New Range Rover Discovery
Edinburgh – Ayrshire – Dumfriesshire – Perthshire – Skye – Hebrides – Glencoe – Glasgow
You will arrive in Edinburgh via train in to Edinburgh Waverley Station. You will then walk to The Balmoral Hotel (attached to the station) where a member of our team will greet you at the hotel to welcome you to Scotland.
In the afternoon your tour guide will meet you at your hotel for a walking tour of the city of Edinburgh. You will see sights such as the Scott Monument, Holyrood Palace, The Scottish Parliament, The Royal Mile, St Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle.
Your Guide, Alison, will meet you at the reception of The Balmoral at 09:00am.
You will then return to the majestic Balmoral Hotel. For over a century, The Balmoral hotel has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark in the centre of the city, the historic building’s grand clock still dominates the skyline, while its enviable location, stunning views, warm hospitality and world-class facilities provide the perfect retreat. Enjoy dinner in our Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, unwind in our award-winning spa and enjoy views of Edinburgh Castle.
Whilst in the scenic seaside town of Kirkcudbright, we have arranged for you to meet a knowledgable local historian.
Meeting Time: 11:45am
Meeting Place: Station House Cafe, St Mary St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DN.
This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses. The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, incorporating everything the earl could wish for in his country home. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.
Travelling from Dunblane you will head west into the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park until you reach it’s peak at Crainlarich which will lead you into the famous Glencoe, the gateway to the Highlands. This famous valley is one of the most scenic places in Scotland, Glencoe is remote and tranquil and has been used in many movie sets throughout history.
You will continue north through Glencoe to the town of Fort William before continuing until you reach Eilean Donan Castle.
Eilean Donan Castle
One of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle is regarded as one of the most beautiful castles in the country. The castle lies on the “eilean” (island) of Donan, thus the castles name, the island itself lies in the centre of the merging point of three large sea lakes. Surrounded by rolling hills this fully restored 13th century castle is always worth a stop to explore or as a photo opportunity.
Leaving Eilean Donan you will make the short journey to Kyle of Lochalsh where you will cross the Skye Bridge onto the famous island and finally to Kinloch Lodge.
Kinloch Lodge is a special place. It is somewhere to escape the noise and speed of modern life. Somewhere to relax and recharge, where you can take things at your own pace.
The Isle of Skye is frequently, justly described as one of the most spectacular places on earth. Kinloch is in a particularly beautiful part of the island: down a long drive, at the foot of a mountain and at the head of Loch na Dal. Here you will find some of Scotland’s best food, roaring fires, whisky on tap and giant beds. It can be hard to leave.
You will awake on day 7 where you will venture to South Uist for the evening.
You will travel to the town of Uig witnessing some spectacular scenery as you travel. You will reach Uig in time to take the 9.30am ferry crossing to Lochmaddy in North Uist in order to travel south from North Uist across to Benbecula and on to South Uist.
It is said the MacLellans of South Uist all hail from a common ancestor John More MacLellan who dates back to the 17th century and inhabited North Uist. This branch of the MacLellan Clan is said to have originally migrated from South Uist.
You will spend the evening in the basic Polochar Inn and have the chance to converse with locals as you enjoy a beverage at the bar.
Whilst here we have arranged for you to meet a knowledgable local historian, Tommy MacDonald, to learn more about the history of the Maclellan clan and their association with South Uist.
Meeting Time: 18:30pm
Meeting Place: Polochar Inn.
Two bedroom Suite.
You will travel via 7am ferry from Lochboisdale to Mallaig where you will traverse the spectacular serpentine coastal roads along side turquoise blue waters and crisp white sandy beaches. There will be the chance to stop at The Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter movies before driving to Glencoe House via the town of Fort William.
You will spend the evening in Glencoe House, built by Lord Strathcona in 1896, sits majestically overlooking Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous Highland landscape. Glencoe House comprises fourteen generous private suites (from 75-148 sq. metres) and contains two distinctive concepts, both of which offer elegant but relaxed and sumptuous suites, with the space and privacy to really kick your shoes off and unwind.
On day nine you will travel to the city of Glasgow where you will have the chance to have lunch in the city centre before departing for the airport where you will meet a member of the Lang Atholl Experience team who will collect your vehicle and bid you farewell.