Staying at the Fishers Hotel, The Royal Hotel and The Bettyhill Hotel
8 DAYS | 22nd September 2021
This year we venture to the very top of Scotland; recently voted the most spectacular drive in the UK, the ‘Route 500’ is famed as Scotland’s very own ‘Route 66’. Stunning beaches, majestic mountains, rugged cliffs and rolling pastures abide in abundance, as well as rich social history and pivotal locations that shaped the United Kingdom as we know it. Come aboard and join us on this unforgettable adventure to this visually stunning and fascinating area of Scotland!
We depart the Macclesfield area calling for coffee and lunch en-route to Pitlochry our for our first overnight stop. Arriving in time for a stroll before dinner, the Fishers Hotel is situated in the heart of Pitlochry and all bedrooms are en-suite with modern facilities.
We continue our journey north calling at the fascinating Culloden Visitors Centre. Standing beside the battlefield artifacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays reveal the many intriguing aspects of the conflict; a true monument to greatly significant day in the United Kingdom’s history. Having explored the site and enjoyed morning coffee, we then join Route 500 in Inverness and take the short journey to the charming village of Beauly for lunch. There will be free time to dine and take a stroll by the Abbey, before heading to the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool and The Royal Hotel for our next two nights. Situated in the centre of Ullapool the hotel is ideally located for exploring and all bedrooms are ensuite with modern facilities.
With a day at to spend at your leisure in Ullapool why not go and explore? Alternatively join us for a morning cruise to the Summer Isles. Famed for their outstanding beauty, the Isles range in size from little more than rocks to the last inhabited island Tanera Mor. An area rich in local wildlife, sea birds, seals, dolphins, porpoise, whales and eagles all make their home here and may be spotted on our travels! (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 for 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.
Having enjoyed a free morning in Wick, at lunchtime we board the local train for a trip on Scotland’s most remote railway, taking in the stunning views all the way to Helmsdale where the coach will meet us. There will be free time for afternoon refreshments and to visit the Timespan museum and arts centre before returning to the hotel.
Today we re-join route 500 to Dunnet Head, Scotland’s most northerly point. We then continue to The Castle of Mey; owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, 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 explore and have a morning coffee before we continue our journey, 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. We aim 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.
£828.00 per person sharing twin/double
£112.00 single room supplement
£43.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT