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Scotland's Bonny Loch's & Waterways

Scotland's Bonny Loch's & Waterways

5 day tour including loch cruises, visits to historic venues and travelling through magnificent landscapes

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5 day tour including loch cruises, visits to historic venues and travelling through magnificent landscapes

Loch Lomond

Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, the loch is 24.5 miles long, it is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland and has more than 30 islands, the largest of which is Inchmurrin. The Loch Lomond and Trossachs area of Scotland was awarded National Park status in July 2002. A popular leisure destination located between the lowlands of central Scotland and the Highlands.

 

Loch Katrine

This freshwater lake, situated in the Trossachs was the inspiration for the famous 19th century poem, The Lady of the Lake, by Sir Walter Scott and still beguiles visitors some two centuries later. It was here, too, on this eight-mile long loch at the heart of the National Park, that Queen Victoria enjoyed a boat trip in 1869. Today, visitors can follow in her footsteps on the steamship Sir Water Scott, which was launched in 1899 and still ferries passengers up and down Loch Katrine, or on board the modern cruiser, poignantly named The Lady of the Lake. Loch Katrine has been serving as the main fresh water supply for the Glasgow for more than 150 years.

 

Falkirk Wheel

Named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland, is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, which at this point differ by 24 metres, roughly equivalent to the height of an eight storey building. Boat trips begin in the basin outside The Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre, by boarding one of the specially designed boats. The journey starts by sailing into the bottom gondola of The Wheel, which then makes a graceful sweep, lifting the boat up to join the Union Canal 35m above. The ascent takes approximately 15 minutes, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the stunning views of the spectacular surrounding scenery. Once lifted, the boat sails smoothly from The Wheel onto the Union Canal. This passes along the aqueduct, through the 180 metre Roughcastle Tunnel and under the historic - World Heritage site - Antonine Wall. The boat will then return for an effortless descent that gently carries the boat down over the Visitor Centre, and safely back into the basin by the boardwalk.

 

Kelpies & Helix Centre

The Kelpies, located in Falkirk, tower a colossal 30 metres above the Forth and Clyde Canal and form a dramatic gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland. Created by Scotland's leading sculptor Andy Scott, The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Central Scotland.

  • Each structure contains approximately 18,000 individual pieces 

  • There is over 1.5 miles of steel in each structure

  • They each weigh over 300 tonnes and sit on 1,200 tonne foundations

  • Each structure has 464 steel plates 

  • In a monumental feat of engineering, The Kelpies rose from the ground in just 90 days in late 2013.

  • The Kelpies are located in the heart of Helix Park – 350 hectares of recreational green land complete with Visitor Centre which includes a cafe, gift shop and exhbition space, adventure play park, splash play fountains, lagoon and miles of cycle paths.

 

Incholm Island

Inchcolm Island is located 4 miles east of the Forth Bridge and is by far the most beautiful of all of the islands in the Firth of Forth. Explore the island’s historic Abbey – one of the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland and maybe climb up to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the island. Incholm Island is also a haven for wildlife and is well-known for its wartime coastal defences.

 

Inverary Castle & Gardens

Inveraray Castle is a 18th century turreted country house near Inveraray on the shore of Loch Fyne, Scotland's longest sea loch. It is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture. The castle is home to the Duke of Argyll and played an important role in the shaping of Scotland through the ages. The Castle Gardens includes approximately two acres of formal lawns and a stunning collection of flowers which thrive in the Argyll climate especially rhododendrons and azaleas during spring and early summer.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head north via Moffat and Glasgow to Balloch, where we have some free time before joining a 1-hour cruise on Loch Lomond. Following our cruise we head via Drymen and Aberfoyle for 4 nights at the Rob Roy Hotel in the heart of the Trossachs. Dinner is served in the hotel.

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Day 2

Our first stop today on our Trossachs tour is Callander the northern gateway to the Trossachs and the setting for Dr Findlay’s Casebook. Time for lunch before heading to Loch Katrine where we have an included trip, see the beauty of the Loch as the crew explain the tales and legends that inspired Scott’s literary works. On our return to the Rob Roy we call in at Aberfoyle and the Scottish Wool centre. Dinner in the hotel followed by entertainment.

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Day 3

This morning we visit two of Scotland’s top attractions, first we experience the Falkirk Wheel, where you board a boat to be hoisted 35 metres on the world’s only rotating boat lift that joins the Clyde and Union Canals, replacing the original 11 locks, next up is the visit to the Helix Centre to see the Kelpies. Designed by artist Andy Scott, these breathtaking 30-metre high sculptures are a true feat of engineering. We round off our day with a cruise on the Firth of Forth to the wildlife sanctuary of Inchcolm Island, we sail under the three famous Bridges, spanning nearly 140 years of Scottish engineering, the latest bridge opened in 2017 and is the longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge in the world. Dinner at the Rob Roy.

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Day 4

Following breakfast a magnificent day of sightseeing awaits - first it's Loch Lomond, then across towards the Arrochar Alps and Loch Long, over the 'Rest & Be Thankful' to visit Inveraray Castle & Gardens. The castle is home to the Duke of Argyll and played an important role in the shaping of Scotland through the ages. The Castle Gardens includes approximately two acres of formal lawns and a stunning collection of flowers which thrive in the Argyll climate. Dinner and entertainment at the Rob Roy.

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Day 5

After breakfast we leave our hosts at the Rob Roy and head to Edinburgh, time at leisure for lunch before we leave mid afternoon for the journey home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle ***

 

The Rob Roy Hotel is wonderfully situated in idyllic countryside at the gateway to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Scotland’s first National Park, close to the village of Aberfoyle. The Rob Roy Hotel has 100 bedrooms all tastefully decorated with private ensuite facilities, most with walk in showers, LCD television, tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Restaurant and bar with regular entertainment. Majority of rooms on the ground floor. Lift.

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

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

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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 Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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