this we will visit one of the best cashmere factories in the world. Lunch is in a beautiful local hotel and after our fuel stop can enjoy a tour of one of the many fabulous Speyside Whisky Distilleries. There is an option to do a special tasting tour of a distillery.

Overnight at your 4-star hotel in Speyside.

Day 4 – We travel west into the Highlands of Scotland and our first visit is the Culloden Battlefield site, where the Jacobite rebellion under the command of Bonnie Prince Charlie fell to British Government forces in 1746. We also visit the 4000-year-old Clave Cairns Stone Circles before arriving in the highland capital, Inverness where you can enjoy a tasty lunch and local shopping. We then travel on the back roads around Loch Ness for amazing views of this most famous of lochs. We also stop at one of our favourite small lochs in Scotland, it is maybe overshadowed by its monstrous neighbour, but we do love it! We arrive in the lovely highland town of Fort Augustus for the next two nights.

Overnight at your 4-star hotel in Fort Augustus.

Day 5 – A day of Scottish highland beauty in Glen Affric. We travel deep into the glen where you will see some of the best autumnal scenery in all the Scottish Highlands. Lunch is in a delightful old inn and after this we will visit Urquhart Castle, spectacularly situated on the banks of Loch Ness. Our afternoon concludes with a drive over west highland mountains via Glen Garry back to Fort Augustus.

Overnight at your 4-star hotel in Fort Augustus.

Day 6 – Our last day takes us to dramatic Glencoe. Here you will enjoy some easy to moderate level short walks in this area which afford some of the best views in the Scottish Highlands. The colours of the glen in autumn are simply stunning. After lunch in a local Inn, our journey continues to The Trossachs where we will make a short walk to the impressive Glen Ogle Viaduct which is over 140 years old. This is another stunning viewpoint and a real gem of The Trossachs National Park. We then continue back to Edinburgh / Glasgow or your preferred destination.   

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