Highland House Party - Isles of Glencoe

Highland House Party - Isles of Glencoe

Enjoy the scenic west coast of Scotland on this 5 day break

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Enjoy the scenic west coast of Scotland on this 5 day break

Glencoe

Glencoe is perhaps Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glencoe is also arguably Scotland’s most historic glen, and it was recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen and an ideal base from which to explore the Highlands of Scotland. Designated a National Scenic Area, Glencoe is sometimes referred to as the Glen of Weeping and was the scene of the infamous 'Massacre of Glencoe' in 1692. The Glen has a number of viewing stops on the road through the valley, and the National Trust for Scotland has a visitor centre along the main route.

 

Neptune's Staircase is what is known as a staircase lock, comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822. It is the longest staircase lock in Britain lifting boats 64 feet.The system was originally hand-powered but has been converted to hydraulic operation.

Commando Monument

The Commando Memorial is a Category A listed monument dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge village, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it has become one of the United Kingdom's best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction offering views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor.

 

Oban

Your first view of Oban is one you are unlikely to forget. From the north, you glimpse this bustling port from the top of the 'Bealach-an-Righ'. As you sweep down the hill towards the expanse of the bay, the view opens up before you and one begins to appreciate why Oban has developed into Scotland's most popular west-coast town

Beyond Oban ("little bay" in Gaelic - Scotland's ancient Celtic language) lie the islands of the Inner Hebrides: Oban is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles". The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots.

It is no surprise to find Oban in the 21st Century remains a magnet for travellers from all over the world. The town's present day popularity owes much to the Victorians, and as early as 1812, when the Comet steamship linked Oban with Glasgow, the town played host to intrepid travellers touring Staffa - the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture - and Iona - home of Scottish Christianity since St Columba stepped ashore in AD563.

Indeed once Oban had the royal seal of approval from Queen Victoria, who called it "one of the finest spots we have seen", the town's destiny as an endearingly enchanting holiday destination was as firmly set as the lava columns of Fingal's Cave in Staffa.

 

Fort William

Basking on Loch Linnhe's shores amid magnificent mountain scenery, Fort William has one of the most enviable settings in all of Scotland. If it weren't for the busy dual carriageway crammed between the less-than-attractive town centre and the loch, and one of the highest rainfall records in the country, it would be almost idyllic! 

Magical Glen Nevis begins near the northern end of the town and wraps itself around the southern flanks of Ben Nevis (1345m) – Britain's highest mountain and a magnet for hikers and climbers. The glen is also popular with movie makers – parts of Braveheart (1995), Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2018), the Harry Potter movies and the Outlander TV series were filmed here.

 

Glenfinnan Monument

Framed by spectacular Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel, the Glenfinnan Monument is a striking tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Risings.

Less than a year before the Battle of Culloden, Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his father’s Standard at Glenfinnan, marking the start of the 1745 Jacobite campaign. An army of 1,500 rallied to join Bonnie Prince Charlie – they marched as far south as Derby before the retreat began that would seal their fate.

In 1815, the 18m-high monument was built here, with the lone, kilted highlander at the top providing a poignant reminder of the clansmen who gave their lives to the Jacobite cause.

The modern exhibition in the visitor centre tells the story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

Day 1

A morning departure as we travel north via Moffat, to Glasgow then on over Erskine Bridge on our way to Loch Lomond. We then continue via Tyndrum and beautiful Glencoe to our hotel the Isles of Glencoe. A welcome drink is served before dinner and followed by live musical entertainment.

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Day 2

This morning we head north along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe and on past Neptune’s staircase where the boats navigate the 8 lochs of the Caledonian canal, continuing along the side of the canal we head to Gairlochry and make a stop off at the Commando monument in Spean Bridge where thousands of elite Commandos trained during WW2, before heading to Fort Augustus at the foot of Loch Ness. Dinner on our return to the Isles of Glencoe Hotel.

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Day 3

Today we follow the shores of Loch Linnie south to Oban the unofficial capital of the West Highlands and acclaimed as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. The mountains, lochs and islands have captivated artists, authors and poets for centuries, we return to the hotel via the pass of Brander. Dinner and live entertainment in the hotel.

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Day 4

This morning we head past Fort William and along the ‘Road to the Isles’ for a photo stop at the Glenfinnan monument, before heading back into Fort William and time at leisure for lunch. Farewell dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel and return home to Cumbria.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Isles of Glencoe Hotel

Almost afloat, the Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre nestles on the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven. A friendly, modern hotel offering everything you might need on holiday; spacious bedrooms with loch and mountain-views, a relaxed atmosphere and great food.

Choose a room with patio doors onto the lochside or perhaps one with picture windows looking out over the loch. Whichever you decide, the one thing they have in common is uninterrupted vistas of sparkling blue water and majestic mountains.

Bedroom configurations within the feature room category include twin, double and family combinations.

The rooms are spread over three floors and unfortunatley there is no lift. If you would prefer to have a bedroom on one of the lower floors, please do let us know when booking.

All of our rooms are en-suite, enjoy complimentary WiFi and have a well-stocked hospitality tray with tea & coffee making facilities.

 

Sample mouth-watering food and drink at the lochside restaurant. With a menu packed full of Scottish ingredients, an emphasis on quality and a relaxed atmosphere, the restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike.

The restaurant is located in a unique lochside setting with dramatic views to the mountains of Glencoe. From a light and airy table in the conservatory, or a seat in the restaurant with picture frame windows diners can enjoy that view.

A hearty breakfast is served each morning, tuck-in and enjoy a traditional full Scottish feast, fresh fruit salad, a selection of cheeses and cold meats, muffins and croissants.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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