Set in idyllic, undiscovered surroundings overlooking
picturesque Loch Fyne, a magnificent 19th century Baronial Castle
awaits us. On this fantastic Scottish holiday, we cruise the open
waters to the Isle of Bute and explore nearby Oban and
Enjoy a journey on the West Highland Line, one of the world's most scenic railway lines.
Visit Crarae Gardens, a splendid woodland garden filled with exotic plants and pretty waterfalls.
Explore neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, one of Scotland's most magnificent stately homes.
Stay in a magnificent 19th-century Baronial castle on the shores of Loch Fyne.
Sit down to afternoon tea in the charming grounds of Mount Stuart.
Our tour begins in the bustling city of Glasgow, where you meet
your Tour Manager at the 4-Star Indigo hotel. There is some free
time to explore this city before enjoying dinner at the Marco
Pierre White Steakhouse, located in our hotel.
Day 2 - Stonefield Castle
Today we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most spectacular
scenic railway lines, travelling on the West Highland Line - known
as the 'Iron Road to the Isles'. We reach the coast at Oban, which
is set in an idyllic bay. Here you have time at leisure. Perhaps
you may wish to visit the local War & Peace Museum, detailing
the history of the local area, especially its usage as an important
naval port during World War Two.
Alternatively, you could visit the famous McCaig's Tower, based
on the design of the Roman Colosseum, the tower is the focal point
of the town provides wonderful views of Oban and the harbour below.
The town is built around the Oban Whiskey Distillery, which holds
regular tours of its inner factories. The Dunstaffnage Castle and
Chapel is also within walking distance and the vivid colours of the
castle grounds and stoneworks are really something to behold.
Later, we travel by coach to Stonefield Castle. We spend four
Day 3 - A seafood lunch and Tarbert
Enjoy a relaxed morning in the castle and its grounds. Stroll
around the loch, where you'll find woodland gardens and a private
island. Later, we drive to the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. We enjoy a
talk about the local seafood, all ethically sourced from the waters
of the loch. After an insight into the history of the loch, as well
as the best methods of smoking salmon, we sit down to a
mouthwatering lunch. Returning to our hotel, we pause at Tarbert, a
fishing village overlooked by the ivy-covered ruins of a
14th-century castle. With a little free time, you may like to climb
the steps from the harbour to the castle. Or, head to a quaint pub
for a wee dram.
Day 4 - Mount Stuart
Today we take a ferry to the Isle of Bute to visit Mount Stuart,
a Victorian mansion house. The house provides a stunning example of
Gothic Revival architecture, with its red stone walls, Marble Hall
and the elaborate Marble Chapel, with its spired tower. Much of the
interiors and gardens were redesigned in the first years of the
20th century and interestingly, Mount Stuart was the first house of
any kind to contain an indoor heated pool, and was the first home
in Scotland to gain electric power. We enjoy afternoon tea,
relaxing in the idyllic grounds.
Day 5 - Inveraray Castle and Crarae Gardens
We enjoy a scenic drive to Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home
of the Dukes of Argyll. During our tour, we explore the stately
rooms and learn about the folklore that has shaped the region.
Next, you have free time in nearby Inveraray. You could visit the
Georgian Inveraray Jail, a 19thcentury prison that is now a replica
museum, or wander to the pier to see the iron Arctic sailing ships
moored here, before they set off on their voyages to the poles.
This afternoon, we drive to Crarae Gardens, a Himalayan-style
woodland garden set on a rocky gorge. You have time here to admire
the colourful blooms, rushing waterfalls, and dense trees.
Days 6-7 - Return to Glasgow
Today we transfer by coach to Oban at the edge of the Highlands.
From here we retrace our route to Glasgow, enjoying another
spectacular journey on the West Highland Line. After breakfast on
Day 7, the tour concludes, and you are free to
depart at leisure.
2 nights at the 4-Star Indigo Hotel in Glasgow
All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
Luggage transfers from Glasgow
4* Hotel Accommodation
Heritage Rail Excursions
Standard Class Rail
4 nights at Stonefield Castle
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Hotel Indigo, Glasgow
Stonefield Castle Hotel, Stonefield
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