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Platinum Plus North Tour

Platinum Plus North Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Best Accommodation

Start Date: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size: Singles; Couples, Families and Small Groups

Starting in Scotland’s sophisticated capital, Edinburgh, this tour travels throughout this great and beautiful country discovering the history and hidden places that make it so endearing. We will explore some of the most stunning scenery in the world from picturesque mountains to peaceful lochs and glens.

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This tour begins in the historic capital of Edinburgh and heads northwards through the Highlands and the Cairngorm mountains to Cawdor Castle and Inverness, passing through spectacular landscapes on the way. You visit Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, once the largest castle in Scotland, on the way to the West Coast and Glen Coe, before returning Southwards to Loch Lomond and Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile

Day 1: Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile

We start our tour in one of the World’s most famous streets, the ROYAL MILE. At the top is Edinburgh CASTLE, this is most famous of Scottish castle dates from the C12th. You will hear the stories and history and see the CROWN JEWELS of Scotland. The Royal Mile has numerous hidden alleys and legends and about half way is ST GILES Cathedral. Often referred to as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism” it was John Knox’s church in the reformation. At the bottom of the street is the Palace of HOLYROODHOUSE – the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It is probably best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots.

Day 2: Stirling Castle and City

Day 2: Stirling Castle and City

North to Stirling – named Scotland’s newest city in 2002. STIRLING CASTLE was once the residence of the Scottish Kings and it perches onto of an extinct volcano. It is here that some of the country’s most famous warriors lived and fought including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The exquisite architecture and cobbled streets of the Old Town are testament to Scotland’s troubled past. Within the old town is ARGYLL'S LODGING – the most complete surviving example of a C17th town house in Scotland. From here, we will travel the few miles to your hotel.

Day 3: Scone Palace - Dunkeld - Blair Castle

Day 3: Scone Palace - Dunkeld - Blair Castle

Once the crowning palace of the kings of the Scots, SCONE PALACE occupies a unique position in the country’s history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery it is the rightful home of the Stone of Scone – also known as the Stone of Destiny. DUNKELD is a little town was the original seat of the kingdom of the Picts and the Scotland’s first king, Kenneth McAlpin, built a stone church here. This later became the centre of Christianity. BLAIR CASTLE, a classic castle and a major stately home. The seat of the Murray family, the castle has vast collections of weapons, paintings and furniture.

Day 4: Cawdor Castle - Inverness - Culloden

Day 4: Cawdor Castle - Inverness - Culloden

Today, our first stop is CAWDOR CASTLE. This is a magical place made famous by Shakespeare as the home of Macbeth, it is a fairly tale castle over 600 years old. Today, it is a family home with three gardens with the oldest about 400 years old. The Battle of CULLODEN is arguably the most important battle in Scotland’s history. In 1745, Jacobites – mainly highland Scots rose up against the British government in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s claim to the throne. After a series of conflicts the final battle took place at Culloden. Close-by is the capital of the highlands, Inverness.

Day 5: Glenmorangie - Dunrobin - Wick

Day 5: Glenmorangie - Dunrobin - Wick

Travelling through the beautiful Black Isles and onto one of the leading whisky distillers, GLENMORANGIE. Touring the distillery you will discover how they have been turning water into whisky since 1843. DUNROBIN Castle is set in a glorious position and the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland. Dating back to the 1300s, the modern castle is built in the style of a French Chateau. Inspired by Versailles, the famous architect Charles Barry laid the gardens out in 1850 and they nestle below the castle in a series of terraces. As we travel further on, we will pass WICK before reaching the far tip of Britain, John O’Groats.

Day 6: Castle of Mey - Highland Geopark

Day 6: Castle of Mey - Highland Geopark

The CASTLE OF MEY was the home of the Late Queen Mother and the castle and garden is surrounded by a twelve foot wall – the Great Wall of Mey. Travelling along the coast road you will see Scotland at is most wild and beautiful. Going first west then south, we will travel past lochs and fjords broken by jagged snow-capped peaks. This huge area of the Highlands is one of UNESCO’s newest areas of protection, a Geopark. We will travel past beauty spots including Smoo Cave – a 200 foot sea cave and INVEREWE GARDEN - a 50 acre garden with an exotic mix of vibrant colour thanks to the effect of the warm gulf stream.

Day 7: Torridon Estate - Loch Ness - Urquhart

Day 7: Torridon Estate - Loch Ness - Urquhart

Arguably Scotland’s best mountain scenery is on the TORRIDON ESTATE. Dramatic ice worn mountains are interspersed by lush green valleys to create a truly incredible landscape. Traveling east, the Highlands are still at their best before we arrive at LOCH NESS. At 23 miles long and over 1000 feet deep in places, this is the largest area of water in the country and follows the Great Glen fault line. The remains of URQUHART CASTLE tower in a unique position over the Loch. An ancient fortress possibly started as early as the 580s, the castle was reduced to it’s current state in 1692.

Day 8: Glen Coe - Loch Lomond - Glasgow City

Day 8: Glen Coe - Loch Lomond - Glasgow City

GLEN COE is a dramatic ice worn valley and scene of the conflict between the Campbells and the MacDonalds. LOCH LOMOND is a huge body of water and is a focal point for wildlife and water sports. GLASGOW has many elegant streets with outstanding Victorian architecture. It was known as the second city of the British Empire with many wealthy traders and merchants. At the east end of the new city is the Cathedral – a wonderful example of gothic architecture. Overlooking the Cathedral is Glasgow Necropolis which is essentially a graveyard to the rich and famous of Victorian Scotland.


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