A Scottish Journey 2021

A Scottish Journey
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Back-Roads Touring

Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic castles and quaint villages. Infamous battles and gripping legends. This Scottish Journey takes us from coastal cities to Hebridean islands, seeking out one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm.

Spend days touring the breathtaking Isle of Skye and Isle of Mull
Transport
Premium mini-coach transportation
Guide
Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
Uncover the intricacies behind Scottish whisky culture with a tasting experience
Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Culloden Battlefield
Meet the Highland cattle at a local Highland beef farm
Destinations
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
Day 1: Edinburgh

Majestic landscapes, scenic roads and imagination-firing landscapes: Scotland delivers on every level. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a delicious welcome meal. Accommodation: Eden Locke (or similar)



Day 2: Edinburgh – St Andrews – Royal Deeside

After breakfast, we'll board the mini-coach and take to the scenic route. Now, the journey begins! Travelling along the coast, we'll stop in at tiny East Neuk fishing villages before reaching St Andrews: a small town with a big reputation for world-class golf. Later today, we'll check into our accommodation in Royal Deeside. Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch Hotel (or similar)



Day 3: Royal Deeside

Get ready to dive into a day of truly authentic Scottish experiences. First, we'll take a tour of a local Highland beef farm, where we'll meet some of the country's famous Highland cattle and enjoy an included lunch. Then, a lesson in Scotch whisky awaits. We'll uncover the centuries-old legends and intricate processes behind turning malted barley into 'liquid gold' - sampling a dram or two while we're at it. This evening, we'll have some free time to spend as we wish. Accommodation: The Lodge on the Loch Hotel (or similar)



Day 4: Royal Deeside – Cairngorms National Park – Culloden Battlefield – Inverness

Our day will begin in dramatic fashion as we travel through the awe-inspiring scenery of Cairngorms National Park on the way to the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield. At the Visitor Centre, we'll immerse ourselves in the fascinating history of the Highlands and gain a unique insight into the battle that took place on this vast moorland. Our final stop of the day will be Inverness, the welcoming capital of the Highlands. Tonight, we'll come together to share stories of the day's adventures over an included meal. Accommodation: The Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)



Day 5: Inverness

After this morning’s orientation tour, the city is your oyster. Visit Inverness Castle and Cathedral, explore the charming Victorian Market or simply hunt down a good pub to relax in. What you do today is completely up to you! For dinner tonight, why not take advantage of the array of local eateries filled with character and delicious Scottish fare. Accommodation: The Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)



Day 6: Inverness – Plockton – Isle of Skye

This morning, we'll take the scenic route via Scotland's iconic Loch Ness - seeing if we can spot the illusive Nessie from the shore. Then: a visit to the quaint village of Plockton, where painted cottages cluster around a picturesque bay. We'll have the opportunity to stroll the harbour and observe the passing yachts - before enjoying lunch at our leisure. The day's final destination will be the breathtaking region of Skye: our home for the next two nights. At our hotel, we'll share the excitement for tomorrow's adventures over an included dinner. Accommodation: Redwood House (or similar)



Day 7: Isle of Skye

Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firing history - the Isle of Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale! We'll spend the day taking in the island's unique geology and jaw-dropping scenery - including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. After a full day of exploring, we'll have the evening free to dine at our leisure or relax in our idyllic surrounds. Accommodation: Redwood House (or similar)



Day 8: Isle of Skye – Isle of Mull

Today we’ll continue our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery before taking a short ferry ride over to the breathtaking Isle of Mull. Here, the evening will be yours to spend as you please. Accommodation: The Western Isles Hotel (or similar)



Day 9: Isle of Mull – Isle of Iona – Isle of Mull

First today, we’ll visit the grand staterooms and empty dungeons of the imposing Duart Castle – the oldest inhabited castle on the island. Then: the best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping – and this afternoon, we’ll do just that. From Mull’s little village of Fionnphort, we’ll set sail to Iona: where the Abbey and Nunnery await us. After a busy day, we’ll return to our hotel on Mull to enjoy a final dinner together. Accommodation: The Western Isles Hotel (or similar)



Day 10: Isle of Mull – Stirling – Edinburgh

Back to the mainland we go. It's been a tour that's delved deep into Scotland's heritage, so it's only right that we finish with a stop in historic Stirling. A drive through the Old Town will bring us to the magnificent hilltop castle, one of Scotland's most impressive and significant monuments. Here, we'll spend some time exploring the castle's many rooms and soaking up the sweeping views from atop the castle walls. What better way to round off our tour before returning to Edinburgh.



  • Meet the Highland cattle at a local Highland beef farm
  • Spend days touring the breathtaking Isle of Skye and Isle of Mull
  • Uncover the intricacies behind Scottish whisky culture with a tasting experience
  • Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Culloden Battlefield
  • 9 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners

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Touring with Back-Roads Touring

With more than 30 years’ experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK, Europe and Asia, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original Small Group Touring company.

With each tour capped at 18 passengers (14 for Asia tours), Back-Roads curates authentic, off-the-beaten-track travel experiences.

Catering for the mature traveller, Back-Roads has built up a brand rooted in expert local knowledge, sustainable tourism, culinary excellence and premium boutique accommodation.

Their award-winning tour leaders are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads difference’ whether that be dining with the group, offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination to life with their insight and knowledge. Their Tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience. The Back-Roads Difference inludes:

  • Small Groups of up to 18 passengers (14 for Asia)
  • Scenic Back Roads, avoiding Motorways
  • Premium Mini-Coach transportation
  • Handpicked Boutique Accommodation
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
  • Culinary Discoveries
  • Authentic Local Experiences

Back-Roads Touring was named Best Small Coach Holidays Company for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the British Travel Awards and have been nominated for two awards in 2018.

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Accommodation:9 nights in hand-picked accommodation
Meals:9 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners
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