Scotland’s Far North & Route 500 – Scotland’s Answer to Route 66

Staying at The Fishers Hotel, The Royal Hotel & The Norseman Hotel


8 DAYS | 23rd August 2018
New for this year is our tour taking us to the very top of Scotland recently named the most spectacular drive in the UK. We will find stunning deserted beaches, majestic mountains, rugged cliffs and rolling pastures in the land of long views and big skies. Alongside extraordinary scenery this part of Scotland has a fascinating past, a history that is as rich and exciting as the landscape itself. So why not join us on this unforgettable journey?

We depart the Macclesfield area calling for coffee and lunch en-route to Pitlochry for our first overnight stop. We arrive in time for a stroll before dinner. The Fishers Hotel is situated in the heart of Pitlochry. All bedrooms are en-suite with modern facilities.

We continue our journey north calling at the Culloden Visitors Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artifacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. It stands as a monument and a guide to a pivotal day in history. You will have chance to explore the site and have morning coffee, we then pick up Route 500 in Inverness and take the short journey to the charming village of Beauly for lunch. There will be free time for a relaxing lunch and stroll by the Abbey and on to the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool and The Royal Hotel for the next two nights. Situated in the centre of Ullapool the hotel is ideally located for exploring and all bedrooms are ensuite with modern facilities.

A day at leisure in Ullapool, go and explore or alternatively join us for a morning cruise to the Summer Isles. Famed for their outstanding beauty, the Summer Isles are a collection of wonderful islands ranging in size from little more than rocks to the last inhabited island Tanera Mor. The isles and sea are home to numerous sea birds, seals, dolphin, porpoise, whales and eagles. (Two hour trip £35.00 per person, please confirm at the time of booking if you would like to go as spaces are limited).

Today we say farewell to the west and continue on Route 500 north. We will pass Loch Assynt and stop for coffee at the small fishing port of Kylesku. We then carry on our stunning scenic route to Durness where we will make a photo stop at one of the best views in Scotland overlooking beautiful Sango Bay. We will carry on a little further to the village of Bettyhill and have our lunch stop at The Bettyhill Hotel. Making photo stops along the way we will then head east as far as Scabster, then to Wick and our hotel for the next three nights. The family run Norseman Hotel is nestled in the heart of the picturesque town of Wick and overlooks the river. All bedrooms are en-suite with modern facilities.

Today you can enjoy a free morning in Wick. Around lunch time we board the local train for a trip on Scotland’s most remote railway, to take in stunning views all the way to Helmsdale where the coach will meet us. There will be free time for an afternoon refreshments and to visit the Timespan museum and arts centre before returning to the hotel.

Today we will rejoin route 500 to Dunnet Head, Scotland’s most northerly point. We then continue onto The Castle of Mey, once the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, when Her Majesty generously gifted it with an endowment to the Trust. The castle is situated on the north coast of Caithness overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands. We will return to the hotel mid-afternoon.

Today we say a sad farewell and head south making a visit to Dunrobin Castle and gardens. You will have time to visit and have morning coffee before we continue, making a lunch stop en-route. We arrive in Pitlochry late afternoon and will stay at the Fishers Hotel once again for the evening.

After breakfast we head south making a coffee and lunch stop en-route to the Macclesfield area. Aiming to arrive in the early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 7 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Culloden Battlefields, Castle of Mey, Dunrobin Castle, single train journey, morning coffee and light lunch on Sunday.
£798.00 per person sharing twin/double
£115.00 single room supplement
£35.00 per person optional boat trip
£34.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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